Help us build and set-up a hostel! ¡Ayudanos en la construcción de un hostal! Antioquia, Colombia

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  • Description

    Description

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    We're in San Rafael, around 30min bus-ride from Guatape, right by the main road and we have a beautiful 3-hectare piece of land with a super clean private river where you can spend hours exploring, and 2 small streams running through either side of the land. We are surrounded by nature, are frequently visited by small monkeys, toucans and all kinds of birds.

    We are two guys who met here in Colombia with the idea of building a hostel from scratch. That was back in June 2018. Now - almost a year later - we're still here, it's been a long and sometimes tough journey getting to where we are, getting through the process of buying a land, getting money into Colombia, battling with the local banking-system and bureaucracy, setting up a company and building a house. But now we are proud to say, we have a pretty slick set-up and a nice house with a big kitchen, lots of chicken roaming around the land, a bunch of ducks, a horse and a little cat and a German Shepperd puppy.

    We are currently in the process of building a pirate-themed hostel. That means a bar in the shape of a pirate ship with adjacent kitchen, a dorm made with Bamboo and a few awesome, slightly elevated privates.



    Add to that the near perfect temperature of San Rafael, 1000m above sea-level, it's almost always between 20 and 28°.

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    ¡Hola! Somos Dominik y Adrián, dos viajeros que después de recorrer varios países a lo largo de nuestra vida y mochilear por Sudamérica, finalmente hemos conseguido un terreno de 3 hectáreas con río y dos quebradas de agua 100% pura cerca del pueblo de San Rafael, a 30minutos de Guatapé. Nos preocupa mucho la naturaleza y el medio ambiente, así que el proyecto que tenemos en mente es construir un hostal con temática pirata con habitaciones compartidas, privadas, bar y restaurante. Además, como el lugar es grande estamos plantando muchos árboles frutales y vamos a reforestar una gran parte con árboles nativos para contrarrestar el cambio climático. ¡También estamos haciendo huerto, construyendo senderos, limpiando la tierra, y básicamente todo aquello relacionado con un proyecto autosustentable donde proteger el medio ambiente como nuestro principal objetivo! Tenemos un pastor alemán algunas gallinas y un caballo y probablemente tendremos algunos animales más en el futuro ;)

    Los alrededores de San Rafael son de los más bonitos que hemos visto en todo Colombia, hay ríos, cascadas, pozas donde bañarse y caminos para perderse. Probablemente podremos llevarte a dar una vuelta en moto cuando tengamos tiempo. Además, el clima aquí es caluroso todo el año con una temperatura entre 20-30 grados ;)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

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    You will have plenty of opportunities to practice and learn Spanish and learn from other workaways. We might even throw in some free Spanish lessons if it can be arranged (one of us is a native Spanish speaker from Spain). Another fun thing to do is sitting in the town-centre (5 minutes drive) whilst drinking 20 cent coffee and watching the bustling town and its people, there is always something going on.

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    Puedes practicar ingles o español con nosotros o con otros voluntarios, además estamos aprendiendo cosas constantemente con lo cual tu probablemente también lo hagas si nos acompañas en el proceso. Otra cosa divertida es sentarse a contemplar la vida en San Rafael, un pueblo desconocido para la mayoría donde observar la vida Paisa en su totalida mientras tomas un tinto, observar los caballos, moverte en motocarro o bien visitar la piedra de Guatapé que queda a solo 30 minutos.

  • Help

    Help

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    We are looking for motivated and skilled people willing to help and work hard and then enjoy a cold beer in the afternoon by the river, while listening to some music and enjoying the small things in life!

    Ideally, we are looking for carpenters and people with building experience, preferably professionals. Specifically we need people who can help us build dorm-beds, tables and chairs with Guadua/bamboo.

    We are also looking for people who know about gardening, the idea is to cover the whole land with plants, native trees, fruit trees and flowers to attract lots of birds (like hummingbirds and parrots) and other animals like monkeys.

    If you're an artist who's good at painting or crafting flick us a message too!


    Most important of all though, is that you're a fun, sociable person who likes to work in the sun and then enjoys a dip in the river! It's really important that you enjoy living here for however long you're planning to stay!

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    ¡El proyecto está empezando así que buscamos gente motivada y trabajadora para que nos ayude y poder disfrutar de una cerveza a la tarde en el río mientras escuchamos música y disfrutamos de las cosas sencillas de la vida!

    Idealmente buscamos gente que sepa sobre carpintería, construcción y bioconstrucción, huerto, reforestación, baños secos, permacultura... En este momento estamos buscando personas que puedan ayudarnosa construir camas, sillas y mesas de guadua/bamboo o madera.

    Como estamos reforestando también hay mucho trabajo que hacer limpiando la tierra de plantas y arbustos para luego plantar árboles nativos y flores que atraigan pájaros y monitos :), así como construir senderos, con lo cual ese tipo de trabajo físico también es bienvenido.

    Si tienes dotes artísticos es probable que te necesitemos también en algún momento.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

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    We've built an awesome house with a big, modern kitchen and we have comfortable tents with mattresses including pillows and sheets, not much different than sleeping in a bed.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included on working days. On free days you can use kitchen to cook for yourself, Brekky will be a fresh fruits like avocado with our own organic eggs and bread, sometimes we mix it up a bit with different things like papaya, banana or some other variety of the countless fruits we have here in Colombia. All meals will be vegetarian (we both like cooking and we are both veggie)

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    Tenemos una casa bonita con una cocina moderna y grande! Podemos ofrecer alojamiento en carpas con cómodos colchones, sábanas y almohadas :)
    ¡Desayuno, comida y cena vegetariana incluida los días de trabajo! Los dos días libres puedes usar la cocina para cocinarte lo que quieras

  • What else ...

    What else ...

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    In your spare time there are heaps of charcos (swimming spots) to discover in the area! There are also lots of waterfalls and quite a few hikes to explore the surroundings. Other things to do are motorbike trips to visit the nearby pueblos or things like Hacienda Nápoles (Pablo Escobar's former finca). To Guatapé it's around 30 minute's drive and for those keen to get away for a weekend of partying, Medellín is roughly 2 and a half hours away on a bus. Buses run every hour or less and pass our place!


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    En tu tiempo puedes descubrir el area llena de ríos y charcos. ¡También hay algunas cascadas! Otras cosas es alquilar una moto para conocer otros pueblos como alejandría o haciendo Nápoles (antigua casa de Pablo Escobar). Guatapé queda a unos 30 minutos y medellín a dos horas. Además hay buses directos cada media hora.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week







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