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Permaculture Tropical Fruit Farm & Nature Refuge. Sustainable Lifestyle Research Hub. Ecuador

World, South America, Ecuador, Yantzaza

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About the workproject

We need 1 volunteer

HOLISTIC COLLABORATIVE ENTREPRENEURS We are seeking to attract other pioneering individuals spirits, people who want to co-create and are able to put up with some discomfort for the joy of making pioneer transformation work in a remote but accessible organized holistic operation such as PermaTree. There so much more than only maximizing the net worth and increasing that by x annually. Holistic driven entrepreneurs can enable a huge global positive transformation shift – local and regional, economic, social, emotional, flora and fauna, etc. Are you maybe a visionary; individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who believes, like we do, that it’s time to transition from a destructive society to a sustainable world? Be the change you want to see and join us at PermaTree!
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You will be Involved in these Types of Farm Work
Cut pasture onto 2.5-Meter-high with machete.
Harvest Papaya, Banana and Plantains at the Farm, combined with a one our hike.
Help us construct the natural / bamboo constructions.
Help in the kitchen, cutting vegetables, prepare drinks, set the table, wash and dry the dishes, etc.
Give food to chickens, cats and dogs
Be interested in all kinds of work and don’t be afraid of hard, physical commitment.
You will work with tools like machete, shovel, spade, pickax, hammer or with your bare hands, depending on what work you are doing. If you experienced, you can handle with other machine like electric saw, driller and so on.
Stay communicative and involve yourself in to group conversation.
The main language at PermaTree is Spanish, we will also speak with you in Spanish so you need to be able to understand and speak / converse in Spanish.
Ask questions if you are not sure. We welcome your interest!
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YOUR STAY – 3 day trial period
Keep in mind to let us know in ADVANCE when and for how long you would like to volunteer. For a better integration and learning, we require you to stay a minimum of one month. The first 3 nights sleeping outside of PermaTree. Only the lunch will be provided by us during the first 3 days. It’s in your interest to use the trial period to ask all questions which are not clear to you. After the 3 days TRIAL PERIOD we shall all know each other better and we and you – will decide if you stay at PermaTree with us. First day arrival at farm is at 07:00 sharp, in the morning. If you arrive later there will be no one to open the gate. KEEP IN MIND: You can only enter the farm during day time 07:00 to 17:45 with previous appointment. Its absolutely NOT possible during night!

CONTRIBUTION
We currently do not receive any income from the farm, so we ask volunteers to cover some of the cost of buying and transporting food which is 10$ (USD) per day, per person, so that we can continue to offer opportunities to volunteers. We are not a hostal/hotel we keep the contribution to the minimum, so it stays affordable for most volunteers.

SELF INITIATED PROJECTS (SIP)
Volunteers come up with their own ideas which can be implemented within finca PermaTree. Example: Food recipes, Daily hacks / improvements, Planting crops and trees, Extracting and drying seeds, Blog post about specific topic. Each project needs a duration estimation at the start: for example 3h or 4 days until finalized. The goal is to finalize the SIP during the stay. Ideally, one should write a DIY blog post with photos about your experience and motivation with your SIP. Self Initiated Projects are done in the afternoon.

ACCREDITATION
For students looking to get academic credit for our internship program, please discuss the options available with your advisor or internship office. PermaTree does not currently have the ability to independently provide academic credit, but we are happy to work with your university to ensure all requirements are met by our program. We are happy to provide an evaluation of performance and complete any paperwork required by the university.

Minimum stay are 4 weeks. Apply only if you are 100% sure this place could be in your interesting!

About the host

Santiago

Host since

2019

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French

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Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects

Expected workhours

  • 7 hours a day
  • 7 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared room

We use shared facilities: kitchen; bathroom; manual laundry area, and we take turns with daily chores like cleaning. All volunteers will also participate in community chores such as cooking, cleaning communal areas, and maintaining the site. Some duties (such as: watering garden beds, flipping toilet compost, feeding animals, etc). Volunteers will also participate in meetings ranging from managerial tasks to personal feelings on sunday.

Volunteers should consider their position at PermaTree as a job. We like to have fun, but we have serious work to do. The place cannot function without the hard work and energy of all the members. If you care deeply about the work you are doing, you are sure to get most you can out of your time.

  • shared meals

What type of food do we eat at finca PermaTree?
A typical day involves a big bowl of seasonal tropical fruit (Banana, Papaya and maybe Mango) with oatmeal and fruit juice for breakfast. Lunch could be rice with peanut butter, salad and carrots, lentils with shredded coconut meat. Dinner may be lighter like Papaya or just some rice with eggs. We focus on seasonal, partly organic and local produce we purchase at the market and harvest as much of our own food from the Finca as we can.

  • no money is involved

CONTRIBUTION
We currently do not receive any income from the farm, so we ask volunteers to cover some of the cost of buying and transporting food which is 10$ (USD) per day, per person, so that we can continue to offer opportunities to volunteers. We are not a hostal/hotel we keep the contribution to the minimum, so it stays affordable for most volunteers.