I'm Ivan from a beautiful village called San Miguel de Brasil (South west Ecuador near the city of Machala). The area is a large producer of banana, cacao and other trapical fruits. Close by in the hills are gold mines. I live here with my familie (father, grandmother, brother and sister-in-law).
In our village is a town square, a church, health center and a school, where you can have classes with the other kids to learn or improve your Spanish and also help with English classes. Also near by is a beautiful clean river, where you can swim or just sit at the shore and relax to clear up your mind.
Also, in your free time there are really nice places you can visit in the province of El Oro. For example, the scenic colonial village Zaruma (also known in the area for her gold mines) is a really nice place to disconnect for a day or two. Likewise, it´s possible to do a day trip to the amazing petrified forest of Puyango.
Our family has the general store where the people from town can get everything. We need help with organising (for example your ideas in changing the division), and helping customers. For example, the costumers ask for a product, and you get it from the store and do the payment. Perfect to learn your Spanish! Ofcourse I will be there to help you. This workaway only contains assistence in our store and there will always be another person availble for any questions or help.
It is also possible to set up a local project if you would like to and have any ideas.
This is a place where you can be a famous person for a while (there are no other foreigners here)!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The meals are included, A great opportunity to try the local food and specialties!!!
Sleep for free
Free Spanish classes with the children in the local school.(opportunity to learn/improve)
In this village you will be the only outsider.
You willl learn everything about our culture, daily life, and even more important; our organic products! You will see how we work with cacao!!
We need some extra help with organisation, helping costumers and other community projects (helping in school, health center etc.)
Own room (closet and double bed) and meals in our family house.
The house is just above the store, located on the main Street next to the church and central park.
Across the street is the school.
We are close to Machala.
Village has a beautiful river and nice pool to have a swim.
My father has a farm with animals, cacao, oranges and more... all organic!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week