Pines, acacia and grass on sand dunes, wetlands, a beautiful and undeveloped area of farms and small summer villages, cattle and turism being the main activities around. There are very lonely, empty, extensive beaches nearby, the finest in Uruguay.
It is about half an hour walk from the Atlantic ocean and fifteen minutes from a pond. There's a small clay pond close to the house, which is sorrounded by forest. Some wild animals, insects, tall grasses, birds, etc.
We built a wood, adobe and thatch roof house. There's a green roof using old moto tires and plastic bottles as an air cushion for the stratus to be detached from the waterproof tarp. Or the fire oven that, while cooking, heats water for kitchen and bathrooms and for a radiant floor in winter. There's also a wetland for sanitation of dirty waters from the house. There's constant plans for eco-construction, trying to arrive to the best housing solution, thinking of using it in the land and also in the area, both to offer an easy eco-house for turism and social housing. The vegetable garden is being redone.
Usually during the week it's just me and during weekend family visits. Sometimes volunteers can stay on their own, if we work it out. This is a lonely and quiet place for living with instrospection, in harmony with nature. Problems are daily and solutions have to be created. It takes invention and effort to solve things.
Please provide a contact in Whatsapp or similar to talk, go over details and get acquainted. If in Uruguay, we can also talk on the phone. We can only receive people we have spoken with and have sound medical insurance.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Things can be learned anywhere you go, every combination of place and time creates difference and opportunity for learning.
Main task needed now: finish details on an exterior roof made of raw eucaliptus wood from own land, tied with wire and/or nailed, cured with old motor oil, covered with transparent policarbonate. Ideally a ninja able to walk smoothly on roof to drill screws, silicone policarbonate joints and set patches.
Daily, simple routines: firing up the oven, gathering firewood, sorting trash and compost, picking manure, pine cones and needles, recycling, feeding cats, dogs, watering, weeding, gardening, mulching, cleaning. etc. Some of these tasks need to be done everyday, before or after work.
More specific permanent needs of some knowledge: Engineering of all sorts (hydraulics, heating, etc). Mechanics. (1996 LR Defender, 1996 miniExcavator). Welding. Electricity. Chainsaw for firewood. Carpentry. Clay, wood construction, shoveling, etc. General maintenance. Networking, web. FCPX. Baking. Yoga, phisiatrics, fitness. Eco-development plans, financing, etc.
Keeping order and cleaning are very important, and are things that shouldn't need asking.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
ROOM with BATHROOM. There's also a tent in the woods with dry toilet, and plenty space for setting up tent or sleeping vehicle.
SubTropical climate. Winter June-August @10C, can eventually get to 0C at night.
Fine cooking and eating. Vegetarians and Vegans welcome. Meats not necessarily everyday. We share our food with you at our house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cleaning help is expected.
On Ruta10, between AguasDulces and Valizas.
AtlanticOcean1km. Aguas Dulces3km. Valizas7km. Cabo Polonio20km. Castillos11km. RochaCity70km. Montevideo290km. PuntaDelEste150km. Chui,Brasil80km.
AguasDulces, Valizas, Cerro Buena Vista and Polonio. SantaTeresa park. High season is summer Dec-March. Off season is very quiet.
RutasDelSol (can stop at the door, between AguasDulces and Valizas), COT and CYNSA (up to Castillos)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There are tables inside and outside. LTE cellular conection.
Lots of space to park, no water or electricity to hook up to.
At own risk. Big friendly dogs, but you never know.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (max 25/hours/week)