We are a laid back hostel based in Guanaja one of the bay islands.
Guanaja is a beautifully lush island surrounded by sandy beaches with lots of snorkelling and hikes for the adventurous traveller.
Life in Guanaja is much more basic than the other bay islands, so you need to be a person that is happy in nature, enjoy solitude, at peace with the odd power cut and internet outage and not afraid of the odd bug here and there. In return you will be rewarded with a place of tranquility that's much less travelled than the other bay islands, where you can get to experience local culture without hoards of other tourists.
The hostel owner Aaron has made Guanaja his home for the last 9 years. Aaron lives on the property with his girlfriend Mary and uncle Lenny who has been a resident of Guanaja for many decades.
Looking for volunteers over the age of 22 to help with projects such as gardening, construction, D.I.Y, creative projects, beach clean up, people who are good with social media and promotion. Volunteers need to be animal friendly since we have 4 dogs, 1 cat and 12 chickens. The odd local horse is also known to pass by and hang out from time to time.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We speak mainly English here but are very open to learning more languages and would love to practice more Spanish.
Aaron is in the process of continued development of the hostel he has a background in carpentry and is very handy , if volunteers have a background in or skills in DIY this would be ideal.
We are looking for people who don’t mind getting hands-on and stuck into projects around the property.
We seek enthusiastic and energetic volunteers who can also bring fresh and new ideas. Those who are capable of constructing things around the property as well as getting involved in daily tasks such as upkeep of the hostel and feeding the animals.
We are also very interested in permaculture, so those with experience in this field would be invaluable to us helping to build on the sustainable vision we have for the property.
We expect around 4-5 hours of work 5 days a week, the minimum stay we take for work away is 2 weeks but preferably one month is best.
We provide free dormitory-style accommodation. We offer 2 simple meals, 5 days a week ( we provide oats, eggs, pasta, rice, beans, flour, milk etc) which the volunteers will get involved in making for themselves, us or other volunteers. Days off and evenings volunteers are responsible for purchasing and cooking their own meals. Local stores are a 15 minute walk from the hostel and you can find an abundance of goods there, as well as a selection of eateries offering traditional baleadas, pasteles, fried chicken etc.
We also offer free filtered water and coffee and for when you really need to quench your thirst plenty fresh coconuts!
Guanaja island is a little less connected transport wise than the other bay islands. Getting here can take a little longer, so its good to plan for that. There are almost daily flights from La Ceiba direct to Guanaja airport with Lanhsa airlines, tickets cost about 1800 lempiras.
The cheaper option is the ferry that runs from Trujillo 3 times per week Mon, Wed and Fri and costs 1000 lempiras, but it is always good to consider if you need to spend one night in Trujillo and pay the bus fare, you may almost pay the same in total. Flying is more reliable, as weather and waves play a big part in the ferry running on schedule,
Once you make it to the airport or dock we can help organise your onward travel here to the hostel.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week