Help us build the most spectacular eco hostel in the jungle of Guachaca, Colombia



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  • Description


    In the middle of the spectacular jungle of northern Colombia we are building the worlds coolest and most sustainable off-grid hostel, our Neverland for grownups.
    We are a Dutch couple who moved to Colombia to try and live our life in a way that aligns with our ideals of sustainability and adventure. We have bought a spectacular jungle plot along the stunning Buritaca river, where we will be using mostly local materials and eco-friendly techniques to build a unique travel experience. We want to show our guests that eco-tourism and sustainability are more than empty labels or marketing ploys to lure in guests.
    Our hostel will be one of a kind, with a strong focus on the adventurous experience. Think treehouses along a jungle river, suspension bridges to cross over rivers and between trees, showering between gorgeous jungle ferns and picking your own fruit snacks from our tropical garden.
    We have a thousand and one ideas to make this place fantastic, but we're convinced that there are more great ideas out there. So if you are creative, have weird/silly/crazy ideas or are still an adventurous kid at heart, we love to hear your input!


    Because of the local quarantine measures we have had to temporately shift our focus from building the hostel(because we couldn't get building materials or bring up tools) to working on our camp and the farm that will provide food for the hostel. As soon as the quarantine ends we will pick up where we left off, but now based in a very luxurious camp :-)
    We are hoping to start with construction on our first treehouse soon, and have also started making bricks to build the first toilt facilities for the hostel.

    As we expect most of our current volunteers to leave as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted we welcome any people who have spent their quarantine in the city and are desperate for some time in nature. Just before the lockdown we did manage to update our solar system and bring up our satellite dish, so we now have a pretty comfortable home, complete with a hammock cinema(!), a small fridge and a communication line with the outside world.
    Come and unwind far away from the big city, nature lovers satisfaction guaranteed!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects

  • 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

    What we offer is a once in a lifetime experience: on an incredible location you can hone your skills or leave your artistic footprint behind and be part of building something unique.
    You are in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, our neighbors are Kogi indians and farmers, so you'll experience the true Colombia while staying with us. We can teach you about sustainibility and eco-friendly construction methods, and you'll be able to learn how to work with powertool if this is new to you(of course under close supervision).

  • Help


    We are looking for people who have skills and experience in woodworking, (eco)construction, sustainability or engineering, or people who are eager to expand their skills in this area.
    The first tasks will be clearing paths and gathering materials from the area to start some first small scale construction.
    We will make bricks out of soil with our brickpress, cut down one or two trees to use for construction material and start the preparations for laying a pipe from our neighbors property to ours so we can get a nice supply of water to our building site. We will also do some experimenting with soil and clay samples from the area to test them for suitability to make roofing tiles etc. This will most likely also include building an earthen oven to make clay fired bricks and tiles.

    We will also ask you to help out with the daily chores such as cooking and doing the dishes, since we will all need to contribute to keep our camp nice and livable.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    During our time in quarantine we have managed to build a nice camp where we live. It has a kitchen, a dining table and even a hammock cinema with a roof that opens up in good weather!
    Accomodations for our volunteers consist of tents or hammocks. If you have your own camping gear you are of course welcome to bring those as well.

    Since we're a good bit away from the nearest village with restaurant options we will be providing all volunteers with 3 meals a day. In line with our principles of building a sustainable business these will be completely vegan, and sourced from local products as much as possible. We of course welcome any volunteers with an affinity for food and cooking to contribute where they want!

    We will be working during the weekdays, and chill out and relax in the weekend.

    A mototaxi from the main road(Troncal del caribe) costs 35k pesos. On some days we will have things brought up with a pickup, but since this can't get all the way to our land the last bit must be walked. It is a fantastic walk, with amazing views and paths leading through gorgeous jungle and past an indigenous settlement. If you want to ride in the car and walk the last part (1 1/2 hour) this costs 20k pesos. The hike is partly the same route as the lost city trek, and we also have some indigenous artefacts at the end of it :-)

    -We have 3 dogs; Duke, Leia and scotty
    -Vegan meals
    -Camping style accomodation (we have a spare tent with a sleeping mat, and several comfy hammocks to sleep in for volunteers without camping gear),
    -guaranteed adventurous experience
    -We have a water filter to provide us with plenty of drinking water
    -Plenty of time and opportunity to enjoy nature, relax and swim!
    -Remote! Nearest village is 25 minute motor ride or 1 1/4 hour hike away
    -We both have a first aid diploma and a well stocked firstaid kit, but will aim for the highest possible safety when working.
    -can be combined with lost city trek, since we are already partly on the way there. Due to COVID-19 these trips are temporarily suspended though.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In between the construction work there will be time for plenty of exploring the area, finding hidden waterfalls in the jungle, jumping off cliffs into the refreshing river and climbing the huge jungle trees (we have plenty of climbing experience and all the safety equipment you'd need to climb the tallest trees you can find).
    There are hikes to make to our neigbors cacao farm, or our other neigbors hidden jungle river(magical pictures guaranteed)

    Since it takes some time to get new people up and running and we are pretty far away from civilisation to spend much time coordinating volunteers we are asking for a minimum commitment of 2 weeks.

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    A little more information

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    • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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