Opportunity to learn about homesteading and a more natural way of life on Isla de Ometepe, NIcaragua



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  • Description


    Are you looking to learn more about what it is really like to homestead? Do you want to learn how zero waste can be more than a buzz word to get you to buy something new. Are you interested in learning how to live a more natural way of life?
    We are Trevor, Rachael and Aurora an American family that has been living on Ometepe since 2011. We are passionate about learning new ways to maximize the under utilized resources on Ometepe. During the Nicaraguan crisis of 2018 we remembered the reasons we fell in love with Ometepe. Most important to us is that our community of local Ometepians and foreigners that have chosen to call Ometepe home are some of the most amazing people of the planet. You will find countless people here who share a vision with us for a sustainable Ometepe. To that end, we work tirelessly to experiment with the resources available here.
    We have begun making oil and soap but need help streamlining the process. Going from coconuts on the tree to oil and then a bar of soap is a slow process. We bake handcrafted sourdough bread and trade them with guesthouse down the road for their surplus fruit which then make into jellies and wines. It’s a lot of chopping fruit but the end results are delicious. We are also committed to a project to bring cleaner burning earthen stoves to local families. All of these projects take time to see to completion.
    We are hoping to incorporate our project as an NGO but currently it is Trevor and Rachael, with some help from Aurora- who is 4, working with the help of a few volunteers to bring these dreams into reality. We are working on converting our existing spaces to workshop areas, so If your not afraid to camp, to shower in outdoor shower and use a composting toilet your on the right path.
    We need help maintaining the homestead activities on our property as we are often out in the community working on the logistics of our projects. Sometimes all we need is someone to lend a hang with dishes or to entertain Aurora, other days we are looking for someone to shell 10 pounds (5 kilos) of peanuts. Currently we are leading a stove building or earthen construction workshop at least every other week, which you are encouraged to participate in and learn. We do ask a two week minimum and preference is given to longer term volunteers. We only accommodate a few volunteers at a time so if you are looking for a large social scene we might not be the place for you. However, there are plenty of activities and restaurants nearby in Balgue. If it still sounds like what you are looking for come out and check out our Jardín de la Vida and see if maybe we can work together to preserve a more natural way of life.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    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

    You will have the opportunity to interact with the rural Nicaraguan community and a fantastic foreign nation community of Ometepe whom all keep Permaculture, Homesteading and Community closes to their projects.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We are NOT a hostel! We are looking for help with all aspects of the day to day operations of our place. Building, gardening, and cleaning. Depends on the day to day needs.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Camping is available and with a little work can provide more comfortable accommodations. Our property is rustic at the moment and we need to reclaim the land from the jungle. Outdoor showers, composting toilets and primitive cooking should be exciting for you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are volcanoes and waterfalls nearby to hike, we have lake access for swimming and kayaking and there is a thriving tourism scene 2.5 km away with restaurants for all budgets.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 736932621247