MUD HOUSE DEVELOPMENT 2018
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week.
- Code : G/PER/MHD2018
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 98
The Green Lion
Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture in a very unique way: by helping communities in the construction or maintenance of their mud houses! These communities will offer up their family homes in order to take part in a local initiative proposed to them by the Rural Community Tourism organization. By fixing up their unique homes, they’ll be able to offer accommodation to rural tourists, allowing them to generate an income. In Peru, 60% of the houses are built of adobe or rammed earth. Adobe is a low-cost, readily available construction material manufactured by local communities. It is a traditional method of construction that is slowly losing it’s value by the locals as a tradition. This program aims to revive tradition of the mud houses and spread awareness of its benefits and values. Besides it’s unique look and feel, mud houses preserve warmth much better than of its modern counterpart, concrete buildings, and is actually a much better fit for the Peruvian weather. Adobe structures are generally self-made because the construction practice is simple and does not require as much work. Skilled technicians (e.g. engineers and architects) do not need to be involved in this type of construction, hence it is described as “non-engineered construction”. You may find yourself helping develop local family residences, or community halls….including a community hall we are planning to help them create the first English as Second Language School for the children of these communities! Mud houses can only be built from May to October of each year, the rest of the year’s rainy season makes it impossible, so this project assists in the building of houses only from May to October and helping/assisting the NGO in other administrative areas from November to April. May to October : Regarding a mud house’s construction process, the participants might be part of a whole process or partial parts of it, depending on the weeks they sign. Under supervision of the “maestro de obra” and local workers you will be “hands on action” helping in all sorts of activities such as: Tracing the building lines in the property, Helping setting up the foundations, Digging on soil to mark fundations, Setting up of the first wooden clamps/mold frames, Mud filling and compacting of soil/mud into clamps/mold frames, Uncovering/unmolding clamp/mold frames, Participants will also be taught the ancient techniques of wall finishing with no paint, instead using mud fine granite. November to April : This rainy season means you’ll be taking part in activities to help this project in the office/administrative center and or the community hall, lots of documenting, marketing, planning and training for health and development of accommodation skills needs to be done. Aims &Objectives : Assist the locals with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team, Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals, Lend a hand to assist the local NGO in other areas including training delivery and marketing, Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity.
About the Accommodation : You will be staying in our accommodation center in rural Bambamarca. Although more modern than our Cajamarca location, it still has its own chicken coop and Guinea Pig Farm. The kitchen here, like in much of the local accommodation,uses wood for cooking and hot water. WiFi will be available in your rooms, but keep in mind that it may not be stable at times. We recommend also using 3G data if staying connected is important for you. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Although rooms will be cleaned daily by staff, you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. Food Arrangements : The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!
You will be staying in Hualgayoc, Bambamarca which is located only three hours way away from Cajamarca (Capital and largest city of Peru’s Cajamarca Region, enriched in culture and history). It is an intriguing area that connects jungle paths with the mountain ranges of Peru. Similar to Cajamarca, it is a valley. Bambamarca District is one of three districts of the province Hualgayoc in Peru with 167 pueblos (small villages). You’ll see these local villagers visiting the town to sell wares in the markets, bringing traditional dress, crafts and livestock. Staying in this lovely town will give you an authentic Peruvian experience that is almost lost nowadays in the busier cities.
Additional Equipment : Rubber boots or waterproof shoes (if rainy season), Leather gloves (if rainy season).