Help with our home, hostel and eco-project in Cuenca, Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are a friendly family of four (Jacquie 59, Boris 54, Isabel 23, Tamara 17), who have lived between our farm and the city, and in the last year we have started to create a project on the farm called Here and Now, which has a holistic cosmovision of eco-living and learning. We are in the process of restoring a little traditionally made house and we have a hostel where we will soon start giving essential oil workshops. The work we need varies between helping with gardening, helping in the greenhouses (if you are knowledgeable in that area), general maintenance, restoring the house and helping in the hostel.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We would love to share all our knowledge and we would like to share ideas about how we can improve this space. You will be working alongside with the community where we live and if you are up to it, you will learn new skills related to gardening, constructing, botanica, distilling and art. You will be able to visit cities around here and enjoy the different culture present in each one.
    We also speak English and Spanish, and Tamara and Isa are learning German

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    When you get here you will get a proper introduction of what your tasks will be, which will depend on the experience and knowledge that you have. We try to offer you a good variety of jobs and tasks that fit your interests and that we believe are good for you depending on your skills, the time you stay here and your motivation. If you have anything in particular that you would like to help with, we are open to suggestions. Tamara will spend most of their time explaining and supervising what you are doing so if there are any questions, they will be happy to help
    We are starting to renovate a traditionally made house and we might also build a new house from scratch at the end of the year, and therefore we have a lot of preparations to do already. People interested in learning how to build houses are welcome to join during the building period; we are especially interested in those who have experience in bioconstruction, you are more than welcome to come and help with restoring and construction. You will learn a lot about building, so we need motivated and interested helpers.
    There is constant maintenance work to do and you will be in charge of preparing the house before and after guests leave and making sure everything is in order.
    We would like you to help whith the general maintenance of the gardens and of the vegetable plot. We need help planting some trees, weeding around the house, and making the gardens look nice.
    We are in the process of creating a succulent collection so if you have the sufficient knowledge in this are we would like to talk to you beforehand to see if you can help in the greenhouses with the reproduction, sorting, and classification of these plants.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We can offer different places for you to stay depending on the availability of them and when you will be staying.
    1ST HOUSE: there are two rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom where you will stay. During the week there will be somebody cooking in that kitchen and if you wish you can eat with the community if not you will be able to cook your own food. During the weekends you will be making your own food and we will provide you with ingredients including vegetables from the vegetable crop.
    2ND HOUSE: if the hostel isn’t in use, you will be able to stay there and enjoy the swimming pool. Foodwise, it is the same as in the 1st house.
    3RD HOUSE: you can also stay in a room in the house where the whole family stays, this accommodation is a 20 min walk from where you will be working, and it does have internet not like the other houses, there is also a pool.
    4TH HOUSE: there is a house in Cuenca where you can stay for a couple of days if you wish to visit Cuenca.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In you free time you will be able to go for walks around the property where you will be surrounded by nature, make a bonfire if it isn’t dry season, play board games and enjoy your surroundings. As said earlier you might be able to use the swimming pool. There are also busses which can take you to some cities around the area.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 124419985716