Experience an off-grid and self sufficient lifestyle deep in the Tepuhapa Valley, Raiatea Island, French Polynesia


French Polynesia

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  • Description


    Discover a place to reconnect yourself to nature...

    🌴Iaorana ! We are a Polynesian family - Vicky 63, and Eva 26 - looking for nature lovers to help us with welcoming our guests, house building projects and gardening.

    🌴Our shack is located deep in the « Tepuhapa Valley », 14km from the airport of Raiatea Island ( French Polynesia ), also known under the name of « the Sacred Island ». Our project is to get people to know how to live more healthily and sustainably : we made a unique place dedicated to wellness.
    Vicky has a strong passion for cooking and gardening, so she grows her own fruits and vegetables in order to use them for her vegan recipes. It’s been more than 15 years since she started to eat vegan and she loves to share with people all her food and nutrition tips.

    🌴One of our main missions is to help people to eat well with local foods. Another one is to make them more conscious about the positive effects of nature on their mental well-being. We help them to make a break from their routine so that they can center themselves and recharge before they go back home. The project has started in October 2019, so we still have a lot to do to improve the experience at our shack !

    🌴If you stay at our shack, you will experience an off-grid and self sufficient living in the lush of a Polynesian jungle ! So we have only solar power for electrics and we use the fresh water from the river. Vicky will be happy to make food for everybody but you can still make your own food if you like to cook.
    Not to mention that the 1km road to the house is very bad and only suitable for 4x4 vehicles, so you could either go by walk to the closest store or by bicycle if you prefer (we have 3 bicycles ).

    We hope we have told you enough about us, but of course you are welcome to ask us anything regarding our shack, location or French Polynesia.

    Mauruuru !

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    👉🏽Learn about the Tahitian culture : local food and recipes, Tahitian plants, history and traditions.
    👉🏽Eat well everyday with Vicky : you will taste her healthy and delicious vegan food made with homegrown products ! You will learn how you can make original recipes from coconut milk, sweet potatoes or other products from the garden.
    👉🏽Lean how to grow fruits and vegetables organically and naturally.

  • Help


    We are hoping to host around 1-2 volunteers at a time to live along side us to help with the general day-to-day tasks around the house and the garden, but also with DIY and house maintenance projects too. Helping us out with welcoming our guests (when they stay for a night or just for lunch) will also be a great thing.
    Once per month, we host a yoga retreat at the shack so group cooking and cleaning are the main priorities during this time.

  • Languages spoken

    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our volunteers will share a room with 2 I single beds and 1 bathroom. Towels and bedsheets can be provided. There is a living room where you can relax and read a book from the bookcase. Behind the house there is a laundry room to wash your clothes and dry them. An outdoor shower in the garden if you like it and one kitchen well furnished if you want to cook. There is also a « fare pote » in the garden to do yoga or meditation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we live in a valley, you can walk up along the river and explore the wilderness of the site. The closest grocery store is about 20min walk or 10min bicycling. The white
    Sand beach « Temaruao » is 10 min walk from the shack. If you want to go to the main town of the island (Uturoa), there are daily buses or get in the car with Vicky if possible. In town there are more activities and services (hospital, restaurants, stores, etc...).

  • 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

  • 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: 214325173716