Mud House Development in Peru

Bambamarca, Peru

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15 people
7 days
Code: 606
Building and Construction, Volunteering Abroad
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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.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

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
  • If your first Sunday, an overall orientation meeting will take place in Cajamarca before transferring to the project
Monday to Friday

A typical day for this program looks like:

  • Breakfast
  • Assist with Activities (dependent on season)
  • Lunch
  • Assist with Activities (dependent on season)
  • Dinner
  • Free evening

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no specific requirements.

There are no specific requirements.

Additional Equipment
  • Rubber boots or waterproof shoes (if rainy season)
  • Leather gloves (if rainy season)

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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