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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
26/11/2014

Description

Hello. Thanks for showing interest in our (mine and yours) sustainable development proyect in 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. PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO LEAVE WESTERN THOUGHT AND CONSUMERISM BEHIND, AS YOU ENTER INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, AS MANAGED BY ME.
This is not only one of the original WorkAway destinations in Colombia. It is one of the only few destinations that is truly designed to be holistic and not driven by profit. Thereforeere we will be: working hard, contemplating and enjoying the wonders and the virtues of nature, and above all, WE WILL BE HONORING THE PRESENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ORIGINAL INDIGENOUS GROUPS.
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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 working side by side with members of indigenous tribes, 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

Teaching,
Art project,
Language practise,
Charity work,
Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Building,
Gardening

Help

All farm related work: engaging in the proper use of natural resources, recycling and reusing trash, mkaking compost, fertilizing plants, planting seeds, maintaining plants, harvesting coffee (during harvest), cutting weeds (while not in harvest), gathering wood for fires, cooking (on gas stove of wood stove), washing dishes, fire making, garden building and-or maintenance. There may be also some light consttruction proyects, some heavy lifting and shoveling.Please indicate how comfortable you are with using machetes, axes of other toolswith very sharp edges.

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Accommodation

bunkbeds in the recently built house, tents, hammocks in indigenous house.
Showers in the forest, composting toilets for poop.

What else ...

HOW TO ARRIVE, WHERE TO STAY
If you leave from Santa Marta and don't stop until you arrive in my farm DO NOT leave SM after 12 noon.
(i apologize if at any moment the rates described here are out of date)
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 - $7000 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. $10,000 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 of field work, cooperate with kitchen tasks

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