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Hi My Name is Andrez, Welcome to our Finca here in the Canton of Jama on the equatorial pacific coast of Ecuador.
I'm a Farmer , Father , Grandfather , and Visionary hoping for a better future for my community one family at a time.
Here I live with my family
( Wife Zeida , Oldest Son Hernan( his wife and 2 children, His wife's family and 4 boys 16 , 13, 11 ,8) Second Oldest Son Cristhian , Daughter Rita (Her husband and 2 twins ) , Daughter Gina ( her 3 yo daughter) , Youngest Son Ramon , youngest Daughter Aurora , And our Grandkids)
We have a Large family as you can see , we live in a rural city who sustains on agriculture and government support. We live as simply as our means of living supports. Here we live on roughly 3 dollars a day , and provide for our large family with minimal means. with help from volunteers and great people we have stimulated a coffee business in which we are engaging and pushing forward as much as we can with what we have.
Our day to day Endeavors include working on the farm , Preparing new farmland with compost and biochar inoculation practices from our 6th generation farming specialist Glenn who help us with land planning to ensure food security and profitability for our farm and family from abroad via zoom and WhatsApp.
We use Google earth to Plan the topography and farm design to ensure a productive year round harvest and sustainale and regenerative way of living. We hope to be a sample for other families to support the current social and economic situation in our city to offer alternative solutions for farm management and value chains to improve the quality of life for all our community living in similar if not more complex circumstances.
We have help from Regenerative Development professionals and NGO's in the area to assist in food production , women's rights, education and entrepreneurship, and human rights among other relavent topics of development.
Volunteers are encouraged to write about what type of volunteering role they would like to support in this Family project , We pass along a questionnaire to orient you the volunteers towards the environment you will be in so you are most prepared and can have the most integral and harmonious experience possible.
Here on the Farm , You can get a glimpse about day to day activities on our instagram page, in which was recently created in a publicity effort for the family in which also recently was connected to internet access , for the very first time
Here You will bbe oriented for your own space to stay , either in a room or a tent in the mountains , we want to make sure you are comfortable in this barebones living environment. You will have your 3 meals provided - normally consisting of Rice , a protein source and vegetables from the garden , and a juice and of course coffee. You are encouraged to compliment the living structure in a harmonious and complimentary way to share and demonstrate solutions and simplifications of human existence and experience.
Hidden around the farm are enormous trees to sit and write in , hidden river pools .. traces of prehispanic cultures amidst, Waterfalls , hunting , hiking , the beach .. the nature , there's something for everyone in the vast expansiveness of nature.
Here it's like hitting the RESET button on life , starting out from scratch and seeing in which direction you really want to go , what you want to do and who you want to be.
At Finca el Paraiso with Andrez and family you will be a enveloped by the experience and company you will have around you.
This is quite modestly a lifetime experience and we hope we can attract the best people to join us along this process for selfless service toward equity and autonomy for one family here in this small forgotten town in the dry tropical rainforest of jama , manabi , in the Country located right between the middle of this planet we know as Earth.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
There is Much to learn here from our staff and family here on the farm , we can host families to travelers.
Learning certified organic farming practices , community development,. work with ngo's , work with our children and grandkids.
Hi There , We are inviting Responsible Volunteers to work away from home with our family here on our Homestead here in the Coastal Province of Manabi.
We have a 9.5 Hectare Farm , gardens rivers and waterfalls , where volunteers will assist in gardening , nursury development , seeding , and other general farm tasks ,
we have kids on the farm , and there are always things happening to participate in.
Welcome to cook and share recipes , help in the tilapia pool , and garden planning , Biochar making ,
Depending on each volunteer we will work out a schedule to pair you with meaningful activities
Own Dormitory , we can host a group at a time , if you come alone or in a pair you will have your own space.
If you would like you can also camp outside.
No we do not ask for any money , If the volunteers wish to assist in food , we are happy to cook and prepare it here to help accommodate you further.
Breakfast , lunch, and Dinner is provided
There are fruit trees on the land , river shrimp and crabs..
Here the is the each 10 minutes away , rivers , waterfalls , we are 15 minutes away from pedernales , and 25 minutes away from jama
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have internet
Campervans are possible.
No elephants , Giraffes or other massive animal companions , they are welcome but their lodging could add some complexities in which we are not yet prepared. Dogs and Cats are ok though :)
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week