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I'm a mother of three living in a foggy forest in the mountains of Puebla and co-living with a grandma who is an old friend that sometimes receives the visit of her sons, daughters and husband (whom are also friends of ours).
The property we live in is surrounded by nature; the river is nearby. The house consists of a main house where grandma lives; an independent kitchen and four bedrooms with two bathrooms where we live. We have dogs, cats, chickens, two kinds of bees and a small greenhouse. Though the house has no nearby neighbors, It is important to mention that the house is about 150 meters away from the highway, so from time to time you can hear cars and buses; specially big buses.
I work in a local NGO with an art project with the local youth, mainly indigenous Náhuat youth. The art project consists of an engraving workshop, a drawing and painting workshop, a small cafe and shop, and a couple of rooms to receive teachers and students from outside. In another community we also have a carpentry, which helps us with the art project but also with other projects.
I usually leave with two of my children after breakfast at around 8:30am; while the last one of our kids stays with a lady that helps us with chores and babysitting. We come back to eat with the kids at around 4pm.
I'm looking for other mothers with children who want to share some of the caretaking duties with children in the afternoons, preferably who can also help growing veggetables in the greenhouse and outside, and who can also help with the maintenance of the compost. Someone who likes to walk in nature would also be desireable.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesCharity WorkArt ProjectsElderly CompanionshipTeachingGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We live in a zone where the Náhuat culture and language still prevails at large. Also, we have close contact with an art project that does involve Náhuat emerging artists and also artists from other parts of Mexico and/or the world.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
As we have a variety of projects, the help you give depends on what project you want to collaborate in:
- Art project: you can help out accompanying our team in the variety of activities they do: creating murals and paintings; doing canvases frames for the paintings; teaching youth painting, drawing or any other technique you know well; selling online and with tourists in english; creating merchandize from the murals and paintings to sell; and other alike activities.
- Playhouse project: you can help out with school like activities, involving indoor and outdoor creative play for approximately 10 children ages 2-8.
- Carpentry project: you can help out in the different carpentry orders: canvases and frames for the art project, furniture and experimental toys with bamboo for the playhouse project, and in general orders from clients which usually are for furniture. Also, you could help out with general maintenance of the different houses we rent for the different projects.
- Help with Juan's house: you can help out with the greenhouse and vegetable gardens; with the bees, and with the general maintenance of the house. In this project, it is important to mention that you would be sharing time mostly with Elena, Juan's mother, and not so much with us, as we mostly just arrive to sleep and we leave at around 10am in the mornings.
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.
You would be staying with us in a space that has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. You would stay in one of the bedrooms and have your own bathroom, though the main hallway where the bathrooms are would be shared with us. Also, at nights it is important to mention that the kids cry from time to time, so keep this in mind!
What else ...
Cuetzalan del Progreso is a very nice touristy town and has wonderful natural surroundings to explore. There are many caves and waterfalls all around; one archeological site; nice cafes with music on weekends; etc. The main town is around 15 minutes away by car or public transport, and you can take transport from outside the house.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We have 10gb of internet. It is important however to mention that whenever the weather is extremely bad, internet and/or light does go frequently go down.
Can possibly accept pets
Cats or dogs that don't sleep in their owner's bed.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week