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Wild Cacao Forest Estate Tranquilidad looking for help

World, South America, Bolivia, Baures



Travel dates

27°C, 11:48

About the workproject

We need 3 volunteers

Tranquilidad estate settled in the Beni Department of Bolivia, home of the famous "Cru Sauvage" chocolate, is a large agroforestry and small cattle farm near Baures, build by Volker Lehmann in 2003 from the ground, into a native forest holding with wild cacao stands. It is well established and has all basic facilities.
Wild Cacao management will be practiced in Tranquilidad and surrounding forests. You should be willing to help at every step. We are looking for help on the daily work and during harvest time from December to March. He or she can pick work on the farm that best fits to the skills.
The working experience will give deep insides into the livelihood of amazon natives and how to run a farm far away from big cities. The traveler will learn how cacao has to be processed and can experience chocolate making of one of the best cacaos in the world. There is also possibility to do some work in the community, but basic Spanish speaking would be required.
You will have an individual room. No Internet on the farm, but in the near by towns (17km) Baures or Huacaraje.
We had several students before doing their thesis. They all loved it. You will learn about little town activities deep in the Bolivian Amazon.

About the host

Volker (67)

Host since



English, German, Spanish

Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

I am German agricultural engineer for tropical agriculture and forestry with 30 years of international working experience. Beside development work I started to build my own farm in 2003 to develop a wild cacao variety from the Bolivian Amazon not known to the international market. It became a big success. I started in 2016 to convert Tranquilidad and the harvest system into a cacao foundation and like to get people involved with me on that project. Work, good living and having fun are making my live go round. My 3 kids love me for that.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • farming
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • private room, shared room

Simple clean rooms with shared bathroom outside. No Internet!

  • shared meals

We prefer to cook and eat together all meals. There will be a variety of dishes to basic Bolivian farming standards available. If you need special food you should provide yourself.

  • no money is involved