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




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    We are an American family of 3: Jim and Lori and son Thomas, 13 years old, who live off grid on 3 hectares in the Region of Los Lagos, near Puerto Octay. We are currently building our farm. 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.

    Somos una familia norteamericana de 3: Jim y Lori e hijo Thomas, de 13 años, que viven fuera de la red en 3 hectáreas en la Región X de Los Lagos, cerca de Puerto Octay. Actualmente estamos construyendo nuestra granja. Tenemos un gran jardín y un pequeño invernadero, oejas,vacas, gallinas, conejos, patos, gansos, gatos y un perro. Nos esforzamos por la autosuficiencia y la simplicidad mientras disfrutamos de la belleza tranquila del sur de Chile. Damos la bienvenida a hispanohablantes que no hablan inglés para ayudarnos a mejorar nuestro español.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    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, beekeeping.

    ¡Los trabajadores se beneficiarán aprendiendo jardinería y construcción mientras trabajan junto a nosotros, además de las oportunidades para explorar esta magnífica parte del mundo! Esperamos con interés conocer gente de otras culturas, y compartir nuestra hermosa vida en la granja y la comunidad en general. Otros pasatiempos o habilidades que nos gustaría compartir, si está interesado, son cocinar desde cero, enlatar, coser / acolchar, herrería, jardinería orgánica, apicultura.

  • Help


    We are looking for help with the garden and greenhouse, animal care, putting up fences, splitting firewood and help finishing up the interior of our home - finishing out walls, floors, and ceiling. We do most but not all of the work ourselves sometimes learning as we go but our ability to get our home finished was diminished somewhat when our 2 teens grew up and flew the coop!
    :( Sadly, it happens but we are happy for them and now we just need someone young and spry to climb or crawl or lift, etc.
    Projects for August through December 2020- chopping firewood and gardening are the top projects - rainy days are for inside projects.
    We are semi-retired so the work schedule is casual and open to your interests and abilities.

    Estamos buscando ayuda con el jardín y el invernadero, el cuidado de los animales, colocando cercas, cortando leña y ayudando a terminar el interior de nuestra casa: terminar paredes, pisos y techo. Hacemos la mayoría, pero no todo el trabajo, a veces aprendiendo sobre la marcha, pero nuestra capacidad para hacer que nuestro hogar termine se redujo un poco cuando nuestros 2 adolescentes crecieron y voló la cooperativa.
    :( Tristemente sucede, pero estamos felices por ellos y ahora solo necesitamos a alguien joven y listo para escalar, gatear o levantar, etc.
    Estamos semi-jubilados, por lo que el horario de trabajo es informal y abierto a sus intereses y abilidades.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a nice cabin for workers with private bathroom, 1double bed, heated with a wood stove. When we are renting the cabin out, workers can stay in our home in our spare bedroom. 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. We do not have unlimited, high speed internet so no downloading or streaming of videos, please! Washer available but without dryer.

    Tenemos una bonita cabaña para los trabajadores con baño privado, 1 camas doble, calentadas con una estufa de leña.Cuando alquilamos la cabaña, los trabajadores pueden quedarse en nuestra casa en su habitación libre. Las comidas se proporcionarán en la casa principal, un abundante desayuno estilo americano, una comida de mediodía y una cena ligera llamada onces al estilo chileno en la noche. Internet / Wifi está disponible la mayor parte del tiempo. Lavadora disponible pero sin secadora.

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    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.

    Estamos a solo unos minutos del Lago Llanquihue y del Volcán Osorno. La parada de autobús más cercana está a 6 km de distancia. El autobús y el autoestop son comunes, frecuentes, baratos y seguros. Tenemos kayaks que se pueden usar en los meses de verano. Las oportunidades locales incluyen hacer senderismo (subir al volcán), andar en bicicleta, pescar y otras actividades al aire libre.

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    • 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.

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    Hours expected

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

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