Hi there! We are Joep and Julia (both Dutch), very nice that you´re having a look at our page :)
After having worked as an archaeologist and architect and traveling the world, we settled down on a beautiful secluded plateau in the mountains, just outside the cultural heritage village of Barichara. With a passion for sustainable design, construction and nature, we renovated the finca´s old farmhouse (rammed earth, adobe), planted many native trees and built an ecological waste water recycling system. We also started a food forest as well as regenerative projects to harvest rainwater (earth works) and now share two dry stone wall outdoor bathrooms - thanks to our wonderful volunteers :) And there are still many more exciting things to do!
We have also set up a campsite to share our little patch of Colombian landscape with travelers from all over the world. The property feels a bit like a natural playground where we keep on learning about permaculture and experimenting with various sustainable (building) techniques. We love to exchange ideas, work together, be creative and learn. And it is inspiring to be part of a very active regenerative community here in Barichara. We also enjoy hiking and have two adorable adopted dogs.
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
We would be more than happy to share what we have learned about (sustainable) architecture, construction, water use, design, reforestation, syntropic agroforestry, food forests, gardening, tour guiding, recycled wood, furniture, archaeology, stone- and sand sculpting.. Our guests on the campsite come from all over the world and generally are very inspirational people. In the village of Barichara you can learn about various arts and crafts, traditional architecture and much more.
After recently having redefined our focus ;) we are now receiving volunteers again for the following activities:
- Optimizing our overall water system which includes: finishing a vermicomposting system with an infiltration area (future food forest), digging some trenches, installing pipes, building a sand filter and planting fruit trees. This project may also include building some dry stone containing walls and earth works.
- Things to do on a day-to-day basis: a bit of cleaning/sweeping/watering as well as general maintenance of the gardens, the campsite, the house and the (food) forest.
On the longer term (just for you to have an idea) we would like to work on: a natural swimming pool, a fully functioning food forest (syntropic agroforestry), an alternative energy supply, structures to protect tents, a lookout-terrace, an off grid tiny house..
We´re especially interested in hands-on type of people who enjoy physical tasks and don´t mind to get their hands dirty. It would be great if you have specific skills such as building, (landscape) gardening or carpentry. If you have (other/creative) work experiences which you think could be helpful, please let us know! We really welcome new ideas that our volunteers suggest, that´s why we now have a beautiful compost bin as well as hand made kitchen lamps. The idea is to do work that you are interested in!
We prefer volunteers to stay for a minimum time of two weeks. Furthermore it is essential that you have your own international health and accident insurance.
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Although having a slight preference to speak (and practice) Spanish we are happy to speak other languages if that´s easier for you :)
On our campsite we offer our volunteers regular tents with bedding, and the climate here is actually perfect for camping all year round. You can use the bathrooms (hot solar shower), wifi, the social area with hammocks, fully equipped guest kitchen, drinking water, campfire/BBQ, refrigerator and washing machine.
From monday to friday, we ask for a maximum of 5 hours of help per day in return for a (large & healthy) breakfast, basic (non-perishable) ingredients for another main meal every day, and accommodation in a spectacular natural environment. You can prepare your lunch and dinner in the guest kitchen, and Barichara offers a nice variety of restaurants if you are in for something else.
The location of our finca is very convenient for exploring the area, with many trails nearby to Barichara (a 35 minutes walk), Guane and many other villages. It´s also very easy to catch a tuk-tuk between our place and Barichara (a 10 minutes drive), or to take a bus. Barichara has a unique cultural and bohemian atmosphere combined with tranquility and a perfect climate. Its authenticity attracts artists and travelers from all over the world. Other activities in the area include extreme sports such as rafting, paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking and caving, mostly close to San Gil (at a 40 minutes drive).
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
We have a fast and generally reliable Internet connection, so here you can work remotely if you want to!
We have a campground for overlanders called ´Camping Guiamaro´, so you´re more than welcome to just drive in! For more of an idea, check out iOverlander, Instagram and Youtube.
You´re more than welcome to bring your dog! If you consider bringing your cat, please contact us...
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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