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We are Via (me) and Antione. I am from New York and Antoine from France. We bought the boat, Kiwani, with the purpose of creating an eco project- working with local communities and farms and creating content about off grid living. Now we are getting the boat into perfect shape and beginning to build our project! Kiwani is the name the boat was given when we bought it and it means “person who likes to give a helping hand”, which we feel is significant to our project ideas :)
Our project (still in the works!): we want to show people how “cool”, fulfilling, and accessible living off grid is. Our plan is to travel the world, starting with the Caribbean after hurricane season and find farms, eco communities, and local villages to work with. We want to learn all we can about caring from the land, and make content in the form of photo/video/blog post showing our viewers how beautiful and cool the lifestyle is. I just graduated university where I studied environmental science with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture and i am especially interested in farming. Antoine has extensive knowledge about appropriate technologies, which make off grid living way more comfortable. We want to offer our skills to the people we work with and learn from them.
Help with Eco Projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We speak english, I speak okay Spanish, and Antoine is fluent in French, Spanish, and english. You can learn to sail! Antoine is captain and has plenty of experience. We are planning on eventually teaching sailing classes as well. You have the opportunity to work with local farms and communities, making things like coconut oil, eco construction, etc! Day to day life on a sailboat teaches you a lot! You’ll have to help out with the boat maintenance, which is a great learning opportunity. Most of all we need volunteers who are fearless! Sailing is sometimes scary and we need people who can handle stressful environments. You will experience the most beautiful sunsets, bioluminescence plankton, diving in corals, dolphin watching, gorgeous beaches, and everything else the sea has to offer.
Primarily looking for handy people at this time! If you have any experience with carpentry, engineering, electricity, boat work, etc, please include this in the beginning of your message ! We are prioritizing making the boat as secure and safe as possible for longer crossings so help in this field is especially beneficial to us. Cooking is also a plus :)
We want volunteers to help us start building our project and help build our boat as well. It is in great shape and we are sailing around the islands with it- it just needs some work reinforcing parts/ making it stronger and safer. Helping with general maintenance, cooking communal meals, and keeping the space clean is important.
Also a social media manager.
Welcoming volunteers sooner rather than later. We will likely not respond to requests for months in advance. We expect to eventually leave bocas del toro and head towards Columbia, etc, in the coming month/s. If you have requested to come in the next week or two and we haven’t answered, feel free to message again! We might have missed you :)
We have a 33 foot Wauquiez. It is surprisingly spacious! We have a couch that pulls out into a full bed, and also a smaller sleeping space by the chart table that is currently being used for storage, but we can put a curtain there if you would prefer! We do not have sufficient funds to provide food- you will need to pitch in for communal meals, it just makes the most sense as we sometimes are far away from access to food.
For the month of November and December we will have access to accommodation on land in North Isla Cristobal where the boat will be anchored just outside of. It is a beautiful waterfront, 2 bedroom property and only a 3-5$ water taxi from town.
Bocas del toro is a beautiful place to sail. We are working on making the boat better and getting our project started, but we are also just sailing to beautiful spots to get to know the area and experience all of the beauty. We are looking for a volunteers by daily or weekly basis. We want to talk to you on the phone first and see if we get along, after all we will be in a small-ish space!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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