Help on our small farm and preserving the beach on the coast of Arequipa, Peru



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    We have a small farm on the coast of the department of Arequipa (600 km south of the city of Lima, 400 km north of the city of Arequipa), at a place called Las Lomas Atiquipa, at the foot of the beautiful and wild beach Jihuay. From the ecological point of view, Las Lomas de Atiquipa is a unique place, an oasis in the middle of the Peruvian coastal desert. From a historical standpoint, the site is a pre-hispanic settlement at the foot of the sea, and still retains many archaeological remains.

    Our main interest is having a place in the country where we can live in harmony with nature, doing agriculture, raising small animals and preserving the beach Jihuay and magnificent environment. We used to receive volunteers who came to help us, but during the pandemic they stopped coming and now we need their help again, to help us maintain the bungalows, irrigation systems, plantations and gardens of the farm. Ideally, we need volunteers with some skills and practical experience in construction, general maintaining, gardening, and raising small animals (ducks, chickens, guinea pigs, etc.) but anyone with good will, a desire to work and a love of nature is welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Volunteers can have cultural exchange with the responsible of the farm and with the locals of the neighboring towns in the area. As well, the volunteers may participate in the weekly shopping visit to the city of Chala.

  • Help


    We have been in Jihuay since 1998 because we love to live in contact with nature , and the place felt wonderful since we met it for the first time.

    We have small plantations of olives, taras and other trees, we need to improve our orchard and gardens. We also have some ducks, chicken and guinea pigs. As the site is arid , everything lives because we irrigate it with water coming from a spring .

    Concerning facilities, in the farm we have basic comfort but we don't have connection to the electrical network (just our own solar panels), internet connection is limited to urgencies, to have mobile connection we have to to walk up hill for 15 minutes to get connected). We use the water of a nearby spring, it is a precious and scarce resource and we have to use it with a lot of responsibility.

    In general, we need volunteers having practical skills in construction, repairing, farming and gardening, house keeping, and cooking. However, the most important is to have a good attitude, to participate, to be proactive and and liking to live and share with the others.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    no specific spanish lessons, just learning while communicating during stay in the farm

  • Accommodation


    Currently we have 1 rustic house, with the basic facilities required. Typically volunteers are accommodated in this house. Occasionally volunteers should sleep in tents outdoors, but they can access the facilities of the farm. We are working to improve our facilities in the new volunteers house we have to finalize.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The place is beautiful and there are many places to visit, archaeological sites, beaches, hills, climbing sites, fishing spots, etc. A milestone for all volunteers, is to climb to the summit of Cahuamarca, the highest point of Atiquipa, where one of the most important archaeological site in the area is.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I think there is enough place to park campervans or motorhomes

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have big dogs, we am not against pets but could be risky for them if something happens

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    contribution of $5 a day towards food

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