Utilize local and available resources, optimize garden production and help with food/agriculture in our ecolodge! Toledo district, Belize

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Belize

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    This Lodge is an eco-lodge in the Toledo District of Belize. We are located 5 miles off the main highway between the rural Mayan villages of San Felipe and Santa Anna. The Moho River flows right beside cabanas where wildlife and the sounds of nature abound. We have an extensive garden and a variety of native fruit trees and vegetables, which supply our farm to table kitchen. It is important to us that we source from either our own property or from the local villages as much as possible to provide the freshest, healthiest, and most sustainable food to our guests. We operate in a way that puts emphasis on enriching and giving back to the local communities with the well-being of the environment in mind.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our lodge is staffed by the people from the local Mayan villages. Your time here is sure to be an immersive experience into the native Belizean culture. You will learn how to efficiently and sustainably harness the gifts of the jungle to garden, build, and live in this unique environment. The Mayan culture is incredibly resourceful and knows the land well. You will also learn skills in water management, thatch roofing, Hugelkulture mounds, tropical tree growing and propagation, animal husbandry, composting, and landscape design. You will also have exposure to learning thatch roofing, local cuisine, and ways of life in the rural communities.
    Our head gardener, Mr. Armando, is a wealth of knowledge and has spent his life getting to know the jungle. Our three talented cooks are well-versed in local cuisine and you are sure to learn how to make (and eat!) all the delicious staples of Belizean cooking.

  • Help

    Help

    Our ultimate goal is increased self-sufficiency in our food systems. This includes raising our own poultry, acquiring milking goats, and pigs. We are working on building our garden space to sustainably and efficiently grow enough produce to meet our needs by using permaculture principles. It is important that the kitchen utilize what we grow in a delicious, creative, and healthful way. It is an ongoing process in which we want you to be an important part of!
    We are looking for individuals with knowledge in food, agriculture, and/or management. As noted above, our farm to table operations are an important part of our lodge, and we are looking for someone who can help coordinate and facilitate that. Knowledge in health and nutrition, gardening, soil building, animal husbandry, animal butchering, construction, landscape design, and management are all applicable. Ideally, we want a long-term intern to stay for 2-5 months to fully engage in the local food system and help institute sustainable systems. It would be your part, not just to assist in the daily farm chores; but help to attain and utilize local and available resources, optimize garden production, and track inventory to find the ideal balance for a well-planned operation.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English. Some Spanish, Mayan, Creole

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will be housed in a comfortable, yet rustic cabana. It is located on the edge of the jungle and has all the basic amenities. Three delicious meals/day are provided, and dietary restrictions are accommodated as best we can. We have internet, but it is not very reliable. However, we have a signal booster in our main lodge, and if you come with an international data plan you will have no issues connecting.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our lodge offers a variety of excursions and tours to guests. On days off, you are able to join any of them that guests are partaking in for ½ off. They include tours of Mayan ruins, swims through cave rivers, fishing, snorkeling, and tours and tastings at local cacao farms. In addition, we have on-site recreation such as free access to bikes, kayaks, and fishing poles. We have a resident massage therapist and yoga instructor. There is morning yoga every day at 7AM which you are free to join. And don't forget, we are right on the river! Take a swim or fly on our rope swing every evening to relax. The nearest significant town of Punta Gorda is only 45 minutes away. We often drive there, and you would be able to join; or it is accessible by bus. There you will find restaurants, the local market, boats to Guatemala, and stores.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week



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