Outdoor and eco building help in La Junta, Chile



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    I am a Canadian - Chilean translator - teacher living in Chile for 16 years. After many years of careful reflection, I decided that I needed to leave city life and relearn those lost skills required to survive and live well in rural surroundings. In a valley in the northern Patagonia, I have 2 hectares of land. This valley has only recently been connected by road to the closest town (La Junta) and has no internet, no telephone, no television and no electricity whatsoever. It is the perfect place to disconnect from certain modern trappings, hike, fish, run, read, write and see the nighttime sky as it was meant to be seen.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice

  • 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

    Travellers will learn about local culture, language, food, plants, animals, local dendrology (trees / shrubs), Hugelkultur, earthbag construction, fence repair :)

  • Help


    At the end of 2016 I finished digging out the rock trench foundations of a 6 x 6 m off-grid hybrid earthbag / stick frame cabin planned for completion by March - April 2017. We are currently on the 6th course of earthbags and cutting frames for future windows and doors. We would love to get some extra hands to get this beast of a cabin up to the sky. WE are immediately accepting robust persons who would like to detox from technology to help with constructing the earth bag walls for this cabin, shoveling, collecting / splitting firewood, cooking and other activities. I offer space for camping, 3 vegetarian (or pescatarian) meals a day - breakfast, lunch & "onces" (as is custom here in Chile), chemical free water, air and good vibes.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Tent accomodation. Extra bedding available if required.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am fluent in English and Spanish and understand and speak a little French. A healthy lifestyle is important to me physicaly, spirtitually and mentally. I like to run, enjoy heavy music, writing and reading. In accordance with my personal beliefs and lifestyle, this project is 100% drug free. Moreover, I do not drink alcohol and I ask that you respect this and refrain from drinking while working to avoid accidents with barbed wire, tools etc.. drunkeness and agression will not be tolerated.

  • 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

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

Host ref number: 432882639594