Protecting ancient corn and building up sustainably in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico

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  • Description

    Description

    Hola a todos!
    We are two brothers from jalisco Mexico
    Victor (31 ) Erik (18) ...
    We have a land in el naranjal close to jose maria morelos quintana roo, its two hours away from tulum , two hours away from bacalar and two and a half from Merida , we are literally in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula.
    Our main goal is to protect the ancient corn seeds that are in danger to be extinct and encourage our local farmers to preserve their traditional way of doing it.
    Since I just got the land couple years ago and I havent had the chance to stay for a long period of time we are still working on the house, it has already the frame and a roof built up all with local materials from the jungle with the help of the neighbors
    We are ready to start building up the walls on a tradicional mayan way call "bahareque" using only local and natural sources.
    Another of our projects is to create a medicinal garden full of herbs and flowers and on the side as well products that we will use to eat ,we already harvested this year enough corn to feed ourselves and the people willing to help. There is nothing compared to the flavor of a real hand made mayan tortilla and their traditional salsa.
    We collaborate with locals that speak mayan and Spanish and most of the young ones are willing to learn English ( teaching Spanish or English to the mayan locals or our visitors could be another way of helping)
    We want the people to enjoy the jungle, to enjoy the hidden Mexico, to enjoy the sacred corn and to enjoy themselves ...

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Language practice
    Art project
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn techniques to build up with clay and natural materials
    You will learn to plant, recognize and mantain happy medicinal plants and herbs.
    You will learn the mayan ancient way to plant and produce corn
    You can learn how to make herbal oils, tinctures , tees and natural remedies . we are planning on making infuse herbal honnies.
    You can learn how to make hand made corn tortillas from the mayan women
    You can learn how to make a hammock in the traditional mayan way
    You can practice your English or Spanish and we will help you improve your language.
    You can be free and enjoy the weekend to get to know the places around
    You could learn to cook traditional and international food since im a chef and love cooking and sharing my knwoledge
    The most important you can learn is to enjoy living in harmony with nature.

  • Help

    Help

    We need some help in the garden,
    Maybe in the kitchen depending on how big the crew is, we need help building up some clay walls and a clay oven so we definitely need people who want to be in contact with earth and is not afraid of dancing on it and getting dirty ( we dont use cement so our mixes are not harmful) .
    If you have any experience teaching Spanish or English we could set up some classes for the locals in town or the people helping us.
    Pretty much anything that can be share to make our house , garden and our community more beautiful and sustainable its completly welcome...

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, French, German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can offer at the moment a tent for camping or a camper car since the house still have no walls, (hopefully we'll work on that soon)
    We will have as soon as posible a room for couples and a share room for other people traveling with friends or alone, on the food situation We are asking for a cooperation of 4 dollars a day to provide the three daily meals. We are a non profit organization so the money will be used to buy ingredients and to give a cooperation to the women who make the hand made tortillas... If for some reason you have no money and still would love to come and help, let me know and we will see how we find a way that works for everyone.
    Thanks for understanding.
    The schedule is very accesible and you can chosse the time you prefer to help...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located only two hours away from tulum or bacalar by public transportation, both are beautiful places to visit and enjoy their beauty, you could have the weekends off if that is the most convenient for you...

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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