Building sustainable homes for veterans with a non-profit organisation in the Taos desert, USA


United States

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  • Description


    Our project was founded in 2017 in order help veterans in need and to protect our environment. We are accomplishing our missions by building sustainable homes and community in Taos, NM. We have a vibrant laid-back community focused on healing, and solving many of the challenges facing our society today.

    If you care about veterans, or our planet, please check us out. We would love to host you! You can expect to be appreciated and included while having access to great off-grid living and natural building experts.

    The main construction projects this season are building an earthship (MarchAprilMay), a tiny house remodel (June) a walipini (July), Outdoor kitchen (August), and a healing space (SeptOctNov). We have other smaller projects such as planting and harvesting the hoophouse, setting up yurts and teepees, helping the poverty stricken community around us, and much more.

    You will be very busy getting dirty in the desert, eating GREAT food and will have an amazing time working with us out here just across the gorge, outside of Taos, New Mexico. Our goal is to have meals that are comprised mainly of vegetables that we grow onsite. We would like to incorporate communal meals with everyone taking turns in meal prep and clean up.

    The Taos Valley is an eclectic cultural mix of indigenous natives, transplanted multicultural communities and transients from all over the world. It's truly a meting pot and we are extending our passion for natural building worldwide by hosting our sustainable building projects for folks to come lend a hand!

    The surrounding area is absolutely stunning. We are just a few miles from a Rio Grande access point for rafting, floating, and swimming. We have million dollar views of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range, and there are tons of hiking trails to explore! The hot springs nearby are almost as amazing as the brilliantly shining milky way.

    Screening interview required.

    Contact us immediately before our capacity fills up! Thank you for caring about our mission!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Our little town and off grid community is diverse. We are also only a short drive to Taos, which offers a wide range of culturally diverse venues to explore. Indigenous natives live all over Taos county and we have multiple native americans whom volunteer and on whose properties we also provide volunteer help and technical assistant on natural building. Natives also know a few things about adobe and pueblo constuction methods. The Tiwa people and the Taos Pueblo are a must see on your visit to Taos.

  • Help


    Depending on your interests, we will do our best to find fulfilling and rewarding work within our project. We are looking forward to meeting new travelers in search of amazing experiences. Natural Building, techniques for enhancing desert off grid living methodologies/technologies are among the projects that we will be offering our workaway's!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    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


    Tipis, yurts, tents or a private room in one of several houses are offered. 1st come, 1st serve!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although we will be offering a wide range of chores and assignments, plenty of time will be left to explore the many exciting outdoor and cultural opportunities that Taos has to offer.

  • 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

    We can host digital nomads! We have a cafe located just a mile from our property with great coffee, food and locals! low prices too!!! Organic, vegan options available!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can accommodate just about any camping arrangement. We have 50 acres available on which to park or pitch a tent.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets should be on a leash and not dangerous.

  • 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: 527364843728