WHY VOLUNTEER AT ATITLAN ORGANICS?
1. Learn Permaculture Design: Volunteers will learn many of the design principles and philosophies behind permaculture and sustainable living, through deep immersion in a functioning permaculture farm in the mid stages of its development.
2. Direct-to-Consumer, Profitable Farming: Volunteers will experience what it takes to run a profitable organic farm through participation in harvesting, washing, packing, and marketing at local venues.
3. Connect with Local Farmers: Volunteers will work alongside of talented indigenous mayan farmers, while also having opportunities to assist in projects on locally owned plots of land.
a day in the life of an atitlan organics volunteer:
(This could be you)
HOW IT WORKS:
Volunteers give 4 hours of work (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) in exchange for a big farm-fresh buffet-style lunch at 12:30. We are quite diverse and always up to something. Currently, volunteers are working on a satellite farm a few minutes from the actual Atitlan Organics farm, which is being developed by the Atitlan Organics teaching team in conjunction with the Abundant Edge team. This is an amazing opportunity for volunteers to see a new homestead and profitable farm be developed from the ground up, working alongside world class permaculture designers and local farming ninjas.
We do not have lodging at the farm, but all volunteers receive a discounted rate at the nearby Bambu Guest House. The Bambu is a beautiful, naturally-built eco-hotel just down the road from the farm made of bamboo, stone, glass, and hardwood. It has WiFi, solar hot showers, comfy beds, bathrooms and balconies in each room. The kitchen is open to volunteers who would like to prepare their own meals, but if you'd like to take it easy the Bambu Restaurant is also open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. add serves delicious, farm-fresh meals as well as tasty snacks. Normally, the price to stay at the Bambu is Q100 per person per night for large shared rooms, but volunteers staying at least 2 weeks pay just Q80/night. Breakfast is available every morning at 9:00 a.m. on the farm for a Q20 contribution, which goes to pay the local women who prepare the meal and towards the purchase of the few ingredients not grown on the farm. This is completely optional, and you are welcome to prepare your own breakfast earlier in the Bambu kitchen if you would prefer.
We'd love to meet you!
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WHY STUDY PERMACULTURE IN CENTRAL AMERICA?
Studying Permaculture in Central America offers amazing opportunities to learn from indigenous cultures, rich natural patterns, and enormous diversity. Permaculture in Central America is representative of the edge effect or Edge Valuing Principle of Design. As one of the world’s centres of biodiversity, Central America attracts people from all over the world interested in learning through nature. Permaculture practices can be seen in action via the surviving indigenous traditions that are common in Central America. Studying permaculture in Central America offers designers great opportunities to learn from diverse groups of people in incredibly diverse natural settings.