All Year: Sept- May
Area (ha): 42
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 35603
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Last Updated: October 9, 2019
We are Andrew and Flora - a young couple from Scotland and Hungary.
We purchased this property in 2017 from Steve, who established the Ecopark seven years ago. We live together with Flora’s parents and dogs, learning about organic gardening & sustainability, experiencing with eco-construction.
Set on the getaway of the beautiful Santa Lucia River, your volunteering experience will take place in a nationally protected area, including a stream, a little lake, a bamboo forest, eucalyptus groves, ancient pines, palms, armadillos. You can spot rabbits, foxes, watch a seemingly endless variety of birds and butterflies. This riverside wonderland is an hour north of Montevideo by car. It's a quiet, peaceful and eco-friendly oasis. We have a large organic garden, fruit garden, chickens, peacock, greenhouse, we also harvest guayabas, wild berries from the forest.
We have various of types of work for which we need help, such as :
-Clearing and maintaining walking paths
-Cutting and storing fire wood
-Help in the garden (garden bed preparation, planting, harvesting)
- Help in our fruit garden
-General maintenance of houses and surroundings
-Help in building furnitures from bamboo & wood
We're especially looking for volunteers who
- likes to work in the garden and would like to help with various projects outdoors
- preferably speaks Spanish (not a must but a plus!)
- have initiative and are hard-working, takes work seriously
- can be independent outside of working & likes to be in a calm, quiet surroundings
Volunteers should have durable shoes or boots with thick sole for work in diverse terrain.
Volunteers help 5 hours/day, 5 days per week (2 days off)
We offer volunteers accommodation in a separate cottage, which has a double bed (can make two single beds) with private entrance, a bathroom with toilet and shower (cold water ) and a little kitchenette.
Solar hot water showers are located about a minute walk from the houses. Volunteers can use a gas cooker, fireplace in a separate building.
We also provide food for breakfast (milk, cereal, jam, butter, eggs, bread, tea).
We also provide some organic veggies from the garden - depending on the season! (You can have fresh crispy salads, sweet tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, radish beetroot etc.)
We also offer free use of washing machine & detergent. (Once a week)
Afternoons and weekends can be spent on the river, exploring the property, or riding in the countryside. The property includes a horseshoe bend in the Santa Lucia River known as “La Isla”, with private beaches and a secluded lagoon. The small town of Aguas Corrientes is a ten minutes by foot. Weekend or day trips to Montevideo are easy. Buses run 10 times a day. The trip takes an hour and a half and costs about 80 pesos.