Be inspired to create beauty and order with us in the Intag valley of Ecuador



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    The ongoing work of creating greater beauty and order here in this eco-agriculture demonstration farm in a remote corner of the Andes of northern Ecuador, is a grateful answer to the questions, “How can I best serve a vital change? How can I serve life? “ What we can explain is limited, compared to what we can convey by example and transmit by doing. We have the exalted privilege to daily explore what it means to create for the highest good, while playing with unlimited possibilities. Others need not to be convinced to change; being surrounded by visual example and the frequency of inspired action is sufficient to implant a desire to create something better. We celebrate the opportunity to experiment with and demonstrate a much needed new model of agriculture, that in reality is a rediscovery and deeper exploration of ancient wisdom. Most of my neighbors here in Intag, an area known for its many clear cool rocky rivers, steep green mountains and abundant bird life, earn their living on small family farms, persisting with a model of “modern “ agriculture even though challenged by the cost and toxicity of purchased inputs. Truly sustainable ways of growing food optimize the health and diversity of the life of the soil. When soil life is balanced, plants have constant availability to nutrients so naturally are resistant to insects and diseases, and produce nutrient-dense food and store away carbon in the soil. Minerals are held in this dynamic system and are not lost to ground and surface water. We enhance soil biology by minimizing tillage, protecting the soil with mulches and cover crops, making and applying a range of native microorganism rich “bio-fertilizantes”, and including trees into the growing systems, and more.
    As a volunteer you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth, and may be inspired to create similar examples of living growing systems as some of our previous volunteers from more than 16 countries have done. You'll learn all about our practices for enhancing our planet's soil. You will connect with native, indigenous food and medicinal plants, apiculture (bees), aquaculture (fish), ecological building practices, and much more.
    The natural world thrives by cooperation and so do we. Together we can be a gentle and still powerful influence for the healing and renewing of our planet and ourselves.
    "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Kerry has a degree in agronomy from Auburn University in the US, has worked as an architectural designer for most of his professional life, and has been studying and practicing organic gardening and natural healing and wellness for more than 3 decades.

  • Aide


    Our days are filled with planting, mulching, harvesting, and all things related to exploration of the potential we have for growing great food and enhancing biodiversity. Help with food preparation, and clean up is always needed. We mainly eat vegetarian, lots of our own beans, greens and fruit, but we do also have beef raised on our pasture and soon to have our own fish, dairy and eggs. We welcome those with construction skills, since there always seems to be something waiting to be built.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant

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  • Hébergement


    You will have your own bedroom and shared kitchen. All meals are provided with the understanding that with food available, you may have to make breakfast and some dinners for yourself. The most rustic element for some will be using the dry-composting toilet system. Much of our nearly 80 acres is steep native forest, with walking trails and a sizable waterfall you can explore. There are also community work days and gatherings from time to time we’ll be joining.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    There are numerous tourist and hiking options in this beautiful valley of Intag. We are only a 1 1/2 drive from Otavalo and the closest town, Apuela, is a 20 minute drive/1 hour walk.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Minimum of 5 hours a day, 4 or 5 days per week.

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Échange culturel: (4.5)

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N° de référence hôte : 199374598577