Come join our sailing community in Guatemala

  • Guatemala
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  • Description


    We are in Guatemala, ( as of June 28)

    Mostly need experience crews, but study on other less experienced crews. Need to have plenty of free time with you. Just like always, we plan it all together

    On Wtsp we will ask for more infos , pics...on everybody and create groups to be able to chat to everybody, and update to all at once.

    The core of the project is to create sailboat rotating teams across different waters and countries while renovating boats in the meantime . Mostly the inside of them . It is not easy though because sailing needs a lot of skills, and to get there, we need a lot of captains to participate, so that everybody can get its time on land. To add to the difficulty, we don t use engines, just sails.
    So we follow weather window opportunities to move around. We sometimes have to wake up at 4 or 5 or 6 whenever the wind kicks in. Night sailing. There is not really a typical day. We go on mixing fun and adventurous land excursions when reaching new anchorages destinations.
    Activities are as varied as, kayaking, visiting remote villages, waterfall, canyons, hiking, snorkeling, caving.
    It s a good thing if you have a rechargeable headlamp and a little dry bag , water ear plugs, diving masks, a set of cables to recharge phones... hammock could also be useful.
    You will be confrontated to almost off grid situation as we sail to remoted places and as we are often limited in power, water and wifi acces.
    The idea is to have those goods around the globe , boats and later lands where nomadic or semi nomadic people can come to enjoy, stay for awhile, come back later making a big platform of rotating crew. Getting attach to the materials, and caring well, taking responsabilities for them and then completely dettach oneself from the boats and lands when leaving knowing that another team will take good care during their shift. So that the boats and lands never become overwhelming.
    Life on the boat can be a all lot of fun but its not made for everyone. We work as a small community we share everything and live in a reduced space with a lot of people (up to 15), there's not a lot of privacy, not even in bathroom. However we manage to live all together and to make it work, even in hard moment we find solutions and make the impossible become possible.
    We are adventure seekers and enjoy challenging ourselves. We reach the next destinations with efforts , patience and sailing techniques.
    Minimum physical condition is needed.
    We like to keep this freedom of creating the adventures as we go. Deciding together what will be the next destination, or land we will go to explore. Flexibility is your best weapon here. Boats are made as minimalist as possible , avoiding extra expenses to keep the journey as cheap as possible , we want them to be light and spacious to sail well and comfortable. that often combines well with reducing our environmental footprint. Example ; we clean the hull ( underwater part) with a spatula and brush instead on fixing those very toxic paints ( antifouling) . This is no charter, you need to be very proactive in this project.
    We lift the chain and anchor by arm strength💪
    We always stir the boats no autopilot , one Windvane on Josée
    We anchor by sailing, and leave anchorage by sailing too.
    You need to be super patient and tactician in light wind.
    We can kayak pull the boat for a few hundred meters if needed. Or fins swim push the boat,

    We have 5 kayaks and paddle to shore ( no engine)

    We often sail with other sailing boats as a flotilla , having workshop inland depending on crews. Dance, yoga, circus, Night projection film or documentaries,

    We will often redirect you to Wtsp, cause we are able to create group there and give infos to everybody at once. Give links, more pics boats and crews....

    We putted no minimum stay, but usually the longer the better cause it takes a lot of time to get people use to boat life and usually become a good help just after a few weeks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Mostly by learning about the sailboats and the life that goes around it, Sailing skills, learning the basic knots. Electricity 12 V dc system. In 2 to 3 weeks you should be able to captain. Having an off the grid kind of life at sea or inland. Tips about Central America and Mexico. Learning to live in a community. Having a more sustainable way of life. Visiting some beautiful places that are less touristically known, We also make some jewelry and can have some time to go about a few macramé points and incorporating fine rocks in necklace or bracelets.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Help with general maintenance, and many different kind of little task, painting, varnishing, carpenter, sanding, fiberglassing, fixing leaks, offering a walk to our dog, security at night with the boats at anchor, cooking, shopping,sailing, sewing sails, Bimini.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    on boats at anchor, 31 ft sailboat 2 double, 1 single, cata, 4 double beds , 1 single , 44 ft sailboat 2 double, 2 singles

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We ask for participation to share most of the cost associated with food , cooking gaz. Dinghy gasoline, soaps, the hygienic : papers, sheets. Electricity, drinking water creation....
    We want to stay in the 5 us $/day/pers maximum ( covering food ) as workaway recommand.
    It is technicaly difficult to have people bringing their own food as we work as a community. But if you have special diet you are welcome to it.
    We do a lot of sailing, and wear the materials a lot faster as new volunteers don t know how to handle the boats as well as more experienced sailors. Tear sails , destroy ropes. Rigging, loose and break things..
    there are some pretty caves around , and also a canyon , hot water springs and some fun hikes , lots of rivers and canals to check out, monkeys in the trees.. Manatee in the water.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    2 hours/day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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