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Frequently Asked Questions


Events General

Can I publish an event without a user account?

No, you need to create a user's account to publish events (workshops, trainings, conferences) or list a professional activity (organisation, company, architect, engineer, etc).

How do I publish an event?

To publish an event, first you need to create a user's account (see "create a user's account"). Then click "add an event" (select the type of event you want to add - workshop, training, conference) Fill in the formulaire and confirm. Once confirmed by an administrator, your event is online and anyone can register to it up to the availability you have set. It takes up to 24 hours for an administrator to confirm your event.

The event's categories explained

A workshop is mostly about learning while doing. Workshops are usually organized right on a construction site. The host will give the participants a quick overview of the materials that are going to be used, the different tools, the recipes, techniques, security steps if any etc. Then, it is all about doing the stuff.

A course, as opposed to a workshop, is mostly about learning through theory then practicing a little, most of the time on a test surface. The learning goes more in depth going through all the information there is to it.

Conferences are about sitting while listening and watching speakers give presentations about their work, discoveries, techniques and so on. Some conferences will have hands on workshops on the side, some won't.

A festival is an event where usually several people, companies and or organizations present their work. They can be a mix of courses, workshops and conferences.

Can I list my event on Ecobilda but manage registrations elsewhere?

Yes absolutely. When adding your event, you can choose to manage your registrations on Ecobilda or elsewhere. If so, you will need to provide an external link so we can direct people to it.

Can people subscribe to my events via Ecobilda?

Yes, you can actually choose whether you want to manage your event’s registrations via Ecobilda or elsewhere (in which case you need to provide an external link). If you chose to use Ecobilda to manage your registrations, you will be notified by email for every registration, and you will be put in contact with each other.

Can I duplicate an event to list it on several dates?

Not yet but we plan on adding this functionality in the near future

Can people pay their registration fees to my event via Ecobilda?

Not yet, but we plan on adding this functionality in the near future.

Can I set different types of fees for my event?

Not yet but we plan on adding this functionality in the near future




Events : Volunteering opportunities - Host

What is a volunteering opportunity?

A volunteering opportunity event is quite different than all the different category events that can be listed on Ecobilda. A volunteering opportunities is a natural building project where Ecobildaz (volunteers) can join to help. It can go from a short couple of days project up to a couple of years (usually, those projects last a while). Ecobildaz joining usually work for free in exchange for food, accommodation, learning skills, fun, community time, etc. Ecobildaz request to join the project and the host accepts them (or not depending on the project's conditions).

Who can publish a volunteering opportunity?

Everyone that is planning or currently undergoing a natural building project (house, shed, etc.) and who desires and can afford to host Ecobildaz (volunteers) to come and help.

Is it free to publish a volunteering opportunity

Yes, absolutely.

How many Ecobildaz can I accept or host?

That is up to you, but keep in mind that you will have to provide food and accomodation, as well as entertainment and company for all of them during the whole time of their stay, so make sure you accept the number of people you can decently care for.

Do I have to teach skills to Ecobildaz?

Yes and no. That's all up to you, what they can do or are willing to learn. There are no rules, although we suggest not putting too many responsibilities on Ecobildaz that have no appropriate skills, but you'll figure that out!

What kind of people are Ecobildaz?

Well, you, me, everybody! And that's the beauty of it. Everyone can join you on your build, from everywhere in the world. You may find out that building your house out of mud was the wildest trip you have ever taken after meeting and getting along with people from all walks of life, from all over our planet!




Users

Can I send messages to other users on Ecobilda?

Not yet, but we plan to add this functionality in the near future.

Can I see who is a member on Ecobilda?

Yes and no. So far, you can only see people who have published an event. But we are planning on adding a member’s search functionality to allow you to get in touch with specific people, at the same time we will add the messaging system.




Security and personal information

Who can see my profile?

Anyone registered as user.

Who can see my personal information?

To register on Ecobilda, we need your email address to confirm your account. This information is not available to other users. However, if you publish an event, you will have to provide us with a telephone number, allowing the ecobilda team or, depending on the cases, your event's participants, to contact if needed. Your email address, in this case, is available to your event's participants.



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