Help us on our wild cacao Amazon Estate in Beni, Bolivia

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  • Description

    Description

    We are settled in the Beni Department of Bolivia, home of the famous Swiss "Cru Sauvage" chocolate. Tranquilidad is an agro-forestry and small cattle estate of about 500 hecatres halfway between Huacaraje and Baures. It was build by Volker in 2003 from the ground into a native forest, holding 300 hectares of wild cacao stands. It is well established and has all basic facilities. It takes 8 to 10 hours of travel from Trinidad to Tranquilidad and during the rainy season the roads are in bad conditions and it could take longer. There are bus at night and taxi during the day available in Trinidad.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The volunteering experience will give deep insides into the livelihood of amazon natives and how to run a farm far away from big cities. The traveler will learn, during harvest season from mid December to February, how cacao is fermented and dried and can experience simple chocolate making, of one of the best cacaos in the world. There is also possibility to do some help in the community, but basic Spanish speaking would be required!

  • Help

    Help

    Wild Cacao harvest management will be practiced only during December to March. The rest of the year we have agricultural activities, Teak plantation management and wood processing as well as building and maintenance. You should be willing to help at every step. We do not process chocolate. The cacao beans get exported to produce our own Tranquilidad chocolate in the US.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The farm houses have two individual rooms for couples and one three bed room. There are also two tents available each with two camping beds. Low Internet reception and phone on the farm. Since 2018 it works somehow better.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We had several students before doing their thesis. They all loved it. You will learn about little town activities of Baures and Huacaraje deep in the Bolivian Amazon.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Working in the fermentation.
Cacao drying during harvest from December to February
Working in the forest.
The forest, cultivated fields and farm houses from a small plane.
Rio Itenez in Versaille
First harvest in 2004. Working at the drying table.
Dancing Baure "macheteros" like in Jesuit times.





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