Join us by helping with our permaculture farm, hostel, construction projects in Dominica

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Dominica

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  • Description

    Description

    Join us on a "timeless" permaculture farm with an epic view of the sea, in the rain forest mountains on Dominica. (Not Dominican Republic!) We are solar-powered, off-grid, and surrounded by natural springs and pools.

    We are an inspired group of people, trying to live sustainably and independently / resiliently to build a better way of living. We are exploring the art of living in a real community on-site, and connecting to the local community around us. A long-term volunteer here will be one of us, invited in many cases to weigh in on decisions on how to improve things.

    We are 3 here currently - 2 men, 1 woman, all expats. In October, we will be joined by another woman and 2 girls (age 6, 9).

    Our up-and-coming organic farm is currently run by only 1 person, and it is need of volunteers who want to get their hands dirty and work with the soil! We're busy building beds, creating food forests, exploring how to battle pests, harvesting beans, making composts, feeding chickens, seeding and transplanting plants, building orchards, cleaning bamboo groves, creating paths through the jungle, building trellises and greenhouse space, making animal structures, fermenting vegetables, building campsites and more. We're utilizing permaculture principles in farming. There is much opportunity for a volunteer to take on some sizable projects that they can manage / learn from.


    We also could use volunteers interested in construction of ferro-cement hurricane-resistant domes. This is an affordable and simple way for people in many locations to provide extremely protected dwellings for themselves. The 2 guys are engaged in creation of all kinds of new structures, and they hope to bring this quick / affordable method of building to people / areas that are in high need of it.

    In addition to the farm and domes, we are starting a tiny hostel project for travelers who are interested about learning off-grid, sustainable living. As a result, we may have a few visitors, who stay in separate facilities.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As such, there are many opportunities for learning:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Learn permaculture farming
    - plant recognition, soil chemistry, adaptive farming techniques, mulching, -- freedom to experiment with new techniques!
    *️️️️️️️ Food preservation
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️ Learn hurricane construction techniques
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Meet local Dominicans, and engage in drumming, music making, singing.
    *️️️️️️️ Community style living

  • Help

    Help

    No specific skills are required, but they are helpful. Here are projects:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Managing the permaculture garden. Garden tasks include: weeding, planting, terracing, drainage, mulching
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Building hurricane resistant ferro-cement domes. Tasks include: mixing cement, apply cement, painting, moving sand...
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ General construction: Interior finish work (for someone with woodworking skills), building animal enclosures
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Indoor tasks: Food prep, house organization, general upkeep
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Computer tasks: Building websites, graphic design, more

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers will need to stay in tents. We are working on tent shelters. We have 2 kitchens, and volunteers will have option of cooking for themselves.

    Toilet is compost, and there is hot water shower available.

    We can cover basic meals (coffee/tea, beans, rice, a few eggs, farm veggies), but we can offer nicer things like cheese / meat / drinks if volunteers wish to chip in on these costs.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 30 min drive from Roseau, with an excellent view over a valley and the ocean yonder. It is a 30 minute walk to the main road, where you can hitch or can catch bus into town. We share one vehicle, but we make regular trips into town.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The little domes
The nearest village of Cockrane
We're perched on the side of a mountain
Hanging out on the house porch
Volunteer planting sweet potatoes
Mixing concrete for the dome
Path to the house
Nursing a rescue hen
Some kitchen scraps for the chickens
Common space building
View from the "greenhouse" seed bed
We're the 3 that live here at the moment
In progress dome
One of the gardens
A work day with some of our friends

Host ref number: 798461878451