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 create the structures and gardens that will allow us to achieve that goal.

    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 (41 yo gal & 46 yo guy) raising their 4 kids together (Ages 11,9,3, & 16 months). We also have a small flock of birds (12 hens, a Rooster & 6 ducks), a small colony of 3 rabbis, and a few green dart frogs.

    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, sour oranges, rose apples, papaya, 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 our families cooking needs.

    Our travel boat is also completely run from pedal and solar power! 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.

    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 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 (SUNSCREEN, soap, bug repellent)
    - Towel
    - Flashlight 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 & drinking water.
    - a single bed in a semi private space
    - a dry, secure place to store your belongings.
    - a shared toilet and outdoor bathing area.
    - very limited internet access.
    - Rides to/from Bocastown, when we are going. *️️️️*️️️

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    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

    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, woodwork, fermentation, knitting, sewing, baking, cooking with local plants, drawing, weaving, and crocheting, just to name a few. We have many skills and love sharing our knowledge with others.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Here are a few of the things with which we may assistance:

    Photography of properties, home and children
    Video production/editing of YouTube videos on our channel
    Working with concrete, wood and or clay for building
    Tending the birds
    Homeschool Lessons
    Tidying/Reorganizing various areas of the house
    Building a paths around our various properties

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

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    A SINGLE bed for one person in a semi private room.

    Outhouse toilet and bathing area.

    The cooking area is gas or electric, depending on time of day.

    Shower style bathing is not available.

    We have no 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 can be reached in the peddle boat.

    Bocastown, on Isla Colon, is approximately 15 miles via fairly protected ocean. You are welcome to go anytime we go.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Must be well behaved around children and other animals. Must also be a quiet animal, no sudden barking, etc.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week, maximum

Host ref number: 131535399173