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We are a family of 4 (Pascal, Bene, 6 years old Luna, and little 3 years old Mateo)
We are developing a permaculture project in the charming village of Los Silos on the northern coast Tenerife island. The purpose there is to plant an edible forest made of exotic trees, spices and aromatic herbs. Tenerife enjoys a particular climate where plants from tropical, subtropical, Mediterranean and temperate regions can be grown here. If you like nature, if you're interested in useful plants, you'll like our project :-).
In the same finca we've created a project of Education in the Nature for children. The aim of this place is to let grow the children at their rhythm, surrounded by the nature, trying to accompany them in their own development. Our inspiration comes out of Forest school, Steiner, Montessori and Reggio Emilia educational methods. Currenty the space is mostly used by our children, little friend and visitors. There is no one in charge of the little school and volunteers are asked to take care of the children and the place.
We also organize permaculture workshops and activities around art and creativity . We welcome groups to make them spend a good time learning in a beautiful surrounding. You can have a look at our workshops on our website in Los Silos.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
In our village you'll easily get in touch with the local culture and participate to the local festivities such as the market every Sunday morning, the cultural events, the traditional celebrations, carnivals and so on. As part of our family and team you'll have the opportunity to share all those events with us. Besides the Canaries Culture we also like our volunteer to be part of the "world culture". Our family is originally from Belgium and we speak daily French and Spanish, also English, Dutch and Italian. We have travelled a lot before settling, reason why we like a lot to meet new people and have nice exchanges.
-we need someone to take care of the children after school during the afternoons.
-help for our DIY workshops project in the village
We need help to give life to an almost deserted agricultural land. The tasks can vary according to the seasons. A few examples of what you might do: to give live to seeds and plant cuttings, to prepare pots for seeding, to water the plants, to feed the chickens and to improve their habitat, to dig holes for planting, to plant hedges, to make mulch and compost, to give some care to the little trees that have been planted, to install the irrigation system… Thinks to have in mind are that the tasks can be physical (especially to dig holes) and the weather in summer can be hot. We are also constantly need help with the infrastructures of the finca; painting, building with wood or other materials, improving existing structures or developing new ones. People with experience in those fields are more than welcome!
* If you love children and you are able to share valuable moments with them, if you feel you have love to share, empathy, creativity and patience, then you could be interested in collaborating in the education of our children. This season the school project is not running for a group, but we need someone to attend our own children and sometimes their little friends in this special natural space during the afternoons of the week and one morning on Sunday. It is absolutely necessary to speak fluently Spanish or French in order to be able to comunicate with the children. To acomplish this mission we ask people to stay at least one month. This will be 2 or 3 hours per day, 5 days per week
* Recently we started a new project in the village, in collaboration with a well known international NGO. The aim of this project is to organize workshops to learn/teach to do things oneself instead of buying them. If you have skills in any useful manual work, art, creativity and feel happy and competent to colaborate with a social project, this may be an option for you! Beeing fluent in spanish is necessary for his project.
*virtual communication is also important to tell people what we do. We need help in updating our website and making promotion material such as video, flyers...
Important to know: Being a host on Workaway means that we receive many many demands, especially in Tenerife, nearly all year round. To respond to everyone is a hard task and we are sometimes overwhelmed . We try to do our best to respond to everyone but please don't blame us if you feel the answer we send you doesn't match with your expectation. It also happens that several demands are on process at the same time because we experience many changes of decision from the candidates for volunteering (sometimes they drop us 3 days before arrival!). We try to match the volunteers with our calendar and fill it as we can. So please, note that till we don't agree with you a fixed arrival date, your stay with us is not confirmed. We also see that we or the Workawayers answer after several days and everything changes so fast meanwhile. Sometimes it's more efficient to chat with WhatsApp. You can write your mobile number if you wish so. Thank you for your understanding.
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Accommodation in a comfy tent or wooden cabin on the land. Bringing our own tent is also a possibility. Outdoor solar shower (which means there is not hot water when the sky is too cloudy), dry toilet and equipped common little kitchen. Internet access with computers and free wifi at the library village 500 meters far from the finca (we have no internet connection in our farm). If you like a "back to the nature" experience you'll love this option! Take in account that we offer camping conditions and you'll spend your days outdoor. The winter can be chill: average of 17-18ºC during the day and lowest night temperature at night of 12ºC (mostly January and February).
Los Silos is a small village of 4000 inhabitants with a lot a energy. There's always something to do or to see here and around. Jam sessions, yoga, capoeira, festivals, carnival, ... a lot of possibilities to entertain yourself and meet new friends. The sea is only 2km away (20 minutes walk) and the beautiful mountains with many walking paths are just 2 steps away from the house. If you like hiking and nature, Los Silos is surrounded by the ocean coast and the natural pools, the bananas and others fruits trees plantations, the palm trees, the laurel forest, the volcanoes, the historical town of Garachico...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
3 hours per day, 5 days per week, breakfast included. Or 2 hours per day, 5 days a week with accomodation without meals.
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