Eco hotel and Model for Rural Development in Livingston, Guatemala.



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  • Description


    We are a 100-acre farm, community, bamboo plantation and eco-hotel in Livingston Guatemala, based on Permaculture and on the principles peace, happiness and plenitude.

    Currently we have:
    - 5 acres of established banana, coconut and fruit orchards, to sustain the community as well as produce value added products for income.
    - 35 acres bamboo, to supply our main industry: sustainable construction materials, furniture and other crafts.
    - Several acres of new permaculture gardens and Food Forests

    We are also establishing: Cacao, coffee, ginger, taro, jackfruti, pineapple and other fruit plantations, a goat herd, apiculture, eco-hotel/glamping areas, natural pools, aquaculture, nature hikes (caves exploration, bird watching)

    We are a Model for Rural Development, where we:
    - employ and train locals from the two neighboring villages and the greater Livingston area,
    - produce healthy food and sustainable materials for our projects and the local community and beyond,
    - protect and regenerate natural ecosystem both on the property and the neighboring nature reserve, and
    - provide an educational model that others can replicate.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We work and live in close proximity to local villagers, who speak both Spanish and native Q'echi'.

    Learning opportunities include bamboo cultivation and construction, community development, and all aspects of sustainable agriculture/permaculture from planting to harvesting to product development.

  • Help


    Of course, we want volunteers who share our ideals. But most importantly, we are looking for skilled and experienced volunteers and possibly longer-term members. Therefore, we require all applicants to:

    1. Commit to one-month minimum, after passing a one-week trial period.
    2. Complete an application (to be emailed after initial contact).
    3. Be older than 23.
    4. Be willing to do hard work in the heat of the tropics and be presentable enough to greet city guests (wear pants, take showers).
    5. Be adaptable with diet. This land and climate provides banana, coconut, platano, nyame, malanga and various fruits in abundance. If volunteers want vegetables, bread or other imported goods they are responsible themselves.
    6. Be clean and responsible. This is a working farm, not a vacation. The other residents are paid, full-time workers with their own responsibilities. No one is going to clean up after you, or sort out your seeds or compost from the kitchen, or put away your tools or personal belongings. Keep your living/eating area clean or we won't be able to have you.
    7. Contribute a valuable skill, ideally related to:
    - goats (herding and milking)
    - food preservation (drying, fermenting, canning, etc.)
    - development of value-added products (e.g. goat cheese, fruit jams, etc.)
    - carpentry, gardening, livestock keeping
    - Hotel managing, guest services
    - or other skills that contribute to our goals (suggestions welcome.)

    We also need hard workers to dig roads and swales, clear jungle, carry bamboo, plant trees, etc. Therefore, we will only invite volunteer applicants that meet the above requirements, and most of all, during the trial period, that exhibit passion for the land and the project.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation Volunteers can choose between a bed in a formal house (mattresses, pillows, sheets and mosquito nets available) or camping sites. We have a central building with three bathrooms/showers, a workshop and a kitchen with fridge, microwave, blender, gas stove and electricity. Cell phone coverage is adequate with a Guatemalan phone plan (Tigo or Claro).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Hiking, cave-exploring, swimming, bird-watching are all possible throughout our place and neighboring reserve. The are also remnants of Mayan civilization throughout the area, with a small archaeological site dating to 200BC, and pottery and obsidian shards often visible when digging.

    The nearby town of Livingston has a unique cultural blend (Garifuna, Mayan and Guatemalan) and is a popular tourist location, with restaurants, nightlife, shopping, waterfalls and hotsprings.

    It is located in the village of Buenavista Miramar, which is accessible only by boat from Livingston. Livingston in turn is only accessible by boat from Puerto Barrios (Q50, 30min) or Rio Dulce (Q125, 1hr 20min).

    The climate is tropical, hot and wet. Temperatures reach 36°C and annual rainfall is 3000-4000mm.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We can provide a single bed, bathroom, energy, water, beautiful place to be, leisure areas but NO WI-FI, nevertheless, there is good 4G signal in the property and for $15 a month, you may have up to 7Gb of data. We would appreciate your sincere work and collaboration.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs, cats and other small pets can be had, but you have to remember this is a wild jungle area. There are predators, so you have to take care of your pet. Also, all cleaning and looking after them has to be performed by yourself.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 124182875476