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The adventure begins in Panama on Isla de Muertos... the name surprises but there's nothing sinister to it. The island has a long history and archeological artefacts remain. One story goes that, the shape of the island - long and narrow with peaks and dips - looks like a recumbent figure.
There's plenty of life in this slice of tropical paradise that is completely offgrid - no roads, 100% solar powered with pure well water to drink. What I love about this project, is the big part wild animals have in it. On a daily basis you will see monkeys, iguanas, all types of birds, butterflies, spiders and snakes... not for the faint hearted!
We also enjoy a jungle island living with beaches, sunsets, kayaks, fishing, hiking, birding and exceptional sights, smells and sounds to fill your senses. Keep in mind that the island is in a quiet bay and not a spot for surfing - no waves, or snorkling - low visibility.
We are actively recruiting volunteers for August-September, we have found that 2-3 volunteers at a time works well, on occasion we have hosted couples. Our volunteers generally stay for about 4 weeks and so places are very limited.
Priority given to applicants who write a well thought out letter that covers background, education, interests and relevant experience. French or Spanish fluency is appreciated. Please put the month you will be available to volunteer in Panama into your subject heading.
Specific experience with painting or carpentry is a definite plus.
Students of biology - agriculture - permaculture can expect to get much hand on experience.
All can expect to help with weeding, cleaning and cooking meals.
Let us know if you know how to fish!
Remember that farming work is hard physical work. It will involve digging, cutting, clearing wood and heavy plants, making compost, moving stones.
Consider there are many bugs on this island... mosquitoes, spiders, and many other large, flying insects that are as impressive as they are harmless... if you panic at the sight of bugs, it's likely this will pass very quickly but thought it best to mention.
At home we speak French or Spanish and we request that volunteers have another language other than English.
We would love to tell you all about this project, get you involved in hands on work, share our experience of living an alternative lifestyle and we are always keen to learn new skills from others.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Break way from the world to a small tropical island to find yourself immersed in the jungle, live with the rhythm of nature and learn how the living world all comes together. This is not love island or party island it is WOW island.
Projects that need your help include
Woodworking and DIY skills - help to build simple structures for composting, raised beds, greenhouse.
Maintenance - clear vegetation, composting, gardening according to permaculture principles.
Building and painting - there is some unfinished work left to do on to the main house.
Landforming - clear new paths, learn to build with stone.
Housekeeping - so much to keep clean and tidy and we can share cooking tips.
Fitness - help us get started with Yoga, Pilates, Zumba.... you name it.
Your ideas - projects we haven't dreamed of yet but could be yours to drive!
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
We welcome volunteers who can communicate in French or Spanish.
There are two types of accommodation:
for short stays 3-5 nights - a rough and ready jungle dorm with 4 bunks, cooking and washing area.
for stays over a week - a private fully equipped double bedroom 600sqft jungle lodge.
All accommodation have with dry composting toilets
Food provided for catering - we have lunch together and you prepare your own breakfast and dinner. I provide food for 3 meals a day and we can also take turns cooking dinner.
Round trip transportation to the island from the dock at Tierra de Punta included.
We do not charge a fee for transportation by boat to the island on arrival and departure for the stay and when guests can travel with us at times when we need to go to the mainland.
We are one short hour away from David, close to the Costa RIca border, yet the island sits in the largely uninhabited mangroves, in a natural environment. No people, no cars, no noise. Local residents are howler monkeys, iguanas, anteaters, frogs, spiders, snakes... it's full on and will keep you pretty busy.
You can hike across the island or go kayak fishing. The region of Chiriqui is also home to the highland towns of Boquete, and Volcan where the dormant Baru volcano provides most of the country's produce. A three hour bus ride across the mountain will take you to Bocas del Toro, the Caribbean backpacker destination.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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