Come help at a remote jungle community hostel near the Semuc Champey National park, Guatemala

  • Guatemala
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  • Last activity: 29/01/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


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    We're a small community hostel located in the jungle, 2km from Semuc Champey, in 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.

    As we are a community hostel, we take pride in our locally hired staff of 8 including cooks, gardener, handyman, tour guide, drivers and security guards. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist our staff with cooking, daily maintenance and customer service. This generally includes working at the reception, bartending and entertaining guests, organizing space, helping our local cooks with preparing meals for our guests and helping us with other creative projects.

    Since we are currently expanding our space and moving towards becoming a retreat, travelers with relevant skills (yoga instructors, meditation, healing) will be given priority.

    The ideal volunteer would be someone who is self-motivated and sets high standards for themselves, someone who enjoys meeting new people and is customer service oriented, as part of the work will be keeping guests happy, answering questions, participating in group activities, etc. We pride ourselves in making all of our guests feel at home, and providing them with excellent service while they are here. Being bilingual is also a major plus!

    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.

    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 solar panels and use a generator only 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 homemade food and dining options at a local Family home.

    Your perks as a volunteer would be three meals a day, a bed in one of our tents in the loft or dorms, with a mattress, blankets and pillows and everything needed to get a good night sleep, discounts on drinks and tours, and the beauty of the Guatemalan jungle.

    Please send us a message if you are interested in joining our little jungle family.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 way of living, 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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Volunteers will be asked to help with the hostel's daily chores and activities.

    - reception work
    - helping with tourists, answering questions, making guests happy
    - 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
    - take care of the place
    - enjoy your time!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Bed in a covered tent or dorm that includes a mattress, pillow, blankets, etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Semuc Champey and it’s underground river, hiking, the Cahabon river, a 5 km (3 mi) tubing experience and more!

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 817983194268

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