Join our American family in an off-grid homestead and farm - Los Lagos, Chile

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  • Description


    We are an American family of 3: Jim and Lori and son Thomas, 15 years old, who live off grid on 3 hectares in the Region of Los Lagos, near Puerto Octay. We have a large garden and a small greenhouse, sheep, cows, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, cats and a dog. We strive for self-sufficiency and simplicity while enjoying the tranquil beauty of southern Chile. We welcome Spanish speakers who do not speak English to help us improve our Spanish. Our lifestyle is about raising animals for food so we cannot accommodate vegans or vegetarians.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Workers will benefit from learning gardening and construction while working with us, as well as opportunities to explore this magnificent part of the world! We look forward to meeting people from other cultures and share our beautiful life on the farm and the community in general. Other hobbies or skills that we would like to share, if interested, are cooking from scratch, canning, sewing / quilting, blacksmithing, organic gardening.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for young people interested in learning about the self sufficient lifestyle. Growing and producing your own meals, animals raised for the table, producing your own power, etc. While experience is not a prerequisite we would prefer volunteers who are motivated to learn about how to grow your own food and cook it! The meals you eat here will be some of the best you will eat in Chile! (so I've been told!) We have a lot to share with volunteers who are interested to learn! People who are committed, punctual, responsible, and independent workers, with initiative and good humor will do well here on our farm and a bit of knowledge would be super too! If you are still interested, contact me through Workaway and we can find out if we are a good match!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We have a nice cabin for workers with private bathroom, 1double bed, heated with a wood stove. . Meals will be provided in the main house, an abundant American-style breakfast, a mid-day meal and a light dinner in the evening. Internet / Wifi is available most of the time. Washer available but without dryer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are only a few minutes from Lake Llanquihue and Osorno Volcano. The nearest bus stop is 6 km away. The bus and the hitchhiking are common, frequent, cheap and safe. We have kayaks that can be used in the summer months. Local opportunities include hiking (climbing the volcano), biking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 356914133219

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