WHY VOLUNTEER AT ATITLAN ORGANICS?

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. 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. 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 ALL WORKS

The exchange is 4 hours of work (8AM to 12PM), 5 days a week with weekends and afternoons off to explore the lake and surrounding area.

For this work, we offer goat yogurt smoothies, popcorn, fruit, coffee, and tea, at 930 and a big farm lunch at 1230.

Sadly, we do not have lodging on the farm to offer. That being said, we work closely with the Bambu Guest House, which is a super chill, just built, natural construction of all bambu, stone, glass, and hardwood. Lodging is in large, shared rooms that each have wifi, hot showers, a bathroom and a balcony in and so on. Its very swanky. There is kitchen access for early breakfasts and dinners. Normally, the price is Q120 per person per night, but for farm volunteers staying at least 2 weeks, the price is Q100, For those staying at least one month they drop the price to Q80 per night.

 

WHY STUDY PERMACULTURE IN SOUTH 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.