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 opportunitiesArt ProjectsLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
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.
- 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 :)
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.
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 ...
The land is filled with natural beauty with howler monkeys, aguillas, toucans and plenty of spots for walking, swimming and relaxing.
- 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
- 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
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can possibly accept pets
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
You'll meet a bunch of lovely people, from the owners to the travelers. And if you speak spanish
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You'll meet a bunch of lovely people, from the owners to the travelers. And if you speak spanish
I stayed two weeks. The work is very well scheduled and communicated. I was most of the time helping in the kitchen and once per week i had a chance to work in the garden. Both were very enjoyable and rewarding experiences.
There is a lot you could do in your free
Podemos comenzar esta reseña diciendo que todo lo que escribimos aquí no será suficiente para decir lo maravilloso que fue este lugar para nosotros. Nos quedamos allí durante un mes y medio y nos fuimos con lágrimas en los ojos y preguntándonos si estábamos haciendo lo correcto al irnos de este lugar.
El albergue está ubicado en una zona
Este grupo vive en comunidad y con otros voluntarios super buena onda, conectados con gente local e indígenas, por lo que el intercambio
I slept in a tent or in a hammock,
I was ready to go to Medellin but on the last minute I just received the answer from Stefan to do the volunteering and I changed my plans to come - didn't regret! Was an amazing experience there, surrounded by pure nature and amazing people. Unfortunately I couldn't spend more than 2 weeks
Augustin stayed and cooked with us for 3 weeks. His food is restaurant standard, he uses simple ingredients that all taste amazing. amongst our favourites were, homemade gnocchi with red pepper sauce, lemon curd cakes, carrot cake, pineapple crumble, papaya curry and hes the master at making bread, best bread we’ve eaten here
We are so glad you cancelled your flight to stay here - not only to be blessed by your unbelievable 5-star Asian cooking that leaves the dinner table speech - but also your kindness, commitment, generosity and great company have made it a
On Camilo's first visit, he made us our beloved clay oven. After discovering we wanted one, he volunteered his expertise and took complete ownership of the project - from the adobe brick making, laying the foundation right through to building a roof - working mostly solo but also getting other people
First of all, the guys are just incredible hosts, they are really the type of people who go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and included. More so they have a knack for bringing out the