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We are an organic farm, agro-ecological project and educational centre nestled in the hills of San Agustín in the south of Colombia aiming to share our vision of an alternative, ecological and prosperous life with the community and in harmony with Mother Earth.
We follow a zero carbon footprint policy, live in harmony with our planet and therefore focus on Permaculture and Bioconstruction techniques to advocate an alternative to the common way of living. Through special programme we created our harvest goes directly to those in need of help, in form of well-balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals.
Who we are:
We are an agro-ecological educational centre, based on a permaculture farm in Colombia - so what does that mean?
Primarily, we are dedicated to cultivating a large variety of food in an ecological and sustainable way. This means our practices are focused on using resources sustainably and responsibly, without the use of any harmful, inorganic pesticides and fertilisers. As well as this, we aim to provide an alternative education for adults and children alike, as a means to empower them with the knowledge and skills to create a better life for themselves, their immediate environment and ultimately a better world. Our teachings and workings are based on food sovereignty, bioconstruction and regenerative design and take place in forms of courses, guided tours and workshops.
Our core team is comprised of six permanent employees in charge of running and maintaining the farm, as well as various volunteers who contribute their energy and skill to our project. The help of our volunteers is invaluable to the success of our work.
What we do:
On a day to day basis, the general upkeep of the farm consists of preparing the land, sowing or transplanting, harvesting, cooking, cleaning, repairing and building.
Other tasks adding to the functioning of the farm include watering the plants, preparing and moving the compost, preparing fertiliser (consisting of microorganisms), manual pest control, adding compost to the fields, weeding, etc.
On special occasions such as events, our tasks also involve guiding groups through the finca, organising workshops and lectures and prior cleanup of the whole terrain.
Here at Viracocha, we advocate the philosophy of Holistic Ecology. The idea behind it is to look at the human beings whilst taking into account its various necessities (social, economic, ecological, spiritual) - from food and shelter, to health and integrity. Understanding what humans fundamentally need to live a happy and fulfilling life, leaves you in a better position to make that a reality and change the world around you. Starting with your mental and physical wellbeing, you can begin to improve your life and the life of those around you by giving yourself what you really need to be truly content. We believe that integrating these human necessities into modern life is essential to improving the mental, physical and emotional state of people in this world. This means reconnecting with ourselves, our fellow brothers and sisters, and the natural world that sustains us.
What we do is an example of this philosophy, whereby we have created an environment in which we care for each other, have clear and open communication, consume food healthily and consciously, respect each other as well as the land we live off. We live and breathe this philosophy because we stand by Ghandi’s words “be the change you want to see in the world” - the best way to bring about change is to be a positive example to others and sow good seeds for future generations to come.
Help with Eco project
What you can expect:
Monday to Saturday from 7AM to 12PM with a 20-minute break at 10AM
Saturday: Cleaning day of the farm
New incomes only from Monday to Friday 7AM to 6PM, no new incomes on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
-accommodation in one of our dorms or alternatively on our camping area and
-one nutritious, warm lacto-ovo-vegetarian meal per working day (excludes Sundays), and on Saturdays the volunteers cook among themselves.
Volunteer areas include:
an open, fully equipped firewood stove kitchen (no fridge, filtered drinking water from the aqueduct) with outside dining area, showers (cold water only), compost toilets and fire place.
A laundry area for hand washing is available to use for free (or alternatively we do a machine wash for you (8000 COP)).
And of course you are welcome to roam around our beautiful premises.
We always get volunteers from many places in the world and in you spare time you will have opportunity to meet and connect with all these interesting people. As we have lunch together every working day you will share time with us and feel what it's like to be part of the Viracocha family.
If you call us, you will be likeley to speak to Carlos so Spanish knowledge would be fantastic!
What you should bring:
We are looking for anyone that has experience in the following firleds:
permaculture, organic farming, carpentry, bioconstruction, architecture, regenerative or landscape design or gardening is preferable.
If you are new to this field we are happy to share our knowledge with you as long as you bring a general interest for ecological, sustainable and social topics and a willingness to work responsibly and self-reliantly.
Work includes: field work (working the soil, maintaining the terraces), general maintenance (raking, bathroom cleaning), sow seeds, harvest produce, making the bokashi compost, transplanting little plants, making organic liquid fertiliser and applying it, weeding ...
If you are are a professional in any of the above jobs of course your work might include other things. Carpenters e.g. also fix the terraces and help us build or repair buildings.
What we expect:
As mentioned above, your work is invaluable to our farm.
To make any cooperation work though, it has to be based on mutual respect.
And as long as this cooperation serves everyone (us, you and the other volunteers) we are happy to maintain it.
We therefore highly value the following character traits:
self-initiative and motivation,
clear and open communication and
an eagerness to work.
We expect you to cooperate with us, to be self-reliant and responsible, to be punctual, communicative, open-minded and attentive.
All year around, there is lots of work to do on the farm and we might miss something so if you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it, but instead take the initiative to make it happen.
We want you to feel at home with us and that also means that you treat everything you use or borrow as if it was yours. Return tools and equipment in an impeccable state so the next person can use it.
If you break something communicate it with us so we can find a solution.
Spanisch, German, English
Accommodation in a dorm or alternatively on our camping area.
We will provide one meal per day for volunteers.
It’s useful to bring a good waterproof jacket and trousers, rubber boots, a flashlight, a pocket knife, a hat or headscarf, mosquito spray and sun screen (you wouldn’t be the first person with a sunburn after field work).
We kindly ask you to bring your own perfume free toilet paper and a bar of organic soap.
If you stay at the camping area bring whatever you need to accommodate yourself (it can get wet during rainy season!).
Our farm is a 15 to 20 minute walk downhill to the village centre where you can do your weekly shopping and use the internet.
You can find a variety of local produce in the food market, “Galería”, which is open all week.
There is no internet connection on the premises so we recommend you to use an internet café in town or your mobile data.
San Agustín is known for its archeological park and stunning surroundings so we invite you to get off your phone and head outdoors to experience this magical place that we call our home.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week