We are a working dairy, nestled in the mountains (3000 meters) just 30 minutes outside of Cuenca. The farm is very scenic and quiet, with a waterfall, mountain trails, 20 hectares of native forest, and pastures full of friendly cows. There is a lot to explore. We milk 30 cows, grazing the cows in lush mountain grass, moving them to new pastures twice a day.
While we speak English between ourselves, we work closely with an Ecuadorian family that lives on the farm. They are ideal for practicing and improving Spanish language skills.
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If you are looking for quiet place to getaway, want to work hard and learn about farming and making cheese here in the Andes and are not afraid of bats....send us a message.
We make artisan cheeses with the milk from our cows here on the farm. We are looking for people who want to learn how to make cheese, every other day, and then also help out with maintenance on the farm. The cheeses that we currently make include Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Manchego and Montasio. Volunteers would gain some unique skills in learning the entire process of making these cheeses. We would teach you and then you would eventually, based on your time here, be making the cheese yourselves.
We are a large family that is very busy. Along with making cheese, your jobs would include feeding animals on the farm including chickens (who are following our dairy cows), pigs (some pasture and some in pens), working with our horses (need some riding time), and weeding our garden and greenhouse.
Volunteers work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, in exchange for room and board. We have a large guest house (5 bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, 1 bathroom) to host volunteers. The house is made of wood and somewhat rustic, but very comfortable with a pleasant wood stove to gather around on cool evenings. It is just across the road from the house we live in, nice to have to yourselves to relax in the evening. You would have a private bedroom.
Your stay includes food (we buy what you need and you cook), dairy items such as cheese, yogurt, milk and butter are also available and some very tasty bread.
There is ample time for hiking or exploring. The farm is a good base for checking out Cuenca and the surrounding southern towns. We have a series of waterfalls, that offer some interesting canyoning/repelling for the brave.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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