Past Managers & Volunteers
We've had a great run of fantastic people over the years, who have come to volunteer and to
manage the inn. For volunteers, our guesthouse offers all the comforts
of home, with a chance to learn permaculture while working in the High Andes
of rural Ecuador.
If you are interested in managing or volunteering at the inn, please check out our opportunities page.
Here's a rough history of our past managers and volunteers, all of whom have helped to build the inn to what it is. Thanks a million!
Rosanna and Edwin, 2007 - 2008
Rosanna Breiddal from Victoria Canada and Edwin Salazar from
Archidona Ecuador worked here at the Black Sheep
Inn from December 2007 to October 2008. Rosanna studied at the University of
Guelph Ontario as did past managers Iain and Karen. Edwin comes from a long
line of Shamans in the Ecuadorian Oriente. They now live in
Victoria BC Canada.
You are always welcome back at the BSI... the staff miss you!
Danni and Jeremy, 2007
CONGRATULATIONS to the new addition to your family, Lenny, a baby boy
born here in Ecuador and perhaps conceived at the BSI!
Danni Cleveland and Jeremy Rudston from Australia and South Africa were caretakers at the Black Sheep Inn from April until June 2007. They held down the fort during some of our renovations and while we went to the states for Andres mom's big birthday bash! Danni and Jeremy are sailing around the world and decided to experiment living in the high Andes as they wait for the right season to cross the South Pacific. They were guests here while Buffalo and Claudine were managers.
Natasha and Kevin, 2007 - 2008
Natasha Bagley and Kevin Pilgrim were volunteers extraordinaire from
December 2006 to February 2007. They are traveling around the world
and taking breaks to work along the way. See their blog at:
How to be a Black Sheep. They would have stayed longer if they had
more time and they promised to come back! They are now in New Zealand!
Good luck to Denis in Grad School!.
Buffalo and Claudine, 2006
Buffalo Adams and Claudine Williams from Northern California worked at the Black
Sheep Inn from April Fool's Day until December 2006! They were expert managers
with years experience running Emandal, a Farm on a River
Buff and Claudine were the first ones to occupy the new managers room and
helped us add a private bathroom to the cabaña, open our cold food
room and expand our office.
They are back in the US of A working away and missing the high (altitude) life. We saw them in Seattle in September 2008 (now married) and visited several breweries. They are now living in Grand Exuma Bahamas.
Iain Duncan, 2004 - 2005
Iain Duncan came back to the Black Sheep Inn in November 2004 and
stayed until March 2005. He was a fantastic manager and promises
to come back, although we are still waiting. He has returned to
India to start an Environmental Education Center in Auroville...
his next plans are in FLUX. During this time we also had the help
of a volunteer Josie (from Minnesota), who spoke a great Argentinean Spanish.
Iain is now living in Riobamba and is the country director of Free the Children, an NGO based in Canada.
Iain and Gail, 2004 From April till July 2004 we had two new managers, Gail Arendell, from North Carolina USA and Iain Duncan, from Ontario, Canada. We, Michelle & Andy, went to Europe to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We visited our former Swiss managers Juerg & Christine www.hitschhuus.ch, and Antonis & Frosso, the editors/creators of the ECOCLUB www.ecoclub.com in Greece. The trip was excellent, we especially loved Croatia! Gail and Iain did a great job and we will never forget the great vacation they allowed us to take.
Matt and Lindsay, 2003
We had some great managers from February 2003 until the end of June
2003, Matt J. Kelley and Lindsay Siegel. Because of their help we were able
to focus our time on building projects and even going to rock concerts,
like the Mexican band Maná, in Quito! After almost a year managing
Las Palmeras in Quichinche,
Matt and Lindsay are now off in the US of A for another adventure which includes
tying the knot! CONGRATS!!
They are now raising a family in Brooklyn NY and have visited us with their son Geoffrey.
Juerg and Christine, 2002
In 2002 we went traveling for 6 months. We visited friends and family in
the USA and also went backpacking in New Zealand and Australia with a stops
in both Fiji and the Cook Islands!
While we were gone in 2002, the Black Sheep Inn remained open with the help of our Swiss friends Juerg & Christine. They were some of our first guests at the Black Sheep Inn back in 1995 while we were building the first guestrooms. We have been in touch with them over the years and we even met in Cuba once while on a short vacation. They did a fantastic job holding down the fort and we can't thank them enough for all of their extremely dedicated work. Black Sheep Inn was greatly improved by their presence!! They now own a Hotel in Switzerland called Hitsch Huus - Congratulations!