Help at an Eco-House, Mompiche, Ecuador




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  • Description


    Hi everyone!

    We are all about sustainable living and creating a negative carbon footprint. We reuse, recycle and upcycle as much as possible. We harvest and recycle precious rainwater and we avoid buying plastics (bags, bottles, packets, etc). We also produce our own wonderfully rich soil for the garden from our kitchen and toilet waste.

    Our help detail includes:

    1. House cleaning & also washing/cleaning/prepping things we're planning to recycle (bottles, cartons, tires, etc.)
    2. Garden and yard work, trimming trees, pulling weeds, planting, harvesting, landscaping, organic fertilizing, etc.
    3. Electricals: we still need a few outlets and lights around the place
    4. Plumbing: there's a new shower going in downstairs
    5. Carpentry and building
    6. Building glass bottle walls
    7. Work on recycling projects which can mean many things, so ask what we're up to. (Most recent was tire seats.)
    8. Artistic projects: we paint a lot of things, create mosaics from recycled tiles, and love creative volunteers

    A good work ethic and willingness to do manual labor are essentials to bring with you. Our motto is: Work a little, play a lot...

    Volunteers can enjoy gorgeous sandy beaches and explore the surrounding rivers and mountains. Mompiche is famous for its surfing, but there is also horse riding, fishing, whale watching, body-boarding, hiking, sunbathing and hammock-surfing. Some must-sees include Black Beach, the colony of Blue Footed Boobies on The Point, the cemetery with its spectacular views, and hiking up the beautiful river.

    We encourage hammock surfing and daily siestas, fresh healthy foods, and beautiful smiley faces.

    Some important things to note:
    1. Mompiche has mosquitoes. It is important to bring a good repellent with you.
    2. We live in a cigarette-free environment (absolutely NO exceptions. If you can't respect this, please don't apply.).
    3. There are five affectionate cats on the premises. If you are allergic, this may not be suitable for you.

    ONE (small) REQUEST:
    If any volunteers are arriving directly from the USA, we would LOVE it if you could bring any of these hard-to-get items: bicarbonate of soda (baking soda - the biggest box you can find), organic/heirloom seeds, and various food items we crave from time to time but can't find in Ecuador (ask what we're craving). We'd really appreciate it if you could bring us any of these things and will happily reimburse. Thanks!

    We hope to see you soon in Mompiche.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In an eco-house, there is much to learn about sustainable living practices: how composting toilets work, organic waste composting practices, grey water and rainwater collection, water conservation and use, and how to live in a manner that benefits the environment rather than adds to its problems. We also cook gluten/dairy-free vegan banana cakes on a regular basis and are happy to share those recipes. If you're not sure about something, please ask.

  • Help


    Cleaning: keeping the house clean and tidy, making sure the bathroom and kitchen are always clean.

    Garden and yard work: maintaining our lovely tropical permaculture garden, weeding, mulching, trimming, fertilizing, planting, harvesting, making organic pesticides and even fencing.

    Electricals: our wires need a professional to put in lights and plugs everywhere.

    Plumbing: we're building a new bottle wall shower from scratch and it's gonna need some plumbing.

    Carpentry and building: there are no shortage of projects, from sanding and varnishing the floor, treating and fumigating wood, refurbishing an old wall, making furniture, and many more.

    Bottle walls: we need people with experience in this type of construction who know how to build a solid and safe bottle walls that look amazing.

    Recycling: we recycle glass bottles, old tires, cartons and paper, bits of scrap wood and bamboo, coconut shells, and other things to create household items and works of art.

    Artists: if you have a creative idea and would like to explore it, let's take a look at your proposed project and see if it would suit our house.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in the open-air loft. There are two double beds (four people maximum) and a hammock to chillax in, as well as a small chill-zone with a table, cushions, and power for recharging your electronics. There are also lockers with padlocks to keep your stuff safe and secure. It is your own space (for which you are responsible) while you are here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mompiche is 3hrs from Esmeraldas in the province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, and 2hrs from Pedernales in the south. After you contact us, we will send you links to maps and directions, and to some vital information you will need to know before coming to Mompiche (please read this to save yourself some hassles). We look forward to seeing you here.

    NOTE: THERE ARE NO ATMs IN MOMPICHE - the nearest ATMs are in Atacames (2hrs north) and Pedernales (2hrs south)
    Please indicate that you have read and understood this message so that you don't arrive in Mompiche without cash. Thanks.

    We can't wait to meet you!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours maximum, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    USD$10 per week

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