Forest-farm in Sarteneja and wooden boat in Belize



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    It has been quite a long time since I have been in contact with any travelers here in SARTENEJA, north of Belize. The mexican border have been closed for more than a year.

    With the situation last year I interrupted the sailing expeditions , didn't renew any licensing and shut off the (tour operator, web sites and everything).

    I have 2 locations in Sarteneja and they are slowly evolving. One place with my workshop and a cabin to host one guest (or a couple) 5 minutes walk from the village. This is next to ''Wild Horse Cottage'' or what was Backpackers Paradise.

    I live myself in the bush on a ''forest-farm'' 10 minutes by bicycle, further down on the same road.

    Rainy season is here then It’s going to be a new dynamic with planting, and also with mosquitos…

    I have different projects with Chaya plant and planting valuable lumber trees but I’m more looking for a someone with specific knowledge, skills and experience, like nutrition knowledge and experience in vegetarian/vegan local cooking and preservation of food (greens).

    My priority is to keep hiring guys from the village as I always did since I'm here.

    I have started kitesurfing in 2019 and I really love it. My plan was to do Sailing trips on it with Kitesurfers in 2020, but things went on a different path ! I'm don't think this will happen in 2022 either but I'm looking to kitesurf as much as possible.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Life on the sea on a traditional boat in the beautiful waters of Belize and traditional small scale farming in north Belize (the family farms are called milpas). Sarteneja has a soil and environment like Yucatan. It is flat, top soil is poor and bed rock not deep. Sarteneja is unique and authentic. I know most of the people and fishermen of Sarteneja, we have very similar life, except they fish all day long and have a big family to sustain and share their space, a dozen of them sometimes, on a way smaller traditional boat than mine. I know them on the sea, I know their boats, their harbors, the waters where they work to fish, and we see each other again back to Sarteneja, our village, our home. And this is my pride, this is my honor and I'm blessed by this people, lots of respect and gratitude and joy always. I will be Belizean Nationality officially hopefully next year.

    You will learn from a strong community of fishermen and milpas farmers of Belize.

    My priority is to give jobs to the people from the village. Then you will learn from them, as I do.

    Sarteneja is not a touristic destination, apart from Backpackers Paradise, which I used to run.

  • Help


    I would appreciate volunteers that have consistent knowledge of nutrition, cooking, preservation of food etc.

    The help will be:


  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    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


    On my boat I have individual beds, a double bed cabin, kitchen, toilet. On my farm I have a little shack enough to live, minimalist but convenient. This will evolve in time. A tent is available.
    For now we will share a space with hammock for myself and a mattress for the volunteer. The screened cabins is rudimentary but it offer a 360 panoramic view on the farm and jungle. Wood board floor and a tilde counter for cooking that is also a cement locker.
    The farm is off the grid, I use a solar panel from the boat and a battery to charge usb and have LED lights. I use rain water for washing, and refill purified water in the village.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots to do around. Sarteneja is unique. Authentic. You can visit Shipstern Nature reserve, enjoy the water front, the bay of Chetumal, and the friendly village. You can take the bus to visit Lamanaï Maya ruins.
    I will show you around, and especially the boat builders that are my friends.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Lots of space to park and preferably away from living space: I don't have vehicle myself.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dog friendly of course.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 298428554423