What do we do?
We are keepers of a special space of life in the Tropical Dry Forest of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, which is also home of the magical jaguar. To protect and restore this important ecosystem we are planting endangered tree species, we do environmental education activities to help people understand how can humans live in harmony within nature. To do this, we work not only through biological but also with cultural and spiritual knowledge, such as music, arts, yoga, bioconstruction, healing, among others. We believe that all knowledge is relevant and helpful when it comes to reconfigure human relationship with all life forms and earth as a living system. This is why we hope receiving people with all sort of abilities!
Our current paid staff is made of 2 people (The Head of the Reserve and the Infraestructure Coordinator).
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are constantly promoting exchange of knowledge, so we have workshops on sustainable, traditional, and organic farming, plant nursering, yoga, treking, bird watching, music, theatre, painting, weaving, natural food cooking, bioconstruction and permaculture. Our Reserve is a place where you can share with farmer and indigenous population since we share their territory and we are constantly working with them to protect and restore our forests.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The main activities we carry out are: planting (trees and food), wild life observation and research, plant and animal monitoring, environmental education, bio-constructing, cooking, general maintenance. Besides this, we are open and willing to hear new ideas to help restore balance in our territory.
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We have different types of accomodation: we have 3 beds in two bedrooms, hammocks, and camping and we are building more rooms. We have a big shared kitchen and 2 shared bathrooms.
We plan the menu every week and every person living in the reserve helps with cooking according to agreed schedules. This include 3 meals, but we usually have fruits and snaks to share between meals (these come from personal wish to share)
We have a 36 ha forest to explore, ocean views, the Gaira River (20 min walking), Beaches (35 minuntes in car from the main road)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our internet is not fluent, but we have an office 30 minutes far with full internet connection son if you do not need good conection in a daily basis this can be enough.
Pets are totally welcome but they cannot enter to the kitchen or rooms, and they can not use our blankets, beds or hammocks.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
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