Help us to improve the environment of our unique high school, with permaculture principles in Fusagasugá, Colombia

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  • Last activity: 30/01/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    Hello! My name is Sebastian! Me and my family are worried about the quality of our country's
    education, that's why we are exploring new ways to teach. We have owned this school for more than
    25 years. My two brothers and I studied here. We are pioneers in this city because of our education
    model, mixing customized classes, a focus on culture and sports in a unique and natural
    environment on the border between the city and the countryside. The area of the school is
    28.000m2. For 2022 we hope to have more than 350 students of all ages, from pre-school to the last
    grade (before going to the university). The city is Fusagasugá (Fusa), a calm city of Colombia that is
    growing fast, the third largest city of Cundinamarca Department and one of the best to enjoy nature,
    agriculture and hidden paradises. We`re between 2.5 hours south from Bogotá (direction towards Cali,
    Ibague, Coffee Axis, etc). "Fusa" has almost all thermal floors, everything grows here and we have a
    perfect average temperature the whole year (between 15℃ and 23℃).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn:
    -Colombia’s culture and history in a short time.
    -Improve your Spanish with the teachers and the interactions with students.
    -Permaculture in an educational context.
    -Care of plants and animals
    -How a private school works and how we need to change our system to respond to global issues.
    -How to manage a school with a big expanse of land
    -If your interest is to get close to the classes, you’ll reinforce your skills as a speaker, delivering
    short talks and workshops to the students, helping our teachers in the process.
    -Use of tools, machines and building techniques.
    -Bio-building, using the natural elements of the schools.
    -Taste our delicious food and snacks at the restaurant.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    The school has a lot of green space to experience and explore. We want to improve our
    environmental aesthetic through permaculture principles and natural sensibilization. The goal is to
    become a national reference in sustainable education while we bring the world to the students
    through your help. You’ll be helping with General Director projects, such as teaching about
    sustainable development in short periods of english classes, while you interact with the students and
    practice spanish; conceiving and creating structures like walls and hanging orchards, helping to
    plant fruit trees to make forest food ecosystems, take advantage of the soil to generate food in every
    corner of the school. Help us to build additional small projects in order to have a beautiful and
    functional space. The main space of the school is an old colonial house, we are in the process of
    restoring and conserving old spaces in the school whilst maintaining the building’s architectural

    Another main interest of ours is that you could have conversations in english with the students (in
    the lunch or in the student’s recess time) in order for them to practice and feel more confident in
    english conversation. If your profile fits in education or simply if you want, you can help us to
    complement more english lessons with the class, connecting subjects such as environmental care,
    human rights and sustainable values. We seek to deliver a unique cultural exchange between you,
    students, teachers and the community.

    Currently we are also seeking to enhance our school’s creativity through artistic projects. We
    therefore also seek volunteers with creative backgrounds and skills with an interest in re-purposing
    materials and involving students in art projects around the school. The school has plenty of unused
    space and we are open to new proposals!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You’ll stay in the school in a space prepared specially for you with a bed, bathroom and near to the
    wifi. The idea is to have no more than two volunteers in a row. You’ll have full access to the kitchen
    when not in use by the cooking crew. You’ll have the ingredients for dinner. The breakfast and lunch
    will be prepared here by us during the week (Monday to Friday). On the weekends, when school is not working, you’ll have to cook for yourself, but we will give you all the ingredients and elements to cook. Alternatively it is also easy and inexpensive to eat out in nearby restaurants.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Because you’re in the school that is in Fusagasuga, you can just walk 10 minutes to the main road.
    You’re a 20 min walk from the center. Here you can find all sorts of restaurants, bars, stores and
    green spaces and places to enjoy. Because you'll be living on the border between the town and
    countryside, you can also find natural landscapes and amazing hikes. A taxi to the school is about 2USD. and in the road in front of the school there is a bus every 15 min.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 853331213184

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