Bring your ideas and help build a one of a kind eco-retreat in Antioquia, Colombia

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Colombia

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  • Description

    Description

    we are not currently taking any new volunteers unless it's someone with an exceptional skill we cannot pass on.
    We currently have over 50 people on site full time and it's no longer feasible to work closely with volunteers unfortunately.

    Our purpose: to build an eco retreat with the intentions of helping our community and others.
    We are a for profit with a non profit focus.

    *Last Updated 11 Jan 2022*
    Contribute your ideas to build something truly unique. If you're someone who does physical art installation, sculpting, mind bending exhibits, we will give you almost complete free reign to express your art.

    Who are we looking for:
    We have a strong need for sculptors, videographers, documenters, wood carvers, mechanical engineers, etc
    We put a high emphasis on good honest people that are easy to get along with. We don't have abrasive personalities and we expect the same from you. We won't tolerate fighting or inconsiderate behavior.
    We do expect everyone to do their fair share of tasks and nothing more than that.
    We love self motivators and people with creative spark.

    Projects:
    -Documenting, we are building a documentary on what we are doing and we could really use the help of someone with a solid background in filmography, editing, etc. If even to just help us learn how to document better.

    -Sculpting and artwork, this never ends. We're constantly looking for creative ways to merge nature and art. We have a lot of wood to work with.

    -Labyrinth landscaping and designing. We are currently working on a landscape plan to begin the outline of the labyrinth. Inside this labyrinth we also want to design mechanical puzzles, much like an escape room.

    -We have a lot more going on, endless amounts of work and fun!

    What are we offering:
    We are offering an experience to be part of something amazing, to experience a new culture and make new life long friends. We are offering fun, excitement, adventure, relaxation and the ability to learn and grow with us.
    The environment we wish to have for our work-awayers is fun, exciting, etc. As business owners, managers and developers that have worked our way from the bottom, we understand that the MOST important part of a good working environment is to have happy workers. We wish to build a working environment that people want to come to, one that doesn't feel like work at all because honestly, it shouldn't! This isn't a job we are recruiting for, this is the way life should be. Looking forward to meeting you all.


    A few extra notes:
    We will provide meals with ingredients to make breakfast, lunch and dinner but we all enjoy cooking, eating and feeding friends, plus we have a house keeper who enjoys cooking for everyone and making massive pots of something new every day for lunch. We don't guarantee it but it's likely going to be an option at least 80% of the time. We'd also never put anyone in a position of struggle, if your budget is very limited, please let us know and we'll make sure you're taken care of. The Finca itself is loaded with fruit trees and you are welcome to anything that grows there. Sometimes things at the Finca can be slow, it's not always a steady pace of work with projects, due to material procurement or typical developing country set backs so be ok with relaxing every now and then and just enjoying the moment.
    Another note: We are not against marijuana or psychedelic use so long as it's in moderation. We don't tolerate hard drugs, alcoholics, people who can't control themselves, glue sniffers or degenerates. This is Colombia and individual drug use is completely legal and a constitutional right, just be safe and responsible.

    About us as people and not just the facts:
    Shane - I am from the U.S and Australia, I'm 38 and I spent 10 years in the US Army. I have worked with non profits as a chair member, volunteer, fund raiser and sponsor for a little over 15yrs. I'm an easy going guy though I do have the typical Veteran style dark humor and will joke with EVERYONE at some point. I am passionate about what I do and making positive impacts. I am still learning Spanish and taking classes with local instructors. I have lived and traveled just about everywhere, I have a spinal cord injury which prevents me from living the life I used to but it is also what has lead me to the point of where I am in life now. I enjoy camping, exploring new places, finding new adventures and force myself to work out at times. I am a Padi Staff Instructor for Scuba diving as well as adaptive dive instructor and diver. If we're having a conversation and a dog passes, I'm probably going to vanish mid sentence to chase after the random dog for pets and selfies.

    Andrew - I am from Canada and I am fluent in Spanish and have several audio courses here I can share for free as well as offering my time as a tutor while we work together. I am a sail boat captain and a freediving instructor and willing to offer my expertise in both those subjects. I have worked as a designer, writer, and entrepreneur and have traveled extremely extensively for a long period of my life and would consider myself an expert of sourcing products in foreign countries and starting the sort of enterprise you will be volunteering at. I have lived in Colombia for more than 3 years now and traveled extensively here and can offer great advice on where to go. I enjoy lots of company, parties and late hours but know when it's time to work and when it's time to relax. I own a high end imported furniture store and galleria in Medellin.

    Ausra - I am originally from Lithuania. Spent just about a decade in Scotland where I gained my two degrees in biology science and design communication. I have volunteered number of times in various projects and world class sport competitions. 12 years of my life I spent competing in rowing and was a team member of the national Lithuanian team as well as team captain which taught me discipline and teamwork but took away party/fun times (working on it that compensation). I would like to say I am hard working, someone who will get sweaty and dirty if I’m passionate about the project. Animal lover for days, just point me the right direction. From 3 of us, I am the one who will always challenge every decision for potential threats. Not so fluent in Spanish (taking some classes at the moment) but I speak fluent Lithuanian, English, basic Russian, French and Polish. Really enjoy good hike, love camping, living off the grid, meeting new interesting people as well as culture myself while going visiting galleries and museums. I am a bit of a weirdo with my own quirks and adore anything and everything related to dinosaurs.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    There's so much to learn here, you will be working along side locals, expats, travelers and people of all walks. The language, food and way of life here is worth the trip alone. We are also on an archeological site, a few minutes from the worlds largest natural formed pyramid, a sacrificial alter, etc. We guarantee you will leave here feeling satisfied with your experience. It will be fun and we hope it will open your eyes to new possibilities.
    We also offer Spanish and English classes a few times each week with a paid for English/Spanish instructor.

  • Help

    Help

    ***Things that must be said***
    Sadly this has to be said. We have had a rash of bad workawayers and a few amazing ones who have made this all worth while.
    The biggest issues we've experienced are people exaggeration their qualifications, lying about their abilities and/or refusing to do what they said they were coming to do.
    We are accepting volunteer positions, even though we have designed a relaxing and cool place to be, there is still work that needs to be done. We are not a party hostel or hostel at all actually. We have fun and socialize but we are still task oriented and will require you to do some work.
    It really is heart breaking to us that we even need to ask this of people, since for us, being considerate and honest is just our natural character.
    We opened ourselves up to trust people at their word who in turn, used us or in some cases, made more work for us by trashing the place, urinating on walls, killing plants, breaking equipment, littering, etc.
    Please and I cannot stress this enough, do not be that person.

    Please do apply if:
    -you are self motivating and don't need to be guided on everything
    -you are considerate and respectful
    -you have common sense
    -you are a decent person

    If you are highly skilled and would like to discuss a full time position, those are open at local wages if able to meet the requirements.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    We offer free Spanish and English classes each week to the town and all volunteers free of charge.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Housing, shared dorms, private rooms, bunk beds, full and queen size beds.

    The accommodations:
    We are 1hr (sometimes more) outside of Medellin, Colombia. The weather here is spring time year round. 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, not very touristy town. There are 6 friendly dogs that live at the property.

    Our accomodations include
    -2 microhomes located right on site.
    -Shared dorm in a refurbished farm house right next to the pool.
    -Private room also in the house.
    Extra rooms in a resort community near the project site.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What to do:
    For at home and in town activities exclusive to workawayers.
    We have a full size tennis court off site, private gym in the center of town just for our volunteers and staff, soccer field and turkish sauna off site. We also have a projector, large TVs, video games.
    We also have a communal Marijuana jar. Although many of us don't smoke, we understand that many people do and you are welcome to take what you need from the stash. Again, this is Colombia. Medical and personal use is fully legal we just ask that you don't take more than you need and use responsibly.
    Please do not inquire with locals for any kind of substances as we do not want that kind of attention.

    At the work site with microhome we have a pool, full size bar and kitchen as well as springs and paths around our 30 acres property on the ground and in the trees!
    We have nature trails, swimming holes 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 fine dining and nightly salsa in the park. There is one hipster style coffee shop in town, amazing bakeries and many smaller cafes, bars, restaurants, 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 are still working on getting the internet set up but we do have internet in town at one of our apartments or houses if someone requires it.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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. We have dogs and cats at the worksite and main dwellings.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day 5 days a week

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