Large food forest project near Montevideo, Uruguay



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    Are you interested in the concept of food forests on a large scale (47 hectares)?

    Are you prepared to work hard from 07.00 in the morning until 12.00 each day followed by brunch when the work is finshed? Volunteers are expected to help prepare, serve and clean up during meals. This time is not counted as the 5 hours volunteer work.

    Are you able to eat delicious and healthy food what comes from our garden (we use flour, rice, and purchased items as little as possible)?

    We are a German couple and we have lived in Uruguay since December 2008. Living with us means adapting to the hard work of a farming family. The advantages are: comfortable accomodation, a family atmosphere, free afternoons and evenings, wifi, access to a nearby town (Atlantida next to the beach), access to domestic animals, a swimming pool and two horses.

    Work on this farm starts early. You will help clean the areas where the animals eat and help feed them and take them to pasture. You will then be assigned to work with one of the experienced persons on our team doing work such as mulching, watering, weeding, pruning, planting, and other tasks of the farm.

    You will not feel on holiday. You will feel like a farm hand working hard. You will feel tired at the end of each day but you will have worked outdoors and in nature using your hands. If you understand and look for the satisfaction of this experience then we welcome you. You will also learn about gardening and farming, about different species of plants, about insects and about organic farming. But this is not a course and you will learn slowly. Ideally we are looking for people who will stay a minimum of 2 weeks with us so that you can learn and so that we can benefit from the training and teaching we give you.

    We work hard and expect others to work hard as well. We have a lot of experience and expect those who come here to be self-motivated and looking to learn, but we require that you adapt to us and our working methods as we cannot adapt to each person that volunteers with us.

    If you have previous gardening or farming experience this would be a plus. Spanish or German is absolutely necessary, as one of us doesn´t speak English. If you have a skill such as carpentry or as an electrician or construction worker we would also be happy to receive you as there are always things to fix and/or build around the farm. Also if you know how to paint is very helpful for us.

    Please do not come here just to have a landing place in Uruguay or South America or a holiday as you will be wasting your time and ours. We are looking for people who want to work hard and to learn something about permaculture and organic farming. If you have the right intention you will get a lot out of this experience.

    You will need rain gear, rubber boots for working in muddy and wet conditions and gardening gloves.

    We also always need people with experience in house maintaining and reparations. Currently (June2020) we need people with experiences in bio-construction because we have a small building project going on!

    We look forward to welcoming you.

    Uta and Fred

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    We can show how it is to be self sufficient and how to live from your own production, we want to show a new (the old) way of agriculture and we think food forests are the solution of the world hunger problem. But it is not easy to live with what you have, without needing a lot of stuff from the supermarket and we can show how it is possible, after living a few weeks with us you will have many new ideas about living from and with nature and you can make your own decisions about your future lifestyle.

  • Help


    Typical help includes weeding, harvesting fruits, mulching, pruning, and planting vegetables and fruits. Working time is around 5 hours per day and the schedule changes according to the season, we try not to work during the hottest part of the day in the summer. After work we have a brunch and clean and then the volunteer has free time. In the evening we usually cook an early dinner together. In your free time you can use the facilities of the house or invent activities that suit you (making a bonfire, cooking outdoor, singing, meditating, doing yoga or sports, using the horses, playing ping-pong, swimming etc).

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have two sets of very nice acommodations for volunteers. One is an apartment with two rooms, bathroom, kitchen and stove. The other is a large room with a private bathroom and two beds. We have a swimming pool . Two horses for riding in free time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Uruguay has one of the most beautiful skies at night and you are living in a very quiet area with only the sounds of nature around you. There are wonderful horseback rides and we also have a swimming pool. The next town is 5 kilometers away with beautiful beaches and a lot of things to see. Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital is one hour away by bus.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    no more than 5 hours, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 391346364959