Experience life in the Amazon with our family in Archidona, Ecuador




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    Hello! We are a Kichwa family with a small project in the jungle near Archidona, Napo, Ecuador Amazon, with the main purposes being sharing and conserving the biodiversity of our nature and the ancestral Knowledge.

    We live on a fruitful land that provides us with bananas, cacao, guayusa, yucca, pineapple, and more.
    There are some chickens, small dogs and cats running around (:

    This is the house of the well respected Mama Maria and Papa Pancho, who lived their whole lives in the Ecuadorian Amazon, living a pure life according to the cultural principles of our ancestors.

    We, Marilin, Roberto, Tatiana, Alex, Susana, David, Anderson, Jennifer, Rusbel, Angelina, Bruce, Muja, Katherin, and our Intercultural Dance Expression Group Guys, we are here daily, facilitating and supporting the projects together with the volunteers.

    That, together with protecting our main goals. One seed at a time!.

    For to support our family work, foods, some small internal proyect, the jungle conseservation, and Valorize our Cultural Knowledge, also we organize jungle adventures for our visitors and Volunteers for 3 days minimum, for to get the economy dynamic for our family. whit this extra activities or option like jungle tours, or jungle Survival Adventures, according the price directly to the needs of our visitors and volunteers, like jungle Camping, waterfall visits, cave exploring,... are some of our favorite activities in this beautiful place where we live, for this activities or visits to our Sacred and Natural attractions, volunteers and visitors must reserve or inform about their interest in doing and enjoy these extra activities with us.

    Meanwhile anyone who visits can learn a lot from Mama Maria and her knowledge of the energy of the jungle, the cultural artisanal work and much more!

    Many of their children and grandchildren pass by the domain regularly, family is very important for us and you will be part of it!

    We welcome anyone who wants to explore pure life in nature and learn about our Life, Language and Culture Knowledge Most of all, we like a good energy exchange (:

    We offer very good conditions to live, all meals together with the family and beautiful but simple wooden cabañas equipped with private bathrooms.

    Important: Mama Maria and Papa Pancho only speak Spanish and Kichwa. Roberto speak Kichwa, Spanish, English and Basic litle bit French. And other family like Rusbel Speak Spanish and English too and others family members speak Kichwa and spanish.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    You will be living with a traditional, loving Kichwa family in the Ecuadorian jungle (but very reachable from nearby town Archidona).

    - You will be able to get to know the Kichwa jungle culture in the purest way possible.
    - Eat our foods like Yuca, Plátano verde, Maito -fish or chicken steamed in leaf, all of our fruits,...
    - Be part of our adventurous activities
    - See how we make artisanal works
    - Refresh yourself with a swim in our river (3 min walking)
    - Sleep with the jungle sounds at night

    Nearby is a Kichwa community called Mariposa. For day trips you can go the caves, one of the many beautiful waterfalls and river swimming spots nearby.
    We are very close to the city of Tena, where a lot of adventures can be booked (like white water rafting, monkey spotting, more waterfalls and jungle lagoons,...)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Your help here will be varied and depends a lot on what is needed at the moment. We don't have a working schedule, we mostly want you to be part of our family as we go about doing our things, so there is a lot of flexibility here.

    We're especially happy to welcome people with building experience as there is always construction work to be done!
    Also, people with marketing/promo and funding campaign experience or photographers and videographers for that matter are very welcome.

    If you have no experience in those areas, your positive energy is the most important to us (:

    - At the moment, there is a large wooden platform to be finished. This is the most urgent as it will serve to receive more volunteers and visitors here.
    - We need photo and video content and someone experienced in funding campaigns to be able to build and expand our project in a durable way.
    - Once the new wooden platform is finished, we can use all sorts of creativity here, for decoration or making small furniture, anything that can improve the space and make it an inviting, cosy place.
    - Helping Mama Maria with cooking of the meals and maintenance around the terrain are constants.

    Also, feel free to let us know in advance if you have any skills or ideas in mind that you would like to use here!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    Quechua: Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Nos encantaria compartir la enseñanza y aprendizaje de nuestro Idioma Oficial Ancestral como lo es el Kichwa Amazonico, asi como tambien aprender otros idiomas del mundo, como el Ingles, Frances, Aleman, u otros que nos puedan compartir y enseñar. Porfavor les esperamos muy felices y emocionados de tenerlos aqui dentro de nuestro Proyecto y Familia.

  • Accommodation


    We have 1 wooden cabin with 4 bedrooms with private bathrooms for the Tourist Services and volunteers. Some of them with jungle view (:
    Depending on how many tourist and volunteers are staying you will have 1 bedroom all to yourself or with another volunteer.

    Please bring your own hygiene products like soap, mosquito repellent and daily personal things you need.

    You can join all family meals if you can and of you want, or you can use the kitchen as your own too for cook your normal food. We can provide some other local products like Yuca, limones, platano and some fruits basically.

    We are not charging Workaway Volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    From Archidona you can take a $2 taxi to our finca, from the city of Tena a taxi costs around $7. There are also regular buses between Tena and Archidona for $0,50.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is a parking space 5 minutes walking from our finca.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected


Host ref number: 652823522794