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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.

Pictures can be seen here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zll1y0oy7idxlvl/ROv8aXFcQS

More info on Vilcabamba here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilcabamba,_Ecuador

http://wikitravel.org/en/Vilcabamba

http://internationalliving.com/2012/02/why-i-moved-to-vilcabamba-ecuador/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/internationallivingcom/why-we-moved-to-vilcabamba-ecuador_b_3605843.html

Cheers,

Gregory Diehl
www.enabledyouth.com
Skype: enabledyouth
gregory@enabledyouth.com


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. 

post #2 of 5

was very tempted till i read 

 

(materials and labor are extremely cheap in Ecuador, and there are no building codes),

 

tbh, i'm not happy that materials and labor are extremely cheap in Ecuador.  not happy that this appears parenthetically. not happy that the reader is expected to be happy about this.

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Thread Starter 

Why wouldn't you be happy about that?

 

-Gregory

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I agree, why would low labor costs and building materials be a bad thing? As long as the cost of living there is low as well! We would love to live in a place where these things are affordable, we live in a tourist town, where everything is expensive....., labor, housing, but the income levels are low, why? Because tourists and second home owners drive prices up of things like house sand goods and services....but pay is low! So looking at a place where these costs, and cost of living is low sounds great! Sounds like a good thing to me!
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Where materials are "cheap" it is a consequence of deforestation, mining, or other exploitative activity. 

And where labor is cheap it reflects poor working conditions and rights for workers.  How can this be any cause for celebration?

 

If you mean cheap when converted from US$ then I question the exchange rate and the IMF policies and illegal loans that contributed to its foreign debt.

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