Help us on a permaculture farm on the Rio Buritaca, Sierra Nevada, Colombia

  • Colombia
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  • Last activity: 08/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are building a hostel within an amazing 13-hectare finca using permaculture design techniques. We plan to create a hub for activity, adventure, fun and education within a unique mountain-jungle paradise and river beach.

    This is a project in an entirely unique remote location within the foot-hills of the Sierra Nevada, close to a neighbouring indigenous town Quebrada del Sol. We are fortunate enough to have a 2-hectare fruit forest and 700m of the Buritaca river running along the outskirts of the property, with rapids, rock pools, natural swimming pools, cliff jumps and a beautiful private beach. We are located in a valley with unique mirador views of the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

    We are a team of 3 environmentally conscious people, who have fled the London lifestyle to immerse ourselves in a different way of both living and thinking. We aim to make a lively hostel whilst providing a space to learn about sustainable ways of living.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    On site we have a friendly team of Colombian staff always keen to shat and share stories + frequently visiting neighbours from our local indigenous community. We also have volunteers from all over the globe so you’re not just stuck with brits!!

    Colette has a PDC qualification where she accumulated a lot of knowledge around permaculture systems and sustainable design. We offer a permaculture farm tour to all volunteers.

  • Help


    - People with carpentry experience who will be helping with a variety of carpentry tasks that we have here to complete the construction of the bar & restaurant.

    In addition to the below, we are also looking for:

    Social Media Guru

    The 3 of us aren't too savvy on social media. We're looking for someone who can help us to create and publish content on our instagram page. This will include documenting progress here with bio-construction, permaculture projects, our pet pig and goat, nature, activites etc.


    We have used permaculture design principles to develop a design for the land but we are still in the early phases and our design and plans are constantly evolving, the more we learn about the land and from others. We are looking for volunteers who have experience in permaculture or agroforestry (ideally having completed a Permaculture Design Course) who are eager to put their skills in to practice, learn and share knowledge. We have Bruce the pig, Barbra the goat and many chickens on site - we are exploring ways in which we can best utilise their nutrients in our farm system

    Next year we are looking to develop a community farming cooperative to support our neighbours in transitioning to more resilient regenerative farming methods, with the hope of opening a charity or foundation. We would gratefully receive any support/experience in this area.

    As well as short term stays, we are interested in long term, where the person(s) will look to take significant control
    over the running of the garden and have plenty of time to implement ideas and see them through to completion. With 13 hectares to play with and the early nature of the project, this role has a lot of scope for creativity, experimentation and influence in it's design. We are open-minded and always eager to learn from others about innovative and sustainable ways of doing things

    We have recently built a raised mandala vegetable garden and look for help in planting and maintaining the vegetables in this.


    - We have renovated an existing 7 bedroom traditional Colombian farm house which we and volunteers now live in and have completed the build of a compost toilet and shower block. We have a nursery and veg garden and have a natural water system from a mountain spring that we use for drinking and irrigation. We have built various cabins in bamboo and local palm leaf and are also close to completing the build of a river-side bar and restaurant. To reduce our environmental impact and make use of the abundance in the region, we have built primarily with clay using our own brick press. We are currently at the fitting out phase and looking for handy volunteers to help with this!

    Help with Eco Project

    - We are 3 environmentally conscious individuals looking to build and live in a way that values and respects the resources available on the land whilst reducing our environmental impact. We are constantly exploring innovative ways to reduce and reuse our waste (and welcome any creativity) to achieve our goal as a zero waste business. We have built 2 sets of compost toilets but are looking to build a 3rd set. We are off-grid and 100% powered by solar energy. Our next projects will be to build a worm farm to break down our kitchen waste and a bio-digester to generate our own gas. Experience in any of these are very welcome!


    If you don't have any experience of the above please still get in touch if you would wish to be a part of our project, we are always happy to welcome people with good energy and are happy to get their hands dirty :)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    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.

  • Accommodation


    We are now living in our renovated traditional farm house and you'll be living in either one of two 8 bedroom dorms, a 4 bed dorm or 3 private rooms, each fitted with a fan. Typically we have at least 20 people staying with us at one time.

    We have finished the build of our compost toilets and shower block, however the river is a stones throw away and is often the preferred option!

    We have 2 large solar systems - one for the bar and one for the house. Around the house we have WiFi and charging stations, however we have chosen to leave the bar/dining (100m away from the house) a WiFi free zone as a place to disconnect, socialise and play pool or other games!

    All food will be provided free of charge to all volunteers. We also usually have plenty of beers, spirits and wine available which you can buy for a small fee to help cover costs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The land is filled with natural beauty with howler monkeys, aguillas, toucans and plenty of spots for walking, swimming and relaxing.

    Local activities
    - Lost City Trek (you can book from here)
    - Hike to our local mountain village Quebrada Del Sol - sometimes you can play football with the locals, play pool, and drink a few beers with the locals
    - Visit the local indigenous village
    - Many beautiful local hikes
    - Tubing
    - Thermal springs

    We are located 40 minutes up into the mountains - once you have exhausted all the activities and hiking you want to do in our local area once you take the motobike ride back down the mountain you are close to all the major tourist attractions the Caribbean coast has to offer - Tayrona National Park, Palomino, beaches, waterfall hikes, Minca, etc.

    To get here is an adventure! You take a 40 minute motorbike taxi ride up into the jungle and then will be floated across the Buritaca river with the help of a member of staff! Or you can choose to hike here for 3.5 hours

  • 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

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 435547944134

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