Help at agroecological, non-profit project in Las Marías, Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico
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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are a young couple with a 6 year old and a baby (Derrick, Paola, Ikal and Ymaé), directing a non-profit organization based on union and community self-management in the agricultural sector through services that promote food sovereignty.

    In short words, the story goes like this: After hurricane María, us and a group of people from the island got a scholarship at Earthship Biotecture Academy at Taos NM. We studied about sustainable and resilient systems for houses and other structures. Once we got back to the island, we started working on a disaster relief project located at TainaSoy Apiario in the town of Aguada. My family and I, after a year post-hurricane still without a secure home, decided to buy a bus with the aim of turning it into a small sustainable house with the mission of finding a farm where we can anchor our roots. We moved through five different farms until we reached to Plato Indio, Las Marías, where we finally stayed.

    We have a spacious house that shares a "hostel" (where volunteers stay)that has its own kitchen and bathroom. Approximately 50 cuerdas (land measurement system in P.R.) with a beautiful river that surrounds us. The mission is to protect the land and establish agroforestry systems.

  • 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
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    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

    Our non-profit is community based in which you’ll find yourself being part of activities and experiences that are going to help connect local people so we all work and farm together for a future built on food sovereignty and self-reliance.

    Once a week we'll go to the grocery store so you'll be able to come with us and buy your favorite snacks.

    For people that will stay a month or more, we plan to have one or two days for going on a road trip. That includes, beaches, river or even camping!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are currently establishing the fruit forest, crop and camping areas, among other things. Therefore we are going to need help maintaining the roads of the farm, dedicating time to the plant nursery and working on a variety of small and large projects that comes ahead.

    We're looking for people, preferably couples or partners (for teamwork), who are able to work from easy to difficult tasks. Must have some knowledge and experience in construction, planting, yard work, handling tools and machinery (like weedwacker). Also, have the habit of waking up early, work in tropical conditions (sun, rain, mud, mosquitoes) and be responsible. We are currently starting the cold season here in the mountains and the weather is very comfortable.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Open to learn new languages and share the ones we know.

  • Accommodation


    We have a hostel with 2 bunkbeds, bathroom and a mini kitchen. Also have plenty of camping spots with the most magical views at Las Marias mountains.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    First of all, it is important to us how you will get to the farm. There are many ways: if you arrive at the SJ airport, you can take a direct flight to the Mayaguez airport and we will pick you up there. Come by Taxi. Or take the Sultana bus line, which runs from Mayaguez to San Juan and vice versa and we can pick you up there in Mayaguez.

    Many rivers and beaches are nearby and good restaurants too. We recommend that you rent a car so you can move freely. However, when we go to the city you can travel with us. Meanwhile, you can go to the river in our farm, put your hammock in a good place, read books, do yoga, play the guitar (we have some instruments), do art, campfire, etc.

  • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days per week

Host ref number: 934172992944


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