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We are a permaculture farm located in the southwest of Raiatea Island (Leeward Islands - Society Islands) in French Polynesia. The farm is starting to produce fruits, vegetables and herbs on a 20 acre land, with a pristine river in a lush tropical valley dominating the blue coral reef lagoon. We are not a community, we are a production farm, any tahitian family lives at the farm.
We have been working on our project for 2 years, and we are currently planting many trees and plants, after the first clearing phase. We can host up to 5 people at the farm, and offer training in permaculture / agroecology.
All the food produced at the farm is organic, and our production supplies our clients and the people hosted at the farm.
Help in the house
Polynesian culture is really vibrant in the islands. Exchanges with the local population and our Tahitian permanent workers will expand the knowledge of the local culture, and make it an unforgettable trip in French Polynesia. On top of this, travelers can learn about permaculture, and particularly tropical agroecology, and develop their farming skills. We do not consider permaculture as an esoteric way of life, but more like a design science to implement durable production ecosystems.
Help would be welcomed for the nursery (more than 1500 young trees, many more veggies and herbs seedlings), the planting and compost processes, beekeeping, construction of new structures, carpentry, maintenance of existing structures, and to generally improve the quality of life at the farm. We are hard workers, so the farm may not be the best place for people looking for holidays in the sun... People with a farm projet are welcome !
English, french, spanish
Accommodation is really basic (it's a farm!), but there’s everything needed to cook, clean running water (no warm water... it's Tahiti !), beds (no private room), solar energy, lighting , washing machine and fridge in a new and safe big structure. There is no internet at the farm, but we're working on it. People looking for a nice and tidy house, please refrain... People looking for work in nature and adventure, please come over ! It's a remote and wild Eden place!
We are approx. 40 min away from Airport and town (but the lagoon is 5mn away!). There is 'Le Truck' (local bus) for transportation, and the farm truck can pick you up on arrival and drop you in town on departure.
When you sleep/work at the farm, basic food is free and provided by the farm. We buy food that we don't have at the farm (rice, pasta, fish...). On weekends, you may visit other places. You will then have to take care of your own food.
Since we’re in the tropics, there is no need for a warm, insulated structure, but at the same time you’ll experience to leave really close to nature. There’s no dangerous animals, but mosquitoes can be an issue. Bring your mosquito nets!
Bring a sheet and sleeping bag or a light blanket (it's pretty warm here), and a mozzie net. If you have the opportunity, bring also your working shoes (gum boots or work boots). Long sleeve T-shirts for colder nights and hot sun during the day, and work pants are a good option.
As far as products that you may bring (personal use), please keep in mind that all the site is organic, so please buy organic soap, shampoo, etc.
TRAVEL : For the visa, for one month, you don't need anything.
There is only one airport in Raiatea, you will have to fly to Tahiti before, then hop on an interisland flight to Raiatea (around 300$).
You can take an interisland cargo-boat but you need to book in Tahiti 2 or 3 weeks before, one night of trip (around 20 $). CARGO Hawaikinui : email@example.com - Tél: 40 54 99 54
Volunteers should have insurance. Please feel free to ask any questions, we'll do our very best to answer them ASAP.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.