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*COVID-19 HOST UPDATE*
Our air border is currently open to non citizens. If you have two doses of COVID vaccine no later than 14 days before your arrival, then you currently do not need neither a test nor to quarantine no matter where you come from. Otherwise you will need to bring a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours and quarantine, at your expenses, for 72 hours, after which you will need a test again. This is effective as of March 4, 2022. Remember rules change so please double check on that.
The land border between Panama and Costa Rica are opened both ways, but check on the requirements to enter Costa Rica, they differ from the requirements of Panama. That also changes now and then.
*COVID VACCINE UPDATE*
We had hoped to not require full vaccination, but our government has issued new rules. The latest being if you require 100% of guests/staff etc to be vaccinated, you can operate at full capacity. Otherwise, not. We have chosen to operate at full capacity, and thus will require our volunteers to be fully vaccinated.
We try to stay on top of things, travel/COVID information wise, but as stated above, the government might make last minute changes that could affect your travel. We wont get into a vaccine or anti vaxx discussion, but if your plans are to travel, being vaccinated will certainly make your life easier.
If you are still reading, thank you for visiting our profile. We are happy to provide a safe and productive environment to host workawayers:
Our 1 hectare ocean-front farm is located on Isla Colon, approximately 3km from town. This project entails gardening, trimming, planting, weeding, harvesting, starting new plants, and several tasks such as building trellises, building raised beds, other light building, painting, trail building, artistic painting, mosaic etc. We are experimenting with making floors and furniture with recycled wood and tiles, as well as re-purposing/giving new life to rescued old furniture. We are in the advanced planning stages of a modest aquaponic system and could use some help with that. About 2/3 of the property has been planted so we welcome anyone interested in sharing some design ideas. The site is challenging due to the usually poor soils found in the tropics and the extreme proximity to the ocean. The first two years were devoted to building soil and about a fifth of the property remains to finish that task, although we will always work on soil building.
On site, we have two live-in local workers and last but definitely not least, we have 10 dogs on the property. The two most protective ones are confined to their own spaces except during their twice daily outings. Two dogs, Indigo and Coco, are full time yurt residents. It is more than likely that you will intersect with some of the others during your stay. If you are uncomfortable around dogs, we are definitely not the place for you.
We converted a container into living space with 2 rooms upstairs and added a studio to our guests' outdoor kitchen, and are now offering farm stays and we might occasionally need some help with that.
We do not receive any volunteers on sundays, as it is our only day to "disconnect" (read: not have to deal with anything or anyone). If your departure is on a sunday, let us know ahead of time, and we will make arrangements for you. If you arrive on a friday, we will ask you to work a few hours on a saturday, mostly to orient you. Rarely do volunteers arrive on a monday, the usual beginning of the work week, so we will make teeny adjustments to the schedule as dictated by your arrival day. We plan days off around everyone's schedule, so that not everyone is off at the same time. if you need saturday or sunday as your day off, let us know ahead of time.
Prefer 1 month commitment or longer but will also take shorter term help, especially if you have extraordinary or professional skills we can apply on our various endeavors. The projects are on-going so you can apply anytime. Last minute requests will be considered on a needs and accommodations availability basis. If you are a smoker, let us know.
NB: WE HAVE A 3-DAY PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR ALL WORKAWAY APPLICANTS to endure we are a good fit. Any questionable behavior will not be tolerated, and you will be asked to leave even if it is after the probation time.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Accueil / tourisme
The benefit of a an exchange is not limited to a cultural exchange. Culturally speaking the benefit will vary greatly based on the workawayers themselves. Our site offers the opportunity to work alongside indigenous workers, where the exchange will be based solely on the workawayer willingness to engage. Our live-in worker is very sweet and very kind, and sometimes one or two of his children will be visiting. We expect our workawayers to exhibit respectful and kind behaviour, and be understanding of cultural differences.
While not a cultural exchange per se, it is a great place to learn about the challenges of a low land sea-side tropical farming system.
To a much lesser degree, our site offers the opportunity to learn a bit about on-going management of an hospitality business. Many workawayers have stated they would like, some day, to run their own little hospitality/farming business. Interaction and helping the young couple managing the hospitality end of our project could hopefully offer some insight to the challenges and rewards of such business, but the bulk of the work is farm and arts oriented.
To be most comfortable, it is best if you like dogs. Bonus points if you are creative, non-fussy, don't like drama, flexible, easy-going, and personable. Extra bonus points if you look at making order out of chaos as a special and fun endeavor. While on the subject of chaos be aware that not doing your cleaning duties on your assigned day is cause for dismissal.
This project entails gardening tasks such as:
starting new plants
light building, earth works:
building raised beds
arts, crafts etc:
Sewing (major bonus points if you can fix/maintain a sewing machine)
We are experimenting with making floors and furniture with recycled wood and tiles
re-purpose/give new life to rescued old furniture
We are in the advanced planning stages of a modest aquaponic system and could use some help with that and we are currently building a duck pond which will incorporate a small yurt.
we have 3 rooms we offer to guests as a hybrid farm stay. The set up is pretty much for self catering people, and we do not need extensive help with them, but we need help with cleaning and prepping rooms The couple overseeing that part of our project have a lovely toddler, and if anyone is interested in some babysitting and can speak spanish, it can be arranged :)
Schedules vary depending on our needs. We do not have specific operating hours, but some projects might require two people working together, so we need to work that out. Most people start at 8am.
We do not receive any volunteers on sundays, as it is our only day to "disconnect" (read: not have to deal wit anything or anyone). If your departure is on a sunday, let us know ahead of time, and we will make arrangements for you. If you arrive on a friday, we will ask you to work a few hours on a saturday, mostly to orient you. Rarely do volunteers arrive on a monday, the usual beginning of the work week, so we will make teeny adjustments to the schedule as dictated by your arrival day. We plan days off around everyone's schedule, so that not everyone is off at the same time. if you need saturday or sunday as your day off, let us know ahead of time.
We ask for 5 hours per day, 5 days/week. the schedule can be 8:00-1pm, 8:30-1:30pm. We expect you to start your day after having had your breakfast. if you wish to take a lunch break, we would expect you to add that time to the end of the day. If you have a specific assignment not requiring any supervision you are welcome to suggest a different schedule.*Not complying with your work hours/assignments is cause for dismissal*
We would like to avoid being taken for a "surf camp" with the assignments being accomplished whenever surf conditions permits :) We are a farm with many projects as our priority. If you want the morning to go surf and work 12 to 5pm, thats fine too.
Help at our site does not require stellar social skills but it is likely you will have to share a room as we only have one "private" room available (there are no ceilings in the rooms of the yurt) and the shared living space in the yurt is cozy (read "tight") so we prefer to avoid psychopaths and certainly getting along with others is always a plus. Definitely, be willing to help/do your share in cleaning shared spaces. *Not doing your cleaning duties on your assigned day is cause for dismissal*
If you are friends traveling together let us know if you can share a bed as it will help with planning.
We have 1 yurt available for volunteers and 1 of our permanent local worker. The yurt has 4 rooms/spaces: 1 with a queen bed, 1 with 2 single beds, and 1 room with a double bed and a single bed. The loft is occupied by our permanent worker.
The rooms in the yurt have walls and doors but are in an open ceiling yurt. There is a shared toilet inside, one outside, and 2 shared outdoor showers. There is a basic kitchen with fridge and stove. We have an elaborate filtering system and when engaged, the water filter from the kitchen faucet is used to fill up 5-gallon tanks with drinkable water.
It is still an evolving space which hopefully we can work together to improve as we go. We can take a maximum of 6 volunteers.
The farm is located on a gorgeous stretch of coastline of Isla Colon. We have tiny sand patches in front of the farm, and a couple of sandy spot just south of us. The larger beaches are located north of us. The largest is Bluff beach (3km away) which is a renowned bodyboard beach, also prized by adventurous surfers. Closer to us and within walking distance (15 minutes) are some of the best surf spots of Isla Colon. We are 3km from town. We are not what could be considered a party place and if you have a need to be in town a lot for that purpose, we are not the best place for you.
Your options are the bus, a taxi, walk or bike. If you stay for one month or longer, an option is for you to buy your own new bike (approx $120) or used (approx $80) and resell it shortly before you leave.
At the farm, we have attempted to provide bikes for our volunteers to use, but sadly, with the exception of THREE volunteers, bikes are not washed after use, or maintained at all. For example a chain might break, the bike is then tossed aside and another one used and the vicious circle continues until we have a heap of bad bicycles. Sometimes they are left lying around in the mud, And in some other examples, the bike is not properly secured and it ends up stolen. Or a plate gets lost, risking to have the bike impounded. Bla bla bla, you get the picture.
We currently have 5 bikes left (we started with 10). None of the bikes are new,but none are older than 3 years, yet not in the greatest shape. These bikes will come with a lock and key. If you wish to be assigned a bike, we will request a $50 deposit. This bike is then yours to use. You can choose to share it with someone, but essentially that bike is "yours" and your responsibility. As these bikes join the great bike resting place in the sky, they will not be replaced. In the meantime, and if you chose to allocate yourself a bike, a day or so before you leave we will assess the state of the bike. If it needs repairs you can either do it, or we will get the bike shop to do it and pay for it from your bike deposit. We certainly are not attempting to get rich from this, but merely attempting to stop the bleeding of the bike expenses, which are, after all, only there for your convenience. Note that at any given time we may not have enough bikes for everyone.
People with substance abuse (alcohol, drugs etc) problems need not apply. If it becomes apparent that you do have a problem you will be asked to leave with no notice.
We (or the tropics in general) are probably not the ideal place if you are insect phobic.
NO smoking on the premises, as regulated by Panamanian law for public places, and by personal preference. Non smokers definitely preferred and if you do smoke please let us know when you first contact us. If you indeed worry about the environment we encourage you to Google "effects of cigarettes on the environment" and if you are socially conscious Google "health issues of children working in tobacco fields'.
Please dont come here if you can be maliciously gossipy. This childish behaviour is very detrimental to the overall quality of life of the group as a whole (we recently had a very bad experience with this, for the first time ever, and wish to not repeat it). If there are any issues, of any sort, come to us and talk about it.
Medication: if you need to take medication, carry a few months supply with you. There is a huge difference in price for some medication that might be super cheap where you come from, and here.
After being part of the workaway world for a while now, we have found out that a few applicants will be a no-show. And now more than ever, travel plans may need to change overnight. So while, we might respond to you we have no space, a space could open up a few days later. For this reason we leave our calendar open as availability can change quickly.
At times (read: usually) we get bogged down and might not be speedy in answering. If you are really interested do not hesitate in writing again if you have not heard back from us within a few days. If we respond that we would like to host you, and have a date planned, please follow up if you do not hear back. We field up to 10 applications daily, so please be patient, and never hesitate to ask for a confirmation. In that same vein, we realize travelers do not always have easy access to Internet. Having said that, if you write us and we respond, and our message shows it was read, we will assume a lack of response means you are no longer interested. If you do commit to a certain date, and then fail to respond to a follow-up message that shows up as read, we will also assume you are no longer coming and assign "your spot" to someone else.
When you make your travel plans, please note that it is cheaper/shorter to come to us from San Jose, Costa Rica, than it is from Panama City. COVID fun might alter this depending on coming into Costa Rica rules or coming from Costa Rica rules.
NB: WE HAVE A 3-DAY PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR ALL WORKAWAY APPLICANTS TO ENSURE WE ARE A GOOD FIT. Any questionable behavior will not be tolerated, and you will be asked to leave even if it is after the probation time.
*Not complying with your work hours/assignments is cause for dismissal*
* Not doing your cleaning duties on your assigned day is cause for dismissal*
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