We are a Family of 5, mom and dad with 3 girls (19, 13 and 7 years old)... We live at a farm and We staring a vegetarian and spiritual Community project at Alejandria, Antioquia and we want to keep it open for other travelers for a cultural exchange and helping hands. Currently the 19 year old is traveling. We are vegetarians ovolacto (eggs and milk products are ok).
We have some farm animals like chickens, goats, ducks, sheep and horses . A pet Rabbit. We are also have 7 rescue Dogs (We used to have a Dog shelter) and a cat on a specific area.
For now we are restoring the house with natural materials like bambu, COB and rocks, and a outside wood fire brick oven is been build.
The farm had a vegetable garden and we making some terraces to fixed and make it bigger, that needs a lot of work... is a lot dirt to move.
*** We have food shortages and we can NOT provide for all the food at this moment ... so we asking for food exchange***
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We have a Permaculture garden so you can learn about vermiculture for compost and organic agriculture.
Learn how to build with bambu, COB and rocks.
We do a project at a time and you let Us know what you interested so everyone enjoys.
We practice Chi Gong, Kung Fu and Yoga.
We have a nice river to bath and a lot of paths to walk on the forest, the place is isolated, no other homes around.
You can also teach English at children the town school. Or have a class for a cultural exchange. We also doing a reforestation project there and teaching Permaculture to the children.
We are part of a forest keepers group (Lidera) so you can help taking care on the growing up of new forest or planting new trees depends on the group activities.
You can learn the whole processes of making yogurt, cheese, Kombucha, Kefir, HydroHoney (probiotics), Vinegar, Cocoa and Sacha Inchi (Inca peanut).
...Just let Us know what you interested in learning, visiting or doing...
The most important thing is that you do whatever you enjoy doing, but you have to be responsible for what you choose doing.
We do bambu construction and We need help building geodomos on this farm and another farm 7 kilometers from here, this will be interesting for someone that wants to learn how to build a very strong house.
We also need some help on the organic cultivation of some veggies and fruit trees. Also making the terraces are priority.
Taking care of 5 Goats (2 kids), 1 sheep,
30+ Hens, 3 Ducks, a Rabbit, 1 Cat, 2 horses and 7 Dogs.
The Horses need to be traing (we don't know anything about natural horsemanship or training).
We planing to make an Aquaponic area, a Biodigestor and a pool of water to grow Espirulina.
We planing to build in Bambu:
▪Beehives and Bats houses.
▪Dehydrator to eliminate fruit waist.
▪Warkas to protect natural water reservoirs.
▪Vermiculure boxes to change the earthworms.
If you have knowledge about any of this things will be really nice to help us plan and build.
We asking for a food exchange or $2 USD per day but if you can not afford it let Us know... this is because we have more volunteers that we can afford and the food prices got higher... this help is to provide everyone with vegetarian (ovolacto) meals because We only produce eggs at the moment so we need to buy all the food.
Showering or swimming on the river each day is mandatory, is ok to take a shower at night before going to bed. We have a washer machine that you can use, we really need to be clear on personal higene and smells. Is required that you and your cloths smell good, so please use soap.
We are actually easy-going and will do our best to be great hosts but We have some house rules:
NO vulgarity, NO smoking, NO alcohol, NO drugs, NO indigenous "Medicine" (hallucinogenic),
NO nudity, NO Animal Meat products. This is a family home with small children, far from partyhouse or a place to get drunk or high, this needs to be fully understand and respected.
Flexible works best for all...
Some of our helpers have worked for some full days doing more things so they could take extra days off like for a 3 or 4 day trip.
Love, compassion and patient for animals and children is required.
If happens that you break something please let Us know, eventually we will found out and ask arround until we know who did it.
We need a picture of a photo ID such as passport, divers license... THIS IS TO CONFIRM YOU.
You will have a room in the house or a space on the attic (couple) or if you like you could have a tent.
Families are welcome (tent).
There are many water attractions lost of water falls, thermal waters and the town have a small water park (Valneario Los Nudillales). Also is a kayak place, horse riding, bird watching and hiking. Many towns like Guatape, El Peñol, Conception, San Rafel are less than an hour away.
The roads are getting fix so the trip now to Medellin takes 3 hours it cost $6usd on bus. From Alejandria is a 2 kilometres ride from town to the farm entrance, then is a 20 minutes walk to the house.
If you planning to visit Jardin, Andes or San Francisco (Antioquia) let Us know ...We have friends where you can stay.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Internet works fine... unlimited movies and downloads. Volunteer hours are expected.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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