Having finished high school, I am now looking at ways to realising my big childhood dream: backpacking, which I plan on doing long-term. I want to finance this trip/life with things I do while travelling, as opposed to saving up for it. One of the things I have in mind is the construction/renovation/maintenance of naturally built houses (super-adobe, strawbale etc.), a nice, hands-on job that serves a purpose. It should be learnable in a couple of years of practice I think, I’m not worried about that. What I am a bit concerned about however, is the way people will find me and my services, like, is there any online platform that deals with these kinds of things? Or are there other ways to finding clientele while on the road? I mean, sure, as I stay at hostels and mingle with fellow bums, once in a while I’ll bump into folks who are into these kinds of things and need my help, but are there more consistent ways of finding clients? By the way, I am a European citizen and the trip I want to make will be mostly in Europe too – just in case things might work differently around here work-wise.
Any piece of advice you could give me wouldl be very helpful, even the most obvious ones, as I am almost completely unfamiliar with the whole working circuit.
I apologise if this question is slightly off-topic on this forum, since it is about the building business and not about building itself - I just found it and figured I'd give it a try.
I suggest you might start by looking into a work exchange program like WWOOF. There you will likely find like-minded people who have need of help, and will provide room and board in exchange for labor. If you can make enough money on the side to cover train and bus tickets, you could basically do indefinitely. The program lets you browse a long list of hosts, and if your interest is mainly natural building, you could probably find enough jobs to keep you busy in that vein. A WWOOFer who actually wants to work and earn their keep is a rare one, and you will find many interesting places that will take you in readily for as long as you wish. If you stick around at a place, and gain a reputation for being a good worker, you could probably pretty easily find some odd jobs to make it a financially viable lifestyle. It is also a great way to see new places, meet interesting people, and learn about different farming practices.
In addition to finding woofer positions while you are travelling between positions stop at campgrounds and ask if they need a carpenter. You might get some coins, a free campsite and maybe even a meal or two.
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