Join our conservation efforts in the jungle, Selva Maya, Guatemala




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    We are conservationists, regen farmers, and engaged youth working to restore and protect the largest jungle in Central America -- the Selva Maya. This area is incredibly biodiverse and home to ancient Maya temples throughout the forest. It feels like something out of Indiana Jones!

    We are looking for help on a permaculture food forest and model regenerative livestock farm, both of which have eco-youth groups of children from the village. We invite our volunteers to join our natural-material construction efforts, harvesting, community work and teaching!

    Both programs are available to you for volunteering and you may switch between them as long as there is clear communication with one week stay required at either project.

    They are located in ecotourist town El Remate, Petén, Guatemala. 30 minutes from Tikal National Park, 40 minutes from Flores Island, and 1.5 hours to the Belize border. These farms are locally owned and serve as educational models and experimental stations to teach other farmers in the area the value in forests and how to farm without cutting it down, using appropriate technologies.

    The permaculture food forest is 8 hectares of native tropical forest of which 40% is dedicated to shade-grown cacao, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, fruit trees, medicinals, rabbits, worm compost, gardens, and a tree nursery. The team is spending the months of Nov 2022-Feb 2023 also focusing on building their permaculture and bioconstruction school using only natural materials.
    Local team: Baltazar, Emanuel, Gonzalo, Pamela, Armando
    Accommodation style: jungle camping in tent or hammock. Rustic roof shelter available.

    The regenerative farm (Finca Cheel) is a family owned model agroforestry farm of 7 hectares with 50% tall native forest, 10% tropical fruit forest, and 40% reforested forage areas for free range chickens and cows. It has hilltop views of the lakes below.
    Local team: Rigo, Walter, Weche, Lilian.
    Accommodation style: Agroforestry farm camping in rustic 3 wall bungalow or tent.

    We also sponsor local activists in the heart of the Maya Reserve, in Cruce Dos Aguadas village near El Zotz Biotope and the Mirador Pyramids hike. Here projects include a 1 year old 750 native tree reforestation on community land and a forest conservation park with natural springs under new permanent protection for sustainable community use and education. For those interested, there is an option to visit while here.

    All projects have youth groups with activities multiple times per month. The youth groups have kids ages 4-14 and we have 15+ kids in each group. They learn about nature, sustainability, values of learning and self-determination among many other things that often volunteers present. We also seek donations to sponsor the children with school supplies and other basic necessities. If you think you can help with supplies please let us know.


    These 2 projects are owned and operated by local Guatemalan campesinos. They offer accommodation and a once in a lifetime experience and are living off limited funds. AS WE ARE IN LOW-HARVEST SEASON ON SITE FOOD IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF VOLUNTEERS. This is applicable for both sites.

    The family operates with two systems:
    1/ You can take care of your own food and cooking without problem, and you don't have to be part of communal cooking. In this case we recommend you buy your ingredients at Flores/Santa Elena's supermarkets or at the local tiendas in Paxcaman or the neighbouring villages. Feel free to cook at the farm’s rustic outdoor kitchens for your own food, tea etc.

    2/ If you want to join our communal meals (lunch+dinner, at varying hours depending on when we finish work and tasks), where Baltazar makes food on the fire (lots of traditional maya and campesino food), we ask every member of the team and volunteers to put in a contribution in a communal fund. For lunches only, it's 40Q/week (4$), or 80Q/week (8$) if you're doing all meals for the day (breakfast/lunch/dinner). We simply collect it upon your arrival in cash at the project.

    Several restaurants in El Remate and Paxcaman serve meals for $1.5-3 USD and two large grocery stores are also found at walking distance in town.


    The projects were cofounded with the assistance of a US-based environmental group with the mission of restoring and protecting the Selva Maya by helping small and medium scale farmers adopt sustainable alternatives to extensive cattle ranching and slash-and-burn.

    Feeling intrigued and called to the projects? Read through our volunteer check up questions to make sure this is the right match for you!

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Trabalho beneficente
    Projetos artísticos
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
    Cuidar de animais
    Ajuda em fazenda

  • Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos de sustentabilidade da ONU que este anfitrião quer atingir

    Objetivos da ONU
    Erradicar a pobreza
    Erradicar a fome
    Saúde de qualidade
    Educação de qualidade
    Igualdade de género
    Água potável e saneamento
    Energias renováveis e acessíveis
    Trabalho digno e crescimento económico
    Indústria, inovação e infraestruturas
    Reduzir as desigualdades
    Cidades e comunidades sustentáveis
    Produção e consumo sustentáveis
    Ação climática
    Proteger a vida marinha
    Proteger a vida terrestre
    Paz, justiça et instituições eficazes
    Parcerias para a implementação dos objetivos
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    You will be camping at our jungle farms on the edge of the largest forest in Central America. Both farms are family run, so you will experience first hand what it's like to live on the frontier in the Guatemalan jungle along with the settlers who populated the area. Expect your Spanish to improve greatly in the first weeks/months.

  • Ajuda


    Volunteers are expected to help with farm chores: planting, watering, pruning, caring for animals, composting, working with hand tools (including machetes), interacting with and teaching the youth groups, mingling with local Guatemalan farming families.

    Here, you will also be assisting in construction of our new permaculture school.

    NOTE: This is a very local experience. At least beginner Spanish is recommended. Free to volunteer. No fee.

  • Idiomas

    Espanhol: Fluente
    Inglês: Intermediário
    Francês: Iniciante

    Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
    Our local team is learning English, and we want to immerse you in the Spanish language. It's important you're keen on learning and trying out the language, as most communication is done in Spanish. We please ask that you make an effort on site to speak Spanish at all times when in the presence of local team members, even though we know it's tempting to switch to your native language when you have other people speaking the same tongue!

  • Acomodação


    Free accommodation on the farms: volunteers camp in tents, in hammock with mosquito net, or in open air bungalow with mattress and mosquito net. You also have the option to pay and stay in a hotel/hostel in town -- a 10 minute walk to both farms. Ecofilters available.

    We provide free accommodation, and an unbelievable educational and authentic experience working side by side with Guatemalan regenerative farmers in the jungle. You are expected to cover the costs of your food and water, which should be about $5USD per day (depending on how/what you eat). Depending on the season, food on the farms is free for you to pick, in particular leafy greens, chiles, herbs, and seasonal tropical fruits (bananas, avocado, mango, jocote, citrus, coconut, etc). Minimum 2-3 hours a day, 5-6 days a week help only.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    El Remate is a stunning village of about 2000 people on the shores of Lake Peten Itza. El Remate has most everything you'd need though Flores is just 30 minutes away with large supermarkets, hospitals, markets, airport, etc. There are several restaurants in El Remate with meals from $1.50-3 USD and groceries are available in two large stores plus the vegetable/fruit market. We have rustic outdoor kitchens at both farms if you’d like to cook your own meals.

    The lakeshore of El Remate has several public docks and is excellent for swimming. There are many small restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and hotels in town. Wifi is available at the larger establishments. Cerro Cahui is a 700 hectare protected area overlooking El Remate; it's great for hiking. The river mouths of Ixlu and Ixpop are great for nature tours by boat. Nearby Flores is a beautiful colonial island with restaurants and bars. There is ARCAS animal rescue sanctuary nearby where you can see all the native wildlife including monkeys, macaw, jaguars, etc up close in a rehabilitation center. There is a great place to swim with a big rope swing near Flores.

    El Remate is the perfect jumping off point to visit Mayan ruins such as Tikal via colectivo or private tour. There are also many other ruins in the jungle that you can hike and visit such as Yaxha, El Zotz, Uaxactún, Nakum, Naranjo, Waka Perú, Holmul, and the largest Maya site ever discovered El Mirador! We have many contacts across the area including with the Guatemalan Park Rangers, who on more than one case have brought our volunteers on patrol with them deep into the jungle! That's a once in a lifetime experience. Needless to say, this area has a lot to offer! We hope to work with you soon!

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    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Digital nomads are welcome to volunteer with us. Unlimited free Wifi is available at our good friend's cafe in El Remate near our project.

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    We have parking on site for vans, trucks, cars, motorcycles, and horses.

  • Pode aceitar animais

    Pode aceitar animais

    Pets are allowed as long as they are well behaved and are comfortable with wildlife and other dogs.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Mais de 2

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    Horas previstas

    Minimum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Precisão do perfil: (4.8)

Intercâmbio cultural: (5.0)

Comunicação: (5.0)

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 643966825545