Eco-lodge and sustainable tourism project. Located in a tranquil coffee farm, surrounded by nature in cool mountains with comfortable accommodation and great food.



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    *️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️Update - We are now looking for volunteers from now onwards for a number of projects running to June 2018. We are particularly looking for people with experience and skills in cooking healthy but tasty food (working alongside our local cooks to improve their knowledge and skills in world cuisine. We are always looking for people handy with building repairs (particularly building carpentry and framing). We always have work in the garden for people with good experience and knowledge of gardening, planting, food growing, permaculture and tropical plants.
    We are sometimes looking for people with experience in natural building, eco-projects, artistic projects, painting, landscaping, construction, website SEO, internet rankings, yoga teaching, dancing, juggling :-) ;-) *️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️

    We are situated in a small established coffee farm in the Northern mountains above Matagalpa. The city is only a 20 minute drive away but it is a peaceful place near nature reserves and primary cloud forest so the wildlife and particularly the birdlife is abundant. We try hard to live in a fun, friendly and collaborative environment. We enjoy growing, cooking and sharing healthy, fresh food.We are looking for people who like to work hard with a smile on their face! We prefer volunteers to speak at least some beginners spanish but intermediate and above is ideal.

    From December to June we will have some guests staying so spaces for volunteers are limited. Interesting projects in this period include building a cob pizza oven, establishing and planting a polytunnel/greenhouse for food growing, marking wildlife trails, creating maps, logging bird sightings and many more.
    The building where we all sleep, eat and socialise has stunning views of the forest, valleys, mountains and distant volcanoes and a number of good spaces for relaxing, bird watching, reading, fitness, practicing yoga etc.

    We are looking for volunteers who want to live amongst the trees and music of the forest, wake up to a beautiful view and enjoy the fresh climate of the mountains. We are looking for interesting and sustainability minded volunteers who are keen to learn and be involved with eco-building projects using wood, cob, stone etc.

    If this sounds like the place for you, please get in touch and tell us about yourself and what skills and experience you can add to this exciting mix of projects.

    The surrounding farm is Nicaraguan owned and currently producing top quality Arabica coffee and has a range of fruit trees including banana, mango, avocado, sweet lemon and oranges.

    The building we share with volunteers currently has running water for showers and flushing toilets, solar power for lights and charging devices, a kitchen, living area, two large balconies and sleeping spaces in the form of shared dormitories or double rooms for couples, comfortable beds with mosquito nets for all. The balconies are great spots for watching birdlife as they are at canopy height of the trees where the birds are moving and talking. They also have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the city below. We are not on the grid and only have solar panels for lights and charging phones and computers....but we enjoy living the simple life! Internet is available at the lodge with 3G if you buy a cheap local Claro SIM and a internet package. If you are staying for longer than a week there will be the opportunity to go to the closest city to use WIFI and check your emails etc.

    As time allows we will be focusing more and more time on projects within the open land in front of the Eco-lodge. The vision is to create a permaculture designed garden, producing food for the kitchen, creating a relaxing and beautiful place to sit, walk, play outdoor games and learn. Building projects are also planned for this area, the first being a cob pizza oven and shelter with hammocks. Further ahead we are planning a dedicated yoga hut/learning space and cabanas for accommodation.

    We are only accepting volunteers on a week trial with the chance of staying longer, the working day is no more than 5 hours, with Saturday and Sunday normally being days of rest but this is normally very flexible.

    Please apply with full details of what you can bring to the project and how long you can commit for.

    I am the Pete from England (speaks English and good Spanish). This is a very exciting project for me I continue to learn a lot from all types of volunteers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have lots to teach and plenty to learn. You have a chance to learn about coffee, farming, permaculture, natural building, wildlife, cooking, renovation, languages and many more....including Bananagrams!!

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    *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️Update - We are now looking for volunteers from now onwards for a number of projects running to june 2018 . We are particularly looking for people with experience and skills in cooking for small volunteer groups (healthy but tasty food) and building repairs (particularly building carpentry and framing).
    We are always looking for people with experience in natural building, renovation, eco-projects, artistic projects, painting, tropical permaculture, food growing, gardening, landscaping, construction, website SEO, internet rankings, yoga teaching, dancing, juggling :-) ;-) *️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Comfortable dorm with mosquito nets - although bugs are less of a problem in the mountains!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Their is no end of activities to do from the lodge or from Matagalpa region in your time off - trekking, biking, climbing, white water rafting, bird watching, coffee tours, community tourism, homestays etc.. We have a car and could pick up volunteers from the main road between Jinotega and Matagalpa or from the bus station in Matagalpa (we may have to charge a small fee to cover fuel costs)

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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