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HELP US DEVELOP & MAINTAIN A SUSTAINABLE LIVING COFFEE FARM IN THE SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA

Country: Colombia

Workaway Host rating
4
Last Activity
23/09/2014

Description

Hello. Thanks for showing interest in our (mine and yours) sustainable development proyect in the BellaVista village, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROFILE (INCLUDING "extra Information" at the bottom) TO MAKE SURE THIS IS THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
It is mainly a back to basics experience where you work for a few hours, cook by fire, and enjoy the EXTREME dynamic weather patterns. Located ad 1700 meters above sea level and with one of the most impressive views and sunsets of the area, your help would restore the highest coffee farm in the region, and help it become and agroforestry proyect based on permaculture principles, with the aim to produce as much variety of food as the climate allows.
At the moment I am asking for a three (3) week commitment in the farm. This allows for full 15 days of work plus arrival and departure dates plus a day off per week to kick back in the beautiful hills of the area.
Internet access is very limited for me, so allow 2 to 3 weeks to get a response.
There are also some social proyects involved, like teaching english in a community school that is starting to benefit from the growth of foreign travelers in the area. The farm is next door to a bird sanctuary and has a spctacular view to the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Food costs are shared. as some of the foods consumed are produced in the farm (mainly plantains, yuca, blackberries and lulo). Otherwise the only cost to you is the transportation cost (anywhere from $12,000 COP to $52,000 COP round trip to Santa Marta)

Area

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Type of help

Language practise,
Helping with Tourists,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
Cooking / shopping,
Building,
Gardening

Help

All farm related work (harvesting, cutting weeds, cooking, washing dishes, fire making) as well as nearby social projects.

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Accommodation

bunkbeds in the recently built house, tents, hammocks.

What else ...

HOW TO ARRIVE, WHERE TO STAY
Once you are in Santa Marta: Go to "El Mercado" (The Market) district in Santa Marta. Look (or ask) for "Estacion de Minca", a street corner where you can get transportation to town of Minca. Take a "Colectivo" taxi (a shared ride) that will cost you $6000 COP plus $1000 to $2000 COP for luggage. If your budget allows you can hire the colectivo for yourself for $24,000 COP.
In MINCA, there are several hostels you can choose from, if you decide to kick back for a couple of days: Villa Silvia, Los Paisas, Loma Linda, El Mirador, Hostal Colonial, CasaLoma, Sans Souci, Los Pinos, just to name a few. Price ranges are $10,000 to $50,000 COP.
Once you arrive in Minca you have two options, depending on travel plans and budgets:
option 1. You can hire a "Mototaxi" (motorcycle taxi) to go to my farm. There are a few options here as well, described further below...
option 2. You can stay in town of Minca overnight (or nights if you prefer) and then take of to my farm.

... Mototaxi options:
1. Take mototaxi straight to my farm. Ask driver to take you to "Finca de Juan Carlos in Bellavista" ask to be dropped off at "Sendero Las Moras" (Blackberry Path). Take the path and you arrive to the farm- $20,000 COP.
2. Take mototaxi to "La Y" (The Y- a road split) and hike up 45 minutes up the hill towards Cerro Kennedy. Arrive to a sign that says "Sendero Las Moras"... $15,000 COP
3. Take mototaxi to "Campano" walk up to my farm for 90 minutes, follow directions from previous options. $7,000 COP
4. Hire no mototaxi at all. Hike for 6 hours to my farm. FREE!!

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours per day, early AM

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