Unschooling and permaculture in the cloud forests of the El Trifinio biosphere, El Salvador


El Salvador

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  • Descripción


    Our small farm here in the mountains of El Salvador is simply a humble attempt to discover ways to live closer to the land and local community. We have had the privilege to learn from indigenous communities and other rooted, agrarian peoples from around Central America, and the development of our farm is motivated by the ethics of indigenous rootedness to territory.

    We also run a small eco-tourism business where we rent out cabins to mostly local tourists from El Salvador.

    Currently we have finished most of our building projects (though there are always things to be worked on) and are now are in the beginning stages of starting up an alternative educational project for young children in our community. We have three young children of our own, and are looking to create a space for spontaneous and diversified learning opportunities for them and their peers. We have turned our largest cabin into an educational center from Monday-Friday, and are looking for people interested to come and share some of their knowledge and experience with young people.

    This initiative is fairly new, and we´re still trying to figure out how it will work, but the idea in a nutshell would be to open up a free educational space for young people in our community between the ages of 4 and 12. We would ask our Workaway volunteers to come for a minimum of 3-4 weeks to develop a class directed towards these young children.

    Ideas of "subjects" that come to mind include:
    -Art/Painting/Drawing Classes
    -Music classes (we have a small piano, violin, and some Andean instruments, but could potentially get more)
    -Foreign Language classes
    -Martial arts

    The classes would run perhaps 1-2 hours per day from Monday to Friday, and perhaps some Saturday mornings.

    We also always have work to do our permaculture/agroecology farm, where we grow peaches, macadamia nuts, coffee, malanga, a variety of vegetables and beans, and also raise several types of animals. There are always daily farm chores to do, and we enjoy hosting people interested in permaculture, agro-forestry, sustainable land management, natural building, etc.

    We are located at about 2,100 meters (about 7,000 feet) on the slopes of Cerro El Pital, El Salvador´s highest mountain. The climate is pleasantly cool in the evenings and warm during the days with an average temperature of 10-20 degrees C.

    Volunteers we ARE looking for (2022):

    -people who might be able to develop a short-term, month-long class for children around some of the subjects mentioned above. If you have other talents and ideas that could be shared, we´d love to hear them. There could be a possibility to continue the class for longer term if there is interest.

    -people interested in farming, agroecology, permaculture, and natural building.

    -artistic people who might be able to help us with murals and other artwork

    Volunteers we ARE NOT looking for:

    -people who simply are looking for free lodging or free meal. If you´re not sincerely interested in the type of work described above, please don´t contact us as we are NOT a volunteer option for people only looking to offer minimal work in exchange for free lodging.

    For all our volunteers, we offer private lodging in one of the cob cabins, though you may have to change cabins during your stay depending on rentals. We are not a "professional" hotel or hostel, and ask all our volunteers to participate in the shared activity of preparing meals with our family.

    We also do not have Wi-fi on our farm. Volunteers can purchase a TIGO OR CLARO SIM card in town ($1) and have access to decent internet on the farm through their own phones or computers.

    Lastly, we are also in the process of starting up a longer term apprenticeship program on the farm. Ideally, we are looking for people interested in permaculture/agroecology/natural farming who would be willing to come and work with us for 3-6 months. We´ll be posting more about our apprentice program in the near future, but feel free to reach out to us if you´re interested.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Proyectos artísticos
    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja

  • 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

    You would live in a very small, rural community near the El Pital mountain, El Salvador´s highest mountain. If you want to learn about permaculture, sustainable livelihoods, and organic farming, this is also the option for you.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    UPDATE 2022:
    Teachers for alternative learning center
    Artwork/murals for finished cabins
    Constant work on the farm (animals, vegetables, fruit trees, etc.)

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Fluido

    Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
    We homeschool our two children and could potentially be interested in having a volunteer teach them their language.

  • Alojamiento


    We have three small cob cabins already constructed that we offer to volunteers.

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    Algo más...

    There are several places to hike in the region.

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    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

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

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Precisión del perfil: (4.8)

Intercambio cultural: (4.6)

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 411137615633