Eco-building, gardening, foresting and more in Mendoza, Argentina



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  • Description


    I am Marco from Switzerland and live in Argentina since 2014.
    I speak 5 languages (FR, DE, EN, ES, IT).
    Nature and adventure lover I worked as a guide (horsebackpack, 4x4 driver, trecking and Ski teacher).
    I am now in charge of maintaining and develope one of the oldest hotel in the region with a few Ecoproject's.
    I live with my Argentina girlfriend (who's a teacher) and our pets (5 dogs and 2 cats), my horse is about to be here soon too.

    The hotel was first build in 1916, it was the first here in the valley.
    We have several thermalbath's, a house for the personal working and a gym.
    It has been known as ruines during alots of years. But the actual owner rebuild it completly 10 years ago.
    I use to work all alone (except if I have some heavy duty like building to do) and in the winter when the hotel is busy we hire about 3 employes.
    Up at nearly 2000 meters above the sea level deep in the Andes, our high season is the winter. Skiers from all over the world come into the valley to go to ski in Las Leñas (15km form the hotel).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Spirituality and peace.
    Stay in the middle of the Andes in constant contact with nature and animals brings you to learn about yourself.
    Having pour human contact brings you to center on yourself and makes you face part of yourself which you might have never none.

    You'll also learn how to be creative and fix things without the adecuate tool our piece.

    You'll be able to use your hands, creativity and brainstorm problem solving in many different aspects as I do to keep everything running and to make it a better place every day.

  • Help


    Helpers are welcome to give me a hand all year long with all the chores and works I am planning to do.

    Feel free to ask for more information, but I'll basically adapt my projects to the skills of the helpers.

    Spring to fall
    We have a few Ecoprojects starting:

    - Foresting
    Help by planting plants and trees

    - Natural water conduction or irrigation
    Bring water from a creek and make work a decanter sistem I built, then build a drip sistem for the plants and trees

    - Building/ecobuilding
    There's a new fire/barbecue place to build with some vulcanos stone's and a wall to build with about 1000 of wine bottles.

    - Greenhouse
    The owner has a "Farm to table" restaurant in Buenos Aires and it would be incredible to do so in the middle of the Andes. So build an EcoGreenHouse for all year long planting could be amazing.

    - Organic garden
    We already have our own garden and vegetables and it needs to be cared of.

    - Chickenhouse
    A farm start's with some chicken... so let's build one!

    ...and alot more

    But I also do general maintenance of the hotel and the thermalbath's.
    So take care of the garden, cleaning pools, maintain clean and in good shape absolutly everything. It can include painting, sanitary work, wood work (take care of furnishing) and so on.

    The hotel opens from end of June to September.
    We offer high quality stay and pension and special fire evening meals.
    If helpers are qualified it could be interesting to have them working here too.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: 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


    As the place is located on natural thermal sources there's always a smell of sulfur in the air. It will take you a few hours to get used to it and it's healthy.

    On groundfloor we can offer 3 private rooms with private bathroom to the helpers and a shared kitchen where's there's Internet and TV.
    All the place has radiate floor and hot water. Natural and filtred water!

    Silvia and I live in the second flour but we'll share our meals and cook together most of the time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can flex the working hours so you can have the apropriate time to do the things you want to.

    Mountains activities!
    Fishing, hiking, bicycling, skiing (in the winter), camping, horseback riding (summer) (even for a few days).
    I'll try to show you as much as I can about Argentina's culture and lifstyle.

    All what south Mendoza offers:
    Wines! Meat!
    Vulcanos and nature!

    There's a bus twice a week in the summer and daily in the winter.
    But I'll try to help you out when I have to travel to cities.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 886873221373