Welcome to a community in the mayan jungle in Yucatán, Mexico




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  • Description


    We are a group of mexican friends living in a small town in the center of Yucatán, we have been working since 2015 in a piece of land 6km away from the town inside the mayan jungle. There we have built and develop an Agroecology, Arts and Crafts Community Center in which we are looking foward to exchange all type of knowledge and pratices about permaculture, beekeeping, aviculture, birdwatching, waste management, ecobuilding, bioconstruction and arts, through workshops.

    We have a permanent volunteer program and we also offer Learning Experiences in Agroecology and Food Forest. The activities vary depending on the season or project we are doing at the moment. The working areas in which we currently need help are:
    - Tropical horticulture and food forest development
    - Composting and fertilizers
    - Chicken coop
    - Bioconstruction
    - Beekeeping (Apis mellifera and Melipona beecheii = native stingless bees)
    - Waste managemente: zero waste philosophy
    - Photography and graphic design
    - Cleaning & maintenance
    - Cooking
    - Birdwatching
    - Workshops with kids, teenagers and women of the town

    *️️️*️️️*️️️We would be RECEIVING VOLUNTEERS at the BEGINNING (1st and 2nd) and on the 3rd week (15th and 16th) of each month*️️️*️️️*️️️

    In this community we try our best at recycling, reusing and not generating solid wastes. For this reason we ask you not to bring plastic bags, filtered cigarettes, disposable batteries, packed products, tampons & pads, and any
    object that can easily becomes garbage.

    We are register as a Civil Asociation / Non-profit organization cause we are interested in keep on working with the community through free cultural proyects for the people in the communities nearby. And through donations from NGOs, nacional and international organizations, volunteers, visitors, common people, government, etc this is possible.

    Due to the inicial stage of requirement of our proyect we do not have the posibility to pay for the food for all volunteers. For this reason we are asking for a fee (MXN100) per day. This include all the food, 3 vegetarian meals per day with a variety of vegetables, fruits, cereals and seeds. We live in a really small town where there is no big market, only 3 small stores who sell food and it is way more expensive than the food we can buy in a bigger town or city. If you have a look at our feedbacks you will notice that the people is really happy and satisfied with food we prepare :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be able to experience living in a small community inside of the mayan jungle. You will learn many skills depending on your area of interest, we like to share techniques and knowledge.

    We all have different interests: politics, mayan culture, recycled art, cooking, yoga, music, arts&crafts, meditation, climbing, slackline, birdwathcing and fotography: so we can share what we know and learn also from you!

    We are near from some mayan ruins, many cenotes (natural swimming pools) and we also like to practice slackline :)

    We have honey and other products we made and from local people in a small shop we have.

  • Help


    As a volunteer you can participate in daily activities: cooking for everyone and cleaning the common areas, feed the chickens and clean the chicken coop, weeding, watering gardens and edible forests and general maintainance.

    We also need help in different areas, but this activities depend on the season and in our monthly activity program.

    This areas are: gardening, pruning, building and finish details in buildings, beekeeping (harvest in season), waste management, recicle art and decoration with natural materials, web design, photography and graphic design.

    We wake up early in the morning (7am) and activites finished after lunch time (3pm). And we need help to water all gardens and edible forest before the sunset.

    Some teenagers in town are interested in learning other languages like english or french, so if you wanna share and give some classes to them, they will be very gratefull.

    We ask you to bring working clothes, working boots and a thin long sleeved shirt; a water bottle; headlamp; swimming suit and pair of sandals.
    We suggest you bring the following:
    -Natural eco-friendly bug repellent
    -Biodegradable soap and shampoo
    -Musical instruments

    We are interested in receiving people with initiative and disposition to realize physical and group work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German

  • Accommodation


    We have 2 options of acomodation:

    - In town: we have a small house where you can sleep in a hammock, in a bed or couch. Is one big room to share. We have composting toillets, shower, kitchen and an edible fruit tree garden. We have wifi.

    - In the jungle: we have platforms where you can put a tent. Please bring a tent (we have some available), sleeping mat and a blanket. In winter some night might be a little cold. You can also hang a hammock in many spaces, make sure to bring a mosquito net. If you don't have any of this things, let us know cause we have some available.
    We have composting toilets, showers, solar energy, a big kitchen and dinning room. You can do birdwatching, walk in the jungle and practice slackline.

    Almost everyday we go from town to the land in the jungle, its 40 min driving. You can also go by feet, running or by bike.

    Our diet is mostly vegetarian. We only cook vegetarian dishes but we also eat meat of local farmers when we are in town.
    We have breakfast at 7-8am, lunch at 3pm and for dinner each one cook for themselvs or we eat the leftovers from lunch.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the town we live there is a beautiful underground cenote (natural swimming pool) and a big spanish castle in which we make different workshops every week, so you can join any of this workshops.

    There are many mayan ruins around like Ruta Puúc, Chichen Itzá and Uxmal. Public buses are accesible from the town next to ours.

    If you like swimming you can visit lots of cenotes, that are natural swiming pools. You can also go to the beach by public bus is 3-4 hours away. There are some natural reserves where you can go watch flamigos, in public bus around 5-6 hours away. If you like to visit Mérida, the biggest city of the state, is 1 and half hour away.

    Some teenagers in town are interested in learning other languages like english or french, so if you wanna share and give some classes to them, they will be very gratefull.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • 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 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    MXN100 a day for food (3 meals)

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