Compost Expert Volunteer - Composting / Vermicompost / Compost toilet / Sheet-, Trench composting in tropical climate needed!


The Exchange

The goal is to produce quickly high quality humus on our farm to enrich the soil by speeding up decomposition of organic matter. Good organic matter/humus is a key ingredient in organic farming. Finca PermaTree is 80% red soil. In future we need much more dark organic humus. Our fruit trees need good nutrition / organic fertilizer.


What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Farming: Plant crops and care for animals.

Gardening: Help to grow and cultivate plants.


What you get

2 days off per week

Team Dorm: You're part of a team! Get to know them in your dormitory.

Breakfast: Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Lunch: Free lunch is served y'all, get yours!

Dinner: Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Free Hiking Tours: Keep your feet moving! Get free hiking tours and exercise yourself.

Language lessons: Learn or improve your language skills.


Requirements

Intermediate English or Beginner Spanish

Over 24 years old


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

We live by and apply the permacultural ideology. We have a bamboo house, compost toilets and a river nearby from where we get our water. Half of the land here is a reserve so we can't touch it. Before, the land was occupied with cow farming and so now we are recovering the soil.
On sundays, we receive locals to learn and practice each other's languages.
Come and live our experience!


Activities & Shift

Daily / Weekly / Monthly Tasks (maintenance):
There are several different daily chores such as cleaning which needs to be done at different times.

Farm Projects:
All the directly farm-related projects such as planting more fruit trees, bamboo, making stairs,digging holes, harvesting other fruits, cutting grass, etc. Farm Projects are in the morning before lunch.

Self Initiated Projects:
Volunteers come up with their own ideas which can be implemented within finca PermaTree. Example: Food recipes, Daily hacks / improvements, Organization, Woodworks, Planting crops and trees, Extracting and drying seeds, Blog post about specific topic. Each project needs a time duration estimation at the start: for example 3 hours or 4 days until finalized. The goal is to finalize the Self Initiated Project during the stay of the Volunteer. Ideally, one should write a DIY blog post with photos about y


Rules

Shower
Please use your own towel, organic soap and shampoo. After the use of the shower, check the facilities to ensure that they are clean for the next user. During the day, only use the natural shower on the left side, which is naturally heated by the sun.

Compost toilet
Sit, use, sawdust after business, close the tap, check if there is enough sawdust in the orange bucket and toilet paper around, otherwise, refill. Close the door after leaving the compost toilet. Check if the light is turned off upon exiting.

Sleep / Rest Time
Between 21:00 and 06:00 is the general “rest time” - please respect. Avoid unnecessary noise and lights. Lights should be turned off at the latest from 22:00 until 05:00

Internet Access
During following hours the use of the Internet is allowed for Volunteers: From 13:00 until 17:00 o’clock. In case of emergency, we have 24/7 internet access. WIFI (limit)