Come and help with our project of preservation and awareness in a communal setting near Camarones, Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    With the acquisition of a jungle terrain within 6 kilometers of the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, we have started a project of preservation and awareness in a communal setting. The man who started this dream was Bola and, after a while, Annalisa took part at this project.

    On 10 hectares of land, we plan to create an ecological community to develop environmentally sustainable and productive agroforestry systems based on practices like permaculture and bio-construction. We can use a lot of help with that! Volunteers have been coming here for since 2015 to help local workers in nursing, Lanting and construction.

    We nurse and plant trees and bushes on meadows where used to be jungle, which was cut down many years ago. We are planning to live of the fruits of the trees that we will plant. We aim that at some point, the jungle will be restored in its original state in the rest of our land (50 hectares).

    We have started this project, seeing also in this land its enormous healing potential and here we wanted to lay the foundations for creating a space for personal care, healing, restoration and growth. For this reason, in according with our lives, people coming from different parts of the world decide to take part in Traditional Medicine Journeys, which are done at the start and in the middle of the year, in differents times, for a period of variable length, from a week-end, to 10 or 25 days. You can also visit us during those dates, but take in account that there will be workshops going on in the house.

    So we started this project but we are searching people that really want to collaborate and cooperate in this.

    We are looking for people who are willing to take an active part in this project, creating a collaboration, participating and putting in it as much as possible.
    We realize that this kind of engagement requires a conscience that often takes time, so, as long as our desire is to find people who wants to go down in this project totally and immediately, we know that this is unlikely to be possible. However, we are open to this Dream and we hope it becomes reality soon.
    Understanding the above and combining our practical needs at the Finca concerning work and maintenance, we are currently urgently looking for people or family who wants to reside in the Finca for a long period, which means not less than 6 months.
    In this way, people who can feel the appeal of our Dream will have the chance to really realize it if their desires and our dream will come together and, in the same time will be helped and guided by our experience. Once they are autonomous in everything and for everything, our desire is to bring our Project the "specific color" that everyone has, so we can paint together a real Artwork bringing each one a small or a great enrichment.

    We are very grateful and we always ask for the volunteers’ help and participation, people who are looking for a short period of experience and who not only our door is open to, but also we want them to feel really welcome.
    Thanks to the energy that we all can bear, whether in the long or short run, we could really bring this ground to its ancient splendor ... and even better, why not? And so making the Beauty either in and around us.

    We hope to find your interest and hope that our dream can come true together!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    At our farm, you will have direct contact with locals, with them you can learn about the plants and animals of the jungle, how to bild using local materials, how to cook local food , how to nurse and plant trees, local customs, and their very particular way of spanish! All of it in a purposeful and aware way.

    If you come from January until the beginning of April, and in July, August and September you can participate in the regular Traditional Medicine works and learn about yourself and this way of life.

  • Help


    At our finca you will help 4 x 4 hours per week (Monday – Thursday from 8 until 12).
    The help in general consists of planting seeds, trees, bushes and seasonal crops,construction and maintenance, general farm's work. The heavy work is done by two hired men from the village of Camarones and our volunteers support them however they can, under their guidance ( basic Spanish necessary!).
    We need some specialized help now: to fix and rebuild our provisory electric and water systems and with our also provisory and quite messy online presence!

    Cooking and cleaning are communal.

    We are looking at how we can make a living from what we produce (eggs, chickens and fruits by now) and are open to your initiatives and creativity.

    We ask volunteers to stay here at least for two weeks in order for you to get used to the environment, learn from your work and contribute to our project. We are flexible though; if you cannot stay for two weeks, contact us.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Big and beauty traditional local house.

    Sanitary facilities are basic and well working. We have a compost toilet and an outside shower. Our drinking water comes directly from a well.

    We provide you double or single beds with mosquito nets, sheets and blankets. We have 12 spots divided into four rooms. In your free time (Friday, Saturday and Sunday ) you can stay with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located between the coast and the cloud forest. In the jungle there are many beautiful trails to hike. We have a camp at the river, near a waterfall where you can bathe and even stay the night if you want. Some nice and quiet beaches nearby! Surfer's place Canoa 1h. South.

    As volunteer, the Medicines work is available for you in very convenient conditions.

    The nearest place to get online or phone is the village, 1.5 km away.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 x 4 hours per week (Monday – Thursday from 8 until 12)

Host ref number: 611985655775