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We are Via (me) and Antione. I am from New York and Antoine from France. We bought the boat, Kiwani, with the purpose of creating an eco project- working with local communities and farms and creating content about off grid living. Now we are getting the boat into perfect shape and beginning to build our project! Kiwani is the name the boat was given when we bought it and it means “person who likes to give a helping hand”, which we feel is significant to our project ideas :)
Our project (still in the works!): we want to show people how “cool”, fulfilling, and accessible living off grid is. Our plan is to travel the world, starting with the Caribbean after hurricane season and find farms, eco communities, and local villages to work with. We want to learn all we can about caring from the land, and make content in the form of photo/video/blog post showing our viewers how beautiful and cool the lifestyle is. I just graduated university where I studied environmental science with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture and i am especially interested in farming. Antoine has extensive knowledge about appropriate technologies, which make off grid living way more comfortable. We want to offer our skills to the people we work with and learn from them.
Prática de idiomas
Ajuda em projetos ambientais
Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
Ajuda em fazenda
Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
Ajuda a cuidar da casa
We speak english, I speak okay Spanish, and Antoine is fluent in French, Spanish, and english. You can learn to sail! Antoine is captain and has plenty of experience. We are planning on eventually teaching sailing classes as well. You have the opportunity to work with local farms and communities, making things like coconut oil, eco construction, etc! Day to day life on a sailboat teaches you a lot! You’ll have to help out with the boat maintenance, which is a great learning opportunity. Most of all we need volunteers who are fearless! Sailing is sometimes scary and we need people who can handle stressful environments. You will experience the most beautiful sunsets, bioluminescence plankton, diving in corals, dolphin watching, gorgeous beaches, and everything else the sea has to offer.
For the island: the manager speaks Spanish, English, French, and Kuna (the native language here). Volunteers can learn a lot about the culture and history of San Blas/ Guna Yala. The Kunas kicked out the colonizers in 1924 and have preserved their culture and way of life ever since. The economy here is based on eco tourism: a lot of people will paddle out to you if you're anchored in certain areas and sell lobster and fish; homemade molas, and other crafts. It is a matriarchical participatory government, autonomous to Panama. We can all learn a lot and take inspiration from this place !
We arrived in San Blas, and have found an island we want to work on a project with! It is the only island dedicated to permaculture, growing all sorts of fruits and veggies! It is also home to the biggest beach in the area. The island is big, with little private beaches all over to set up camp or just to spend your afternoons, tons of coconuts, and giant conch shells. They want to start hosting volunteers to help maintain the farm- building raised beds, compost, etc, as well as construction on the island for more volunteers and guests. For now the accomodations are hammocks (bring your own), and shared bathroom/ showers. The host is a chef and sells meals to the sailing community. This means you have access to a restaurant if you want, as well as a communal kitchen.
We will also be working with them to create low-techs like solar stills to desalinate the water. On the islands, locals usually paddle all the way to the mainland to collect river water to drink when it doesn't rain enough, so low techs like desalinators could greatly improve the lives of the community here. Additionally, we want to make a rocket stove to dispose of plastic waste washed up on the shores in a more environmentally friendly way. Normaly people burn trash in open fires, however, this pollutes the air. Due to the design, a rocket stove burns to such a degree that little to no toxic fumes escape it- and it can help accelerate the desalination process.
We want volunteers to help us start building this project on the island, and we can offer additional accomidation on the boat as well if you prefer- helping with general maintenance, cooking, and keeping the space clean is important.
Also a social media manager.
Welcoming volunteers sooner rather than later. We will likely not respond to requests for months in advance. If you have requested to come in the next few days or week or so and we haven’t answered, feel free to message again! We might have missed you :)
Our boatstagram- ask us for the link. We might be faster to answer messages there
We have a 33 foot Wauquiez. It is surprisingly spacious! We have a couch that pulls out into a full bed, and also a smaller sleeping space by the chart table that is currently being used for storage, but we can put a curtain there if you would prefer! We do not have sufficient funds to provide food- we ask that you pitch in for communal meals, it just makes the most sense as we sometimes are far away from access to food. You also have the option of bringing your own food.
For the island, there is a space specifically for hammocks, and there is ample space if you want to sleep anywhere else on the island like the beaches.
Transportation to San Blas can be a little tricky! However, we will coordinate water taxis from the nearby ports, or we might be able to pick you up with the sailboat.
In your free time you can ejoy all that a tropical island has to offer! The most crazy diving and snorkling. You can freedive, we have some equipment. You can hang out on one of the many beaches, play volleyball, hang out under the palm trees... we can also go sailing some days ! There are plenty of other islands around to explore as well
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Mais de 2
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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