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Camp Mundo Nuevo

Minca, Columbia

Camp Mundo Nuevo

Camp Mundo Nuevo is a project taking place at the Mundo Nuevo Permaculture Farm, in the lush, tropical biosphere reserve of the Santa Marta mountains in Northern Colombia. 

The Mundo Nuevo farm and ecohostel have been developed with the mission to create self-sufficiency for 3 generations (around 120 years) which means having a positive impact on local ecosystems and developing partnerships with local communities. 

The project Mundo Nuevo camp aims to go further by reforesting 20 new hectares of eroded soil, and scaling out to neighbouring lands to support the restoration. 

Join Camp Mundo Nuevo to learn how to/take part in the restoration work in this beautiful biosphere reserve.

Camper Opportunities

There are many ways that you can experience ecosystem restoration camping here. These are the experiences that this camp will be offering over the course of the next few years. Prices upon request.

  1. Restoration experiences – Restore the ecosystem by doing whatever needs to be done at the time.
  2. Restoration courses – Learn all the skills for restoring an ecosystem and take part in the restoration needed at the time.
  3. Restoration holidays– Have a holiday that restores the land around you with activities such as hiking, foraging, homemade wine and cheese tasting, archery, wild swimming, and taking part in small restoration activities during your stay.
  4. Mind, Body and Soil Restoration retreats – Heal yourself whilst healing the land with yoga, meditation, group therapy, nutrition and restoration work – 1 week long
  5. Corporate Restoration experiences 
    1. CSR experiences
    2. Management trainings
Costs

The costs of your camp experience covers:
-Food (3 x organic meals per day)
-Accommodation
-Tools and seedlings
-Expertise and coordination costs

Next camp opportunities will be announced. We will keep you posted!

What to Expect at Mundo Nuevo

Expect a hot tropical climate (either dry or wet and ranging from 22-30 degrees celsius) depending on the season, with jaw droppingly beautiful views of mountains covered in tropical forest. You will be staying at the Mundo Nuevo hostel, right at the top of the mountain with an incredible panorama of the valley. Expect bunk beds and hammocks, 3 x communal homegrown vegetarian meals per day, and regular interaction with indigenous groups.

 Camp activities include:

  • Preparing the soil (removing invasive plants: elephant grass), 
  • Preparing the holes  with organic matter, 
  • Creating a tree nursery with local seeds sourced from the nearby forest, 
  • Preparing swales for water retention.
  • Exploring the forest and waterfall studded landscape, learning from indigenous culture, yoga, cooking, helping in the gardens

Read more about activities here.

Safety

The closest medical post is a 10 minute journey in a 4×4. The Santa Marta hospital is a 45 min journey by 4×4.

About Camp Mundo Nuevo

Camp Mundo Nuevo is a tropical restoration camp that welcomes people from around the world to regenerate land degraded by cattle farming. You will be staying at the Mundo Nuevo eco-hostel, and starting with a 20 hectare plot near the Mundo Nuevo organic farm.

This land has been deforested and eroded  due to cattle grazing. Nowadays the land is covered in elephant grass. These plants are quite invasive but they contribute to the regeneration of the soil even if they do not give the opportunity for trees to develop.

Because of the soil erosion there is a drastic reduction of the capacity of capturing and hold the rain water. 

Who is Needed

Anyone who has a passion for bringing our degraded landscapes back to life and wants to get their hands in the soil to make this happen. 

Our different camp experiences mean that there is something for everyone, from lots of physical activity to gentle physical activity. 

The camp needs everyone to come and take part in the restoration of this hotspot for carbon sequestration and biodiversity. 

Vision and Socio-economic context

The long term goal of the project is to reforest land connected to the actual organic farm which has been developed for 5 years with local communities. The new project of reforestation will also be realized with the local farmers in order to enable them to duplicate other reforestation efforts on their own land.

The área we plan to restore in the first years is on and around the farm and will therefore benefit the very local community first. People and staff living the farm (+/- 20 locals) and all the neighbours (8 farms). 

In the future we would like to look for the most depleted lands in a range of 20 KM and help local communities to restore degraded lands. We would like to involve as many as possible by inviting them to participate, by explaining what we do and why through conferences and activities, before and after the camps. Maybe even by inviting as many locals to lunch or afternoon activity during a camp. To mix foreign volunteers with the locals.  

In 1980, in recognition of the tremendous value of the natural ecosystem, the area of Minca was declared by UNESCO as a « Reservation of Man and the Biosphere » and declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a priority ecosystem for conservation in South America.

This camp would help to restore and preserve this very special place.

Interest Form

 Established Camp

Next Camp

To be announced.

Organizing Partners
Facilities
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Camping (Advanced)

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Kitchen (Vegetarian)

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Sanitation (Advanced)

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Electricity

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Wifi

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Cell – Service

Restoration Activities
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Water Retention

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Tree Planting

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Composting

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Soil Building

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Regenerative Entrepeneurialism

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Erosion Prevention

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Fire Prevention

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Community Building

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Restoration of Livelihoods

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Restoration Holidays

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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