I quit my job in search of the dream of living in a small town, rather than surviving in the city. I share my life with Sonia, and together we are slowly building a sanctuary in Zapatoca. Our nature reserve is an area that stretches from 1800 to 2200 meters above sea level (cloud forest).
My name is Armando. I am 57 years old and I live in Zapatoca, Santander, Colombia, I have three dogs. Our reserve has an area of 14 hectares... eight of which consist of a pine forest.
The help we need is in the forest of the reserve. We work in 2x1 mode (we work two days, we rest 1).
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
In the nature reserve you will find silence, tranquility and a peaceful environment.
Here you can learn: Local customs, tropical mountain culture, cooking regional dishes, some dance, play music, improve your Spanish language.
We´re especially interested in handy and creative people who also like physical work and don´t mind getting their hands dirty. ¡ The idea is to do work in which you are interested !
Furthermore, it is essential that you have your own international health and accident insurance.
The main help needed is in the field- trimming trees in the middle of the pine forest. It is challenging work but you can do it at your own pace.
Maintenance and repairs
Maintenance of the vegetable garden
In the nature reserve there is a cabin for four people. It has a bathroom and shower with warm water. There is also a kitchen. There are mattresses on pallets, sheets, towels and blankets. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is necessary to cook.
Here you will have accommodation and food three times a day, adapting to your dietary needs. That said, it is necessary that you come with us to do the purchases and help us in the preparation of the food.
We do not receive smokers.
We can give you accommodation for a maximum time of 15 days.
We work two days, we rest one. Therefore, those rest days you can go to the village of Zapatoca which is 13 km from the reserve. There is bus service three times a day.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
large parking area.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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