I'm a young American world traveler and I own an acre of land in a neighborhood project called the Garden of Paradise (plot #10 on www.gardenofparadise.net). I've not really been using it for the last couple of years, and I’ve been thinking about somehow using it for the purposes of spreading alternative education and unschooling. I've been traveling the world (presently teaching in Iraq), but I’d like to connect with other people who share my ambitions and could help me really make something out of it.
Vilcabamba is a great place to get away from the madness of the world. It is home to expats from all over the world, and has one of the best year-round climates in the world. For a pretty small investment (materials and labor are extremely cheap in Ecuador, and there are no building codes), one or a few structures could be constructed and it could be pretty damn livable on the grid or off. With the acre comes access to the surrounding mountains and trees (about 350 acres) and access to a river. Beautiful mountainous views. It's located about 10-15 minutes outside of the town square by car, and an hour south of a major city known for its art and music (Loja).
So I want to work out a legal arrangement with the right people. Last time I was down there, I had planned to build an underground home, but never got past the excavation stage. I am open to all kinds of construction- from super simple eco-friendly sustainable design to something more modern and luxurious. I’m really open to all ideas at this point. It could just be the perfect little getaway for the right family or group of unschoolers, or it could turn into an actual thriving business. I don’t have anymore funds to put into at this point, but I have the land itself owned free and clear to contribute if I can find the right partners.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if what you have read here appeals to you and you think we are similar in mind. You can learn more about me at my youth coaching website: www.enabledyouth.com
If you see the value in what I offer and want to work with me for a mutually beneficial long-term arrangement, you know where to find me.
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P.S. I apologize if this post is not appropriate in this type of venue. Feel free to remove it if I made this post in error.