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Welcome to our Community Center, a 96 acre plot of tropical forest. We are a non-profit organization in rural Bolivia. We are in the early stage of development, therefore our focus is on soliciting groups from abroad, constructing and maintaining the grounds and cabins with cleaning as needed. The center provides lodging in rustic cabins, with homemade vegetarian meals. We are focused on creating model systems for a variety of demonstrations including aquaponics, organic gardens, medicinal plant gardens, walking trails, dry composting latrines, earthworms, and more. These models inform and inspire visitors to implement the model in their community, to improve the quality of health and disease prevention in their home and village, cultivating a culture of sharing and collaborating.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Bolivia is an amazingly diverse country. We are located in the tropical forest, surrounded by trees and animals. It is a peaceful refuge where you can reflect and focus, but also continuously learn from nature. The incredible diversity of animals, insects, plants, and trees provides you with the opportunity to observe and learn. Your time here will be filled with opportunities to experiment, build, garden, and put ideas into action. Our project is located 12 km from Buena Vista, a quaint town that has preserved its traditions.
If volunteers are interested in participating in community projects (workshops, presentations, dry latine construction, etc) we coordinate with our staff to allow volunteers to travel to sites to see how our model systems are implemented. It is a great way to experience rural Bolivia and learn more about our organization.
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The ideal volunteers have knowledge, experience, patience, and creativity in organic gardening and permaculture. We have several garden areas (vegetables, orchard, medicinal plants and herbs) that need weeding, planting, harvesting, and natural, organic pesticides. These volunteers will help churn the compost, prepare seedlings in the plant nursery, and fertilize the orchard, as well as plant trees around the property.
We also welcome "generalist" volunteers and those who have other areas of expertise (art, murals, mosaics, engineers, teachers, carpenters, builders, and much more!) Volunteers are invited to help with the following tasks: gardening (planting, harvesting, weeding), general maintenance (repairs, painting, power washing), nature path maintenance (raking, clearing branches, repairing bridges),carpentry, implementation of model systems (organic agriculture, water purification, renewable energy). PREPARATION FOR ARRIVING GROUPS MAY INCLUDE CLEANING OF CABINS AND BATHROOMS, MEAL PREPARATION AND SERVING MEALS, AND DISHWASHING.
We are a vegetarian Center and provide locally grown ingredients for communal cooking in our large, well equipped kitchen.
This workaway experience is for volunteers who are looking for more than just a place to sleep, eat, and work. We focus on teamwork, positive energy, and exchanging/sharing experiences. This is a community for people who are seeking to connect with nature, themselves, and the other people sharing this space.
We rely greatly on the work of volunteers to keep our training center running smoothly. Any cancellations to our agreed upon on volunteering will affect our programs. Please consider this before applying.
Cozy, rustic cabin with electricity, hot water, bathroom, shower, furniture, bedding, and towel. Access to communal kitchen, fully equipped, and open air dining area.
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The center is located 9 km from the town of Buena Vista, down a dirt road. It is a fairly remote location with limited access to phone and internet. We arrange transportation to and from town Buena Vista for purchasing supplies. It is a humid, tropical environment with lots of insects and wild animals. We are located near the Amboro National Park, where you can hike along rivers and waterfalls, see tropical birds and wildlife, and camp. Buena Vista is a 25 minute drive away; it is a quaint, traditional town that offers a beautiful shade filled plaza, restaurants (with wifi), bars, a local produce market, locally produced cacao, coffee, and citrus and frequent cultural events.
We welcome volunteers who appreciate nature, animals, and are conscious of their impact on the environment. We value honesty, respect, and careful use of resources, creativity, and coordinated teamwork. The Buena Vista market provides fresh local fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, bread, and dry goods. We shop twice a week at the market, to keep the kitchen stocked with the ingredients for you to prepare your own meals. The kitchen is fully equipped. Shared meals are encouraged. We are vegetarians and we ask that you refrain from the consumption of meat at our facility.
The phone and internet access is restricted (due to available signal, not by choice!). We built a 30 meter high antenna tower to get the phone/internet signal, which works in the reception/office area only. You can purchase a Entel chip $3 USD and phone cards for your smartphone.
There are motorcycle taxis ($3 USD one way) to and from the town of Buena Vista (9km, 25 minutes). We have a truck for coordinating trips into town and other communities nearby.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
5 hours a day, 2 days off
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Tienes arto tiempo libre, yo caminé mucho por el monte y logré ver chanchos de monte, meleros, jochis, tatús, artos monos casi todos los… read more
Curioso de todo, interesante, preciso e implicado. Cada tarea que confiamos a Kevin fueron realizadas perfectamente. El sabe mucho de la naturaleza y de los huertos orgánicos. Nos ayudó mucho con este temas.
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Es un lugar hermoso con un equipo fenomenal! ( lo recomiendo 10/10 )
El tiempo voló! Tres semanitas en la selva, con monos, (burro-)pericos, colibrís, ardillas y muchos bichos. Mariposas preciosas y solo unos cuantos mosquitos. No había muchos en el tiempo que yo estaba. pero hay muchísimas… read more
Siempre de buen humor y lista para compartir, nos recuerdamos de ella con mucho carino. Mas que una voluntaria… read more
Miguel tiene un verdadero talento para vivir en comunidad : el sabe muy bien poner la gente confortable y tiene una energía muy positiva que siempre comparte con los demás. Fue rápidamente el amigo de cada uno de la comunidad.
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A veces, la calor puede ser fuerte, la humedad esta en todas partes y los mosquitos son voraces, pero hay también mucho mas.
Flores y arboles exóticos, insectos de gran variedad, mariposas, geckos, tarentulas, perezosos y tres tipos de monos. Todos increible !
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Luis y su compañera Edwige nos hicieron un pan delicioso que todos aquí se recuerdan.… read more
Se han muy pronto adaptado a la vida de la nuestra comunidad, reglas, ritmo y rutinas. Esperamos lo mejor para ellas y saben que son siempre las bienvenidas!
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Estuvimos 6 semanas (originalmente eran 4) y la verdad es que nos fuimos con nostalgia porque Amanda y Beta te hacen sentir en casa.
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We spent one full month here, together with amazing people who are working on a whole range of meaningful projects to help the local communities. Participating in a few workshops has been an unique experience.… read more
We went there in July, at the beginning for 2 weeks. But this place is so magic, at the end, we stayed 1 month. Our job was to renovate the amphitheater, sanding, painting, general maintenance, and we had a really great time doing that. The organisation there is absolutely perfect, everything… read more
I was there to improve my permaculture knowledge and it was really interesting reading about all of the work that had been… read more
I had the most amazing time volunteering at this center and it was the highlight of my 9 month trip through Latin America. Amanda, Dana, Alfredo and Arakavi were absolutely delightful hosts and made my stay comfortable and fun.… read more
I enjoyed the flexibility of the work, and the tranquility of the place. I got to meet such lovely people, and I even got to meet the founder of the projects, Pennye. She,… read more
Una palabra para describir mi estancia aquí genial! Fue increíble. El lugar, ubicado a 9 km del pueblo de Buena Vista, es un lugar hermoso, dentro de un bosque tropical. No hay precio para levantarse todos los días y para ver en las copas de los árboles, monos, perezosos, pájaros. Al final, pasé casi 2 meses aquí y, en serio, no vi… read more
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Both Amanda and Dana are very accommodating and offer you a fair amount of freedom to choose the projects that most interest you. They have also worked very hard to create a welcoming and… read more
It made my day to read we rank among your favorite work away experience! I think it's a combination of many forces that come together to make this such a magical place. This duo took on some advanced challenges such as working with concrete, deep cleaning, painting, lettering whilst swatting away the pesky tabanos. A very… read more
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The wildlife is amazing and Alfredo is there most of the days to teach all he knows as a former National park employee. Truly mind… read more
El trabajo, tan diverso, que hay para todos y todas. Además, Amanda es una persona muy flexible que te permite elegir tus horarios, de hecho, nosotros no nos fijábamos en las horas de trabajo, ya que el lugar te invita a seguir… read more
This is the most beautiful little place, a proper piece of paradise! It comes with lots of bugs and humidity but it was certainly worth it!
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