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Sustainable home renovation in historical Hércules, Querétaro, México.

  • Mexico
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  • Last activity: 22/12/2022




  • Description


    Hi! My name is Alejandro and I'm working on rehabbing my grandparents' colonial home in the city of Querétaro, Mexico. The home consists of about 200 square meters, plus a small workshop and orchard. We are located in the town of Hércules, which is about a ten-minute drive from the historical center of town. This area is known for the Fábrica, a former textile factory that has been converted into a brewery and commercial complex. That is located right across the street from our home.

    I'm working on making this property sustainable. I have already installed a water catchment system, water filtration system and solar water heater. Still to come are a biodigester to generate methane gas and a hydroponic growing system to start to produce some of our own food. We have a small orchard with about 8 fruit trees and there's room for either more trees or some other plants. We also have lots of wall space where we'd like to paint some murals or other creative ideas. Areas still to be worked on include the kitchen, one bathroom, and two rooms in the main part of the house. We have two bedrooms available for workawayers, which we also rent on bnb. We've got a cute little dog named Flaco who loves to go for walks and just to cuddle.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    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

    You can learn about sustainable systems like water catchment, natural water filtration, hydroponics, construction, and general maintenance. I'll tell you all about the history of this area and especially my family's role in the workers' union of the textile factory. I'm learning Russian and would love to practice that and learn about Russian culture. I can help you with your English and Spanish and teach you about Mexican culture and photography.

  • Help


    We can use help in the following areas:
    *construction (if you have the skills or would like to learn)
    *cooking family meals ; We would love you to help with meal prep and grocery shopping.
    *mural painting and other art projects
    *maintenance of the water systems (we'll teach you!)
    *help with taking care of Flaco
    *other small maintenance projects as needed
    *language practice: English, Spanish, Russian

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Russian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I've been studying Russian for two years and I want to practice conversation.

  • Accommodation


    We have one bedroom available with one double bed with mosquito net and private bathroom. We would love you to help with meal prep and grocery shopping. The kitchen is a work in progress but fully functional.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Querétaro is an important city in the history of Mexico and you can learn a lot about the Independence movement here. The downtown is safe and charming and you can visit lots of museums and attend cultural events on the weekends. We are located in a canyon which is great for hiking and getting your exercise, and of course you can walk to the brewery in minutes to check out the local beer scene.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet is generally good and you can have a desk to work at.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    One small dog is ok.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 819763622952



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