We are a grown up family living on Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda) with two small businesses - a cafe, craft shop and small-holding with animals, and a Glamping site on the beach. On Barbuda we were badly affected by Category 5 Hurricane Irma two years ago and we are still waiting for Antigua to repair vital services such as reliable electricity and water, but luckily we have a generator and a well. We have had months of repairs and rebuilding to do as a community and have hosted many volunteers in the past who have helped enormously with our recovery, helping with lots of different projects. We love to host you and show you our island in return for five hours of work per day, with food and accommodation.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Although things are not easy at the moment on Barbuda we have received huge support from around the world. We have always been a tight knit, resilient and strongly independent community, at odds with the government in Antigua about our way of life. So you will be part of a very important recovery process and will see an unspoilt Caribbean island that has not been compromised by tourism. Barbuda has amazing wildlife and nature, and you will meet local people who are welcoming and kind. You will be invited to take part in local family and community activities and learn all about the islands fascinating history and politics.
We need flexible and adaptable people who have some practical skills and energy, and who are happy with hard work. In return we will give you breezy double bedroom accommodation, a hot meal every day you work and the supplies to make your own other meals. We will introduce you to our friends and take you to see the islands places of interest - including the most amazing natural beaches in the world.
The tasks include some painting and decorating, simple construction (such as work with cement, and fencing) maybe some carpentry (making shelves/cupboards), outdoor yard-clearing or gardening and general help with repairs. We try to give you tasks that you enjoy, where you can contribute your own ideas; we make sure you have plenty of time off, and we support you to learn the local work practices here. We prefer people who are happy to do whatever is needed at the time as this often changes - for example, if it rains we will want to quickly prepare the ground and plant seeds. But if it doesn't rain, we won't.
We have limited electricity by generator, which in itself is a big problem as we have to spend a lot of time just doing everyday tasks to get things done. This is why we need your help. We are still working on finishing clearing fallen trees outside and re-painting and fitting the kitchen and sitting room inside our new house.
We have a large four bed nearly finished, newly built, house in 2 acres of land. You will have your own double bedroom and share the use of the rest of the house with us. We are starting to fit the kitchen and do bathroom#2 plumbing so either of these skills would be fantastic.
We usually cook for our cafe and you will be offered mostly the same home-made food with local ingredients - so often lots of fish, lobster and other local Barbudan produce, and not too much meat, but we do raise and eat our own animals so you will need to be happy with this. We cook once a day and provide your meals 5 days a week, so you will buy or prepare your own food and snacks at other times such as at weekends; there are also several really nice fast food sellers on Barbuda and a couple of bars.
We have had many previous volunteers who have made friends here. They have enjoyed the lifestyle, the beaches and gone fishing, hunting, beach-combing and out on boat trips. Barbuda is expensive as everything is imported so you will need your own funds to pay for some of these activities and at the moment there is no bank, only one atm that doesn't often work, so bring cash.
You will come via Antigua, as the ferry and/or flights for Barbuda leave from there and an overnight stay there is necessary. We go to Antigua to buy groceries and for other essential services when we need to, but it is very expensive for us to do this. We have access to a vehicle and go out to the beach occasionally for picnics, happy hours and camping but we are still waiting for full electricity. There is only one village so there are not many shops, a few bars and not much entertainment! Barbuda is not for everyone...but so far only one person has been disappointed! You may want to read the barbudaful website if you need more info and a clearer idea of the island way of life.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week