Help with organic cacao in a reforestation project in izabal, Guatemala



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  • Description


    We have a reforestation project that started year 2006 and is aiming to the recovery of sub-tropical forest, under some of our trees we have cacao a native crop and we are coming into the harvesting season of our organic pods which we will like to export to Europe in the upcoming months; You can learn but also help us with the formation and architecture of plants (horticulture) and the fermentation process of raw cacao.

    The art center / community center is 40% built and we have much work ahead and in need of hands, ideas and above care to push forward in finding ways to provide a solid platform for the near by communities in the area of farming, education and health.

    We live in the middle of the rain forest and we like to produce as little rubbish as possible, we like to use as much as bio degradable products for our personal care as well as cleaning, we are thoughtful consumers and like to support anyone who live similarly.

    We have two dogs, Lady and Nash both are loving and caring though Lady is a little suspicious about everything, she is the latest member of the family who was rescued from a mean environment she's currently being nurtured and loved as to be reminded life is good.

    Transport we can schedule to meet in rio Dulce or el Estor other wise get off at the crossing of aldea Nueva Esperanza and I will pick you up, from there the adventure begins with a real 4x4 off road drive of 20 minutes trough the jungle.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • 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

    We live in the rain forest, the cultural exchange will be with the Q'ech'i native indigenous communities near by; since the project is aiming to rural development and cultural respect you will be in direct contact with natives of the area which can share with you a one in life time experience in the ways they live individually and as a culture.

    The benefits we gather are always limited to our willingness or readiness to receive benefits so there will be plenty of great things you could benefit from.

  • Help


    Please contact me only if you are sure you are TRULY INTERESTED, we live in the rain forest temperatures range from 27 to 34 Celsius, humid ranges from 75 to 90%; it's a rain forest area which mean that when it rains it truly rains and we are in a rain forest reserve and we have all the life that comes with that frogs, insects, ants, spiders, etc... think well if you are confortable with the wild life we are sharing the reserve with.

    Minimum stay is of 3 fun weeks.

    Thanks for considering helping us.

    In the area of horticulture, depending on weather we do management of the actual plant by helping to keep a healthy form and shape for the purpose of fruit baring as well as sanitary reason so as to prevent bugs from establishing in the plantation as we only use of none chemical preventing methods.

    Cacao Pod collection, we are about to start collecting fresh cacao pods the work is done through manual collecting from the tree; fruit is cut and placed near the road where is collected every 2 to 3 days by a car.

    The work will consist in the use of scissors to cut the fruit to later bring it 50 to 75 mts to where a vehicle pick the bare lap sacs.

    Farming, we have five chickens who provided us with fresh eggs daily, although they have dry food, we like to feed them as much as we can food remains, there's a little cleaning work for them every 10 days or so but the collecting of eggs is done daily when we make sure they have water and food.

    We have crops like lime trees, lichees, manioca, pineapple and others which require some care two or tree times a weeks like pruning, fruit collecting or weed management.

    Wood work, building and mechanical skills are required as we are constantly improving or giving maintenance to our living conditions and engage in handcraft seminars for the locals to be able to make a living with dignity or improving their lives... we have plenty of mini projects in the area of carpentry, handcrafts or art for the near by communities as well as for our project.

    Education, we are looking for native Spanish speakers as well as English speakers as first language cause we would like to host teachers or anyone wishing to improve the locals language skills.

    Pet care, ones or twice a month I leave the project for 3 to 6 days during those days Lady and Nash our dogs would be happy to get feed or an afternoon walk.

    Forest surveying and monitoring; just now Oct '09 we got our Bio-diversity protection reserve certified the 21 ha (42 acres) of Reserve is located next to a small river and we are conducting some data collecting, surveys and/or monitoring the area. The trails of the reserve need to be marked, boundary perimeters have to be checked...

    all in all we can easily find a way you can help us to help, our intention and vision for our place is to set an example of what it can be accomplished through our will.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A shared rustic peaceful cabin, electricity is limited there is light through the night and we have two solar lamps... one where you can connect your usb cable charger for a phone and the other one which provides only light during the night; internet is available when you have your own cellphone with a local sim card, Tigo cellphone signal provider have an ok internet coverage in the area.

    The cabin have a loft with two double beds accommodation which will be shared, you will be provided with a mosquito net, the cabin has its own shower and toilet, the water to our buildings comes by gravity and lately we have experienced little pressure in the shower but we do have good pressure for showers at the community/art center (under construction).

    Our good old fridge runs with propane gas as well as the cooking area which will be shared and you are welcome to prepare your own meals we usually have vegetarian meal and fresh water fish at times.

    The project is able to provide you with the ingredients for 3 meals a day, we go to town ones a week when we pick supplies for the week but also could coordinate to pick you up so you can catch a ride. You can give us a list of the items you will like to have or provide us in advance with your specific diet in that way we can exclude them from our list of foods which can be of potential harm to your wellbeing.

    We have a person who's full-time helping with keeping things organized and cleaning who will appreciate help or your knowledge on how to prepare new yummy dishes.

    How ever is expected that with in the 4-5 hrs of daily work you also take the time to help us with preparing your own meals.

    Note: from mid February to mid March the person who help us full time isn’t in the project...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can wonder around in our ecological trails or visit local communities 20 min walk, finca Paraiso is 30 min from here which is a great way to wrap the work week or freshen up to carry on with your life journey

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Required 4x4 skills and vehicle.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    any type :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 893331458898