I am an English lady living with my Guatemalan partner in Guatemala. I came to Guatemala to live on my sailboat and then met my partner and we fell in love and now we live in Antigua, Guatemala.
Now that we live in the interior and my boat is largely vacant, we are looking to rent it and possibly offer charters from time to time around the Rio Dulce.
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You will be staying in one of the most beautiful areas of Guatemala where howlers monkeys and manatees like to hang out.
You would be in the hub of an active community of boaters and interacting with both foreign cruisers and local workers as you wish. The boat is kept in a slip at one of the best marinas with full facilities to include a regular boat service to the local town of Fronteras, a lovely swimming pool, bar, restaurant, laundry, washrooms, and hotel cabanas. There are activities such as yoga, games and musical events and the cruising community undertake regular trips to explore Guatemala. This opportunity offers a great experience in that it's a great place to stay and base from if you wish to make friends and travel with other adventurous people of all ages.
The cruisers in the Rio Dulce also regularly volunteer for several well-organised local charities such as schools, renewable energy installations into communities, supporting the fire department, fundraising for causes, and anyone wanting to get involved in those community projects would be much appreciated by the charities and groups organising those operations.
The Rio Dulce is 22 miles from the Caribbean ocean and has two main lakes to hide away in from hurricanes, hence the community!
We are looking for a Workawayer to live aboard our sailboat (tied to the dock in a marina, not sitting at anchor!) within a cruising community in the beautiful Rio Dulce, Guatemala. The Workawayer would be there to help with guests (an individual or one couple only) and live on the boat. They would be expected to take care of the boat and keep her tidy and clean in our absence and to undertake basic maintenance (training will be given!) and the house-keeping in relation to having rental (or similar) guests.
Ideally we are looking for one person or perhaps a couple (if you're happy to sleep in the 3/4 birth together!) to come for a while - ideally until March 2020 after which my partner and I will likely leave for some months of sailing together.
Occasionally my partner and I will want to take our boat out for 2-4 day trips (realistically once a month) in which case a Workaway would have the chance to go and travel or would be required to leave the boat for a few days on occasion.
As you will be living aboard and hosting the occasional guest you are expected to organise your time, maintenance and house-keeping around when guests are present rather than on a 9-5, 5 day week.
If you are a competent sailor with extensive experience as a skipper or captain then we could also look at charter possibilities if you wished to investigate that.
Due to safety aboard we absolutely cannot consider any smokers and smoking is absolutely forbidden on the dock, aboard and anywhere within the marina and hotel grounds.
A 3/4 birth in a 38 ft sailboat stationed in a full-service marina. This is an accommodation-only Workaway i.e. food and other costs such as laundry service etc are not included.
There is free wifi in the hotel and marina, however, due to power cuts at some times of year the internet can be down for a few days here and there... welcome to Guatemala!
If you have a service that you travel with that you could offer such as teaching any activity or classes then you have a chance to create your own side-business if you want to at the marina/ among the foreign cruisers. Please write about anything like that in your enquiry.
Our marina is full of very helpful and friendly people (mainly english speakers) and we have a fantastic dock master who is always able to help point you in the right direction where needed.
For getting to the Rio Dulce it is best to fly into San Pedro Sula in Honduras (a 2.5/3 hour drive) and book a private taxi for approximately Q1200, or alternatively you can fly into Guatemala City (a 5/6 hour drive) and again we'd recommend arranging a private taxi for approximately the same price. There are busses from Guatemala city for a fraction of the price but normally you'd need to stay overnight and then leave at 5 am the next morning!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
2 hours/day, 7 days a week