Help us to build a Permaculture Ecocenter and plant an abundant tropical food forest in Mashpi, Ecuador

  • Ecuador
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  • Last activity: 13/12/2022



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    Its a family farm located in the beautifull bioregion of El choco, one of Ecuador biodiversity hotspots, our farm is close to Mashpi reserve, we are surrounded by cloudforests and our main focus in the farm is ecological restoration with permaculture, we are reforesting our old grasslands with food forest of rare fruits ,nuts and cacao, the project is young still, we have been living here for only two years,. We also have 2 hectares of organic hearts of palm (palmito) , and we process them (canned) on site.
    . In the farm we are often building things like our new house, workshop and also innovating in aspects like appropiate technolgy, we still run a consultancy bussines with waste water systems with constructed wetlands and rocket stoves, so we also like to build new rocket stuff in the farm like cookstoves, ovens, and dehydrators, so if you are lucky might be involved in one of this exciting projects!
    Once a year we run a PDC (Permaculture design Certificate ) and depending on the tine of the year we will be preparing stuff for the course, we do also other courses on the farm related to water management, rocket cookstoves, ovens and other aspects of apropiate technology, regenerative agroforestry and permaculture.
    We are a family of four (two little kids of 5 years one and 8 months the other, ) and usually we are taking care of the kids while we do farm chores.
    The farm is connected through a trail with 3 other farms, this trail is called SER ( sendero ecologico de la restauracion) so if you stay longer we can also arrange workdays with other farms that also have very interesting offers: one is a chocolate factory( Mashpishungo farm, Chocomashpi the brand) one of Ecuador best chocolates, they have a beautifull cocoa agroforestry plantation, the other farm is Pambiliño where they have a project called "forest school" or Bosque Escuela and every week they offer activities in the forest for the kids of the nearby public school, so they can develop a bond with our endangered ecosystem. The other farm in the trail is Chontaloma where they have a ecological reserve and also are working in ecological restoration, they also have a mini hostel...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
  • 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

    You could learn mostly about tropical permaculture, bioconstruction, appropiate technology, water management, and agroforestry, if you are interested in deepening your knowledge about this subjects we also offer learning programs.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help mostly in farm chores like removing weeds, planting trees, pruning, building with bamboo and mud, transplanting, working in the tree nursery..filling tree bags..sometimes cooking for the people working in the farm.......

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a confortable bambu cabin for two to four people. Meals shared

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the town there is a beatifull river to swim, hiking around the forest,,

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 252179464693

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