Off-grid island homestead near Isla Popa in Bocas del Toro, Panama




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    Our life dream has been to create an amazing place where our friends and family could come to get away from the money driven rat race in which we grew up, during most of our lives. We think of money as a tool to get the supplies we need to create a place from which we never want to leave and never have to leave... because we'll have everything we need here, growing!!

    We are not trying to prove anything to anyone and we left the society we grew up in for just that reason.

    While we have not reached our sustainable and self sufficient goal, we are striving to created the structures and gardens that will allow us to achieve that within the next 5 years.

    We're looking for people interested in helping that dream become realized and maybe deciding they love it so much they want to become a permanent part of that dream too!

    Life is such a magnificent adventure and it's not about who you know, where you work or what clothes you wear, it's about being authentic to your self and doing what you feel passionate about and sparks the joy inside!

    So come join a quirky family of creators and help build a utopia!

    👪About Us👪:

    We are a unique family of 5. Just two friends living near each other (39 yo gal & 44 yo guy) raising their 3 kids together (Ages 9,7 & 1yr old). We also have a small flock of birds (chickens & ducks...our duck hen just hatched 9 ducklings in the middle of August.

    We're from the States and Canada but never really identified with that culture. We're committed to being here indefinitely and look forward to the journey of getting from where we are now to where we see ourselves in a few short years... sustainable, self sufficient haven of splendidness! 😊

    🐚🐠The Properties 🐠🐚:

    All or our properties are within a half mile of each other, roughly. There are coconuts, cocoplums, icecream bean and pineapples to name a few, that grow on our various properties.

    We are completely off grid for all our electrical and water requirements. This basically means we collect rain water and sunlight. We do not use gas for cooking at all.

    Our travel boat is also completely run from a solar power system!! No gasoline here. 😂

    There are entire weeks in which it will not rain much or at all. There are also several days at a time in which the sun does not provide more electricity than needed for cooking only. Please come with ability to self regulate your usage of electricity and water in a low usage manner (please do not expect to charge electronics daily during days/weeks of little sun or to bathe using lots of fresh water per day, we use the ocean for bathing/washing up and it's great!)

    It is very hot here during the day. We generally encourage our visitors to be outside in the shade or the ocean during the day. The sleeping area can be very hot during the day as well, but cools off very quickly in the evening.

    Be aware we wake up early and quiet down the house early.

    Please be aware that we are very much under construction 👷.

    🐳🐳Think you have what it takes to lend a hand? 🐳🐳

    😊Then please read the following information to see what we're expecting of YOU and in return what you can expect from us! 😊

    🎉This opportunity is FOR you if the following apply🎉

    Hardwork and getting dirty make you feel accomplished.
    You truly enjoy RUGGED camping in the middle of the jungle.
    You give 100% effort and complete your tasks.
    You enjoy living in nature (animals, insects and plants)
    You believe children are the future and you enjoy their company.
    You have a positive attitude and express yourself in a respectful way.
    You are a mature responsible person.
    You can be flexible in your working hours.
    You can take care of your own needs and work independently.

    ⛔This is NOT the opportunity for you if ⛔

    You are looking for a place to party.
    You use illegal substances/abuse legal ones.
    You smoke.
    You are looking for an island paradise luxury vacation.
    You expect to be waited on and catered to by staff members.
    You need your hand held and cannot see what needs to be done.
    You are lazy or a whiner.
    You are looking for a CHEAP place to stay for no work.

    🌻To ensure we are a good fit, volunteers will have a test period of 1 week before committing to a longer stay.🌻

    Please bring the following (we will not provide you with these items) :
    - Your own personal products (toilet paper, SUNSCREEN, soap, repellent)
    - Sleeping bag or bed linens (pillow if you use one)
    - Towel
    - Mud boots and/or durable water shoes
    - First aid kit
    - Flashlight (lantern style is best) with rechargeable batteries/charger.
    - Basic knowledge of the Spanish language (this is for your benefit of getting to know the local neighbors as they only speak Spanish. It is NOT a requirement)

    In exchange for volunteering we are offering:

    - Maximum 25 hours per week. Hours and days work vary depending on weather and projects.
    - 3 basic meals a day and water, bring your own snacks and beverages (other than water) as we do not provide snacks or non-water beverages.
    - a single BED with mattress in a SHARED room.
    - a dry, secure place to store your belongings.
    - a shared toilet and outdoor bathing area.
    - very limited internet access.
    - Rides to/from Bocastown after you arrive, ONLY if we are going. *️️️️*️️️️

    *️️️️*️️️ Transportation to the property may be able to organize, only if we are planning to go on the day of your arrival. Otherwise you will be responsible for taking care of your own transportation. We do provide detailed directions.

    When messaging us please include your expected travel dates (at least start date and length of stay estimate).

    Want more information? Or to learn more about our opportunity? Send us a message today.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are so many opportunities to learn about living with less and appreciating nature. This opportunity will give you experience living off-grid and outside the box of conformity. We love to share our knowledge of building and the arts. You could learn about fiberglassing and woodwork or knitting, sewing and crocheting. We have many skills and love sharing our knowledge with others.

  • Help


    You would be asked to assist in the following ongoing projects, as necessary:
    Mixing concrete
    Applying concrete to walls
    Tending the birds
    Homeschool Lessons
    Tidying/Reorganizing various areas of the house
    Building a path out of river stones
    Moving items from houseboat to dome house

    We are looking for individuals with a positive and friendly atitude who want to participate in creating an amazing place.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    A SINGLE bed per person in our 3 story concrete dome style house.

    Outhouse toilet and bathing area.

    The cooking area has a wood fed rocket stove.

    Shower style bathing is not available.

    We do not have volunteer accessible refrigeration, so please plan accordingly if bringing your own food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in an area with bioluminesce algae!! It is in our bay directly in front of the house boat. You can read about this neat algae online.

    There are many shallow areas where you can snorkel and see a variety of marine life. We have dolphins that visit our bay occasionally. There are many little "lagoons" you may anchor in and swim around in within boating distance, everything is accessible by boat only in this area. We have a peddle boat available for our volunteers to use. You may also visit our other small islands and hike around or spend the day in nature.

    There are several local "mini mart" stores nearby, which have all basic necessities. The prices are reasonable and a few of these places can be reached in the peddle boat.

    Bocastown, on Isla Colon, is approximately 45 minutes/1 hour away via boat. There are local boat owners willing to take people to Bocastown for a reasonable price. You are also welcome to go anytime we go and have space.

    We have a reliable boat taxi who will pick up and return you for a reasonable price to/from our property as well.

  • A little more information

    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?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week, maximum

The "cul-de-sac" private no thruway lagoon.

Host ref number: 131535399173