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I am Anna, and I run a small community hostel located in the jungle 2km from Semuc Champey, Guatemala. Visiting the hostel is a unique experience, unlike any other in Guatemala, as we are most likely the most remote hostel in the entire country.
Arriving here means hiking through the jungle for 30 minutes down an ancient Mayan path. The property is located right on the edge of the Cahabon River, with a waterfall only a few minutes walk from our cabins.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with our daily maintenance and customer service.
This generally includes: working at the reception, bartending and entertaining guests, organized space, helping our local cooks with preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for our guests, maintaining a clean, and helping us with other creative projects.
Additionally, we are always looking for help with "handy-person" work -- If you know how to fix a leaky toilet or faucet, have experience with PVC plumbing, know how to prime and start a water pump, have basic electrical and wiring experience, have any carpentry experience, than we are looking for you. We would love to find someone who is looking for a semi permanent stay, or someone who could be willing to stay for several weeks or months. We are also in the process of building new cabins, and would love to have a carpenter here to teach our local staff more about building.
*** Opportunity for English Teacher *** - we are in the process of developing a small social program at the hostel to teach the local community English and Spanish. We are not a school, and therefore, the right teacher would need to have some background in running classes independently and helping us set up this new project. Particularly, our staff are interested in learning English, which might mean doing small lessons once a day with our employees. As well, for the kids of the community here, they mostly speak Q'eqchi' and are not able to study Spanish in school. We want to help these families by offering free Spanish lessons at the hostel here. If you are interested in this opportunity, we would love to talk in greater detail with you. ***
The typical volunteer would be someone who is a self motivated self starter who sets high standards for themselves. The right volunteer would also be someone who enjoys spending time with people and is customer service oriented, as part of the work will be keeping guests happy, answering questions, participating in group activities, etc. Many volunteers who come here have commented that they feel more like part of a family than they do a helper at a hostel. We pride ourselves in making all of our guests feel at home, and providing them with excellent service while they are here.
We are also interested in hearing from volunteers who specialize in one or several of these other areas, as it would be great to have some help in these fields as well - yoga instructors, photographers with a quality camera, online marketing / SEO optimization, accounting, hotel or business management, gardening / permaculture, and artists or painters.
About me and the hostel:
During my travel, I fell in love with this hostel, the beautiful nature and the community here. My friend, Mike, started building this hostel five years ago, and during that time, it has become a very magical space for a lot of people. Mike is currently traveling the world, while I live here, run the hostel, and continue to grow the project.
We are doing our best to live as sustainably as possible, but we still have a long way to go. We get all of our electricity from a solar system and use a generator as a backup. We collect rain water for our sinks, showers, and toilets. We have been planting since the moment we moved in, and several of our trees and plants are starting to produce their first fruits and vegetables. We offer always fresh Home made foods and dining options at a local Family home.
If this sounds like you then we would like to hear from you.
We will provide three meals a day, which you will typically help to prepair.
We try to eat leftovers for lunch, in order to minimize our food waste. We are a small place and have very limited rooms, we are currently offering volunteers space in a tent (provided) under a roof, with a mattress and blankets and pillows and everything needed to get a good nights sleep. We also offer discounts on drinks and tours.
Please send us a message if you are interested in joining our little jungle family.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We live in a rural, remote location in the mountainous jungle on the Cahabon River. We share the land with the Indigenous Q'eqchi' Mayan community. You can learn the local Q'eqchi' language while you are here, learn about local farming practices and livelihoods, learn all about cacao and how to make chocolate. We hope that our volunteers put in the effort to create a warm, welcoming space to our local community.
Volunteers will be asked to help with the hostel's daily chores and activities.
- reception work
- helping with tourists, answering questions, making guests happy
- making homemade syrups, jams, and baked goods
- help us to teach our cooks different vegetarian recipes
- helping with the garden and permaculture to grow our own food
- being creative and helping us with building and art projects
- make beds in the dormitories
- teach English or Spanish to local people we are working with
- take care of the place
- closing the bar and common area at night, turning off the lights, locking up our cash and electronics
- enjoy your time !
Camping in a covered area in a tent that includes a mattress, pillow, blankets, etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
As long as you take care of your animals, we are fine with any kind. We are living in an open area space, no fences at all.
More than two
5 hours a day 5 days a week
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