We offer a huge variety of features and experiences, You will leave inspired and energized, knowing that you are not alone in your quest to make a difference. A sanctuary of learning, if you come ready to work and with an open mind.
We, Kristy and David, are couple from the Pacific Northwest, now in our sixties, with a wide variety of work history and experience, dedicated to healing and evolving consciousness to live in harmony with nature. For the past seven years, with help of more than 100 work exchange volunteers and locals, evolving a degraded cow pasture into a fascinating permaculture demonstration site.
With much to show but further to go, this work is never done.
We have a strong work ethic, feeling the urgency to be part of the planetary shift into restoration of ecosystems. We are early to bed, and early to rise with mission and passion. This is an environment that can be a cocoon to explore permaculture concepts and consciousness with documentaries, a library of good books, pure healthy food grown on site, and a feeling of working hard toward something important. Not a party place, serious, but rewarding meaningful fun.
It's rural. Getting to town means catching a bus after hiking 1.6km up the hill or riding the hilly 12k on a bicycle. There is no car. We sometimes call a cargo taxi, but if it can be done without fossil fuel, that's our first choice.
Niñera / cuidado de niños
Mantenimiento / bricolage
Cocinar / compras
Ayuda en una granja
Ayuda en proyecto ecológico
Ayuda en casa
Ayuda con animales
Every day there is something new to learn. We are quite organized in planning our projects, but random things come up so we need to be flexible. We have been told by visitors that they learned more in an hour here than anywhere else on their whole trip. We're still learning, and expect to learn from you as well.
San Vito is a bustling little town close to Panama where most people speak Spanish. There is also a sizable Guyame/Ngobere indigenous community and a Saturday Farmer's Market.
For those interested in internship opportunities, Patos Suertudos offers a Permaculture Design Certificate and a wide variety of mini courses.
April 2019, we have two openings for pure work exchange (no money exchanged):
One for someone strong with some construction experience who can work well with tools.
And someone to provide childcare, and help around the house, which may include gardening, with harvesting and processing food.
English, Learning Spanish
Rise at dawn to birdsongs, close to nature in a comfortable bed. Live permaculture with solar power, solar kitchen, wood-fire rocket stoves, hu-manure toilets, and a hot shower when the sun shines. It is rustic and open to the elements. Mosquito nets are provided, as are bedding, towels, laundry, boots, and work clothing.
Volunteers working a solid 25 hours a week will not be asked for donations or fees. You will work hard and eat well.
This is a beautiful spacious setting, but you will have limited privacy. Meals are prepared and eaten together. You will have your own space, but you are living with others, so it's a good exercise in community living.
Please apply ONLY if you:
• Are responsible, energetic, have construction, childcare, kitchen experience, a positive attitude and have a sense of purpose toward doing your part to save humanity on the planet.
• Are in good physical shape, clean, organized, intelligent, creative, fun, multi-skilled, a problem solver, adaptive, not afraid to get down and dirty, free of addiction and drama, independent, caring, communicative, and able to work on a team.
Volunteer projects include:
• Caretake, build, maintain, repair, construct, care for horses, sheep, cow, ducks and dog.
• Build soil, compost, weed, plant, propagate, harvest, and create new garden areas
• Cooking together as a group, we share new culinary skills to create nourishing and delicious slow food in a wood fired rocket kitchen or on parabolic solar cooker, and solar dehydrator.
Our typical day starts around 6, with coffee, tea, or right now we're really into coconut/cacao/ golden milk. The banana coffee smoothies have been named "crack" by one of our volunteers. If you're down for an earlier start for sun-up, you could also join Kristy on the deck for yoga.
We practice Spanish for 30 minutes or so, then head out to work while the sun isn't to hot.
We usually sit down for a breakfast at 9. With local organic tropical fruits and greens, nuts and seeds, eggs, and meat grown on site.
We work after breakfast through until 2pm, taking breaks as needed, but from 2 to 4pm is siesta/personal/quiet time.
At 4 pm we meet up in the kitchen to share preparations and a community meal. If we're not too tired, we have a huge collection of documentaries to watch, books to read, guitars to play, and art supplies.
By 8pm, David may be drumming, it helps put us to sleep, or just calm down after a day of hard, but rewarding and meaningful work.
Contact for volunteer application form with more information.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
No more than 25 hours per week