Volunteer in Vieques, Puerto Rico!

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcome! We would love to host you in our volunteer house! Our non-profit organization is focused on hurricane response and recovery and resiliency against future hurricanes on the small island of Vieques. We are involved in many community projects and working on making our volunteer house self sustainable.


    Some of the projects we focus on include debris clearing, building a large scale chicken coop for a resident's farm who grows food to help sustain the island, providing access to clean water for residents, and coordinating the installment of solar panels on the local cancer center. We work with other non profit organizations on the island so we can be as efficient as possible. There are also environmental projects to help with such as beach clean ups, trail management, and the clearing of historical sites. Our motivation there is to help sustain the tourism on the island, which many residents depend on. We would love to use your help in the development and clearing of some hiking trails on the island and clearing a park that will be used as a disc golf course!

    Come join us at our volunteer house to help out in the community with various recovery efforts and/or help make our house sustainable! We are in the process of establishing a farm and garden at the house that we would love your help with! We have chickens, sheep, pigs, turkeys, ducks, cats and a dog but the list is growing! We need your help with caring for the animals and adding to/caring for our garden. We need help in continuing to make our house more sustainable.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The locals we help often love having visitors and telling them about their lives and experiences. Vieques has a very unique history that not many people are aware of. There's no better way to learn about it than hearing first hand stories from the people who lived through it. People are always willing to help you learn Spanish here as well! Vieques is expanding as a tourist destination. The island is home to the brightest bio luminescence bay in the world! The island is the home to many beautiful beaches and thousands of wild horses. There is amazing wildlife everywhere you look and the people here are incredible! You won't want to leave once you arrive!

  • Help

    Help

    We currently need long term volunteers (staying for longer than a month) who are hard workers and self motivated to fill the following positions:

    -Garden Supervisor: Someone who can take charge of the garden. Make a plan and assign garden related tasks to volunteers. Supervise care of the garden.

    -Construction Supervisor: Someone handy to oversee, assign, and plan any construction projects. For example building new animal pens and fixing things at the farm, and projects for community members such as building a free mini library.

    -House Supervisor: Someone to supervise, assign, and participate in keeping the house clean.

    -Mechanic: Someone who has the ability to work on our cars at the farm. Vieques is extremely hard on cars and they often need creative fixes. We do not require certification as long as experience is provided.

    We are also accepting short term volunteers as well who are self motivated and hard workers. We are looking for volunteers to assist long term volunteers with their projects/tasks and to help with daily and weekly tasks at the farm such as:

    -feeding grain to the animals twice a day

    -letting animals out to graze during the day and putting them back in their pens in the evenings

    -collecting buckets with food waste from the restaurants each night

    -Feeding the food waste buckets to the pigs each afternoon and then cleaning the buckets

    -Checking and refilling the animals’ water

    -weeding the garden

    -working on the compost

    -cutting grass and adding it to the bird coops

    -collecting pallets for fencing


    We ask volunteers to work a minimum of 4 hours a day, 5 days a week while staying here. We ask that people staying at the house pick up after themselves to help keep the living space clean and tidy.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Italian, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The volunteer house is two stories with the upstairs being inhabited by long term volunteers and downstairs level for short term volunteers. Each story has a full kitchen. The bottom story includes 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, and laundry room. We have 12 bunk beds. There are 5 cots and 2 air mattresses. We also have space available outside for camping. We have WiFi and cars for transportation.

    We are in the process of making the house self-sustainable. As our garden develops we will have produce available but for now we provide fresh eggs, bread, rice, beans, pasta, and chicken.

    There are multiple supermarkets on the island and volunteers are welcome to buy their own fresh produce and other preferred food items.

  • 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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