We are the proud founders of an Eco-focused Hostel and Volunteer Centre located in The Keys, a quiet suburban village of Philipsburg, the Capital City of Sint Maarten. Set into the Sint Maarten country hillsides, we are just across the Great Pond and from sweeping ocean sands, and a 7 minute scenic drive to the quaint streets of Philipsburg.
Due to Covid-19 At this moment St. Maarten DWI is still in a cautious status in letting visitors enter this little beautiful island. However we are looking for candidates for several initiatives to join us in the near future. Here we are working on being Eco minded with everything we do and love. With the renovations yet happening, we apply the Eco aspect in our Hostel. You will find lots of recycled material applied with regards to the interior and exterior of our humble little place.
For our Eco Project we are continuously seeking volunteers to help set up and maintain our Community Gardens (CSA) project. This means volunteers are needed for preparing the garden plots, and helping with reinstating and maintaining the village's 90+ year old Berry Vine. Also help is needed when harvesting to sell at our local market spot too. We have a Volunteer Program in place that explains the work branches and what we are offering more in depth.
However our Volunteer Centre is happy to accept you as volunteer provided that:
- You come for a MINIMUM of 2 months and a MAXIMUM of 12 months (subject to the Volunteer Centre’s approval).
- You are in good mental and physical health
- You speak a reasonable level of English
If you are Eco minded then come help us become the Eco-Hostel for which we have set our goals for. You will be able to use your creativity and even help with Eco workshops where we will be teaching our guests and neighbour local residents how to apply self-sufficient living in their lives. Besides this if you are looking to be among the locals and away from the tourists, this is the place for you. Here you get the opportunity to get to know the local community and find a true sense of what the island St. Maarten/St. Martin is like.
Some call it paradise but for us it’s our way of living. We enjoy the simple things in life such as relaxing, feeling the sun on our skin, dipping in the sea, creating fresh foods and juices, growing own fruits, veggies and herbs..and having lots of time on our hands… So come on over and experience the Caribbean way of living with us!
What We Offer for the time volunteering :
- Accommodation at our Staff dorm
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
- Use of our laundry room
- and more...
If you are still interested then by all means sign up and you will be contacted to follow up on your candidacy. Mind you we do get a lot of Volunteer Requests and because of this we have to make a strict selection cause we cannot place all volunteers at the initiatives we have started. If this program is not for you, then please forward it to someone who would like to join us soon.
Have a nice day and stay safe!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Everybody is treated with respect. We respect these main principles and maintain them among our friendly team. *Openness*: We do not keep secrets from each other and our guests, and stay always open to you. *Integrity*: Honesty and having strong moral principles plays a very important part of our friendly and eventful team routine. *One team*: As a team we find it important to discuss various issues occurred in order to solve them. Our guests experiences are crucial to us. *Innovative*: We also search for modern and up-to-date solutions of various routine problems.
It's important to us to share knowledge. Everyday we consider it to be a potential day to learn new skills, tips and tricks from each other.
a) Are you a Mason who doesn't mind being among guests from everywhere?
b) Are you a skilled Carpenter who doesn't mind creating awesome woodworks on St. Maarten?
c) Want to be a part of creating our Caribbean Eco - Aquaponics and Perma-culture Gardens at our Flee Market site and at our Allotment-Community Gardens site?
We will be extending the Aquaphonics garden. For this we are looking for that particular Handy person with gardening and/or fish farming skills.
d) Want to help us set up our Flee Market Site where locals will be able to sell local stuff?
e) Don't mind helping around the hostel with generic stuff?
f) Or do you think you can manage the Hostel for a season? (There is a special agreement for this position, just ask for more info)
Extra Info / requirements:
a) Help Schedule is Mon - Sunday, help out hours starts in the morning so you can have the afternoon, and or evenings and nights to yourself. Sometimes you could be asked to help out in the evening. Furthermore we are flexible. Your Off days are planned around the busy days.
b) It is a plus if you have a driving license.
c) For landscaping and farming work we need you to be physically strong.
Our premises are approximately 1.400m2 / 15.000 square feet. The concept is "Stay among the locals" which is popular among the backpackers market. Yet we are the only one on St. Maarten to anticipate those who would like to experience staying among the locals but with an eco twist to it. There are 4 buildings on the property. Guests can arrange lodging for a single bed, a room, an apartment or our family apartment. The premises has several gardens cultivated with herbs, vegetables, fruit and fish (Aquaponicssytem). Besides the usual luxury amenities you have the choice to experience pure Caribbean self sufficient living.
On the premises you will find a Café, Terrace (ground and roof) with barbecue area, Gardens, a Mixed and a Private dorm and two Luxury Studios. Currently we can accommodate a maximum of 21 persons at once. Furthermore the premises is being upgraded continuously.
In terms of activities and attractions, no other island in the Caribbean offers such a wide range of things you can do than St. Maarten/St. Martin does! For relaxing and fun filled Holidays there is almost anything you can do! From relaxing by your apartment or on any of the wonderful white sand beaches, to the many activities, island attractions and water sports.
You can choose of the many options such as: boating in all flavors, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, deep sea fishing, speed boats etc. Or for the most popular water sports on St. Martin/St. Maarten: snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Hiking (e.g. to the peak of Pic Paradis), mountain biking, horseback riding along the beach, and even renting a Harley Davidson for an island ride are some of the land bound alternatives.
During the evenings, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Sint Maarten. Have tropical cocktails at one of the hot spots or live venues with a steel band or Caribbean band. Spend a night out on gambling in casinos, in night clubs, discotheques, open air cafes or incredible fine dining. Whatever your tropical Holiday desires are, you will find on Sint Maarten or Saint Martin!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week