Enjoy a unique way of life in Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean

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Antigua and Barbuda

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a grown up family living on Barbuda (Antigua and Barbuda) with two very small businesses; a cafe-craft shop and small-holding with animals, and a glamping site on the beach.
    We have hosted many volunteers in the past who have helped enormously with various things and some have become good friends. We would love to host you and show you our beautiful island in return for five hours of work per day, five days a week, and we will give you all your food and accommodation during your stay. We are often fully booked well in advance and we do not take volunteers without clear start and end dates, so sometimes it just isn't possible, but do ask. We have remained Covid-free and still need your help if you are able to come.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Although things have not been easy on Barbuda since Hurricane Irma (we were without electricity for two years ) we received huge support from around the world through friends and volunteers like you. We have always been a tight knit, resilient and strongly independent community, at odds with the government in Antigua about our way of life. So you will be part of a very important continuing recovery process and will see an unspoilt Caribbean island that has not been compromised (so far...) by tourism. Barbuda has amazing wildlife and nature, and you will meet local people who are welcoming and kind. You will be invited to take part in local family and community activities and learn all about the islands fascinating and unique history and our politics.

  • Help

    Help

    We need flexible and adaptable people who enjoy family life (we have a two year old) and who have good practical skills, lots of energy, and who are happy to work hard. The tasks include painting and decorating, simple construction (such as working with cement, and maybe fencing) some carpentry (sanding or making shelves/cupboards), outdoor work including yard-clearing, probably bike repairs, gardening and planting, and general help with the daily upkeep of our business. We try to give you tasks that you are happy doing, we make sure you have plenty of time off, and we encourage you to learn the local work practices here.

    We prefer people who are happy to do whatever is needed at the time as this often changes - for example, if it rains we will want to quickly dig over and prepare the ground and plant seeds. But if it doesn't rain, we won't be doing that. We are currently working on finishing clearing fallen trees outside, saving and stacking firewood, building a shed, painting walls inside and outside, and making cupboards for the kitchen and sitting room inside our house.

    In return we will give you your own double bedroom accommodation, a hot meal every day you work and the supplies to make your own other meals. We will introduce you to our friends and take you to see the islands places of interest - including the most amazing natural beaches in the world.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a large four bed (nearly finished) house in 2 acres of land. You will have your own double bedroom and share the use of the rest of the house with us. I usually cook for our cafe and so you will be offered mostly the same excellent home-made food with local ingredients - so lots of fish, lobster and other local Barbudan produce. We do raise, kill and eat our own animals so you will need to be happy with this. We have a cat, dog, chickens, goats, cattle and horses - but not all are here on the property. I cook once a day and provide your meals 5 days a week so you will buy or prepare your own food and snacks at other times such as at weekends; there are several really nice fast food sellers and snack shops here on Barbuda.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have had many previous volunteers who have quickly made friends here. They have enjoyed the lifestyle, the beaches and gone fishing, hunting, beach-combing and out on boat trips. Barbuda is very expensive as everything is imported so you will need some of your own funds to pay for these extra activities, but you will be supporting the local economy if you do.

    You will come to Barbuda via Antigua, as the ferry and/or flights for Barbuda leave from Antigua and an overnight stay there is necessary. We have to go to Antigua to buy some groceries and for other essential services when we need to, but it is very expensive for us to do this, so you should try to buy anything you need there first. If you bring real coffee to Barbuda we will be friends forever.

    We have access to a vehicle some days and go out to the beach occasionally for picnics, happy hours and camping. There is only one village so there are not many shops, only a few bars and the occasional horse race. Barbuda is very quiet and isolated and not for everyone, so if you want to know more, please read the website first.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our house and cafe
your bedroom
hello from Barbuda
Our house in Barbuda
a cup of tea and a beer under the tree
in the Artcafe
on the highest point of Barbuda
fence repairs
our beach hut - built by volunteers
Digging a well
one of our amazing beaches
making jewellery
trapping and butchering local deer

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