Help develop our farm into a Private Protected Area in Veraguas, Panama



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  • Descripción


    We own a small piece of land in Veraguas, Panama, close to Santa Catalina - a popular surf beach visited by large numbers of tourists.

    Our goal is to restore our property into a private protected area with an ecosystem that can support the diverse plant, fungus, insect and animal species. and to offer jungle stays to paying visitors.

    The farm is currently almost self sufficient in producing enough food to support the household and part of the ecosystem, with the excess being sold to clients in the nearby town.

    Part of the farm is tropical rain forest with water streams and the areas previously used for cattle grazing are being reforested with indigenous fruit trees, a variety of hardwood species from the region and underbrush, to sustain the forest birds, animals, insects, butterflies, snakes and frogs. Our aim is to plant 63 different indigenous tree species to replicate the plant diversity found in forest of this region.

    We are working to create a safe environment for the birds and wildlife to return to the area as years of hunting / poaching has impacted negatively on the environment.

    Fruit trees planted this season will only start bearing fruit in five to six years from now. This gives us the opportunity to develop the infrastructure to support future visitors.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    By working together we can all benefit from the different languages used.
    Ours being primary English but in a Spanish speaking community. There will be many cultures interacting at any one time so learning a bit about cultural habits is always interesting.

    The farm / protected area itself will provide material for discussions and learning on plants, fruit, insects, toads, dart frogs, birds, snakes, tourism etc.

    The sustainable methods that we use have been adopted to suit the environmental conditions and needs of the project and new methods are also being tested to improve our efficiency. The team members will have the opportunity to have first hand experience in applying sustainable methods that can be adapted and used under different circumstances.

    We pride ourselves with the outcome we have due to our approach to the local soil and climate challenges, and can transfer the knowledge gained to our team members.

  • Ayuda


    The list of projects offers opportunities for a number of volunteers to come and apply their skills, and learn other skills in the process.

    Volunteers are required to contribute and develop the specific project that interests them, with the support and guidance of the husband and wife team that manages the farm, as well as, perform general farm tasks to support other projects on the farm.

    Current projects includes-
    * refining the food production cycle,
    * planting more fruit and forest trees,
    * building accommodation units for guests,
    * developing hiking trails,
    * installing a sewage treatment plant,
    * identifying and marking the trees in the forest,
    * identifying and recording the many animals, frogs, snakes, butterflies, spiders and birds,
    * upgrading the irrigation system,
    * development of a pumped storage hydro-generation system, and
    * assist in developing a program which will be used to provide guided tours on the farm and through
    the forest.

    Maintenance of infrastructure and general farm tasks will be shared between team members to enable each member to understand all aspects of the farm / nature reserve.

    It is important for the volunteer to properly articulate what they will be able to contribute towards the successful completion of the projects.
    We do require responsible, willing and capable (physical tasks in difficult conditions) persons to assist with the completion of projects and maintenance tasks.

    Volunteers of minimum 24 years and older, need to be available for a minimum period of 4 weeks as it does take some time to get familiar with the farm and also to do adequate transfer of skills. Shorter periods can be accommodated, but longer stays are preferred.

    It is important to note that the opportunity is for the purpose of learning new skills or transferring your skills while enjoying the tropical jungle and nearby beach. Our expectation is to exchange measurable and value added skills and deliverables.

    A probation period of 5 days will apply before a decision will be made whether the volunteer is a good fit or not.
    Working hours are 25 hours worked over 5 days, with 2 days of spend off the project (no meals on off days), or 25 hours worked over 6 days, with one day off (Meals available on off day).

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Principiante

  • Alojamiento


    The current facilities includes -
    * Lodging for up to six people in shared room with shared ablutions fed with hot and cold water,
    * Solar power,
    * Paid for Laundry Service,
    * Free wi-fi for e-mails and messaging, not suitable for video streaming,
    * Shared area for reading or just relaxing in hammocks.

    Three basic (not vegan or vegetarian) nutritious meals will be provided daily by using whatever is produced and harvested on the farm, and will be prepared by the team.
    Drinks and snacks will be for the volunteer's own account. Any special dietary requirements (vegan / vegetarian) needs to be provided by the volunteer. Shops and stores for provisions are 2 kilometers away.
    Volunteers to provide their own toiletries, working clothes, hats, insect repellent and sunscreen.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    The area is safe and within walking distance (3km) of the town and beach.

    A public bus passes the farm gate every hour during daylight hours to offer transport to and from the main towns and public bus routes.

    Spare time can be spent relaxing, chasing waves at the beach or participating in the snorkelling or diving activities in the nearby town. The town also offers opportunities for Yoga, day trips to nearby islands, fishing, organised beach clean-ups, limited shopping, cycling, horse riding, kayaking and a number of restaurants / coffee shops.

    No smoking or pets are allowed on the farm or in the forest.

    Boots, Long-sleeved shirts, denim trousers, Hat, provide their own toiletries, sunblock, insect repellent and a flashlight are required.

    We do not use any pesticides outside of our living areas so that we do not impact or destroy the fragile ecosystem.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    WiFi is available and a fiber optic connection can be accessible.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

  • ...

    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 25 hours a week

Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.

Precisión del perfil: (4.3)

Intercambio cultural: (5.0)

Comunicación: (4.5)

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 118973489438