All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Host ID: 7943
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Last Updated: February 25, 2019
Looking for volunteers all year round
- 8 days minimum stay -
Current Projects: trees for new hiking path, adding more hiking paths, finishing building a green house, creating a new garden, picking up fruit/nuts from trees, starting the tomato garden, help to build, daily task:feeding dogs/cats, maintaining guests rooms, doing dishes, watering trees helping to cook, etc.
The location of this work/exchange is in an old Hacienda at the base of the Volcano "La Malinche" National Park, the 6th highest mountain in Mexico. A 15- minutes bus ride from Huamantla, the hacienda is in a beautiful place in central Mexico. From the roof of the 17th Century ruins of the hacienda, volunteers and guests can see the great mountains surrounding the site of the hacienda. Mountains such as Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl which are more than 5000m (16,000 feet) in height.
THE HELP NEEDED:
% years ago we renovated the Hacienda with the idea to build a "Casa Rural" Bed & Breakfast Hacienda. We need your help to keep this project going.
The kind of help we are looking for is on small details that need to be done inside and outside the Hacienda. We are currently learning permaculture techniques and organic farming that would help us make a better and more sustainable Bed & Breakfast and home to live in. We have lots of new projects to start and need help finishing others. Example of projects: renovating a green house, finishing a volunteer room, creating an organic garden, front courtyard landscaping and recycling system. It would be great to have creative and healthy individuals to help with these projects, so we can learn together about environmentally-friendly construction, organic farming, vegetarian cooking, permaculture, etc.
Some of the work is hard manual work (like painting or moving large items) and some work is simple (like feeding the dogs or watering plants). Some of the work is garden related (creating a path around the Maguey trees, planting avocado trees, etc), some of the work is Bed and Breakfast related (helping with cooking and cleaning) and some of the work is renovating the hacienda (adding doors and windows, building roof, etc).
Javier is from Mexico, and believes in sustaintable alternative tourism and try to have a relaxed and happy place. We enjoy being with people from different countries and learning about you. We like to travel to local towns where you are welcome to join us in your free time.
We wish to create a healthy, calm and relaxed environment. We kindly ask participants to restrain from smoking in and around the hacienda. Also, we ask participants to abstain from alcohol. The days off, participants are free to go out to the nearby cities of Tlaxcala, Huamantla or Puebla. This is a great place to read, spend a lot of "alone" time, do yoga and/or meditate.
Often participants are working alone on projects or spending time alone in the evening. We have 2 dogs and a cat living in the hacienda who love the company of volunteers. We have a lot of space, so you can work and be alone if you want to.
We have a basic volunteer dormitory room with a dry toilet nearby. There is access to a hot-water shower. At the moment, we don't have a computer or WiFi available for volunteers. Volunteers are welcomed to go to an internet cafe in Huamantla to check emails on days off. Remember that this is a very old hacienda and that we are still far from being the Ritz Carlton!
We are high in the mountains, the nights are cold, unlike Cancun or Acapulco. Bring lots of warm clothes to work, live and sleep. Bring your own very warm sleeping bag.
THE WORK SCHEDULE:
Some days we have a clear schedule (especially when there are guests) and some days are very "Montessori" (you decide what you would like to do today!).
The workweek is about 40 hours, 6 or 7 days a week, more or less, deppending on guests. The free days are during week.
As for your food, we will share our kitchen and food with the volunteers for three very good mexican, non spicey, meals a day (until the volunteer room kitchen is ready.)If you are vegetarian theres no problem with that, we always have a lot of vegatables and fruit.
We have been working on the Hacienda Bed & Breakfast project for more than 3 years now and Phase I of the project is almost ready. At this point our expenses are more than our income. So if you have the possibility of donating a small amount towards your food or buying food to share with all volunteers, this would be highly appreciated.
The IMPORTANT thing is for you to decide to come to help us here because you feel that during your stay here, you will have a nice time, a good learning opportunity and a great sharing experience. And most importantly, you like to help!!
CHARACTERISTICS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN A VOLUNTEER:
-Can work alone.
-Can spend time alone.
-Can be by himself/herself to be responsible for the place when we are away on guiding trips.
-Can work without supervision.
-Can stay with us a minimum of 8 days
-Can cook for himself/herself.
-No problems with using dry toilet.
-Ok with animals and insects (dogs, cats, spiders, etc).
-Ok with cold weather (to live, work and sleep).
-Ok with sharing a volunteer room with other genders.
-If volunteers are coming as a couple, we expect them to be able to work separately.
-Have read the above description of our volunteer program!
- Any volenteers wanting to do a placement, for a longer period of time, would be welcome to work on a specific project.
TO CONTACT US:
Due to the large amount of requests:
-Please expect a few days before receiving a reply, we dont have the best internet reception
-Send us an a message, and we will be in contact
-General format messages sent to lots of volunteer programs may or may not be replied.
If you have any questions please send us a message.
Everyone is welcome!