Learn how to make artisan cheeses on our dairy farm. We are nestled in the mountains outside of Cuenca, Ecuador.



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • 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

    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.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

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