Rio Muchacho Organic Farm
Río Muchacho is not only a farm. It is a leader of sustainable agricultural production and a forerunner in the use of alternative energies and technologies. Because of this, the influence of Rio Muchacho reaches far beyond the compounds of their farmland.
For example, Rio Muchacho successfully implemented a paper recycling process in the city of Bahía de Cáraquez. Thanks to this and other similar projects, Bahía is now Ecuador’s first “ecociudad” – eco-city. However, Ecuadorian/New Zealand couple Dario Proaño and Nicola Mears, the founders of Rio Muchacho Farm want more than instant success. That is why they also invest in environmental education – in their own Environmental School as well as one in Baíha.
Rio Muchacho teaches classes to students of all ages and from all over Ecuador: classes going on field trips, environmentally-aware tourists, children of the neighbouring farms, and even the farmers themselves. The farm invests heavily in public environmental programs and does not receive support from foundations or the government. Therefore, Rio Muchacho can only maintain its current level of operation thanks to eco-tourism.
This 5-day Study Program takes students on a rural ecological adventure. Rio Muchacho is brimming over with tropical crops, animals and alternative technologies. If you want to learn more than Spanish, this is a fantastic opportunity.
Rio Muchacho’s gardens are full of exotic herbs fruits and vegetables. The farmers are experts in sustainable and organic food growing and open to sharing their methods. Often students are filled with ideas and some contribute with their own know-how, improving parts of the farm’s biological cycle.
Meanwhile, daily life is full of surprises: from compost toilets to sleeping in trees. You will discover new types of (vegetarian) food, explore the farm on horseback, prepare and taste freshly-made chocolate and last but not least, enjoy the famous beach of Canoa!
- 18 hours of Spanish lessons with our teachers
- full immersion in an operational tropical organic farm
- horseback ride or hike into the valley and see the Howler monkeys
- enjoy the famous Pacific Coast beach of Canoa
- visit Isla Corazón, hike in the mangrove forests and see frigate bird colonies
- visit Isla de la Plata, famous for its Galapagos-like flora and fauna (seasonal and optional)
- whale-watching! (seasonal and optional)
Activities and the study program schedules are flexible! Changes can be made according to participant’s wishes and weather conditions.
Accommodation and Meals
Sheets, blankets, and towels are provided. Showers and clean composting toilets are shared by the guests. Delicious organic meals are prepared by the family that lives on the farm.
The food is largely vegetarian, occasionally complemented by chicken and river shrimp. It is typical food with many vegetables and salads and usually cooked over a wood fire. Fresh fruits from the farm are almost always served at breakfast. The local diet is very tasty. It is heavy on rice, green banana and (cassava) yuca. Most people sleep without a mosquito net, but students can bring one if they feel more comfortable with a net.
Would you rather work at the farm and not take Spanish Classes? Volunteer today!