Contribute to this isolated eco-jungle on Atitlan Lake, Guatemala

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Guatemala

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  2022 

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  • Description

    Description

    THE RAIN SEASON ARRIVED! FROM MAY UNTIL OCTOBER ONLY TOUGH OFFGRID WORKAWAYERS. CONTACT FOR MORE DETAILS.

    We live on the slopes of the San Pedro volcano, in a wild isolated area that can only be accessed by water. We are specifically in Patziapa, a bay 1.5 km from Santiago Atitlán, on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

    We want to build a home in this very beautiful place. At the moment we are some humans, 2 dogs and lots of hopes.

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    Vivimos en las faldas del volcán San Pedro, en una zona aislada y selvática a la que solo se puede acceder por agua. Nos encontramos específicamente en Patziapa, una bahía a 1,5 km de Santiago Atitlán, en el Lago Atitlán, Guatemala.

    Queremos construir un hogar en este precioso lugar. En estos momentos somos algunos humanos, 2 perros y muchas esperanzas!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    The volunteers who visit us will be in contact with our local workers, from whom they will be able to learn various skills and knowledge related to the ancient Mayan culture.

    The local language of this region of the lake is Tz'utujil and the inhabitants of Santiago Atitlán, the nearest town, practice and preserve it. The town can be reached by cayuco, which takes approximately 45 minutes paddling. There you can visit the various shops and markets of the town, get money, eat in a restaurant, buy SIM chip or take a boat to visit other towns on the lake (average cost of the trip 30Q/$3)

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    Los voluntarios que nos visiten estarán en contacto con nuestros trabajadores locales, de los cuáles podrán aprender diversas habilidades y conocimientos relacionados con la cultura ancestral maya.

    La lengua local de esta región del lago es el tz'utujil y los habitantes de Santiago Atitlán, el pueblo más cercano, la practican y la conservan. Se puede llegar al pueblo en cayuco, lo cuál toma aproximadamente unos 45 minutos remando. Allí se pueden visitar las diversas tiendas y mercados del pueblo, sacar dinero, comer en un restaurante, comprar chip SIM o tomar una lancha para visitar otros pueblos del lago (coste medio del viaje 30Q/3$)

  • Help

    Help

    The land has been wild for many years and we have just arrived.
    At this time we need help with:

    -Garden: knowledge of permaculture, forest planning, landscaping, pruning, garden maintenance, planting and harvesting of crops, irrigation, ecological fertilizers, etc.

    -Construction: we are looking for people who have worked before building in stone, mud and wood, also architects and engineers even if they have not used these materials. Soon we will be building the first structure of the land.

    -Maintenance: the land is large and things will constantly happen for which we would like to have someone ingenious and decisive who can solve various details: a small water leak, a landslide or a hole in the roof.

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    El terreno ha sido salvaje durante muchos años y acabamos de llegar. En este momento necesitamos ayuda con:

    -Jardín: se valoran conocimientos de permacultura, planificación forestal, paisajismo, poda, mantenimiento de jardines, siembra y recolecta de cultivos, riegos, abonos ecológicos, etc.

    -Construcción: buscamos personas que hayan trabajado antes construyendo en piedra, barro y madera, también arquitectos e ingenieros aunque no hayan usado estos materiales. Próximamente estaremos construyendo la primera estructura del terreno.

    -Mantenimiento: el terreno es grande y constantemente ocurrirán cosas para las cuáles nos gustaría contar con alguien ingenioso y resolutivo que pueda solucionar diversos pormenores: un pequeño escape de agua, un deslizamiento de tierra o un agujero en el techo.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Catalan: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have 2 tents, a big one and a small one. The tents will be assigned according to availability. All include mat and sleeping bag. Something you'll need is a headlamp because we don't have solar power yet.

    In our outdoor kitchen we have a solar oven, a rocket stove, a gas stove and boiling pan, iron casted pan, plates, glasses, cutlery, well the basics are covered. The same goes for the meals. The use of the kitchen includes drinking water, vegetables, fruits, rice, oats, eggs, beans, lentils, oil, salt... the basics are covered for all the meals of the day!

    It is important to remark that the cooking, cleaning and mantainance of the common areas are things we don't considerate in the working hours and as a community we expect everybody to participate on those tasks equally.

    We have a dry toilet that works with sawdust and for the moment we take baths in the lake and we dont have a biodigestor yet so it is very important that you bring your own hygene eco products (shampoo/soap/toothpaste). If you don't have any and you tell us in advance, we can get some for you!

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    Contamos con 2 carpas: una grande y una pequeña. Las carpas se asignaran segun la disponibilidad. Todas tienen sacos de dormir y colchones aislantes. Eso sí, será necesario que traigas tu propia linterna o frontal, ya que todavía no contamos con instalación solar.

    En nuestra cocina outdoor tenemos un horno solar, un rocket stove, una cocinilla a gas, ollas, sartén de hierro fundido, platos, vasos, cubiertos, en fin, los básicos están cubiertos. Lo mismo va para las comidas. El uso de la cocina incluye agua potable, fruta y verdura, arroz, avena, huevos, frijoles, lentejas, aceite, sal... Los básicos para todas las comidas del día están cubiertos!

    Es importante remarcar que no consideramos cocinar, limpiar o mantener el orden de las zonas comunes dentro de las horas de trabajo y que al vivir en comunidad esperamos que todas las personas tomen parte en esas tareas por igual.

    Tenemos un baño seco que funciona con aserrín y por el momento las duchas las tomamos en el lago. Todavía no tenemos biodigestor así que es muy importante traer productos de higiene ecológicos (champú, jabón, pasta de dientes). Si no tienen y nos avisan con antelación podemos conseguirles un kit!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We share our home with a big variety of spieces, some poisonouss like the coral snake, black widdow, rattlesnake, scorpions... Fortunately these animals are rarely seen during daylight, therefore having a day life is very helpful.

    We are isolated. That is something important to think about. There isn't any store near us which you could access by foot so you shold be organized for buying anything you may want, tobaco or other personal needs. There is no electricity here either, so if you need to charge your phone or powerbank, you will need to make your way to town through the lake.

    At Santiago Atitlan's dock you can rent a cayuco for 5Q (0,5$) a day. That will let you be independent during your stay. There is also the possibility to hire a private lancha for 50-200Q (5-20$) depending on the trip.

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    Compartimos hogar con una gran variedad de especies, algunas venenosas como serpiente coral, viuda negra, serpiente cascabel, escorpiones... Afortunadamente estos animales no se suelen ver de día, por lo que llevar un ritmo de vida diurno es de gran ayuda.

    Estamos aislados. Este es un aspecto importante a considerar. No tenemos vecinos ni tiendas cerca por lo que hay que ser organizado con la compra de necesidades personales. Tampoco tenemos electricidad en el terreno así que si necesitas cargar tu celular o powerbank tendrás que desplazarte por agua.

    En el muelle de Santiago Atitlán es posible arrendar un cayuco por 5Q al día (0,5$). Eso te permitirá ser independiente para poder ir y volver al pueblo cuando lo necesites. También existe la posibilidad de contratar una lancha privada por 50-200Q (5-20$) dependiendo del trayecto.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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