Taking a Tour of the Ibiza Volunteer Project
Greenheart’s flagship eco-center volunteer project in Ibiza is an amazing live and learn community that offers volunteers the opportunity to experience sustainability in practice. On the site, there is an organic farm, alternative energy power like solar panels, water reclamation projects, sustainability educational seminars, recycling center and compost production.
Many volunteers have a hard time picturing what it will be like at Casita Verde before they arrive, since there are so many projects happening simultaneously. Below, take a digital tour of the project before you arrive to get an idea of where you’ll be living and what you’ll experience while in Ibiza.
Made out of recycled glass from wine bottles and soda bottles as well as hand-laid adobe mud, this recycled masterpiece is the location of Casita Verde’s office. It can comfortably seat 3 staff members with an additional area for meetings. It also makes a great place to watch movies, read or relax. There is a wood-burning stove to make the space usable 12 months a year. A functional and eco-friendly space, this represents the power of a little repurposing and recycling.
One of the most iconic aspects of the experience at the Ibiza project, the eco-toilet, is a unique and wonderful way to practice sustainable living. The toilet sits over two different chambers, and the toilet is “flushed” using natural sawdust. When the chamber below the toilet is full, it is emptied and switched to continue the composting process. You’ll be surprised how nice and clean the toilet it is, and there is no noticeable smell! There are great advantages to this type of toilet: it does not pollute, it uses no water, and it produces around one cubic meter of organic compost every 6 months.
This underground cavern is an ongoing project at the program. Volunteers are working to convert this space into a comfortable living area for future volunteers to stay. Currently, it has a comfortable living area and a wood-burning stove. Attached are also medicinal gardens for year round harvesting.
A yurt is a circular tent usually made out of felt or animal skins with a collapsible framework that is traditionally used by nomads in Mongolia and Siberia. The word yurt is originally from Turkish word meaning “dwelling place.” The yurt in Ibizia was built by hand by volunteers in the traditional Mongolian style. This space is used as a sleeping area for volunteers and staff.
Main Gaia Center
Another location for volunteer accommodation, the main gaia house is one of the larger structures on site. It has had many renovations and updates over the years since it was built, but most recently it contains a guest bedroom, complete with stove heater and raised bed.
A popular spot to hang out for volunteers and visitors during the Sunday open houses, Casita Verde’s juice bar is well-known on Ibiza as the place to get healthy, fresh juices. They also serve hot drinks and tasty brownies made from ingredients grown on their very own organic farm. Common flavors made at the juice bar include aloe vera juice, honey & mint tea and the lemon health booster.
A living example of building within the constraints of your environment, the tree house is built in the shade of a beautiful large carob tree. This is Casita Verde’s version of luxury! This accommodation sleeps two volunteers or staff at a time and has tremendous views of the whole grounds. It is the most peaceful room on site!
Want to see more of the accommodations at Greenheart Travel’s Ibiza volunteer project? Watch this video shot from a drone to get an overhead view of the whole site!
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