Learn about dairy farming on our forest ranch in Pitalito, Colombia

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Colombia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, my name is Eber!

    I manage a small family run farm in the fresh forest hills overlooking Pitalito town. I am looking for volunteers who want to learn how to care of animals helping out with feeding and taking care of calf and dogs.

    The workaway will include preparing the food and feeding caring for the health of the animals and administering medicine, cleaning and upkeep, landscaping and field work, gardening and sometimes harvesting coffee and learning the whole process of roasting and grinding the beans so it will be ready for making a nice cup of coffee.

    I will provide everything you need to help with the animals and require only three to five hours of your time throughout the day. In this time, I´ll be around to give guidance and show you the ropes. The rest of the time, we can do language exchange and any other activities like going to town, helping to teach English. etc.

    By the way... we are not far away from San Agustin Huila. It is a small town and very famous for its heritage (The Archaeological Park). 20 Minutes away from Pitalito city, we can find the Guaitipan lake , which is very nice place to go and enjoy a great day out too.

    We have basic rural accommodation on the farm, including private or sharing bedroom with beds and blankets, gas and wood kitchen, fridge, bathroom, shower and washing machine. We also have electricity and fresh spring water.

    As it is a small farm, I can currently take two volunteers maximum at a time.

    On the farm we have organically grown coffee, Oranges, lemons, Platano, Mangos and herbs. This means that there is plenty of fresh fruit hanging around to eat. Also, depending on the season, I can teach how to plant, nurture and gather this food.

    If you work more than five hours, I will provide food for three daily meals also. Other opportunities that will be available include horticultural work (mentioned above), teaching English (I run a small school in Pitalito and speak fluent Engish).

    If you have any questions, please message me.

    I look forward to hearing from you… and so do the cows!

    Eber Castro

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Volunteers will be staying in beautiful ranch overlooking the Pitalito valley and expect lots of fresh air, wildlife and tranquility.

    They will also learn the practical "in and outs" of dairy cow farming, which is incredibly useful if they wish to build or manage a dairy farm themselves, not to mention the life noursishing experience.

    We will also be practising growing the fruit and vegetables we have on the farm and learning about our simple, ecological and substainable way of living, precious skills and knowledge that can help people looking to build sustainable homes or communities of their own.

    And of course, nurturing a relationship with the happy cows, becoming friends with them and understanding their quirky personalities. Beware: nobody can resist their charming ways!

    Last but not least They can learn Spanish!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Horticulture = cows
    - Daily milking the cows
    - Daily checking the health of the cows
    - Daily gathering food and feeding the cows
    - Daily setting the cows to pasture
    - Occasionally cleaning up
    - Occasionally administering medicine and removing parasites
    - Occasionally other minor vetinary activity
    - Occasionally landscaping and field work
    - Occasionally farm upkeep and handywork
    - Language practice
    - English teaching

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

    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

    Accommodation

    As I said, we have basic rural accommodation on the farm, including private bedroom with bed and blankets, gas and wood kitchen, fridge, bathroom and shower and watering hole for hand washing clothes. We also have electricity and fresh spring water. Food is generally not included.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is public transport to and from the farm every hour from the centre of Pitalito.

    There are forest paths around the farm, leading along the streams and up the mountain where there are many flowers and animals.

    We are 40 minutes from San Augustin archeological park, where the remains of ancient, precolombian civilizations can be visited. The little town is quaint and picturesque with a buzzing cosmopolitan culture.

  • 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 host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I would like to host somebody who can help with the things that need to be done around the house as well exchanging language and dealing with cows and things at the farm if needed. Great opportunity too.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes, we have space for camping and caravan parking too. Most welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days per week (but very flexible)

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