Nestled between Spanish Lookout and San Ignacio, next to the small village of Santa Familia in the Cayo district of Belize is our community development project. We focus on self-sufficient gardening and living, and marry traditional techniques with new technology. Our young, progressive community aims to reduce the footprint of everyday living by using state-of-the-art rainwater collection systems and a shared solar micro-grid. We have the potential to be the first community of a new movement in Belize, where development is in line with ecological norms. For more information about our location, vision, and community, please be sure to visit our website.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Belize is one of the most unique destinations in the Caribbean. Whether it is the ease of communication due to having English as the primary language, or the vast mixtures of ethnic backgrounds, many foreigners are surprised at what they find when they arrive. International travel magazines and brochures highlight what the coastal areas have to offer travelers, but the jungle interior is often overlooked and dismissed. Our community's placement is ideal for volunteers seeking to have an intimate connection with the local population. There are boundless opportunities in the surrounding area from which to learn. Traditional Maya medicine doctors, wily cowboys who break-in horses on the river banks, and environmentally-conscious villages are only some of the many unique aspects of Belizean culture.
Volunteers would be asked to help with clearing more space dedicated for gardening, pruning, germinating, natural pest control, and upkeep of current plots. Additionally, volunteers with experience in irrigation and light construction are especially valuable as we continue to expand our community. Our focus is on sustainable and organic cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Our ongoing goal is to expand our operations in order to reach a capacity that will allow us to build relationships with villagers and establish a market garden for the surrounding communities. There are many fruit trees here, however most are not currently mature. Currently we have mango, kinep, custard apple, sour-sop, and cashew trees in their early stages of growth, and some banana and mango trees that are already mature enough to fruit. We also have seasonal crops which include, but are not limited to – cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.
The volunteers have their own house in a village with three rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The house has hot water and all the amenities for cooking. Volunteers are allocated a budget of 5 working days, for which they can buy products in the market and in the supermarket to their taste and cook their own food in the house. Once a week we make a trip to a large market in the town.
In your free-time there are seemingly endless things to do and experience here in Cayo. In our community we are fortunate enough to have several hundred meters of river access that we use to cool off on hot summer days, float from one end of the the property to the other in inner-tubes, and witness local events like the La Ruta Maya - an annual 3-day canoe race down the Belize river. Neighboring the community are several unexplored and expansive sinkholes which fascinate locals and travelers alike. There are monthly festivals, parades, and community events in nearby San Ignacio that offer enriching experiences for newcomers. Volunteers will have the ability to catch rides in to town from our staff and residents, and in the case that they are unavailable there is an extremely prompt bus route that picks up passengers right at our front gates.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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