Come and help me to build a bamboo house in Mompiche, Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    I fell in love with beautiful Mompiche, moved here and started to build my dream house in 2006. It is a five story bamboo house, built like a wedding cake. The top floor has a spectacular 360 degree view, with views from the shower and the toilet too!
    Mompiche is a quaint fishing village with a pristine 40-mile crescent moon bay. From October to April there are world-class waves, attracting surfers from around the world. It is surrounded by jungle with monkeys and tons of birds, including toucans and parrots.
    I am a massage therapist from Esselen, Big Sur, California with more than 40 years of experience.
    Chocolate making, basket weaving, and coconut cracking classes are available. Tours of the jungle and yoga can be arranged. You can explore the incredible surrounding area on foot or in kayaks, on horseback, or on a motorboat.

    I am charging $10 a week for all the bottled water you can drink and a bed in my dream house. I offer 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners for $30. I only ask for 15 hours of work a week. By the way, I am a very Delicious and healthy cook. Please let me know when you want to come, how long you plan to stay and if you plan to join us for the meals.
    I have a 2-week minimum. Firm.

    Here is last week's menu so you can get an idea of how well I treat my volunteers.

    Breakfast all come with a Pot of Tea or Fresh Brewed Coffee

    Monday - Italian Breakfast - Polenta w/eggs topped with Roasted Bell Pepper Sauce
    Tuesday - Ecuatoriano - Maduro, and eggs - maduros are sauteed ripe plantains
    Wednesday - Mompichero - Banana pancakes w/ Caramelized Pineapple Sauce & fruit
    Thursday -North Americano-Crispy Potatoes cooked w/ onions, red & green bell peppers & eggs
    Friday - French - French toast w/ homemade Raspberry Sauce and Papaya salad


    Monday - Bake Halibut w/Passion Fruit Sauce, Barley/Rice Risotto & lots of Steamed Veggies
    Tuesday - Peanut Butter/Chicken Pasta made w/garlic, ginger, naraghia juice, toasted sesame seeds
    Wednesday - Shrimp in Curry/Coconut milk Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes & Salad
    Thursday - Big Italian Salad w/lots of veggies & avocado & Pesto Pasta made w/fresh basil & spinach and toasted peanuts & garlic bread.
    Friday - Lungustinos Encocado this is Giant Prawns cooked in Coconut milk w/rice & Brownies made from Local Cacao & Banana/Pineapple/Rum Daiquiris

    Lugustinos (giant prawns) are seasonal and not always available, but I always try to do something special on Fridays to show appreciation for the weeks work.

    The meals area big part of the experience here at the Casa , so please let me know if you plan to participate in the meals and how long you expect to stay. Than

    Please, absolutely NO tobacco in the house. Firm.

    There is NO Bank or ATM`s in Mompiche, the closest bank is 2 hours away by bus. I just got internet after working on it for 6 months, If you want to use the internet I charge $5 a week. Or you can use the internet cafes.
    Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you. Sirena

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Don't be a tourist, come and be a part of the community.
    Learn everything about Bamboo, I have made lots of mistakes so you can see examples of bamboo work done right and done wrong.
    Learn how to cook with all the local exotic ingredients like giant shrimp, clams, all different kinds fish, make homemade coconut milk, cook with the best chocolate in the world grown right here in Mompiche.
    Learn to make chocolate from the bean to the cake.
    Learn or practice you skills surfing on world class waves. Our waves come in sets of four, the first is small for beginners to the fourth for the more seasoned surfer.
    Take a jungle tour and see monkeys, toucans, and much more. Learn the uses of local herbs and plants.
    I can set you up with a very good Spanish teacher if interested.
    Yoga and massage are available.
    And much more.

  • Help


    We have just taken down the front of the house and are putting up a new Bamboo Front with a new entrance with new. stairs. Next, we will be replacing floorboards and putting up some Bamboo walls.
    I am in need of a plumber to help me connect my new washing machine. An electrician to help put up more lights.
    I am looking for 4-6 people to come help. The hard and dirty work of cleaning and curing the Bamboo is finally done and now on with the much easier fun work of varnishing all the bamboo in this tall house that will end with a big celebration with dinner and drinks on the house!
    I am also looking for someone with talent in organization skills.
    I need someone to help with some cement work. Also, I am saving bottles to make a bottle wall, If anyone has any experience with making walls with bottles, this would be a big plus!
    There are also many construction projects, so if you have any experience with this then get in touch. There is a lot of finish work to be done like shelves, doors, and cabinets.
    If you are an artist & want to work and make things with Bamboo this is the place.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english and español

  • Accommodation


    I have two double beds and 2 single beds 3 showers!, and 3 toilets with amazing views. Kitchen includes refrigerator, oven, blender, running water and stove!.

    I have two cats llaona and Puma. Please, NO TOBACCO in the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is NO Bank or ATM's in Mompiche, the closest bank is 2 hours away by bus. I just got internet after working on it for 6 months, If you want to use the internet I charge $5 a week. Or you can use the internet cafes.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours a day 5 days a week

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    $10 per week

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