Learn on a Bamboo and diverse fruit and timber crop farm, Ecuador



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Our vision is to cultivate native caña guadua bamboo in diverse organic farming systems. In addition to demonstrating diverse organic production methods we aim to help expand infrastructure and knowledge of value-added processing of bamboo to make cured bamboo available in all of the coastal region, and regularly host training workshops to local Ecuadorians and international collaborators on our 71.5 acre farm. We grow: plantains, bamboo, mandarins, oranges, mangos, yuca, avocado, grapefruit, mamey, cacao, bananas, guanabana, and many varieties of native timber.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    Excellent quality of life in a natural setting, surrounded by nature in tropical climate
    Sustainable Lifestyle (minimal ecological footprint. Eating only fresh produce, cooked by ourselves, planting food, trees, and eating the fruit
    Eat tropical fruits you may have never heard or seen in your life
    24/7 ecuadorian Spanish Language practice
    Family / Community living experience
    Learn to work in a true humid tropical climate
    Hands-on Tropical Permaculture, agroforestry experience
    Develop communication and teamwork skills
    Agroforestry systems

  • Help


    Our farm is a place where you can experience a sustainable way of living while working on a tropical farm with many daily tasks. You will experience the challenges of living in rural South America, the heat, the explosive plant growth, the howls of the monkeys!
    Cut pasture with machete.
    Harvest Papaya, Banana and Plantains at the Farm.
    Help us construct the natural / bamboo constructions.
    Help in the kitchen for vollunteers, cutting vegetables, prepare drinks, set the table, wash and dry the dishes, etc.
    Give food to chickens, horses, cats and dogs.
    Be interested in all kinds of work and don’t be afraid of hard, physical commitment.
    You will work with tools like machete, shovel, spade, pickax, hammer or with your bare hands, depending on what work you are doing. If you experienced, you can handle with other machine like electric saw, drill and so on.
    Stay communicative and involve yourself in to group conversation.
    Ask questions if you are not sure. We welcome your interest!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In December 2018 we have completed a large and beautiful bamboo house. During certain months of year this house will be filled with groups of engineers, architects and ecology students taking bamboo building courses. During the remaining months the house and the spacious dormitory accomodations will be available for workaway guests. We have 30 beds, 2 living rooms, 6 bathrooms, one large kitchen, and gardens surrounding the house.

    We have a large kitchen to cook for groups. When hosting workaway folks in groups of 5 or more we will have a local cook on staff preparing meals, when 5 or less volunteers are working on the farm we will take turns preparing meals for eachother. Delicious ingredients will always be available!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Appreciation - take time to enjoy the local tropical fruits, the beautiful sun, the showers, the stunning sunsets and night skies, learning different languages, and being part of a farming family. There are nearby waterfalls, and cacao processing facilities are are interesting to check out, also the beach is just an hour bus ride away.
    Commitment.- keeping your promises, being on time, don’t mind being out of your comfort zone, being proactive in daily tasks, enjoy challenges and being busy most of the day.
    Sociable – willing to interact by exchanging experiences, ideas, brainstorming future solutions with us, asking questions when confused, voicing your issues clearly – during your stay.

    Our operation is a diverse one, we are open to program development collaborations or collaborations on things like exporting cacao and coffee or fruits or sustainably harvested wood.

    We welcome you!

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 834356825392