Help us to make our agroecological farm GREEN again in Combo, Bolivia




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    Green. We want it to be green again! We are an experimental agroecological farm located within the semiarid valleys of Cochabamba. In the last two decades volunteers, researchers, farmers and students have been meeting in this unique place to learn and exchange experiences about agroecology. In that way, the 16 hectares that form this place recovered their ecological value thanks to the application of agroforestry systems coupled with agroecological measures.

    Here we proved that it is possible to produce fruits and vegetables without needing agrochemicals, simply applying the ancestral knowledge about sustainable agriculture that agroecology is providing us with. This technique has proven to be able to improve the productivity of the land and at the same time being ecologically sustainable. We have therefore contributed not only to recover soils and biodiversity at the semiarid valleys of Cochabamba, but also to promote food and economic security.

    However, last August we suffered a terrible fire affecting 11 of the 16 hectares that form our experimental farm. Most of our agroforestry systems, some of them more than 20 years old, got lost in a few hours as a consequence of the irresponsible act of a neighbour who was burning trash on his property.

    From that moment, our team decided to reformulate the project and transform it into an “Centre of Andean Agroforestry”. Such decision was due to the wish not to waste all wisdom accumulated during all these years, as well as our strong motivation to keep promoting agroecology as a tool for recovering the vulnerable ecosystem of the semiarid andean valleys of Bolivia.

    We want to share our knowledge and experiences with all the people who are interested and willing to contribute in our project in order to prove that is possible to life in harmony with mother nature. Help us to make our place green again

    Which areas do we work in?

    Implementation of agroforestry systems, preparation of Terra Preta and Madera Rameal Fragmentada (MRF), use of Kon-Tiki, general maintenance tasks of the farm, application of dry toilets in agroforestry, residual waters management...

    Which are the working conditions?

    As long as the volunteer participates in the daily tasks, lunch, dinner and accommodation will be provided for free. You´ll only need to bring some food for breakfast, sleeping bag, gardening gloves and toilet paper.

    See you soon! :)


    Verde. ¡Queremos que sea verde de nuevo! Somos una granja experimental de agroecología situada en los valles semiáridos de Cochabamba. En las dos últimas décadas, voluntarios, investigadores, agricultores y estudiantes se han estado reuniendo en este único lugar para aprender e intercambiar experiencias sobre agroecología. De este modo, las 16 hectáreas que forman este enclave fueron recuperando su valor ecológico gracias a la aplicación de sistemas agroforestales en conjunción con medidas de agroecología.

    Aquí demostramos que es posible producir vegetales y frutas sin la necesidad de utilizar agroquímicos, simplemente recuperando los saberes ancestrales sobre agricultura sostenible que nos aporta la agroecología. Esta técnica ha demostrado ser capaz de mejorar la productividad de las tierras y al mismo tiempo ser ecológicamente sostenible. Así, hemos estado contribuyendo no sólo a recuperar los suelos y biodiversidad de los valles interandinos semiáridos de Bolivia, sino también a promover la seguridad alimentaria y económica de sus habitantes.

    Sin embargo, el pasado mes de agosto nuestro proyecto sufrió un gran incendio que afectó 11 de las 16 hectáreas que forman este predio. Numerosos Sistemas Agroforestales, algunos con casi 20 años de antigüedad, se perdieron en unas pocas horas como consecuencia del descuido de un vecino que aparentemente estaba quemando unos desperdicios en su propiedad.

    A partir de ese momento, el equipo ha decidido reformular su proyecto y transformarlo en un “Centro de Agroforestería Andina”. Esta decisión radica en el deseo de no desaprovechar la sabiduría acumulada durante todos estos años, así como en la firme motivación a seguir apostando por la agroecología como herramienta indispensable en la recuperación de un ecosistema tan vulnerable como es el de los valles interandinos semiáridos de Bolivia.

    Queremos compartir nuestros conocimientos con todas aquellas personas interesadas que estén dispuestas a impulsar nuestro nuevo proyecto y demostrar que es posible vivir en harmonía con la naturaleza. ¡Ayúdanos a hacer nuestra granja agroecológica VERDE de nuevo!

    ¿En qué áreas trabajamos?

    Creación de nuevos sistemas agroforestales, preparación de Terra Preta, aplicación de Madera Rameal Fragmentada (MRF), uso del horno Kon-Tiki, labores de mantenimiento del predio, tratamiento de aguas grises y negras...

    ¿Cuales son las condiciones de trabajo?

    Siempre que el voluntario colabore en las labores del día, el almuerzo, cena y alojamiento serán gratuitos. Sólo tendrá que traer algo de comida para el desayuno, un saco de dormir, guantes de jardinería y papel higiénico.
    ¡Hasta pronto! :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    The benefit for the travellers will be to know how dynamic agroforestry systems work, learn about agroecological techniques and the preparation of Terra Preta, meet international people, get to know locals and their traditions in the rural areas... This is a great place to learn outdoors about how nature really works.

  • Help


    Help to do the work in the agroforestry systems, prunning of the trees, cutting the herbs, give Terra Preta to the fruit plants, update our website, build some furniture from our own wood, build a playground for children and adults, stroke our lamas and dunkies...

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    The kids here in rural school learn only a bit English, but this language is so important for their life, so we always try to help learning English to them who are interested in.

  • Accommodation


    We have three rooms; two with three beds (one for women and one for men) and one room with a double-bed for couples. Please bring your own sleeping-bag.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can reach us easily by public transportation; please send me an email to and I will responde with a description how to find us. Time off may be used to climb the 5.035 meters high pico-Tunari , explore Quillacollo campesino-market, take a walk in company of our lamas or just relax observing the different species of animals and plants that live here.

  • 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

    We have a lot of space for parking campervans or motorhomes.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 785585171694