Help us on our wild cacao Amazon Estate in Beni, Bolivia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are settled in the Beni Department of Bolivia, home of the famous "Cru Sauvage" chocolate. Tranquilidad is an agro-forestry and small cattle estate between Huacaraje and Baures. It was build by Volker in 2003 from the ground into a native forest, holding 300 hectares of wild cacao stands. It is well established and has all basic facilities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    Wild Cacao harvest management will be practiced here and in surrounding forests. You should be willing to help at every step. We are looking for help on the daily help and during harvest time from December to February. He or she can pick tasks on the farm that best fits to the skills. We are not processing chocolate, besides some once in a while for our home consumption. Our cacao get exported to produce our own Tranquilidad chocolate that is made and marketed in the US.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The volunteering experience will give deep insides into the livelihood of amazon natives and how to run a farm far away from big cities. The traveler will learn, during harvest season from mid December to February, how cacao is fermented and dried and can experience simple chocolate making, of one of the best cacaos in the world. There is also possibility to do some help in the community, but basic Spanish speaking would be required!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, Spanish, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The farm houses have two individual rooms for couples and one three bed room. There are also two tents available each with two camping beds. Low Internet reception and phone on the farm. Since 2017 it works somehow better.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We had several students before doing their thesis. They all loved it. You will learn about little town activities of Baures and Huacaraje deep in the Bolivian Amazon.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Fotos

Cacao drying during harvest from December to February
Pruning the cacao trees.
The forest, cultivated fields and farm houses from a small plane.
Rio Itenez en Versaille
First harvest in 2004. Working at the drying table.
Dancing Baure "macheteros" like in Jesuit times.




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