Puno-Fight the cold with the trombe walls (solar building)
Description: Every year during the cold season, the population of several departments of the High Andean zones suffer the negative effects and damages caused by the cold weather. This Phenomenon affects mainly the populations in a situation of high vulnerability, both because of their social condition and age.In order to counter this situation, they need viable actions of preparation and response,but also of sustainable prevention and risk reduction measures. In order to change that situation, we started a project that has been already tested in other areas.The Puno branch is committed to improving the situation of these communities by building WALLS TROMBE, a passive solar building design, to increase the temperatures of homes in a vulnerable state and give a better quality of life to the inhabitants
Type of Work: Implementation of the use of the Trombe wall. Volunteers will work with local staff. First week the volunteers will learn the trombe technique on a test house. During the rest of the workcamp they’ll split in groups in order to reproduce it on other 3 houses. In the morning they will go to the beneficiary house and work as a team to comply with the construction of the trombe wall: 1. preparation of the foundations of the wall 2. the realization of air conducts and painting the wall 3. construction of wooden structures 4. positioning of greenhouse covers. In the afternoon volunteers will meet the local community and share their customs and culture through intercultural activities.
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Accommodation: In a house in the district of Chucuito, half an hour away from the city of Puno. The facilities are basic with shower and kitchen. The group will sleep in shared rooms and will be responsible for cleaning. Participants will receive prepared food from the area and can also organize cooking activities. They should also be prepared to present their place of origin, by typical foods, drinks, recipes and / or others traditional habits from their country of origin for the international evening.
Language: Spanish, english
Approximate Location: The district of Chucuito is located to the South of the Department of Puno, in the Eastern Andes at around 4000 meters on the sea level and has a cold climate. The main economic activity is handicraft and tourism. It extends across a peninsula of the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca lake. Some of the main tourist attractions are located in the city center: the Archaeological Center "Inca Uyo", the Mallku Kála Bell, Glorieta or Mirador, solar clock, stone pool, etc. Others are in the Peninsular Zone, like Karina, Arku Punku - Churo, Luquina Chico, etc.
Notes: Bring a warm sleeping bag, working clothes, gloves and shoes, warm (winter jacket, winter hat, gloves, etc.) and rain clothes and a flashlight. Everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and then be reimbursed once back in their home country.