The Admiral Vic, Thames 'Lighter' Barge Houseboat Project

In 2020, I started converting to 1920s Thames Lighter Barge into the first ever wikihouseboat on a beautiful central London marina with fibre broadband (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiHouse). The innovation of WikiHouse is an interesting contrast to the history of the 100 year old boat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lighter_(barge)

It's a great project, but my day job takes a lot of time and headspace, so I need some help finishing the job. Part of my motivation, is that I'd also like to learn how to build affordable eco homes, potentially with a view to training refugees and military veterans to build homes together in deprived and polarised communities. However, to mix my metaphors, I firstly just need to bring this project into land.

By day, I run a tech non-profit. We make it fun and easy for refugee parents and isolated older folks to learn English and make new friends, by cooking and eating together in schools. It's called Local Welcome. It's great. If you happen to have tech skills, then you're welcome to help in the charity alongside the boat project, but it's not a requirement.


Reviews

4.0
(14 reviews)14

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.0

Colombia

4

Es un proyecto que requiere mucho compromiso, limpieza y paciencia, tienes q estar dispuesto a colaborar en todo tipo de labores, sin embargo, te da la oportunidad de vivir en Londres y esta muy bien conectada con bus al centro por bus (188) o el (1) asi como tambien dos estaciones de metro muy cercanas, canada waters y surrey quays. Llevar ropa contra el frio es fundamental! Si eres una persona responsable lo vas a disfrutar de seguro!

16 days ago

Brazil

2

Ben is a good guy but he doesn’t have the structure to receive volunteers. I was amazed about going to have a experience in a boat but wasn’t not even close to what I imagined. No toilet, no shower, no place to laundry properly to runaway the weather of London and no bike to use.
If those things were better…. Probably would be a good experience… the place needs to be more welcoming… clean, organize… so the volunteer can work properly! Everything is a lesson… so actually I am also grateful even leaving earlier.

18 days ago

Puerto Rico

5

It was a truly amazing and pleasant experience. Ben is a great guy to learn/ be around, easy going over all. Very thoughtful and witty , enjoyed our conversations together. Beautiful port area with a great view of downtown London. Highly recommended and will definitely do it again! Thanks so Ben! It’s been an honor.

about 1 month ago

Brazil

5

A experiência com o Ben foi INCRÍVEL! O projeto é super bacana, o barco fica super bem localizado e o Ben é um ser humano fora de série. Definitivamente fiz um amigo pra vida. Agradeço super pela oportunidade e recomendo a todos da Worldpackers :)

about 2 months ago

United States

2

Winter in London
Not great communication
Lots of wasted time

about 2 months ago


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