Volunteer Experience at Tropical Fruit & Bamboo Farm at the edge of the Amazonas in Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    Hola! We are a very focused and dedicated young (since 2016) holistic project in Ecuador. With the clear and simple goal of a healthy lifestyle. Including growing own food, caring about our environment, a self-sustainable and regenerative goal in near future.
    Originally from Europe, Switzerland. We just also started our own coffee-shop a few month ago. One of our goals is to disrupt the current global value chain paradigma... Want to be part of the change?

    This project is for individuals who are into understanding that permaculture in a tropical humid environment is very different than a dry tropical or a non tropical environment. Our project is an permaculture site in the Valle de las Luciérnagas (Valley of the Fireflies), at the edge of the Amazonas region in Ecuador, South America. The farm is approximately 80 hectares or 200 acres. Located about 3 hours north of Loja and 15h from Guayaquil or Quito, in Southern Ecuador.

    Surrounded by nature
    Here you are literally surrounded by nature. We are located at the edge of the Amazonas region in the south of Ecuador with a breathtaking landscape view of the Rio Zamora. The twilight is spectacular on cloudy days. At night you can enjoy listening to the frogs, bats and owls. During the day, if you are lucky enough, you can see eagles very near our bamboo house. Snakes, spiders and mosquitos are a part of the ecosystem here. You can walk around the farm which is about 76 hectares or 180 acres. There are several creeks and waterfalls within the different micro climates of the property.

    We have animals, which are part of the family like our 4 dogs and chickens. The dogs job is to protect the property and our chickens so they bark, also at night if there is a animal or a human sneaking around. :-)

    We are looking more for LONGTERM Volunteers, minimum stay is 1 month!

    CHALLENGE - are you ready for the experience?
    We will share our daily family farm life in our tropical paradise with you. For most people it will be harder than what they are used to. Are you ready for the challenge? How well do you adapt? Does a holistic organic farm life interest you? Do you care about growing your own food and caring about plants? Do you like to experience how life is when not everything is available - less is worth more. Are you ready to commit for minimum 1 month? Can you survive with very limited WIFI (slow internet just 1 hour a day. Else you can buy a personal CNT-chip $5 =300MB).

    Volunteers - Only SERIOUS applicants please. Do not waste your time and ours (!) Volunteer commitment is minimal 1 months. Do not insist on a shorter period. We provide you with three meals / day and accommodation in exchange for your work, 5 hours / day.

    Please READ CAREFULLY only send us a message if you are really 100% interested in volunteering for a minimum stay of 4 weeks. Thank you.
    Applications with no attention to the following 5 points, will not be considered:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Min. Age is 24 years old. Or REAL life work experience, ideal.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Clearly indicate dates (start / end). At the beginning of your mail.
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    If one of the above is missing, please don't bother sending your request.

    Santi, Ecuador

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    – Drinks lots of tropical fruit juices
    – Eat lots of fresh tropical fruits
    – Update your mindset: There is no such thing as waste. Everything is a resource.
    – Increase plants of the fruit forest
    – Natural building (Bamboo / Wood)
    – Soil erosion control strategies (Vetiver & Arachis Pintoi)
    – Speak Spanish
    – Holistic Lifestyle approach
    – Interact with our local Ecuadorian and Colombian friends
    – Planting bamboo variety on river creeks on the property
    – Planting endemic timber trees
    – Seed bank (seed exchange) seed planting
    – Researching and implementing sustainable lifestyles
    – Create an place where you can come together and create mutual enrichment. We want to promote to recycle meanwhile lost know how through people who want to share their learned skills and collected wisdom with others people.

  • Help


    Permaculture, Gardening, Cooking, Blogging, Photographing, Farming, help in and around the house, Animal care. Harvesting existing fruit and vegetables like Bananas, Papayas, Lemons etc. Planting more fruit trees. Volunteering in the plant nursery: drying seeds and planting seedlings etc. Many building projects. Preparing meals. If you have any special skills please let us know, we like to share everything we know and enjoy learning from everyone else.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We happy to share our bamboo house with one beautiful bamboo guest room with max. 3 mattress. Of course you can bring you’re own tent if you prefer. We have a full equipped kitchen. Running water, Cold Shower, Compost Toilet, Biodigestor, Electricity and very limited WIFI (slow internet just 1 hour a day. We recommend to buy a personal CNT-chip $5 =300MB).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteer commitment is minimal 1 months (30 days). Do not insist on a shorter period. We provide you with three meals / day and accommodation in exchange for your help, 5 hours / day.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    $3 daily contribution towards food costs

Host ref number: 793711573846