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Minimum required length of stay: at least 1 month
Description of the
Last minute call: From October, we’re looking for volunteers to help us in two different areas: – working in the finca – taking care of the children in the afternoon. There is no availability for families before march 2020
We are a family of 4 (Pascal, Bene, 5 years old Luna, and little 2 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 created a project of Education in the Nature for little children (from 2 to 6 years). 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 Bosquescuela, Steiner, Montessori and Reggio Emilia educational methods.
Types of work
GardeningConstruction workChildcareCooking/shoppingOther workHelp for ecological projectsHelp for art projectsHelp with computer / Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
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 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 samples, 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 working on 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!
*For our little school, speaking Spanish (or French) is essential. We need a volunteer with good social skills: love, empathy, patience and creativity to help out with the children every morning. Our way of looking at education is quite unusual and alternative, so we need someone sharing the same visions with us, betting above all on the self-determination of children, their own abilities to discover life and their needs to be deeply loved and understood. Another part of the volunteer’s time will be spent helping with the care of our children, Luna or Mateo.
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️During school holidays, we sometimes look for volunteers to take care of our children. Outdoor activities are the main occupation to organize.
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. 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. Thank you for your understanding.
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We need a volunteer with good social skills: love, empathy, patience and creativity to lend a hand with the children every morning. Our way of looking at education is quite unusual and alternative, so we need someone sharing the same visions with us, betting above all on children’s self-determination, their own capacities to discover life and their needs to be deeply loved and understood. Another part of the volunteer’s time will be spent assisting in the care of our children, Luna or Mateo. For those who come to help us with the children, we ask for a minimum stay of one month. It’s a great job of adapting to get used to each new volunteer for the children, so we can’t be changing people too often.
English, French or Spanish. Fluent Spanish for the School
The accommodation provided may change according to availability. We’ll let you know which option(s) is possible when you contact us.
We have several options:
CURRENT OFFER: *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Accommodation in a comfy tent or wooden cabin on the land, 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 in the village 500 meters far from the finca. 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 (January and February).
NO AVAILABILITY BEFORE MARCH 2020*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A combined option for families or small groups up to 5 people: in our project Finca la Canopea we also welcome people who want to have a different holiday, mixing some volunteering with a lot of free time to discover our beautiful region. Ask us for more detail if you are interested!
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A private or shared room in a flat at the bottom of the land
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.
Capacity – how many workawayers maximum
3 hours per day, 5 days per week, breakfast included