Handy couple with solid gardening experience on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala




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    The world is topsy turvey right now and my place is a little sanctuary from it all. We are a five minute boat ride to town and for the right people, it would be a great place to pass the time while things are scary out there in the world and contribute in the gardens and other projects we are involved with here. Looking for a couple who'd like to stay up to 6 months. If you are in Guatemala right now, please contact me and we can talk about how to make it work together.

    My property is drop dead beautiful and it's all about Nature. It's situated on the side of San Pedro Volcano and just across the bay is Santiago with its two volcanoes as our view.
    We have no neighbors, just gardeners who tend their fields nearby 2 or 3 times a week.
    My property is off the grid and boat access only so there are some special systems you'd keep an eye on.

    You need to be an experienced trouble shooter around a property who can tackle and handle a small problem should it arise. Those with solid experience working with water pumps and mechanics are especially welcome.

    I am really looking for someone who doesn't mind jumping into the fray and helping out wherever it's needed.

    You would help replant the gardens, water, or just help where needed as there's always plenty to do in this large property.
    You would have your own small house with kitchen and would cook your own meals. A big bag of vegetables costs only a couple of dollars at the market. Staples like condiments, herbs, and other basics are supplied and you are welcome to anything in season on the property. We have many fresh herbs in the garden.

    Please let me know what kind of experience you have taking care of houses or building, renovating, gardening, hospitality, housekeeping or other related skills.

    You would also help out with other seasonal projects we'll be doing on the property.

    Transportation to and from the property costs $3 one way to town for the 2 of you. It's only a 5 minute boat ride and we call a water taxi service to go back and forth.
    Also, you must be prepared to pay for your own internet package for your phone or computer. I can supply a local chip for your phone or an internet modem stick.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get lost in the vivid Mayan culture of Santiago with its' buildings of rock carved by hand and beautiful hand made textiles.
    Each town on the Lake is unique with its colorful traditions combined with the flavor of the present time.

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    You'll be taught how to use and maintain the off the grid systems, like water and solar.
    We are organic and you'll be working to maintain veggie and flower gardens throughout the property.
    There are always larger projects that come up during the year and while you are here you could be asked to help on things like rebuilding the dock (learning how it's done in the Mayan world), doing cement or stone work, working with compost and many things that need attention on such a large property.
    If you are talented in certain directions, you could be asked to contribute with redecorating, painting, varnishing, or woodworking.
    For photographers, artists or writers, this is a place where the sheer beauty of Nature will astound you over and over every day.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in a fully equipped cottage set beside and behind the main house. You will have everything you need, a full kitchen, a solar hot shower, DVD player and tons of DVD's, a great fireplace and living room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This position suits people who are happy to be on their own in a quiet natural environment. Santiago is only a 5 minute boat ride away and from there you can take a boat to any of the other towns.
    Each town is different and has its' own specialties and flavor. Climb one of the volcanoes for great photographic opportunities.
    This is more of a 'quiet time out in Nature' than a social venue as it will be you and the owner working together on the property. However, you are free to explore when you are finished working and on your days off.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    varying according to need - (max 25 hours)

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