Off grid in a beachside forest - Rocha, Uruguay



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    Hi, my name is Santiago. I am currently living off grid in a forest by the beach near the town of La Pedrera, Rocha. I have been working on my cob house mostly by myself and i would like some help to finish it. I have attached some pics so you can see the process of building, by the time you get here the walls will be higher up, I will be using scaffolding so extra hands will make the work more fun and easy. I have done many construction courses and attended cob schools abroad, I often do consulting for other builders too so if you are looking to learn how to build your own house some day, you will definitely walk out of my property with this knowledge. I am also into gardening, surfing, meditation and yoga.

    As for accommodation, there is a 2 bedroom wooden cottage at the property. It has a bathroom with a hot shower, kitchen, fridge, wifi (evenings) and two decks overlooking nature. You would be staying here, sometimes sharing the house with other volunteers, 4 people max in the house. The cabin runs on solar power so you have to be mindful with your power consumption.

    As for food, it's on you, I would like it if you could take care of yourself for breakfast and lunch, of course we will share some meals and I will cook some diners for you (I worked as a cook many years in Costa Rica) but we usually rotate the dinner duty among the group, this has been working out great, everybody comes up with wonderfull dishes.

    You won’t be required to work many hours a day, 3 hours would be enough to help me a lot! the rest of the day you can enjoy the beach or anything else you like to do, but we can always talk about this before you come. I have a truck so we will be able to go shopping as well as surfing or any other activities you would like to do in the area, it can’t be all work!

    I myself have traveled the world and volunteered in many projects so I know what is like to be in your shoes.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    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

    At my place you can learn about construction as well as gardening, cooking, meditation and yoga. If you wish, you can practice your Spanish with me, i am also a fluent English speaker. Rocha is a great place to meet the Uruguayan culture, the area is almost untouched by outside influence so people talk and behave very much in same manner as they always did. People here are very kind and it's a great place to get a feel of the south american culture and ways. I have also traveled the world so i'll be able to relate to you as well and provide a bridge between you and the locals. More so, the area hosts a lot of expats from different countries and backgrounds which make the socials very enriching.

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    The most important help i need is with the construction of the house. Mainly i will be asking you to help me make the cob mix to later put it on the walls. Making cob basically involves dancing on mud barefoot, it's a fun cardio workout. I'm at a very fun and creative stage of the work, where all the niches and shelving are coming to life. I have marked the "art project" box above because the house it self is a huge sculpture, i will benefit from your creativity and suggestions. Other locals help me with the house as well so you will be sharing the work with my neighbors and meeting new people all the time. i will be working with you at all times.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

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  • Accommodation


    Wooden cottage in nature with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with hot shower, kitchen, fridge, wifi (evenings).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As for your free time, there are plenty of things to do. you can relax in nature, hike in the moon valley (a natural reserve 1 block away from my place), bike, surf, fish (i have fishing rods and surfboard). Also the town of La Pedrera is close by and very beautiful. We can also take tiny trips, there's lots of sights nearby as well as friends in other properties around Rocha who are working in their own projects, different from mine and very very cool.

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    • 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

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  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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