Organic cacao in a reforestation project in Izabal, Guatemala

  • Guatemala
  • Enregistré comme favori 223 fois
  • Activité récente: 30 mai 2023



 Séjour min. souhaité : Au moins un mois



  • Description


    We have a reforestation project that started year 2006 and is aiming to the recovery of sub-tropical forest, under some of our trees we have cacao a native crop and we are coming into the harvesting season of our organic pods which we export to Europe crafted as chocolate bars.

    You can learn but also help us with the formation and architecture of plants (horticulture) and the fermentation process of raw cacao.

    The art center / community center is 40% built and we have much work ahead and in need of hands, ideas and above care to push forward in finding ways to provide a solid platform for the near by communities in the area of farming, education and health.

    We live in the middle of the rain forest and we like to produce as little rubbish as possible, we like to use as much as bio degradable products for our personal care as well as cleaning, we are thoughtful consumers and like to support anyone who live similarly.

    We have two dogs, Lady and Nash both are loving and caring though Lady is a little suspicious about everything, she is the latest member of the family who was rescued from a mean environment she's currently being nurtured and loved as to be reminded life is good. (Currently in the city for their veterinarian yearly care...)

    Transport we can schedule to meet in rio Dulce or el Estor other wise get off at the crossing of aldea Nueva Esperanza and I will pick you up, from there the adventure begins with a real 4x4 off road drive of 20 minutes trough the jungle.

    We usually go every two weeks to town for supplies and we are happy to give you a ride if you want to take a break or need something in town alternatively you can walk back to the already mention crossing which is a 35 min and from there wait for the public transport which can take you el estor or rio dulce both towns are fun although rio dulce its more hectic but quiet beautiful.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Entretien général
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We live in the rain forest, the cultural exchange will be with the Q'ech'i native indigenous communities near by; since the project is aiming to rural development and cultural respect you will be in direct contact with natives of the area which can share with you a one in life time experience in the ways they live individually and as a culture.

    Jorge and Dany are the heads of project and you will be working along with them so you will get daily interaction with them. They work from 7:00 to 16:00 and you can meet them the day before to discuss details of the activities for the following day(s) and see how you can help them.

    The village where our workers come from is a 20 min walk where you can find a basic variety of veggies which can be a nice walk but also you can fetch items you might be missing for your meals.

    The benefits we gather are always limited to our willingness or readiness to receive benefits so there will be plenty of great things you could benefit from.

  • Aide


    Please contact me only if you are sure you are TRULY INTERESTED, we live in the rain forest temperatures range from 27 to 34 Celsius, humid ranges from 75 to 90%; it's a rain forest area which means when it rains it truly rains and we are in a rain forest reserve! So we have all the life that comes with like frogs, insects, ants, spiders, etc... think well if you are confortable with the wild life we are sharing the reserve with.

    Minimum stay is of at least 4 fun weeks.

    Thanks for considering helping us.

    In the area of horticulture, depending on weather we do management of the actual plant by helping to keep a healthy form and shape for the purpose of fruit baring as well as sanitary reason so as to prevent bugs from establishing in the plantation as we only use of none chemical preventing methods.

    Cacao Pod collection, we started collecting fresh cacao pods the work is done through manual collecting from the tree; fruit is cut and placed near the road where is collected every second day by a car if the load is large enough other wise is carried with sacs to the storage/fermenting area.

    The work will consist in the use of scissors to cut the fruit and/or trim plants.

    Farming, we have a chicken who provided us with fresh egg daily, although they have dry food, we like to feed them as much as we can food remains, there's a little cleaning work for them every 10 days or so but the collecting of eggs is done daily when we make sure they have water and food.

    We have seasonal crops like lime trees, lichees, manioca, pineapple, mangos and others which require some care two or tree times a weeks like pruning, fruit collecting or weed management. (seasonal availability)

    Wood work, building and mechanical skills are required as we are constantly improving or giving maintenance to our living conditions and engage in handcraft seminars for the locals to be able to make a living with dignity or improving their lives... we have plenty of mini projects in the area of carpentry, handcrafts or art for the near by communities as well as for our project.

    Education, we are looking for native Spanish speakers as well as English speakers as first language cause we would like to host teachers or anyone wishing to improve the locals language skills.

    Pet care, ones or twice a month I leave the project for 3 to 6 days during those days Lady and Nash our dogs would be happy to get feed or an afternoon walk. (Currently my dogs are in the city, under vet care)

    Forest surveying and monitoring; just now Oct '09 we got our Bio-diversity protection reserve certified the 21 ha (42 acres) of Reserve is located next to a small river and we are conducting some data collecting, surveys and/or monitoring the area. The trails of the reserve need to be marked, boundary perimeters have to be checked...

    all in all we can easily find a way you can help us to help, our intention and vision for our place is to set an example of what it can be accomplished through our will.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique

  • Hébergement


    A shared rustic peaceful cabin, electricity is limited there is solar light which can run through the night; internet is available when you have your own cellphone with a local sim card, Tigo cellphone signal provider have an ok! Internet coverage in the area.

    The cabin have a loft with a double bed accommodation, in the bottom there is a bed and at times a sofa bed is use when necessary, you will be provided with a mosquito net, the cabin has its own shower and toilet, the water to our buildings comes by gravity for an ok shower but we do have good pressure in an out door shower near community/art center (under construction)

    NOTE: Our good old fridge (of your cabin) runs with propane gas CURRENTLY IN SERVICE but we have a fridge running at the construction site which will be share as well as the cooking area, you are welcome to prepare your own meals we usually have vegetarian meal and fresh water fish at times.

    The project is able to provide you with the ingredients for 3 meals a day, please help us by preparing your own meals and clean after used utensils. We go to town every second week when we pick supplies when we could also coordinate to pick you up so you can catch a ride before we go to the project you can do a market run so think about the items you will like to have for your first week please provide us in advance with your specific diet in that way we can exclude them from our list of foods which can be of potential harm to your wellbeing.

    It’s expected that with in a week you help us 4-5 hrs of daily work, we also need your help in regards of preparing your own food, so far it has work great as workawayers coordínate their food making as a group and not individuals.

    In the second kitchen we always have beans or some other yummy things depending on the season too, we expect you to help your self and keep the place tidy.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    You can wonder around in our ecological trails or visit local communities 20 min walk, finca Paraiso is 30 min from here which is a great way to wrap the work week or freshen up to carry on with your life journey, we live in a secluded area and the road it’s an adventure specially when it rains getting in and it’s limited by weather or a walk of 45 minutes.

    We go to town as little as possible but when ever we go to town I’ll let you know a day a head where you could catch a ride help out with shopping or just rest if is week end...

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Required 4x4 skills and vehicle.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    any type :) and always welcome !

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 893331458898



Help me practice Spanish on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Help at home in Guatemala City, Guatemala