Meditative veggie gardening and get creative at a social-ecological foundation in the community of Guchipas, Colombia



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  • Description


    We are a Belgian-Colombian couple living in a small farmers village in the Colombian Andes. We have a small ecological farm and a social-ecological Foudation where we mostly work with children and youth around education and environment.
    Our house is on like an island between two rivers that is why our farm is called Dos Quebradas.
    We have three dogs, a cat and some chickens. Drinking water is from a natural source nearby. We have a vegetable garden where we try to grow our own crops. Our objective is autosuficient living and permaculture.
    In the village we manage a foundation. Our biggest project is the casa cultural (community center) located fifteen minutes away from the finca. The foundation´s objective is improve the quality of life of the inhabitants in balance with mother earth.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    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

    - Get to know local people and culture
    - Learn about endemic plants, animals and ecosystems
    - Learn photography, circus/teatre classes or learn to crochet at the cultural center
    - Improve your Spanish skills
    - Learn about building with recycled or natural materials
    - Learn about traditional agriculture from local farmers
    - Inmerse yourself in the Colombian cloud forest
    -Get to know the biggest Páramo of the world (extraordinary ecosystem also called waterfabric by the locals)

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    One of the mayor tasks is the vegetable garden where you can make contact with the earth in a meditative way. And general maintenance/building tasks around the farm.
    We are open for any creative and artistic ideas you could have to beautify the house and its surroundings. We are planning various construction projects around the property.
    At the casa cultural you can participate in creative workshops with the children or teach english and also general maintenance of the classrooms.

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Alongside one of the rivers we built a little wooden cabin almost completely out of recycled materials. There is one queensize bed and a sofabed, for which we offer clean cheats and blankets and if needed extra sleeping mats and matresses. If you have your own tent, you can pitch it up beside the cabin. In the garden there is a firepit near the river when you want to relax and enjoy yourself. The bathroom with dry toilet and the kitchen are located in the main house. It is important for us that you feel welcome like it was your own home.
    We offer two meals a day, evenings and weekends you provide for yourself or we make arrangements to cook as a family. You have access to water, coffee and tea the whole day. If you are vegetarian or have some kind of food intolerance, please let us know before arriving to be able to take it into account.
    We prefer volunteers to stay for longer periods but if you want to stay for some days it is also acceptable (minimum 5).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The comunity of Guchipas, is located 20 minutes by bus from the city Fusagsuga and about three hours from Bogota. The closest bus stop is 20 minutes by feet from our farm (the are mototaxis that can take you) and there are buses from Fusagasuga and Pasca and back every fifteen minutes from 6am to 8pm. We also can pick you up in Fusagasuga if arranged.
    There are some small shops located nearby if you need anything. In the casa cultural there are also workshops you can join.
    In your free time you can explore the nature and the mountains around here. We regularly offer trail walks (canyoning, climbing, ...) and you can also go on a daytour to the Paramo de Sumapaz, a very rare and unique ecosystem with beautiful lakes and special plants.
    If you are interested in the history of the region, you can visit the archeological museum in the small town of Pasca.
    In Fusa there are comercial centers and big supermarkets for anything you might need.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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