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Come and help me with my 5-story bamboo house in Mompiche, Ecuador

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  • Última actividad: 25 feb 2024



 Estancia mínima:  Al menos 2 semanas



  • Descripción


    The Project: This 5-story Bamboo house is built like a wedding cake, with 360° views. To the east you look across the river and over the tops of the mangroves, to the south you have a view of the soccor field, to the west a view of the village and even the ocean from the top floor.. This bamboo tower has has been built to live in harmony with the elements and surrounding nature, with open walls on every floor. Each floor has a spectacular view, with views from the showers and the toilets too! This home has been gradually built of bamboo, recycled and natural materials by loving local hands over the past 16 years (and we are still going!)

    Your host: I fell in love with beautiful Mompiche, moved here and started to build my dream house in 2006. Nick-named 'Sirena', originally 'Nancy', a massage therapist from California. As a fun-loving, quirky and passionate host, on arrival Sirena will give you a tour of the village to show you all the unique experiences and local insights, introduce you to the local community, and all the cool little hidden spots. I love hosting, nature, Mompiche, healthy living, cooking with the exotic local ingredients and playing dominos!

    Ideal volunteers: We are looking for self-motivated, someone that when they see something needs to be done they do it. This accommodation and the village are well suited to volunteers who are laid back, eco-friendly nature lovers, unpretentious and adventurous.

    The neighbourhood: Mompiche is a quaint fishing/surfing village with a pristine 40-mile crescent moon bay and a vibrant community of locals, expats and visitors. From October to April there are world-class waves, attracting surfers from around the world. It is surrounded by jungle with monkeys and tons of birds, including toucans and parrots. Don’t be deceived by Mompiche’s quaint size - it boasts a lively community with lots of things to do.

    This home is located a short stroll (3-5 min.) from restaurants, bars, shops, beaches and much more!

    The surrounding area is green and beautiful. There are many islands and sights nearby to explore, including Playa Negra and Isla Portete. If there is no swell here in Mompiche, you don't have to go far to find it. Walking up the river brings you into a whole different world full of noisy monkeys, birds, toucans, parrots, in an exotic display of flora and fauna. Chocolate making, basket weaving, and coconut cracking classes are available. Tours of the jungle and yoga can be arranged. You can explore the incredible surrounding area on foot or in kayaks, on horseback, or on a motorboat.

    How it works: I ask for a contribution of $10 a week for unlimited drinking water you can drink and a bed in my dream house. If you want to use the internet, I charge $5 per week. You can choose to participate in 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners for $35 a week. I only ask for 15 hours of work a week when participating in the meals. By the way, I am a very delicious and healthy cook.

    I have a 2-week minimum. Firm. Please don't ask to come if you don't have at least 2 weeks to volunteer. Thank you.

    Please let me know when you want to come, how long you plan to stay and if you plan to join us for the meals.

    The menu:
    Here is last week's menu so you can get an idea of how well I treat my volunteers. Breakfast all come with a Pot of Tea or Fresh Brewed Coffee

    Monday - Italian Breakfast: Polenta w/eggs topped with Roasted Bell Pepper Sauce & Dinner: Bake Halibut w/Passion Fruit Sauce, Barley/Rice Risotto & lots of Steamed Veggies & Dinner: Peanut Butter/Chicken Pasta made w/garlic, ginger, naraghia juice, toasted sesame seeds
    Tuesday - Ecuatoriano - Maduro, and eggs - maduros are sauteed ripe plantains & Dinner: Shrimp in Curry/Coconut milk sauce served with Mashed Potatoes & Salad
    Wednesday - Mompichero - Banana pancakes w/ Caramelized Pineapple Sauce & fruit & Dinner: Big Italian Salad w/lots of veggies & avocado
    Thursday -North Americano-Crispy Potatoes cooked w/ onions, red & green bell peppers & eggs & Pesto Pasta made w/fresh basil & spinach and toasted peanuts & garlic bread
    Friday - French - French toast w/ homemade Raspberry Sauce and Papaya salad & Lungustinos Encocado this is Giant Prawns cooked in Coconut milk w/rice

    (Lugustinos (giant prawns) are seasonal and not always available, but I always try to do something special on Fridays to show appreciation for the weeks work.)

    The meals are big part of the experience here at the Casa , so please let me know if you plan to participate in the meals, any dietary requirements and how long you expect to stay. Thanks!

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos artísticos
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda informática
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Don't be a tourist, come and be a part of the community.
    Learn everything about Bamboo, I have made lots of mistakes so you can see examples of bamboo work done right and done wrong.
    Learn how to cook with all the local exotic ingredients like giant shrimp, clams, all different kinds of fish, make homemade coconut milk, cook with the best chocolate in the world grown right here in Mompiche.
    Learn to make chocolate from the bean to the cake.
    Learn or practice your skills surfing on world-class waves. Our waves come in sets of four, the first is small for beginners to the fourth for the more seasoned surfer.
    Take a jungle tour and see monkeys, toucans, and much more. Learn the uses of local herbs and plants.
    I can set you up with a very good Spanish teacher if interested.
    Yoga, massage, basket weaving, and horseback riding can be arranged.
    And much more.

  • Ayuda


    We just changed the roof from “toquilla” (thatched grass) to recycled tetra pack. In doing so we discovered all the bamboo under the toquilla roof was rotten and we had to replace all the bamboo. In doing so we had to tear out the lighting, outlets, bathrooms etc. which we are currently replacing. When we’re ready, the next big job is to install a spa bath.

    Types of skills/jobs required:
    - Construction
    - Cleaning
    - Plumbing
    - Curing/Varnishing
    - General DIY maintenance
    - Making furniture
    - Organising
    - Creatives (mosaic, painting, signs – although there aren’t many walls to paint)

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Intermedio

  • Alojamiento


    I have 3 double beds and 2 single beds 2 showers!, and 3 toilets with amazing views. Kitchen includes refrigerator, oven, blender, running water and stove!

    I have two cats llaona and Puma and a dog, Zaya.

    The volunteer accommodation is a private sleeping loft off the kitchen, or there are beds in the lower floors.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    There is a new ATM in Mompiche that works most of the time. If you want to use the internet I charge $5 a week. Or you can use internet cafes.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Yes, I have a very good internet connection here. I would be happy to host digital nomads. Internet access costs $5 per week.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Este anfitrión puede proporcionar un sitio para autocaravanas.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    3-4 hours a day 5 days a week

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    $10 per week
Número de referencia de anfitrión: 281789739886

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