Workaway near Sucre, Bolivia gardening, land clearing, general maintenance and help



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Hola! We are Ed (Canadian) and June (British), living in the beautiful countryside 20 minutes from Sucre, Bolivia. The land measures 10.5 acres and has 360 degree views of the Andean mountains.

    June is a writer/property developer and Ed a project manager/constructor - he works frequently in Canada so you may not always meet him. We are currently creating a small urbanisation, selling plots of land to people wanting to live in the countryside.

    We have been hosting workawayers since June 2010 and have enjoyed sharing travel stories over meals, teaching each other new skills and in many cases making lifetime friends. We have new and exciting projects continually emerging and would like to invite workawayers age 25+ to help us for 2 weeks or longer.

    We love enthusiastic and creative helpers who are physically fit and ready to tackle anything that needs doing. An ability to function independently when not working is also essential.

    Our pets are a Siamese cat and 2 adopted rescue dogs.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be working with Edwin, our gardener/handyman - he is in his early 30s and is like a son to us. He speaks very clear Spanish so you will learn from him - he can also teach you some Quechua, the language of the Incas which is still spoken in the countryside.
    We will also be happy to help with Spanish studies and love to share our stories of our 10 years living in Bolivia.

  • Help


    We are looking for 2 workawayers at any one time (couples or 2 friends) age 25+ with basic English and some Spanish, to help us with gardening, organic farming, land-clearing, fencing, greenhouse-building and irrigation. People with experience in these areas are particularly welcome as are volunteers who are happy to do general maintenance painting and general upgrading of building structures. Help with cleaning common areas is also expected.

    Daily working hours vary but do not exceed 25 a week. We try to give volunteers two consecutive days off each week to allow for an overnight stay in Sucre or to visit Potosi, the highest city in the world.

    Breakfast and lunch (the main meal of the day in Bolivia) are provided on the days you are working but not on your days off. An evening meal is not eaten in Bolivia and if required is the responsibility of workawayers - there are several cheap local shops nearby selling everything you would need for basic meals and snacks as well as fast food options in the evening for around $1 US.

    Please note that we do not have unlimited internet here so you will have to buy a package from one of the providers in Bolivia. They are quite cheap and if you require hours of internet time there are Internet cafes in Yotala and free wifi everywhere in Sucre.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our volunteers are housed in a room in a group of buildings close to the main house. There is an adjacent bathroom with a hot shower. There is also a kitchen where you can make tea/coffee and snacks, including breakfast. Workawayers are expected to respect these spaces regarding tidiness, cleanliness and hygiene.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are beautiful walks from our property with stunning views of the Andes mountains. You can also walk down to small shops and snack bars nearby for a cold drink at the end of the day. Colonial Yotala is a 30 minute walk away or a 10 min bus ride, with shady plazas and a lively Sunday scene with a chance to try the famous Yotala roast pork.

    The colonial city of Sucre (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is accessible by regular daytime mini buses, stopping a 15 minute walk from our property. There are plenty of museums, bars and restaurants and some interesting nightclubs should you wish to stay in Sucre on your days off. Potosi, the highest city in the world, is a 3 hour bus ride where you can take a mine tour and visit the Money Museum. Tarabuco is a small rural town with an indigenous market every Sunday - a good place to buy weavings and other souvenirs.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week with weekends free

Mountain view from our hacienda.
Tree planting to make a wind belt at the hacienda.
Sofia from Buenos Aires washes wool from our sheep in the local river.
Our workers fix river bamboo on top of a wall made of adobe (earth) bricks.
Our farewell present from Hans and Dorien - a box of delicious Bolivian chocolates - was wrapped in this paper.

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