House sitter on beautiful ranch in Ecuador!
Work exchangeSustainable projectsCayambe, Ecuador
An incredible house/farm sitting opportunity in the heart of the Andes of Ecuador, with Ride Andes! Ride Andes is a horseback tour company that for 15 years has run thanks to the help of amazing volunteers and employees, and now we are looking for someone new to join our team! We are searching for a “house-sitter” volunteer, who would help care for the house, dogs, garden, and potentially work with projects to help the farm be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. No horse knowledge is necessary, but you will be asked to learn a few basic things, such as how to tell if a horse is sick or how to fill the water troughs. You would be staying out at our farm, which is located about 30 minutes NE of the city of Cayambe and has a breathtaking view. We currently have 15 horses, 2 dogs, and a currently untapped potential in terms of gardening and eco-projects. Your job would be to look after the dogs, the house, and do a bit of work such as watering plants, maintenance, painting, and potentially some gardening. We would love to have someone with the passion and ideas to help us make the farm as eco/sustainable as possible. For example, we are hoping to set up a medicinal/native plant garden, organic fruit and vegetable greenhouse, rain collecting system, compost etc. The sky's the limit! The idea is to start these projects here on the farm, and later to roll them out into the community as well! For those who commit to a longer stay, there will also be opportunities to be involved with some of Ride Andes administrative work or Charity projects, and the potential to earn some extra money. In terms of charities, we are currently setting up/formalizing an animal charity that focuses on education and improving the lives of animals (mainly horses and dogs) through things such as care, living conditions and sterilization. Additionally, we are building up projects to help with welfare and safety for locals/children. We are focused on working around our area, as well as giving work to local people to make the things we need for our charities. Depending on your level of Spanish you can work directly with the locals to help us grow our current projects. *Please note. Due to an unfortunate string of no shows and volunteers leaving without notice, it is with great regret that we have been forced to request a refundable deposit in order to secure your spot and to help us ensure a smoother transition between volunteers and a continuous presence here at the farm. Volunteers have been helping Ride Andes for over 15 years – several returning to help us out again- and it is very disappointing to now feel forced to have to take such measures as requesting a ‘guarantee’ and we hope you can understand this measure. Requirements -Minimum age of 25 years (this is negotiable depending on applicants Spanish skills, travel experience, and potential to help us advance in our projects) -Fluent English; conversational Spanish - able to give and receive directions etc. (no non-speakers please) -Experience caring for animals - particularly dogs -Stay for a few weeks is possible but preference is given to those who commit to a 2 month stay (those who stay longer may have the opportunity to become involved in the charity projects and to earn a salary) (90 day visa on arrival, easy to extend a further 90 days) -A USD250 deposit will also be required, usually easiest for all via Paypal. This deposit is refundable. (a receipt can be signed, scanned and sent). Accommodation Accommodation is provided at our farm along with money for food/supplies. The farm is in quite a remote location, the nearest village for amenities is a short drive - or 20 minute walk. You will be expected to buy and cook your own food with the money provided. There is a cleaner who will come every so often to clean the house, but you are of course expected to remain tidy. Though remote, communications are good at the farm: we have a steady 3G connection that is easily used for international video calls, booking and paying for tours, to do research etc. We have 2 SIM cards at the farm and we will pay for a certain amount of megabytes per month for you to use, which will include free WhatsApp, and you can always top up your data if you need more. There is also a phone that stays in the house for emergency calls and to be used as a hotspot for computers. Job Benefits Opportunity to live and work on a farm with an unbeatable view, on a beautiful part of the world Spend days off exploring Ecuador (Amazon, Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands – Ride Andes will help seeking discounts for you). You get one and half days off per week which you can accumulate and have a longer break Potential to be involved in a variety of different charity projects that are underway with Ride Andes Please read over everything carefully and complete and return volunteer form in order to ‘secure’ placement and confirm dates.. Do not hesitate to ask us any questions!
Skills we are looking for
You must have travel experience.
Must have experience taking care of animals, especially dogs.
Basic Spanish required and a willingness to learn.
Preference given to those who want to help with eco/sustainable projects around the farm.
What are the job details
1.5 days a week off if staying for at least 1 month. (can accumulate days to go on a longer trip!)
What's in it for you
Adventures near by
Ecuador is FULL of amazing adventures and has amazon, mountains AND beaches! The possibilities to explore on days off, or after your contract finishes, are endless!