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Couple traveling to Ecuador and Peru from December to March looking for volunteering opportunities

 
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Hello!
This is my first post on Permies but I've been visiting for about a year now. I'll try to make this quick!

I'm Kevin (age 23) and my girlfriend Liz (age 25) and I live in Missoula, Montana. We both love gardening and cannot wait to start our own farm one day. We're flying to Ecuador on December 5th -March 15th and are planning on traveling around Peru and Ecuador WWOOFing (both have accounts with WWOOF for both countries) and hiking around, etc. Our plans and time schedules are pretty open and we hope to visit a lot of area. We speak a little Spanish, Liz better than me. We hope to learn Spanish better while there. Ideally we want to work on permaculture farms, and learn about traditional agriculture in the area. We want to spend a lot of time doing hands on learning - while we are both in good shape and hard workers, we don't want to just be "grunts" used for manual labor without understanding why, or learning about the area and the culture, etc. We garden a lot, and built raised beds a vegetable garden in our small urban(ish) backyard in Missoula. We even have three female ducks which lay delicious eggs. I have a degree in fisheries biology and we both have a lot of knowledge and things we can hopefully share with others!
One day we hope to use this knowledge to build our own permaculture/experimental farm somewhere. We haven't taken a PDC (YET!) but have some limited experience and knowledge on permaculture. However, we are quick learners! We really want to learn about native plants, coffee, chocolate, traditional techniques, animal husbandry, permaculture design, building, etc. There really isn't anything we don't want to learn about! As I said our schedule is pretty open and we would love to spend a longer time at an awesome farm!

Thank you for your time!
Kevin
 
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