Lots to learn at our one of a kind luxury eco-retreat in Antioquia, Colombia

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Currently we are scheduling for Until Aug 1
    We will schedule everyone on a 10-14 day trial period.

    We offer 3 meals a day, private rooms and a cool environment.
    Only taking high skilled volunteers at this moment.

    We are looking for hands on do'ers. People who can transform spaces through creativity or practicality.
    We are interested in sculptors, muralists.
    We can use architects and engineers of all types for creative, interactive and logical solutions such as helping design escape room style locks, theming areas like our cafes, bathrooms, etc.
    Carpenters, builders, metal workers for help make or assemble furniture, sculpting, building tables, we're building a projected axe throwing wall as well.
    People who can turn scrap to art (we have tons to work with).

    We are currently renovating a two in one location.
    1. Resort style hostel, we are making it over to give it a more fun and easy going jungle vibe. We hope the pool will be ready for it's test run mid May. It's a very cool place to hang around with other people, perfect hostel vibe.
    2. Warehouse, that is being renovated in to a food hall and entertainment center. Complete opposite vibe of the hostel area, this place will be industrial, modern art madness, a little weird but awesome. There isn't a wall or space on the floor in this place that doesn't need to be improved artistically.

    We are located in a town called Venecia, Antioquia.
    We have a 35 rooms mixed between hostel and hotel that is completely closed to public. Keep in mind it is a renovation site, the majority of the loud work should be finished around May 1 (concrete mixing, breaking, etc)

    The why is always interesting. I took over this place not to make profit but to give this town a much needed push in the right direct. It has just begun to grow in to a location of tourism but it lacks a few features, mainly, good food and entertainment. We will have both and this will be a place not just for tourists but for the locals as well. We have a lot of community support from the towns people to the local government and we're really pushing hard to make this happen.

    With your help I hope. We need to do something that has never been seen before and I really need the help of people like yourselves. Not just to follow but to lead, I am very interested in anyone who can self start, see a problem, fix a problem. To have ideas and inspirations that someone like myself (unartistically inclined) will never be able to fathom.
    We have so many projects but not enough skilled hands to get them moving in the right direction.

    Little more about our purpose.
    We are highly active in our community as once of the largest employers and donators in the area.
    At our main property we have reforested about 10 acres of previously logged jungle with tens of thousands of trees and plants. We are developing a retreat to help people who have experienced various traumas such as PTSD. In the future we will use our properties to host free kids camps for the community. We work with the local schools to help provide food and much needed renovations and equipment. It is possible that during your stay here, you will be asked if you would like to participate in these activities.

    A bit about us:
    Shane: Half crippled US Army Veteran. I've been blown up and pieced back together multiple times, somehow still going like a beat up and tired energizer bunny with borderline dementia. I am the owner and organizer, I move quick, talk quick and am generally busy almost the time. I like to BS around and I have a very dry and dark sense of humor, almost nothing is off limits but it's all in good fun.

    Ausra: The artistic one. I am from Lithuania and have a masters in fashion and was a competitive rower. I hope to meet some other artistic types who can help me bring spaces to life. I enjoy making rugs and exercise, I am very interested in learning more about human energy and connections.

    Felipe: The Golden Retriever. Overly happy and food motivated. I am Canadian/Colombian, I am the local coordinator for paid workers. My job is to keep them on track and make sure all jobs are done efficiently. I also occasionally work with Volunteer needs. I work for the Red Cross when in Canada and am currently here on a journey to find myself and be a better person.

    Rooms are all private. We offer 3 meals a day, the materials to make 3 meals a day or compensation for 3 meals a day if the kitchen is unavailable.
    We've been told time and time again we have one of the best workaways. Last round we had 29 volunteers and it was pretty fun and insane, this round we will only have <10 workawayers, we are moving at a very fast space so we will be a bit selective as we want to be sure we bring in people who will all vibe together and work at a good pace.
    We currently have about 40 paid workers on site, you likely will not work directly with them as they are contractors.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 mother property is on an eco/archeological site, a short hike from the worlds largest natural formed pyramid, a sacrificial alter, waterfalls, nature trails, etc.
    Our newest property is located about a 2 minute walk from the center of town.
    We guarantee you will leave here feeling satisfied with your experience or your money back. It will be fun and we hope it will open your eyes to new possibilities!

  • Help


    ***Things that must be said***
    Be cool man, we've had our issues with people coming and trashing the place, not doing what they came for, etc. Please don't be that person.
    Be a self starter, not someone who needs constant attention as we are very busy and don't have much time to work one on one with each person.
    Be a diligent volunteer, think (if I lived here or if this was my place, what would I expect) and we will do the same.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Lithuanian: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We have a language exchange 1-2x a week in town

  • Accommodation


    Private as well as shared rooms with private bathrooms. We're taking over the whole hostel.

    The accommodations:
    We are 1hr (sometimes more) outside of Medellin, Colombia. The weather here is spring time year round and it seems that as of right now (April 21) the season seems to be changing to wet season.
    The town the property is located in is called Venecia, it is the gateway to Antioquia and centralized between 4 major areas. It is a small town that has a growing tourist industry.

    Our accommodations include
    -34 room hotel

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What to do at the working/living location:
    We have a pool, sauna, lounge area, bar, restaurant, probably missing some other things. It's a great spot to be.

    At our mother property about 10 min away:
    We have nature trails, swimming holes, pools, giant swings and hikes on site.
    There are archeological sites within walking distance and our property is located on one of them.

    We have a private gym in town that is free to use with cable machines, free weights, ropes and everything else you could possibly need in a small bodega located in the center of town. Limited on cardio equipment, we prefer to be outside for that. There are a bunch of hiking spots located around the area from on site hikes from the mirador to the cascades that range from easy to extremely difficult. In the area there are waterfall swimming holes, places to walk, run, swim, etc.

    The town is up and coming, in the few years we've been here we have watched it transform from a small country town to a clean weekend getaway with dining and salsa in the park. There a hipster style coffee shop in town, bakeries and many smaller cafes, bars, restaurants, gellato, etc. The square is always bustling with people hanging around and just enjoying each other's company but there are no movie theatres or shopping malls, etc. This is a town that values in person conversations, community relations and simple pleasures but also parties hard on weekends/holidays as is the Colombian 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

    We have high speed internet on site.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a few nice size parking lots, perfect for camping.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    So long as your pet is well trained and not a furry terrorist, we can make it work.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours a week (5 hours, 5 days)

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