Hi, my name is Eber!
I manage a small family run farm in the fresh forest hills overlooking Pitalito town. I am looking for volunteers who want to learn how to care for and milk our beautiful dairy cows - Negra, Niña, Niño and baby Cassy.
The workaway will include preparing the food and feeding the cows, caring for the health of the animals and administering medicine, cleaning and upkeep, landscaping and field work and, of course, the milking (which means you will have a nice fresh bottle milk for your coffee every morning!)
I will provide everything you need to help with the cows and require only three hours of your time throughout the day. In this time, I´ll be around to give guidance and show you the ropes. The rest of the time, you will have this peaceful mountain ranch all to yourself.
We have basic rural accommodation on the farm, including private bedroom with bed and blankets, gas and wood kitchen, fridge, bathroom and shower and watering hole for hand washing clothes. We also have electricity and fresh spring water, also acommodation available in the main house in Pitalito city for workawayers who want to help with babysitting or English teaching.
As it is a small farm, I can currently take two volunteers maximum at a time.
On the farm we have organically grown coffee, plantano, mangos and herbs. This means that there is plenty of fresh fruit hanging around to eat. Also, depending on the season, I can teach how to plant, nurture and gather this food.
Food is not provided but I will be happy to bring whatever provisions you need when I come by in the morning (the farm is 5 km from the commercial centre, although there are some basic shops nearby).
If you work more than five hours, I will provide food for three daily meals also. Other opportunities that will be available include horticultural work (mentioned above), teaching English (I run a small school in Pitalito and speak fluent Engish) , babysitting (for a 3 years old boy who is learning lenguages) and also construction work to begin on another farm project to be realized this year in a nearby pueblo.
If you have any questions, please message me.
I look forward to hearing from you… and so do the cows!
Babysitting / child care
Help with Computers / internet
Volunteers will be staying in beautiful ranch overlooking the Pitalito valley and expect lots of fresh air, wildlife and tranquility.
They will also learn the practical "in and outs" of dairy cow farming, which is incredibly useful if they wish to build or manage a dairy farm themselves, not to mention the life noursishing experience.
We will also be practising growing the fruit and vegetables we have on the farm and learning about our simple, ecological and substainable way of living, precious skills and knowledge that can help people looking to build sustainable homes or communities of their own.
And of course, nurturing a relationship with the happy cows, becoming friends with them and understanding their quirky personalities. Beware: nobody can resist their charming ways!
Last but not least They can learn Spanish!
Horticulture = cows
- Daily milking the cows
- Daily checking the health of the cows
- Daily gathering food and feeding the cows
- Daily setting the cows to pasture
- Occasionally cleaning up
- Occasionally administering medicine and removing parasites
- Occasionally other minor vetinary activity
- Occasionally landscaping and field work
- Occasionally farm upkeep and handywork
- Language practice
- English teaching
- Babysitting (a 3 years old child )
English, Spanish, Basic French
As I said, we have basic rural accommodation on the farm, including private bedroom with bed and blankets, gas and wood kitchen, fridge, bathroom and shower and watering hole for hand washing clothes. We also have electricity and fresh spring water. Food is generally not included.
There is public transport to and from the farm every hour from the centre of Pitalito.
There are forest paths around the farm, leading along the streams and up the mountain where there are many flowers and animals.
We are 40 minutes from San Augustin archeological park, where the remains of ancient, precolombian civilizations can be visited. The little town is quaint and picturesque with a buzzing cosmopolitan culture.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days per week (but very flexible)