Welcome to a touristic honey and coffee farm in Western Panama

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcome to a honey and coffee farm in the mountains of Western Panama. The farm is walking distance to the town of Boquete and has many fruit trees shading the coffee and we have a small honey plant on the farm and tourist business that specializes in honey tasting and bee pollination. We also have a 200 sq meter butterfly house and a butterfly breeding operation.

    The farm is lush and very beautiful and rich in pre-columbian history. We grow our coffee under shade trees. The climate is around 75 degrees all year round. There is a steady supply of fruit and vegetables from the farm. We are also breeding butterflies for a butterfly house as well as working on attracting more and different humming birds to our feeders.

    I work as a beekeeper and in our agro-tourism business and my daughter is a fun loving active creative little girl who loves riding, we have 3 horses and her friends have another 2. Our horses are called, Honey, Beauregard and Toronado.

    We run a small agro-tourism business coffee and honey tourism as well as pollinator education and have a farm shop on the finca. Our honeys are unique in that we harvest rare honey that reflects the huge biodiversity of Panamas plant life. Our work takes us around the province working bees; And depending on the time of year there is always something going on on the coffee plantation as well.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Farming
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    One month minimum intended stay. 99% of work-away arrangements work great especially if we both do due diligence, we offer skype calls if you want to get to know us and please do read the profile. In the event you are the 1% you need to have funds or capability to move on. We do not expect anyone to check all the boxes below and we have room for more than one work-away volunteer, but not couples or families please. In my experience single travelers are the most open to enjoying the experiences that we offer and freer to make new friends and connections.

    Helping with cooking, juicing healthy meals. There are just two of us, my 9 year old and me the host. We enjoy great food and have access to very good ingredients but need help putting it all together and appreciate fresh ideas and love creativity and experience in the kitchen. We are looking for people who have passion for food and good health. People who cook for fun and have experience working with food. We work with a lot of chefs with our honey, this is a foodie environment. We embrace vegetarians although we eat meat if high quality and origin known and fish caught in Pacific. Vegan and gluten free is not practical for us as most nuts, cold weather legume based protein, gluten free grains are imported items and therefore harder to find and quite expensive to buy and it is hard to satisfy children this way who were not brought up with it. Depending on your level of expertise we can make this a full time work away position and have you doing some things with the honey and doing some entertaining.

    We need help around the edges with home school: We have a professional tutor who does all the heavy lifting around working with curriculums and doing the hard core professional teaching and providing continuity. We take education seriously. We need support for the homework and other fun creative activities. What ever your passion we would like to learn about it. 9 yr olds soak it all up. We have had teachers as well and that has enabled us sometimes to do half a years maths curriculum in a month. It can happen. We are flexible and excited and who might walk through the door.

    We need help with horses, people who are experienced with taking care of horses and riding would be very much appreciated. With five horses on the property there are plenty of horses to ride. They are all sweet and relatively easy rides. I do not like the kids leaving the farm on their own but if a workaway could ride out with them that would enhance their possibilities. Also help with feeding and overall horse care.

    As we have a full time staff for our business and gardens, we do not need volunteers to perform roles here although there may be other odd jos like driving to town, helping wash coffee cups after tourists if staff have a sick day or things are really hectic. We have occasionally had volunteers who do different things based upon their skills so we encourage you to ask if you have a specific gift. For example, we have had an artist paint murals, a computer guy design and inventory system and a great girl organized my tax return receipts. We have the ability to take people on like this and have such a varied business that there is often a fit.

    We are a particularly good fit for scientists especially biologists as we have a tourist business based around butterflies and bees and tours in this area. If you are an expert in insects you could dedicate your time here to working with them. We can focus your time on this not the other tasks and helping us improve exhibits and or working with guests.

    We are very grateful for the clean, health orientated, nature loving energetic outdoorsy people that come our way. We enjoy creative people and love being part of your journey and learning about you and your talents. We feel honored to be part of so many great peoples trips of a lifetime and to experience with them transformation and change that their travels often inspire. You have brought the outside world to our little corner of Panama, introduced us to Echo, Fitbit, different music, politics and new ways of thinking and your general awesomeness. It is one of life's great pleasures to follow your adventures and achievements in the months and years to come. Mostly, it is great to look back and see how you have added to my daughters life and her role models, how you have left your mark on our farm in a thousand small ways. It makes us happy when our staff ask after you and if we know what you are doing and where you are. We love those fond memories every time we look at your art, look at your photos, listen to music you have recorded, use a new process, cook your recipes, need a gold standard for our familiar tasks and the list goes on.


    What does not work so well for us (and you)
    Absolutely no drugs on the farm (including tramadol) or drunken behavior. This profile has attracted a number of drug addicts and alcohlics in the later stages of recovery. I wish you all the best with your process and great that you want to get away from triggers and travel...but ask you do not apply here. I am looking to volunteers to be self supporting and 100% stable and to have maturity/life skills that often long term addicts do not have even once off the drugs. We do drink wine and beer on the farm and we make meads so we are not trigger free. I would advise you to be upfront about your status. This at least prepares the host what they can expect from you and avoid awkward moments with alcohol, crowds, parties or lack of basic life skills. There are great options for you in South America using shamanic approaches and we encourage that and can make introductions, but it is not something I can offer you support for during the time you volunteer - special diet, focus on the process, time out, and so on are not very realistic whilst volunteering.

    We love individuality but need work-awayers to be presentable and clean around the farm and customers. Our most common by far issue has been with personal hygiene and a very real cultural difference. . In Latin countries body odor is completely unacceptable, people here like to have good hygiene and smell nice. People here take showers and may use various sprays. It can be very hurtful if you do not understand this and we have had more than a couple of situations where work-awayers have had feelings hurt. Very preventable. Just bring your own paraben free or crystal deodorant and shower often.

    You need to be people who our permanent staff can look up to and respect and can bring to them also the insights and support that your life in the first world has given you. People here are used to seeing tourists but the culture is basically conservative and old fashioned. So far, in our experience this means......Dreads can be a problem, otherwise any sort of clean hair or no hair fine; Tummies, cleavage and similar body parts that could offend customers should be covered, shorts, leggings and regular summer travelers clothing absolutely fine; Body and facial piercings OK in moderation, ditto tattoos. Otherwise, celebrate diversity and all talented people welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    New accommodation with lovely views over the farm, private rooms with balcony, sitting room and small kitchenette for making snacks/tea or coffee any time, shared bathrooms/hot water. Internet providers we have but not at the cabins at this moment. There is internet around the honey house in the cafe area and also around the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nature lovers paradise: Bird watching, hiking, learning about bees and honey, we have a butterfly house, learning about coffee and coffee farming. Boquete is famous for its quality coffee. We process our own coffee on the farm.

    Good place to practice or pick up some Spanish.

    It is also a holiday and retirement community where English is widely spoken although Spanish is the main language of Panama.

  • 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?

    One

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Walking distance to Boquete and all of its attractions and social life or 40 cent taxi ride. We are peaceful and beautiful little oasis of nature very close to town. Uniquely convenient and peaceful at same time. Most nature situations are miles from anywhere and workawayers are seriously isolated or alternatively they are hotel/hostel businesses in the town with alot of noise and people. If you are staying for a month which is our minimum requirement, this situation is really the best of all worlds.

    Free Nature Tours and Experise: We aim to connect people with nature through our tours that are available for free to workawayers: Free coffee tours, honey and bee tour, honey tastings and butterfly house, we are a pre-historic cultural site and passion for indigenous culture and history we have petroglyphs and sit on a strong ley line. You have access to our beautiful gardens and peaceful great place for practicing meditation/yoga or doing craft, art or scientific projects. Our business is nature as beekeepers and owners of a butterfly house, gardens, coffee plantation and nature tours. We have a wealth of information regarding plants and wildlife and access to unique remote sites through our work as beekeepers.

    Horses and butterflies galore, honey too!

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    Volunteering hours expected

    25 hours max

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