I am a Guatemalan native and a serial entrepreneur, currently developing a project with my partner, Davinia, in the hills of Antigua, Guatamala .
We have a small team helping us to develop the centre for small enterprise, creativity and learning and as we have had some great help and success with Workawayer, we are now looking to host up to 4 Workawayers to help us deliver a program of events, workshops, courses and small enterprises into 2020.
I am the creative lead and also lead on the architectural / build / site development objectives. I manage the on-site team and largely work either on site or from home which is close by. My girlfriend Davinia, also a business creative and international person, is from the UK and works alongside me with her role focused on the project's general strategic development, operations, and running the Workawayer aspects.
We are both dynamic people interested in all things creativity, art, business and enterprise, nature and science. We enjoy sailing, diving, adventuring, exploring and the great outdoors. We are fun, dynamic, life-long learners and approach life as a series of experiences and opportunities for self-development and expansion. We are keen to host people that have the same kind of approach to life and who operate with integrity, transparency, kindness and who are well-grounded and well-rounded.
Our project is located up in the hills overlooking the old Spanish colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala (the hub from which everything to experience in Guatemala can be accessed). The views from our project site are beautiful; we are surrounded by nature and volcanoes, and yet still just a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Antigua and in close proximity to a typical Guatemalan countryside community.
Please read through the section on the help that we are looking for now and get in touch if you think you could help progress the project.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We are located approximately a 50-minute drive away from Guatemala City, up in the hills on the outskirts of the attractive and vibrant city of Antigua; known for its Spanish language schools, rich history and architecture, and fun nightlife. Antigua is a hub for traveling in and around Guatemala and Central America and is the most eclectic and culturally active melting pot in the country for visitors.
Volunteers will work among local native Guatemalans and among other Workawayers. They have a chance to work in and practice their Spanish, and indeed to learn about and interact with the real people of Guatemala and learn about their real lives (not what the media portrays!).
We are currently needing skilled volunteers to help us with the following:
- Marketing: with regard to both our accommodation and our events programme: to plan, create, deliver and manage the associated digital content, marketing campaigns, and communications across our social media accounts and directly.
You will need to work in both English and Spanish, be able to deliver across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and do video editing, creative writing and customer relations. This person will be doing back-end and front-of house communications (dealing with and managing bookings, greeting clients online and in person where needed, doing follow up to see what needs improving upon) so communication and people skills are key.
- Cooking: We are looking immediately for a chef to do menu planning, shopping and cooking for both for the team and also in our small industrial kitchen taking charge in developing and making the products we need to help us get a small enterprise going after relocating it. This chef will also be taking over the product development for our edibles made on site from our fresh lavender, basil and honey.
- Teachers: in arts, crafts, science and other things: we are looking to host volunteers in 2020 with skills to create and run creative and informative classes, workshops and events at our project and to also be great in helping with customer-service rolls as needed in delivering events and assisting clients around and across the project in general.
We usually host Workawayers who are able to commit to stay longer-term as the training involved and depth of integration in our project is a big investment for us.
All volunteers are expected to help out with guest bookings, customer service and general help as needed across the project.
You will be joining a small fun team of volunteers already working on various projects from making products to designing and cutting trails to permaculture systems. Our project is a place where you will really enjoy the crossovers between many projects developing and in-action with great people and you will gain new skills, knowledge and experiences every day.
Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can help us for at least 3 months and hopefully longer.
Please write to us if you feel able to come and help us with what we need right now! Thank you! :)
Due to the nature of the site and existing pets, we are unable to host children or pets.
spanish, english, french
4-bed dormitory shared with other volunteers and guests, with shower and kitchen facilities. Vegan food is shopped for and cooked by the volunteers as a group and expenses reimbursed up to allowed budget. Any food not vegan is bought by volunteers directly at their own expense.
Antigua is the hub for travellers visiting Guatemala and Central America, so there are numerous activities and places to visit; Mayan ruins, cloud forests, active volcanos to watch or hike up, lakes, nature, remote Indian villages, local cooking lessons, weaving lessons, mountain biking, white water rafting, golf, hiking, surfing...etc...You can check the Lonely Planet website or multiple fb pages about Antigua Guatemala.
Both Davinia and I manage messages that come through to us so either one of us might respond. If you think you can help us with one of the tasks we need volunteers for at the moment then please write to us and we look forward to hearing from you very much.
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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