Help with cabin building in bamboo, wood and cob techniques in a ecotourism lodge in Ayotoxco de Guerrero, Mexico



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    Hello. We are a ecoturism lodge, wich is integrated inside a cattle ranch, we also offer extreme sports and educational service.

    We have got 6 bamboo cabins, and a 10 room hotel, 1 zip line, 10 horse for tourist, 20 mountain bike, 10 rappel equipments, 2 temazcal, a restaurant wich offer very traditional food.
    The cattle area has an 80 cow dairy, which is feed all organic thus the milk is the same. 200 cattle heads, 70 lambs and 50 hens, also 50 hectareas of organic orange, we are seeking to export.

    We are looking for people for all kinds of works, from helping in the tourism area, the cattle or even in the orange fields.
    We already have solar panels for light, solar heathers for water, bio-digestor wich produce the gas we use in the kitchen.

    We want to find people that got experience in sustainable ways to become even more eco friendly,
    and attain a neutral carbon certify wich is in process.
    If you are a carpenter, constructor, artist (any kind) cook, veterinarian,musician, sports passionate or feel that you can bring any new ideas. We will provide you with everything that you need to realize all your projects and ideas. we welcome everyone that have a will to teach and learn, we do have around 15 projects in hold waiting for a leader to bring ideas.

    The comunnity is small, around 2000 persons, around 20% of the population is native, barely speaks spanish. Is a safe and peacefully area. We do employee 40 locals permanentlly, but we realized we need more skillfull people to haste projects, that can bring leadership to the local workers.

    Also the town mayor agreed to help in expenses for anyone willing to teach anything to the comunnity, he is a very well educated person that loves music, the arts in general, and concerned with the level of poverty in the zone, which is 75%. Any ideas are welcome. He can host up to 10 persons. Just remember is a very rural area, close to a very charming town 25 min. away wich name is cuetzalan, full of tourist for its deeply cultural roots. And 1 hour away from tajin, one of the biggest pyramid ruins you can find in mexico.

    You will be provided with a bed, 2 meals (usually traditional), 5 to 6 hours of work a day, 2 free days a week, up to you. Also free to use the pools, the Wi-Fi and other accomodations. Feel free to contact me. i will reply same day if possible.

    PROFILE UPDATE as 08-12-15:
    1. We are doing dorms for volunteers, we start in january, we need ideas to make it as green as possible. We need experienced workers in earthbag, cob, adobe or super adobe and bamboo. There is an architect in alternative building doing the designs for everything.
    2. At the same time we are building a 10 room small hotel made of wood, river stone, masonery and bamboo. The design is already made and there is canadians already here working on the fundation.
    3. We are doing 5 bamboo cabins with all the eco tecnology available, such as solar panel for light, solar heaters for hot water, bacteria waste digestion for cooking gas, with very few concrete, will be done 80% bamboo, 20% adobe and recicled materials. All december is for gathering materials

    Please be aware that since we are bulding the dorms i cannot take volunteers in other areas until is done. We will take up to 25 volunteers permanently around march.

    Map and instructions how to arrive will be by mail. please consider us if your profile matches our current interest, as soon as dorm is done we will take all kind of profiles.

    Let me be a little specific here, vegetarians may find a little harder here, we provide you all vegetables for your meals, but our cooks are autochtonus-natives, they usually cook exotic traditional food, but the kitchen is always open for your self service if you choose to fix your own stuff, otherwise fresh eggs, fresh milk and artisan hand made cheese are always provided

    thank you for reading our profile and we are happy to meet you soon

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Help


    there is way too much to say, we want to build dorms for volunteers with permaculture, a couple more cabins made with bamboo if you are interested in learning how to build it (is amazing how much can be done with it). artists for decoration with natural resources, helping in the hotel, kitchen, people willing to teach to indigenous kids skills, we also aim to develop musical interest on these children. People is eager to learn as much as they can from everyone. We will like people with mid to long term time here. If u have any skill or project that want to be fullfilled we gladly help out with anything you need. Also as an ambicious project, we are looking to rescue all kind of forgotten almost lost fruits that are endemic to the region, a germoplasm, a green house and much more things to do. The place is amazing, plenty of thing to do.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    a house with 3 rooms that can host up to 10 people comfortable, camping area if you prefer so, also a house in town for those that will like to spend more time with the comunnity. we have wifi, sat tv, also there is 4g gms phone signal, very fast. laundry room and a small ofice where you can find a pc to comunnicate with family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    in your time off, such as weekends, you can go to the nearby town cuetzalan, wich offer so much culture that you cannot imagine, or go to Tajin, amazing ruins. Also there is a beach 3 hours away name costa esmeralda easily reachable by bus.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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