Help in our organic garden and live in a museum of Kichwa Culture in Andes, Ecuador



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    We are Luzmila and René, responsible for our project. It's a community project of 21 indigenous Kichwa families. In 2011, we bought an old textile factory, where for centuries Kichwa workers were exploited and abused, and turned it into a vivid center of Kichwa culture, including a Living Museum of customs and traditions. We receive tourists to share with them our knowledge of our traditions, and started recently during the pandemic to dedicate ourselves to organic gardening, producing vegetables and fruits for the families of the project and also for our farm animals. We live here with our family which includes a (very talkative) grandma, our two sons (26 and 29 years old), our daughter in law and several cats and dogs. Also, a longtime volunteer is helping us, Natalie from Germany, who speaks fluent English, French and German.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You are literally going to live in a museum, so you won't help learning a lot about the indigenous Kichwa culture. This includes traditions, way of life, clothes, Kichwa language, handicraft, music, the local history etc. You could also learn more about weaving as we have a workshop here. As you are going to live with a Kichwa family, you are going to be part of our everyday life. Whenever there are festivities like Inti Raymi, weddings, community meetings etc., you can accompany us.

  • Help


    René would like some help working in the garden, e.g. planting and tending the vegetables and the compost, caring for the animals (cows, chicken, pigs, rabbits) and building and repairing fences. You don't have to know anything about gardening, he will show you what to do. If you have experience though and want to share it with him, he will be very happy!
    Sometimes when tourists come who don't speak Spanish, you could also help us translating.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    English: Beginner

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation


    You are going to have your own room with a comfortable bed and a good internet connection. The bathroom is shared. We offer you three delicious meals a day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The center of Otavalo is in walking distance from the museum (20-25 min). There you can find many nice shops, the famous Plaza de los Ponchos with its handicraft market, churches, cafés... Around Otavalo, there are several waterfalls, lakes, volcanos to climb on... By bus you can reach the towns Cotacachi and Atuntaqui (15 min), Ibarra (40 min) or even go to Quito (2h).

  • 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 have a very good internet connection and a quiet office for you to work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for camping cars of every size.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    You are welcome to bring your pets, even though they should get along with our dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Máximo 4-5 horas al día, 5 días a la semana

Host ref number: 681398968998