UPDATE: We have opened for business and have had a few customers. Simultaneously building, etc at the same time.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: We're trying to invest in having a proper place to promote art and culture, yoga and meditation, a place to appreciate nature, and being in touch with nature, a place to heal body and soul.
*Do you do murals, love handcrafts and you are super creative? we want you here!
*We need help in gardening and landscaping (we have a huge land so, plenty space for huge projects)
*Would you like to teach yoga or meditation in a very peaceful place? this is your chance.
* Are you an art teacher or do you like to cook and have previous experience and help to improve or menu? we need you.
*If you have specific trades skills associated with building, such as carpenter, plumber, electrician, construction, etc then I would be extremely happy to have you show up.
* If you have specific skills associated with computers or something that can help with our marketing, then that would also be very helpful, any specific skill in general would be of benefit.
My name is Blake and I am a 47 year old French and Canadian (not French Canadian ) and am married to Angie, from Colombia. We have a four year old daughter, as I am writing this in July 2018,and a second daughter of almost one and a half years old.
I use to be a division 2 professional basketball player in Europe who then got his MBA and was working in PR and taught in university. Now I am on a new chapter in life.
Currently we are living in the north eastern part of Colombia. I have bought 20 acres of land on the Caribbean Sea.
We are 1km from a village called La Punta de los Remedios, which is a two hour drive east from the city of Santa Marta. If looking on Google Maps, then we are 5 km east of the town of Dibulla.
To get here from Santa Marta,you take the bus to Riohacha, but get off 40 minutes before, in a place called Campana Nuevo. From there you pay 3000 COP for the ten minute moto taxi ride to our village.
Volunteers stay directly on the terrain where I am building, in one of the rooms on bunk beds. It's best to get dropped off directly on the project. This means that from the point you enter La Punta, you have to go a further one and a half kilometres by traversing the village and driving to the outskirts where we are. Tell your driver, otherwise he will plop you down in La Punta and you will have to do the twenty minute walk on foot.
If you have to walk, then you just follow the coast line, which bends around La Punta. We are beachfront, so you can't go wrong. My project is the only thing of its magnitude in the area, so you can't miss it. From La Punta walk one kilometer east and the road leads you directly there. If you are beside the beach then you are going in the right direction.
At the moment I am building a modest hotel which is composed of six independent modulos. We are just completing the majority of the construction now and will open slowly in phases. We will have an improvised bar and restaurant until we get more funding to expand and complete the project we initially visioned. For the time being we are starting very small, though it is a much bigger project than I initially thought of doing. We are also presently building some greenhouses.
We are the first foreigners in the area, so this is an unadulterated and authentic experience. Depending on what dates you arrive here, we will be needing different sorts of things. I believe that even if you have no skills in particular, if you are enthusiastic to help us, then we could surely use your help here.
Angie is a theater and dance instructor and we plan to do such projects here in the future. For now we are doing all the grunt work and all the fun work will come later.
There is always a need of some sort to be done. At the moment it is very rough and raw, so it would not appeal to sensitive types. The heat is quite overwhelming at times, if you are not use to it. It all depends on the time of year,as to what sort of weather you will experience. For example in May it is raining tons.
I have been doing workaway for a couple of years now, so I have had many kinds of volunteers. From you I would expect 25 hours of weekly work, and in return I will provide you with all your food and sleeping accommodations. You are welcome to work 5 hours a day from Monday to Friday, or another system if you prefer.
I will buy you groceries or have the manager provide them, and you can plan and cook for yourself,or I can give you money as you buy groceries from the local little improvised shops. Sometimes volunteers share cooking duties with my workers,and it's up to you.
I have a private Internet line and will give you the password for WiFi.
My wife lives with our children in a rental house in Riohacha. I go back and forth between there and La Punta. During our absence we have a manager staying on the terrain (the construction sight, where the hotel is being built, is usually referred to as "the terrain").
I am looking for uncomplicated and independent volunteers. I am not sure what I am expecting in return. There is always a need for labour here, but if you are a big eater, then I could get a local to do twice as many hours as you for the same price as your grocery bill, to put into perspective how affordable manual labor is here. If you are serious about helping us,then I find that tasks and solutions for what you can do become easily apparent.
If you have any skills, then they are probably needed. I have had little success with couples who volunteer together, but am open to it. With a few exceptions, I have not had much success with volunteers in their early twenties, but am open to being proven wrong if you happen to be different. I don't want volunteers that are here for less than a month and prefer those who plan to hang around for several months.
I've ended up hiring particularly helpful volonteers, so this also can be an option. The pay is low because it matches local wages, but it is of interest to people sometimes.
This sounds terrible to say, but my philosophy is that bluntness is best: if you are here for a vacation, then this place is probably not for you. If you are looking to save money by coming for free food and sleep, that´s okay, but don´t be a lazy slacker and do give an honest five hours of engaged work. Seriously, for $8 a day a local will give eight hours of really hard labour work, so please earn your keep. I am not here to exploit you, but it's annoying to see how many people are not really into helping.
Some volunteers left two hours after arriving here, while others loved it and extended their stays, so it all matters on what sort of person you are. Some volunteers couldn't wait to get out of here while others came back for a second tour of duty because they were happy here. Please give yourself an honest self evaluation before contacting me. I hate sounding so rude, but it boggles my mind as to how someone can come here and immediately leave, while others love it. What were the leavers expecting before they arrived?!
Low maintenance volunteers who are self motivated are super welcome.
I don't want to discourage you from coming and I enjoy having workaways here, while at the same time I don't want to waste your time or mine, so I prefer to be straight forward.
There are many wonderful and warm people here and I choose to live here due to the beauty and the lovely aspects that come with living here. My terrain is rough at the moment but it is on a beach which is excellent for swimming and I am slowly making all the surroundings more beautiful.
Slowly and through a lot of hard work, my project is taking shape and I am excited for what it will be eventually transforming into. I am very grateful to some of the volunteers who have passed through here and really improved this project for me.
It can be very hot or very rainy. Sometimes there are a lot of mosquitos. At times it is not a comfortable atmosphere. Please be prepared for whatever may come.
Once You contact me via workaway.info and know for sure that you are coming, I will then pass on my personal contact information. If you do Whatsapp, then even better.
If you are interested in coming to stay with us at any capacity, then please get in touch.
Thank you for reading this,
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
This is unpopulated by tourism and therefore a genuine experience with Colombians who are curious and keen to engage. As for all the surprises that come with undertaking a project of this magnitude in a developing country, you can learn from my mistakes and skewed approach on various issues.
I am very open to any suggestions. Any skills you have will probably be of help.
If you feel you don't have a particular skill but genuinely want to help, then surely we can figure something out.
I speak English, French, and Spanish
Either bunk bed or bed.
I use to do yoga and meditate, but now with the project I have little free time and am often stressed. I enjoy a good chat when there is time and like to understand people and share what helps me in life and learn what can help me. I enjoy the friendships I have made with a lot of the volunteers and the realization that we are all lost and wandering through life.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week