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.
HOW IT WORKS
The Volunteer exchange is 4 hours of work (8AM to 12PM), in exchange for a big farm buffet style lunch at 1230pm.
Sadly, we do not have lodging on the farm to offer volunteers. That being said, the nearby Bambu Guest House offers discounts to Atitlan Organics Volunteers. And honestly, the bambu is super chill! It is a big bambu building that was just built, made of all bambu, stone, glass, and hardwood. It has wifi, solar hot showers, bathrooms and balconies in each room and so on. There is kitchen access for early breakfasts (if you want them) and dinners. Normally, the price is Q100 per person per night for large shared rooms, but for farm volunteers staying at least 2 weeks, the price is Q80. Check out where you stay: http://www.bambuguesthouse.com.
Again, on work days (M-F), a big buffet lunch is included and served at 1230pm. Breakfast and dinner are not included but there is a kitchen to prepare your own meals at the bambu. Furthermore, on the farm, there is a breakfast served each morning at 9am. If you want to join that breakfast, it is a Q20 contribution, which goes to pay the local women who prepare and to buy the few ingredients that dont come from the farm. If not, no worries, you can use the kitchen and prepare your own breakfast before going up to the farm to work and learn.
We have a website (www.atitlanorganics.com) with more info about what we are up to. We are a fully functioning farm, selling to over twenty families, the Bambu Guest House Restaurant, and to several other restaurants in our area. We do goat milk, cheese, and yogurt, chicken, eggs, pork, salad w/ edible flowers, cooking greens, coffee, honey and honey wine, herbs, and plants/seeds. We also grow tons of different fruits, wetland plants, snails and tilapia. 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.
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.