Sustainable community, bio-construction and cacao cooperative near Semuc Champey, Guatemala



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  • Description


    Thank you for visiting our page!

    This is a regenerative project based on the luxurious hills in Lanquin, Guatemala.

    We are working on creating a sustainable permaculture farm as well as an educational center.
    Integrating both local workers and foreigner staff from all range of ages, we aim at creating a strong Eco-friendly community.
    Our productions are centered around Cacao, Turmeric and Copal but we have many things like Chaya, Yucca, herbs, fruits, etc....
    Mixing agro-forestry, gardening, mushroom farming, bio construction, animal husbandry and Eco-tourism we are aiming to be a model of self sustainability where both local communities and international visitors can learn and share.

    You will be working with both local Q'eqchi mayans and international staff on different projects depending on our needs.

    Here is what we are currently looking for:

    A permaculture wizard : We have a permanent or long term position for a permaculture designer and coordinator. We are looking for someone with a lot of experience, preferably in sub tropical climates. We already have a fully design plan and lots of things are in motion but we need someone to focus it by guiding both our workers and volunteers.
    If things are going well, we could offer a paid position.

    A temazcal enthusiast : we would really love to have a well designed "real" temazcal and someone who knows how to run it in a ceremonial and healing way.
    This could end with a paid position if things runs well.

    Animals caregiver : We already have some animals in the farm but we want to improve on that by designing them some better living space and also increase our diversity. So we are looking at someone with experience in permaculture husbandry design, preferably in tropical climates.

    Compost alchemist : we have some composting going on but as we are growing up we are in the need of bigger and more efficient systems. If composting is one of your passion, you are more than welcome.

    Mushroom farmer : We are starting a mushroom farm up here and we are looking into mycelium integration on our crops. If you know how to whisper to fungus, we could definitely put you in charge of that.
    This could end up in a paid position.

    And more generally, we are looking for experienced and autonomous volunteers.
    We appreciate people with the desire to learn and we do aim at being an educational center but currently we are still in the building process so we need people with strong skills.
    Mostly, you will be engaged in bio-construction, gardening, sustainable ecology, cooking, helping around the house, spending time with guests, enjoying life and eating chocolate!

    We ask for a month minimum of commitment.
    You will get a tent with mattress and 3 fresh meals a day.
    You will work 5 days a week for 5h and enjoy 2 days off.

    Feel free to ask us any question you have in mind,
    And we wish you great travels and beautiful adventures!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There will be opportunities to learn about sustainability, bioconstruction and Agrotourism, and while doing so mix with the local Q'eqchi Maya workers and partners.

  • Help


    We need help with small jobs focused around permaculture demonstration gardens, processing of cacao and turmeric as well as linking this to tourism.

    There will also be help with projects in making signs and gardening. The Workawayer coordinator will be able to organize interesting jobs and tasks on a regular bases. You will be submerged in the local Maya culture and mix with visitors from outside.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We offer simple accommodation in camping (new tents under a covered area).
    You will receive 3 healthy and fresh meals per day and a discount on drinks.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There will be chances to swim and tube in the Lanquin river,visit the caves and of course Semuc Champey National park.
    We also have nice hikes around and tons of cool project to spend time on!

  • 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

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