The Plan

Right, so we’re finally ready to get started. The company has been formed, we have a group of volunteers waiting to join us in the next few months, and we’re flying over to start building in the next few days.

We envisage the build process will last around 6 months, so if you would like to visit and lend a hand, we’d love to host you. You’ll get a place to sleep (will be camping until we build the rooms!) and food, as well as a chance to spend time in a truly unique part of the world, building a truly unique beach hostel.

The plan is evolving, and looks something like this:

  1. Build a camp for workers and volunteers. This will include beds, storage, a workshop, a fire pit and barbeque, and a hub for meetings.
  2. Source local builders, designers, artists and suppliers
  3. Get the solar farm installed – we’ll need power for the build.
  4. Get the farm started. We have a lot to learn about permaculture, but we’re excited to grow as much of our own food as possible on-site.
  5. Sort out the water situation. A precious resource in this part of the world, and we don’t want to truck it in! We have a well around a mile away, but we will see if there’s fresh ground water on site. We’re also going to build solar seawter desalination experiments. We’ve been told it can’t be done on our budget, but that makes us even more determined.
  6. Build the dorm longhouse – initially for volunteers to use.
  7. Build a few treehouses and chillout platforms. Just because we can.
  8. Build the bar and lounge. This will be the Six Degrees ‘money shot’- a wonderful wooden construction on a low cliff next to the beach, looking out at sunset over the ocean. Designs are still in development, and we want to infuse plenty of local craftsmanship and creativity into this key social focal point.
  9. Arrange the sanitation system. We’ll be developing our own composting toilets, as well as grey water recycling systems. We have plenty of innovative ideas surrounding this, as well experts from around the world to help make it happen and get the design right at the beginning,
  10. Start building bungalows. This will take a while, as we want each one to be unique. The current plan is for a 2 level design. An open chillout zone below, and sleeping area upstairs, with a semi-outdoor bathrrom at the back. We’re not going to use air conditioning, so ventilation and¬†allowing wind through the rooms will be a key part of the design.
  11. Finishing touches. Making everything beautiful.
  12. Waiting for our first guests.

While all of this is happening we’ll also be getting to know the local community, and together finding ways to engage with the people in our area. We’ll need some employees, obviously, but also a range of partnerships for supplies, cultural tours and experiences, education, and much more. We’re not moving into their area just to build walls and make money. Together will the local community we’ll have a much more meaningful, sustainable business.

Quit your job. Volunteer at Six Degrees Sulawesi!

 

Update February 2018

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Exciting times ahead as we edge closer to the day this project really gets going. We’ve made great progress recently and we’re¬† currently working through a few final agreements and getting through all the paperwork which goes into starting a new venture here, then we’ll be ready to move onto the site and get cracking!

We’re currently in a phase of the project in which we would like to gather as much information as possible, and learn as much as we can. We have of course been doing our own research into sustainable technology, building in the tropics, permaculture, waste management, water managent, community engagement, and almost all other aspects of a project such as this. But, we still have a long way to go and we are very open to advice, assistance, support and on-the-ground help. Perhaps you have experience of setting up or working in an off-grid resort or other sustainable development? We’re almost certainly a little naive to the potential challenges and pitfalls which are just around the corner, so please get in touch!

We’re also now at the stage where we can start looking for volunteers to come and help on the site. We forsee this as a collaborative build in which like-minded people from the world can gather to share knowledge and skills, lend a hand, and experience the birth of a truly unique eco-friendly beach hostel.

If you have specific skills to offer, whatever they may be, please get in touch via our number in Jakarta or via Facebook (links at the bottom of this page).

We’re also looking for creatives – painters, artists, designers, architects, carpenters – to come and inject something a bit special into the project.

And finally, please help spread the word. We think that we are on the brink of developing a budget beach paradise which really stands alone in Asia. There are very few true eco hostels in the world in the first place, and Six Degrees will be a showcase for the very latest and best environmentally friendly technologies, building practices, and business operation. Let people know by liking us on facebook, sharing articles, or just good ol’ fashioned word-of-mouth.

More updates to come soon. 2018 is going to be special!