We are 65+ years old couple, who believes in sharing, in chance meetings and exchange, and love to experience the world as one small village and meet all kinds of Earthlings.
We live on a hilly plot in a small house on the edge of the town of Santa Cruz California, neighboring redwood forest and the San Lorenzo river.
We like organic and sustainable way of life. We try to slow the urban waste downstream. We moved here few years ago and have plenty projects like building an outdoor structures, also building fences, a rocket stove, tending a few garden beds and some fruit trees, terracing and landscaping.
We offer you a roomy tent under the redwood trees, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor shower, composting toilets, an internet access, and you can borrow a bike to get around.
We don't smoke and we host non-smokers. We prefer less meat consumption. We prefer volunteers that are at least 21 years old. We don't allow pets here. We prefer volunteers that come for two weeks period. After two weeks if you are interested, we will consider the possibility of extending your stay.
We would like you to become a part of our community while staying here; you have to be willing to be somewhat social, open minded and compassionate . You will get to share with other people the communal facilities, and we expect you to be considerate and caring. Keep communicating clearly and intentionally about your needs or concerns, and be open to listen to a constructive feedback. We expect that you will be tidy and that you clean after yourself and put away tools, dishes, food etc. We wish that you will be respectful to the natural environment which we live in. Most of all, we would like you and us to have a great and meaningful experience together.
If you apply, please let us know what phone or other direct communications (Skype, whatsapp, etc) we can use in case we have questions or need to coordinate.
Help with Eco project
Santa Cruz is much fun, famous for its progressive and creative atmosphere. Hub of organic farms and local gardens, all forms of local arts and music, social and environmental awareness and activism. Beautiful beaches with wild marine life and the magnificent redwood tree forests. As long as you are here, you will find loads of things to do and to experience.
While staying with us, we will encourage you to volunteer a few hours during the weekend at Food not Bombs a non profit organization which cooks and serve vegetarian meals to homeless people. this is an opportunity to experience a social and environmental activism
Basic carpentry skills are most needed right now. We build mostly with salvaged wood, cob and rocks. We would like to get help to build an outdoor structures. We Also need help to build fences, we need help organizing tools, materials and other useful "junks". We need help tending plants and fruit trees and with landscaping and terracing.
Living outdoor: 2 large tents among the Redwood trees, with comfortable beds with clean duvet and sheets, composting toilets, a bath house, and an outdoor kitchen with electricity and WiFi. Since the kitchen is an open structure , and can easily get infested by unwelcome wood creatures, we are super careful about keeping the kitchen cleaned and organized. We expect that you will put away the food immediately and will keep all the surfaces cleared, the dishes should be washed, and the cabinet doors should remain closed at all time. We also wish you to recycle and compost. On workdays, we provide the ingredients for breakfast, lunch and supper. Occasionally we have communal meals or a pizza/music night. Shower is available in the communal bath house
A laundry machine is available at our house.
You will sleep away from our house in a Redwood grove. Be ready to be outside in the dark at night, we recommend that you will bring a headlamp. Important! We highly recommend that you get informed about the Poison Oak and the ticks which are common in the woods around us. Poison Oak and ticks can be harmful to you and you need to be aware of how to recognize them, and how to protect yourself from getting hurt by them.
Short or long hikes will take you from our house to lovely nature spots. You can borrow our communal bicycle. We are located fifteen minutes bicycle ride to downtown Santa Cruz and the pacific ocean. Website which describes the beautiful Santa Cruz outdoors - hilltromper.com.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
We expect volunteers to work from 9am to 1pm Mon - Fri