I am Lisa, originally of a farm in Ohio but most of my life here in the jungle near the Kekchi Maya village of San Pedro Columbia, locally known only as Columbia. I am a teacher and single parent of 3, Cordelia, Zula, and Isah. With a group of neighbours we have formed a Columbia Cooperative, which is a registered NGO, and we do educational activities aimed at promoting rainforest conservation. We are building an alternative high school on the site, the Rainforest Academy. We raise tropical butterflies for the international pupae export market, and have a large organic garden, orchard, cows, horses, sheep, chickens on site. We are developing an aquaculture project and a biogas plant. We have a FaceBook page featuring our latest projects, which at this writing, was our free annual summer camp.
We have a large, clean guesthouse with toilet facilities. Looking for interns and volunteers. Please do not show up penniless. Our only reliable source of income is one teacher's salary, and we have mouths to feed. Even a $5 USD day contribution towards groceries would be enough, if you can help out on any of the projects. The area is lovely, and you'd have time to explore Lubaantun, the Maya temple down the road, or the caves and waterfalls in the area. The local language is Kekchi, but most people speak English and Spanish. If workawayers are interested ask for our website, which has a blog where some other volunteers have posted their experience with us.
Help with Eco Projects
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We would welcome help on the farm, with the fish pond (needs plumbing), in the garden, picking fruit, feeding and caring for butterflies (our money-maker), and when the school is up and running in 2013, we will look for interns who can teach a variety of subjects.
Two story guesthouse, wooden, with one bathroom for each floor. We have several beds in each room, for large groups of volunteers, but usually you'd have a room to yourself. We have wifi, rooms are screened. You'd eat with our family. We are vegetarian and usually cook fish, vegetables, whole wheat bread, tortillas, lots of fresh fruits from the trees on the farm. We cook local meats for people who like meat, mostly chicken and beef bought from the neighbors. As stated above, it is hard to provide meals for free, and we'd appreciate a small contribution toward groceries. We produce some of our own food on the farm but we have to buy food too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
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