Challenge your cooking skills in a back-to-basics environment (outdoor kitchen)

Gierle (Lille), Belgium
16 reviews16

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What you offer

Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.

Kitchen Hand

Help serving and organizing meals.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.


A billion stars over your head and a comfy tent to sleep in.


Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.


Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!


Have your free dinner before going to bed.


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The Experience

Cooking simple and at the same time gorgeous meals and keeping the 'Kosher Kitchen' :-) clean might be one of the most important tasks that need to be done. You actually make it possible for other volunteers to continue working physically on the project and fully enjoy the break moments!

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What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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1 week

Talk to those who have lived the experience

16 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


Robur is this weird and magical place when you get to unwind and forget about outside world, meet great people and most importantly help to build something amazing and beautiful. You also test yourself because living conditions are comfy but basic. And learning experience and interaction with Marike and her friends is unforgettable!

about 8 hours ago


It was a awesome experience, really amazing, made some friends and some stories that I'll take forever in my mind. Just be ready for the bucket showers!! Wish you all good Marieke and I really hope you finish the house as soon as possible, I did my best to contribute. :-)))

14 days ago

Marieke replied

What's wrong with the bucket showers? :-D
Thanks, Arthur, for having helped out at the project, you're surely part of it! Safe travels!


This is one of the most places that you'll ever find! So welcoming! Since the first moment, we are received with a warm hug by Marieke and the other volunteers. Marieke is such a strong and lovely woman, so aware of the relation between men and the environment. Hence, her project (Robur at The Oak) couldn't be different, but special.

Thank you so much for this amazing time, Marieke!!! I already miss everyone!!! <3

16 days ago

Marieke replied

I miss you, too, dear Bianca! You were such a Gentle Sun in my team, so warm and heartily empathic... Take that further into this world, sweetheart!


Staying at The Robur was a great way to step out of my comfort zone and be reminded of how great it is to just be present without distractions and be able to interact with amazing individuals coming from different parts of the world with similar objectives. I was surprised by how easily we can get attached to one another once we are able to spend time together in this kind of setting. The project itself is impressive and the environment is very welcoming. Thank you Marieke for this experience and I hope to come back soon!

16 days ago

Marieke replied

Thank you, Yvonne, for your subtle, very conscious presence. I loved your practical ideas, and I hope to be in touch again soon for some minor changes on your GREAT and useful drawings! (I wrote to you at WPs, have you noticed yet?)


Work with marieke Was really inspire. She is a amazing woman with a Big heart. In her way, with small steps, but really important ones, She is changing the world. She has teched me and all the volunteers How to be concious in our lives.
To be in the oak you need to be prepared to be immersed in a sustainable world and that means giving up the many comforts that capitalist and material life give us . The place is really beautiful.
Thank you Marieke for everything! I cant wait to see your project done!

19 days ago

Marieke replied

Whaw, Nayara, I feel quite humbled by your words... Thank you, I'm really glad I could contribute to your life's path in a positive and constructive way - like you did to mine! Keep going, girl, you're brave!

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About Robur op Den Eik (Robur at The Oak)

  • Hosted by Marieke

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APPLICATIONS WELCOME, especially FOR LONGER STAYS. JULY IS FULL, AUGUST ALMOST, APPLICATIONS WELCOME FROM SEPTEMBER ON. PLEASE ONLY APPLY THROUGH THIS PLATFORM! Come live and work in back-to-basics paradise for a while! This is a healing and inspiring place that is already serving by bringing people together in a most harmonizing way. All people that have been here, go back home a more connected person. When you are volunteering at The O...

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