Come to Chiloé Archipelago and help us with the re-forestation of 4 hectares of degraded land



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  • Description


    After re-foresting and conserving old-growth forest on a 70 hectare (173 acres) property, we are now making it accessible to blind people and people in a wheelchair through an all-accessible trail
    In summer we rent a small cabin in the woods
    Slowly we are transforming degraded farmland in a permaculture farm and food forest.
    This Spring and Summer we will plant 6.400 more native trees on a piece of land that was clear-cut by the previous owners.

    We are a family of four:
    -Grecia : born on the island of Chiloé, 4th generation artisan
    Teaches weaving on the traditional and Swedish loom
    -Tamara : Grecia’s daughter, loves basketball, music, traveling, foreign languages, swimming
    -Gabriel : our new member of the family... Born in October 2013
    -Jeroen : Belgian citizen since 2005 living on the Archipelago of Chiloé. Jeroen is a chef, farmer and tour guide

    The main projects on Alihuen are:
    - Wildlife protection
    - Eco tourism
    - Environmental education
    - Reforestation
    - Water conservation
    - Sustainable land management
    - Organic farming

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • 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 will contribute to the planting of 6.400 trees and learn about the whole process, those staying between January and April will see the process from beginning till the end.
    Jeroen is a tour guide and can talk about the best places to visit on the archipelago.
    Grecia is a native 'Chilota' (Chiloé islander) and works as an artisan. If you want to practice your Spanish and learn more about Chiloé, she is the person.

  • Help


    We need help from people enthusiastic about re-forestation with native trees and are physically able to do manual work.
    Weed brushes will have to be cut, fences will be build to protect the trees from small and bigger animals entering the plantation and eventually the trees will be planted.
    The work will be done in a group of 4 people coordinated by the owner Jeroen.
    We will work with machinery like a brush cutter, a small wood chipper for the weed brush and a fence post drill.
    All the safety measures will be followed.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, English, French and Dutch

  • Accommodation


    A cozy waterproof teepee tent, a separate toilet and bathroom and solar showers
    Energy comes from solar panels
    A re-furbished traditional Chilote wooden house is the kitchen and living space

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What do we offer in return of your work:

    -Accommodation and 3 meals a day

    -Lessons on re-forestation and sustainable land management in general

    -Clean skies The southern hemisphere sky is great for observing the stars. The closest cities are at 30 and 80 km so there is little light pollution. If you have an iPod, iPad or similar device, the ‘SkyView’ app helps you distinguishing the constellations and shows the names of stars, planets, comets etc...

    -There is a swimming pond to cool down on warm days

    -Lots of information about the region and the best places to visit

    -A quiet and peaceful place with lots of birds and the occasional native deer, the second smallest in the world

    -A river is close by to kayak and a nature reserve and national park are in the vicinity to hike and camp

  • 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

    5 hours a day

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