Enjoy amazing wildlife and nature in Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean

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Antigua and Barbuda

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a grown up family living on Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda) with a small business - a cafe, craft shop and small-holding. On Barbuda we were badly affected by Category 5 Hurricane Irma in September last year and have had months of repairs and rebuilding to do as a community. We have hosted many volunteers in the past through other organisations (such as Wwoof) and they have helped enormously with lots of projects. We now need volunteers for help in Feb/March 2019 so we will be glad of your help if you can join us.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We need flexible and adaptable people who have some practical skills and energy, and who are happy working outside in this climate. In return we will give you lovely, 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 mixing cement, and fencing) some carpentry (making shelves/cupboards) and 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 like people who are happy to help to do whatever is needed at the time as this often changes - for example, if it rains we will want to quickly clear 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.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English,

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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 and other lovely 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 weekends; there are several really nice fast food sellers on Barbuda and a couple of bars.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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. You will visit Antigua as well, as the ferry and/or flights for Barbuda leave from there and an overnight stay is necessary. We have access to a vehicle and go out to the beach for picnics, happy hours and camping but we are still waiting for electricity and the infrastructure to be repaired in the village so there are not many shops, a few bars and not much entertainment! Barbuda is not for everyone...but so far no-one has been disappointed.

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    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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our house in Barbuda
your accommodation
Hello from Barbuda
a cup of tea and a beer under the tree
in the Artcafe
on the highest point of Barbuda
our cargo boat
our beach hut - built by volunteers
Digging a well
one of our amazing beaches
trapping and butchering local deer
camping on the beach


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