We're looking for enthusiastic, adventurous, sociable and creative people keen to experience work at a well established jungle lodge and chocolate farm in Bahia Honda on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas Del Toro.
We have been running our small (4 cabin) lodge, 5 hectare chocolate farm and organic gardens for the past 13 years. We also work on a variety of programs in collaboration with the indigenous Ngabe community in which we live, including after school classes and tutoring for local children.
This is what we need help with:
Working with a small group of children from the local community to run after-school classes with a focus on English language acquisition and computer skills and to supplement schooling for our 9 son.
Help with the day-to-day running of the lodge, guest relations and possibly leading tours of the chocolate farm. Our lodge has garnered a great reputation over the last decade, our standards are high and exemplary customer service is a must.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You'll be asked to put your hand to many varied duties including;
helping out with hosting guests at the lodge
teaching a small group of local children (all Spanish speaking) basic English language skills and tablet use
tutoring our 9 year old son who attends the local school but is in need of an hour or two each day of homeschooling conducting farm tours
preparing a packing farm products for sale in our small shop
performing small maintenance tasks
running small errands
In addition, we hope to find the right person/people to get our latest community project off the ground:
For over 10 years we have worked with the local Ngabe community on a variety of education and development initiatives. The latest project focuses on English language acquisition through technology for the community's children and a number of new tablets will be donated to do this.
We're also always in need of people with these particular skills;
Social media/marketing/web design skills
Permaculture and organic farming
Boat engine repair and maintenance
Yoga instructors will have the opportunity to offer classes and private sessions to our guests.
There's always a new project in development at the lodge and farm and we may well be able to put your specific skills and interests to use.
You'll have a beautiful jungle home either in a one bedroom cabin or in a two bedroom house. Both have a bathroom and basic kitchen (with very limited refrigeration). Please note that we are totally off the grid. Living here is not for the faint of heart or nature phobic - there are all kinds of bugs and critters, irritating but not deadly (no vipers!)
Meals will be shared with guests when the lodge is in operation. We regularly close the lodge to guests in order to have time to work on projects on the farm. During these periods you'll be responsible for your own meals. You'll be able to use much of the produce we grow on the farm.
Bastimentos is a stunning island in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago. Our farm can only be accessed by boat and you'll be able to enjoy living in a relatively remote and peaceful environment. You'll be immersed in nature, forge friendships with our local friends and neighbours and spend time with the diverse and interesting guests that stay with us at the lodge.
You'll have a great many opportunities to explore the awesome forest and, when possible, will be able to hop on trips to the nearby beautiful beaches. There's great kayaking in our bay. You'll also be able to catch a ride into Bocas town (Isla Colon) when our boat makes the journey.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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