Volunteer exchange in an ecological Finca in Tenerife – We are a German couple (60/58) and have been living in Tenerife on Finca la Castaña in the green north of the island since 2013. We started as bloody beginners with 300 fruit trees, vegetables and many herbs. Today, we have reached a high level of professionalism and are happy to share our experiences in ecological farming, permaculture, self-sufficiency and a lot of other themes.
(The pic above is just for show- we will upload some photos of the place soon)
What type of host are you? 🏡
What are you looking for help with?
- Building 🛠
- Farming/Gardening 🌿
- 🐄General Help 💁♀️
What’s the mission of your community? 🎯
Finca la Castaña was built exclusively for self-sufficiency and does not operate commercially. As the finca became larger and more complex in work, we can no longer manage it alone. However, we see an increasing interest from young people to start similar projects and are happy to share our knowledge and experience with volunteers.
How many volunteers could you host? 🎎
- Up to 10 volunteers
When would you need volunteers? 📅
- All year long
How many hours of help per day? ⏱
- 4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week? 🌒
- 5 days per week – 2 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations 📝
The main focus of every volunteer program is the cultural exchange and the learning effect. What is there to learn at Finca la Castaña? We built the finca with diligence, tenacity and perseverance from the beginning and have been running it for years according to ecological principles as self-supporters. Everything in between, you can learn from our experience. This includes the structural requirements, the plants, the garden, permaculture, technology and of course discipline, will to work and many things more. We originally come from a management background, having been successfully self-employed for decades. Accident prevention regulations, risk management, etc. may still seem abstract to a young person, but will accompany every professional until retirement. You will also learn a lot about this on the Finca.
Are accommodation and food included? 🏠🍜
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide? 🏕
- Private Room 🔑
- Tipi ⛺
- Tent 🎪
Diet – nutrition information 🥗🥤
We prefer the German-Mediterranean cuisine, eat mainly vegetarian, although occasionally some meat/chicken or fish are part of our menu. However, the emphasis is on “occasionally”. Typical meat eaters will not feel comfortable with us, as well as vegans. Our volunteers eat together with us, we do not cook special diets. On weekends we offer only breakfast.
Fees transparency 🆓🔍
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? 🛂
Maybe. We can help with an invitation letter if the candidate has good qualifications. 💁♀️
Volunteers’ benefits 🏆🏅
The Finca la Castaña has reached a size in recent years that we can no longer manage alone. We offer our volunteers the opportunity to work in all areas, partly independently and partly under supervision. Depending on their profession or previous education, this can be more in the garden, in permaculture or in the handicraft area. The Finca is technically very well equipped so that the use of machines can also be practised under supervision.
If you want to learn about self-sufficiency, living abroad, organic farming, permaculture, etc., this is the place for you.
Volunteering in one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Spain.
What to do in your free time 🚴🚣🦒
Finca la Castaña is located in the middle of the Orotava Valley, about 20 minute walk to La Orotava or also close to Puerto del la Cruz, which can be reached in a few minutes by bus. Small bars and restaurants invite you to linger and enjoy the cultural exchange, and beautiful beaches invite you to sunbathe and swim. The Teide National Park with its countless hiking trails begins a little above the Finca. There are endless possibilities for leisure activities.
English and german
Tenerife is located about 250 km west of Africa and is therefore one of the preferred vacation destinations, especially in winter. There is a mild climate all year round so Tenerife is also called the island of eternal spring.
How to get to your site ✈ 🗺
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. They can be reached either by ship (about 36 hours) or by plane (about 5 hours from Germany). On Tenerife itself there is a good public transport network so that volunteers can easily reach Puerto de la Cruz and from there we pick them up.
Is there internet access? 🌐
Yes, but not very strong.
CONTACT DETAILS 🔍📧
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If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com (write Finca La Castana) as the subject of the e-mail title) – or write your email in the comment/references section below.👇
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