NOTE FROM SHAD:

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. 

 

 

What You’ll Do

Learn LOads of Permaculture:

Take part in the hands on daily farm chores, such as milking the dairy goats, involved in running a profitable Permaculture farm with Atitlan Organics Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Get involved in daily chores and experience two fully function profitable Permaculture farms

Learn Permaculture Principles and strategies during your volunteer Service Initiative experience at Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Receive lectures From our Introduction to Permaculture Course and learn Permaculture Principles, strategies, and More

Tours and site visits included in the volunteer Service Initiative with Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala


tours and site visits to regional Permaculture centers

Serve the Community:

Participate in biodiversity and reforestation work, planting rare heirloom avocado varieties as a volunteer on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Apply Permaculture principles and implement proven strategies to address public health and food security issues, as well as increase productivity for small farmers.

Serve the community and leave a lasting positive impact as a volunteer on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service initiave at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

promote reforestation and biodiversity through planting rare, heirloom avocado varieties.

Leave a lasting impact working alongside local coffee farmers, plant home Permaculture gardens, and more

leave a lasting positive impact, working alongside local coffee farmers to plant kitchen gardens and more

Have a Blast!

Explore one of the most beautiful regions on earth during your stay as a volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Swim in the pristine natural pools of Quix’aya and discover the beauty of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding regions

Have a blast during your time as a volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Check out local activities including Stand Up Paddleboard, kayaking, hiking, yoga, weaving and cooking classes, and live music

Make lasting connections with international friends as a volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Make connections that will last far beyond your two weeks with people from around the world

 

 

What’s the Schedule?

WEek one:

Volunteer on the Service Initiative on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
MONDAY & TUESDAY:

Lectures and farm tour
Volunteer on the Service Initiative on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
WEDNESDAY:

Site analysis, meet the family and begin practical
Volunteer on the Service Initiative on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
THURSDAY:

Field trip
Volunteer on the Service Initiative on Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
FRIDAY:

garden course

Week Two:

Volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
MONDAY - WEDNESDAY:

Finish practical
Volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
THURSDAY:

Hike
Volunteer on the Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm Service Initiative at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
FRIDAY:

Second garden course

weekends free to relax and Have fun!

 

 

Lodging and Food

Lodging and food for the program is provided by the beautiful Bambu Guest House, a naturally built guest house just down the road from Atitlan Organics. The Bambu is made from natural, local materials including bamboo, wood, stone, and glass. Guests stay in large and bright rooms, each one with its own private bathroom and hot water, balcony, WiFi, and stunning views. The farm-to-table restaurant prepares delicious and unique meals with fresh produce from Atitlan Organics and other local producers. Two common areas--including a yoga deck--give guests space to connect over a meal, movie, board game or one of our daily yoga classes. The Bambu is truly a nexus of sustainability and comfort!

 
 
 

 

Sign Up

All participants in our Service Initiative receive lodging and meals for the two weeks at the Bambu Guest House, an awesome naturally-built center just down the road from Atitlan Organics. The full price of the two weeks is $795 and includes training, field trips, materials, and accommodations. Purchase a ticket to reserve your spot!

 

 
 

 

Why Study Permaculture in Central America?

Practicing 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.

 

 

How to Get Here:

We are located 3.5 - 4.5 hours from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Public shuttles run several times a day from the airport or Antigua to Panajachel, the main town on Lake Atitlan. From “Pana,” you will take a lancha (boat) to Tzununa, about a 30 minute ride. Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and grab a tuk tuk (small three-wheeled car) to the Bambu Guest House.

Alternatively, you can take a private shuttle direct from the airport or your hotel to the Bambu Guest House.