We are a family living between Guyana, South America, and England. Our mother June and father Wayne live permanently in Georgetown alternating between the town and the farm. Their 5 children and their families each plays a role in the building and running of the farm, from running a food business supplying the university nearby, running cane juice stand, doing organic farming, looking after the cows and goats and everything in between. But there is never enough hands!! The farm is a Family effort that aims to provide our family and visitors with a healthy, virgin rainforest space where to live, visit and work. But the project is growing: as part of the family runs a charity in London, UK, dedicated to help people to return and get closer to Nature the aim is also to build a sustainable, permaculture oriented heaven to produce fully organic vegetable produce and hand made products to supply the neighbouring housing schemes and beyond with affordable, varied and quality vegetables. The area (and the city as a matter of fact) currently depends on highly processed food supplied by supermarkets having this a very rapid and negative impact on health population. We also plan to run workshops and cultural & skills exchange for locals and foreigners alike, being ourselves a world schooling family constantly seeking opportunities to learn, teach and exchange intergenerational and international knowledge.
The farm, although located right outside Georgetown, is positioned within a farming area, with very few neighbours, and immersed in a pollution free zone, where nature abunds. From farm, a 15 minutes bicycle ride will take you to main road where there is plenty shops and buses passing often connecting with Georgetown (15-20 min to town's market) and Linden highway.
At the moment the water that surrounds the land had been helped to run through the land so planting has started! There's no other electricity that a small solar power panel.
The farm is less hot at nights than in town and staying overnight provides a full pleasant immersion in nature, in a safe environment.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
June and Wayne have been farmers for more than 40 years with a very vast knowledge on organic, natural methods of agriculture and farming so you can learn plenty from them as well as learning about living in harmony with nature and the rainforest biodiversity. You can also learn a lot about running local food business, recipes, cooking in the fire, etc, about local life and diverse culture of Guyana, world-schooling/homeschooling/unschooling from a 18 years experienced family, languages and about travelling in South America between Guyana and Argentina by land and much more.
We are interested in learning from other people's experiences, new sustainable farming/building techniques specially suitable for tropical areas.
At this stage help is required for a wide range of activities: planting, watering, building, designing/creating building systems of irrigation and other sustainable systems specially following permaculture principles; grazing cows, looking after goats, harvesting and low processing of vegetables (such as sun dry tomatoes etc), driving from town to farm, shopping, helping in the kitchen, scrapping sugar cane, looking after 1-5 children, running errands, helping with house maintenance. Please note that you have to be willing to do more than one of the jobs mentioned above as required depending on season.
Many of the jobs are physically demanding, although the high sun is avoided, weather in Guyana is very hot and humid; but you will be looked after by whoever member of the family you'd be working with and we will trust your judgement of capability, there's always another job that might suit you better.
Volunteers will either stay in the farm, in simple cabins with hammocks or roll on mats that will be provided to sleep on -in both cases with mosquito nets- or in a room in the family house in Georgetown, depending on the jobs you'll be doing.
Meals are usually shared with the family, always vegetarian, preferably vegan (Ital), either cooked together or from the family's food shop. At the farm there's a cob cooker where you can prepare your own meals and in the house a portable cooker will be available for volunteers to do own meals. All ingredients can be provided.
From the farm you can reach main town's market (15-30 min ride) to commute to any other bus to visit museum, different markets, shopping area/malls, botanical gardens and zoo, seawall, national park etc. But from the main road you can also get transportation to go over the Demerara river or in the opposite direction to Linden highway, where the most beautiful natural swimming spots of rich, full of properties, black water creeks are.
The family will be happy to show you, take you or go with you to different places, other towns, local events, etc. in your free time, whenever they can.
Guyana also offers beautiful waterfalls, thick ancient rainforests, tropical savannah, endless and powerful rivers and a multicultural history to explore.
Contrary to the media's endless reports on crime, Guyana is not a dangerous country and we believe that if you are willing to learn from local customs you will find beautiful people and memories for a life time. As workawayers ourselves we reject the idea of doing tourism but embrace cultural exchange and learning experiences during travelling.
The family will be happy to show you the do's and don't s for your stay to be safe and enjoyable.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week