vanaf 858€

Super goed 4.4rating (80)

Eco Farm Worker

location
2 - 12 weken  ·  Leeftijd 18 - 50+

rating  Super goed 4.4  · 
  Geverifieerd door Volunteer World
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Highlights

  • Dive headfirst into the beauty of language, mastering Spanish by immersing yourself in local culture, where every interaction becomes a lesson.
  • Unlock the secrets of the ancient Mayan culture, delving into the intriguing tales of history etched into Guatemala's heart.
  • Elevate your resume with international volunteer experience, showcasing your dedication to making a meaningful impact.
  • Embark on an enchanting journey through Guatemala, renowned for its rich biodiversity and captivating culture. Each day brings a new chapter of exploration.
  • Expand your horizons and create life-changing experiences, where each day in Guatemala is a transformative adventure waiting to be lived.

Vooral geschikt voor

Leeftijd 18+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

Over het programma

Join us and work very close with the locals as the farm operates as a community center where especially women and children can learn and personanlly grow. 🧑‍🌾

This wonderful volunteer project is much more than just a farm. The ecological Farm was created in 2017. The Eco Farm is a place that values sustainability, healthy living, community work, ancient Mayan traditions and environmental protection. It beautifully combines aspects of ancient Mayan culture ...

Over het programma

This wonderful volunteer project is much more than just a farm. The ecological Farm was created in 2017. The Eco Farm is a place that values sustainability, healthy living, community work, ancient Mayan traditions and environmental protection. It beautifully combines aspects of ancient Mayan culture with the challenges of modern society. Approximately 25 people work at the ecological Farm and the doors are open to the habitants of San Felipe de Jesús, Antigua and surrounding communities.
The Placement
For example, the farm uses ancient Mayan techniques and their sacred geometry to plant fruit and vegetables. In the Eco Farm, community members can learn more about this technique, actively participate or use it on their own small farm. The rich harvest of the Eco Farm is sold in the farm shop. Volunteers interested in learning more about Mayan culture can expand their knowledge here. Of course, there are also animals on the Eco Farm and dogs, ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens, roosters, pigeons and chompipes (turkeys) find a home on the farm. 
In addition to the sustainable production of fruit and vegetables and the care of the animals, the Eco Farm serves as a community center. 
Here the community members, especially children and women, find a place to develop personally and physically. Exciting workshops are offered on topics such as construction, crafts, arts, games, sports, yoga, permaculture, photography, cooking classes, healthy food, entrepreneurship, English classes, dance, recycling, first aid, survival techniques, astronomy, etc. The aim is to provide women and children with skills and practical knowledge for daily life in a simple and dynamic way, so that they can be more independent in the future and improve their quality of life. A clear focus is on environmental education - a major challenge in our time. Children are encouraged to connect with themselves through wonderful holistic, dynamic and artistic activities. A unique and fun experience where they can enjoy nature, play freely, flourish and learn for life. There are also fun activities such as soccer, volleyball, rock climbing, capoeira and an area for yoga and meditation.
The Location
The Eco Farm is located in the community of San Felipe de Jesus, just 5 minutes from Antigua. San Felipe de Jesus is known for the church "Iglesia de San Felipe de Jesús", one of the most distinctive churches in all of Guatemala. This temple has beautiful colors, its central bell tower stands out with its bells and clock. This colorful church looks like it stepped out of a children's book. 
Antigua is a beautiful colonial town in the south of Guatemala about an hour from the capital, Guatemala City, and surrounded by perfectly shaped volcanoes. Antigua is one of the most visited places in Central America. The city is famous for its Spanish colonial buildings, picturesque courtyards, interesting markets, beautiful churches and a colorful labyrinth of streets. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. Antigua is located in the highlands of Guatemala at about 1,600 meters above sea level. Antigua has an abundance of tour operators and agencies that offer exciting tours to all parts of the country. Whether you want to get to know the jungle, the Mayan culture, the Pacific coast or you are looking for cultural activities, in Antigua you are guaranteed to find someone who organizes exactly what you are looking for. 
Antigua has an average daily temperature of 20 °C all year round, while the nights are quite cool. The rainy season is from June to October, the dry season from November to May.
What we expect 
  • Be tolerant 
Please do not put prejudices of the foreign culture and other people into your luggage. You do not need that during your stay abroad! On the contrary, tolerance is a very important feature if you want to be successful and have fun while volunteering abroad. Respect the foreign culture, the other habits and the different mentality with great respect. While the other way of working may not always make much sense in your eyes, the goal of volunteering abroad is not to criticize or smile at people for acting and doing, but to work with them for a good cause. 
  • Be adaptable 
On a trip abroad, especially in developing countries, you leave your home comfort zone. It is very important that you are ready to adapt to a different life situation. In Latin America, you certainly will not find the usual standards of home again. Especially volunteer projects in developing countries are often located in very secluded areas in the middle of beautiful nature or you live with a local host family, who belongs to a foreign culture. But that's the exciting thing about volunteering abroad! Immerse yourself in a foreign land, experience culture, traditions and people up close, learn from them, just let go and adapt to the other life circumstances. A unique experience that will mature and grow you as a person!  
  • Team spirit 
In a voluntary work, the team idea is always over self-interest. Working in a team is fun and brings good mood and variety! So, for your volunteer work abroad, you should bring along a great deal of team spirit, because you always work together with other people, be it volunteers from other countries or local project staff. However, when so many foreign and diverse cultures meet, teamwork can become a whole new challenge. Even more important, that you have the ability to communicate in a group, work constructively and fairly and do not want to punch through your will at all costs. 
  • Be helpful and responsible 
For most projects, volunteers who "do a good job" are most appreciated. By participating in a voluntary service abroad, you are consciously choosing to work in another country. You are not on a vacation trip. So, you have choosen to offer your help and valuable time to other people, nature protection or animals welfare. What really matters is your helpfulness! A really very important and unavoidable trait is the sense of responsibility. The volunteer project is counting on your support and your cooperation has been tightly scheduled. A high level of responsibility is the alpha and omega. During your volunteer work in Latin America, you are assigned to certain areas of activity that you must do on your own. Please take your role as a volunteer very seriously and carry out your tasks in the project conscientiously and carefully. 
  • Be flexible 
Be prepared for the fact that volunteering in Latin America is much different from what you know or are used to at home. The Latin Americans have a completely different order, time and work understanding. Even their logic of approaching certain things may not always make much sense in your eyes. The different language and culture can quickly lead to misunderstandings or communication problems. An important principle for you: always be flexible and spontaneous! You will soon realize that there is a solution for all situations and that you can quickly develop a plan B from a problem. 
  • Be proactive and take initiative 
During your voluntary work abroad, do not expect someone to explain to you in a big way what needs to be done, where and when. Often there is only a brief introduction and then your proactivity and initiative are asked. Get actively involved, offer your help and see where you can best apply your skills and strengths. It is always great when volunteers constructively and friendly affix ideas and suggest their own small projects.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Volunteers can work in a wide range of activities according to their interests and skills, as well as the current need of the project. 
Among the work areas are:

  • Working on the farm
Cultivation, planting, sowing and harvesting as well as caring for and feeding of the animals that live on the farm.
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Dagelijkse activiteiten

Volunteers can work in a wide range of activities according to their interests and skills, as well as the current need of the project. 
Among the work areas are:

  • Working on the farm
Cultivation, planting, sowing and harvesting as well as caring for and feeding of the animals that live on the farm.
  • Helping with workshops
Volunteers with appropriate skills and knowledge can give workshops in yoga, crafts/crafts, arts, sports activities, English classes, etc.
  • Construction
Ecological building is carried out on the farm as prototype constructions. Various materials are used, such as bamboo, wood and ecological bricks. The constructions are currently all being erected on the permises of the farm. However, the aim is to use this construction method in other areas or in our own community in the near future.
  • Carpentry
Manufacture of chairs, tables, shelves, children's games, toys, planters, animal enclosures and repair work.
  • Kitchen/Cooking
Cooking classes and workshops for the women and children of the community with a strong focus on healthy nutrition. Vegetables, herbs and fruit grown in the area are used. Also, hygiene standards in the kitchen, the handling of food and basic rules in kitchen organization are taught.
The large farm kitchen also produces products for the farm shop and on-site cafeteria. The products are mainly vegan or vegetarian.
  • Eco Fashion
Heard about upcycling? Learn how to make something new out of old. Garments such as bags, purses, accessories, blouses, hats, dresses are made with used clothing. The women make alterations to the clothes to give them a new use. For example, an old pair of trousers can be converted into a bag, and an old pair of jeans into a purse. Sewing workshops are offered for the children and women of the community to learn an occupation. This allows them to earn an income by selling their products.

Volunteers can work on a half day schedule from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or on a full day schedule until about 5 pm in the afternoon. 

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

As the ecological Farm is just 5 minutes from Antigua located there's a lot to explore. Here are a few suggestions: 
  • Historical Exploration: Every corner of Antigua is steeped in history. As you stroll along its cobbled streets, you'll encounter centuries-old colonial architecture, explore charming ...

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

As the ecological Farm is just 5 minutes from Antigua located there's a lot to explore. Here are a few suggestions: 
  • Historical Exploration: Every corner of Antigua is steeped in history. As you stroll along its cobbled streets, you'll encounter centuries-old colonial architecture, explore charming plazas, and marvel at the majesty of well-preserved ruins. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its past comes to life through its streets. 
  • Volcano Hikes: Antigua is surrounded by volcanoes, each offering an exhilarating hike and breathtaking vistas. Ascend Acatenango, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring eruptions of Fuego. Pacaya beckons with its lava flows, and Fuego captivates with its fiery displays. These hikes are more than just treks; they're unforgettable adventures. 
  • Artisan Markets: Dive into the vibrant culture of Guatemala by exploring local artisan markets. These bustling hubs of activity showcase the country's rich artistic heritage. Shop for colorful textiles, unique handicrafts, and traditional souvenirs. The markets are a feast for the senses, with a kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and sounds. 
  • Coffee Tasting: Guatemala is famous for its coffee, and a visit to a coffee farm is a must. Engage in coffee tastings, where you'll savor the rich flavors of this beloved beverage. Learn about the entire coffee production process, from bean to cup, and gain a newfound appreciation for the art of coffee-making. 
  • Nature Excursions: The natural beauty surrounding Antigua offers endless possibilities. Embark on hikes through lush forests, visit soothing hot springs, or explore eco-reserves teeming with wildlife. This is your chance to connect with the environment and immerse yourself in Guatemala's natural wonders. 
  • Yoga Retreats: For those seeking serenity, Antigua is a haven for yoga enthusiasts. The city's picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for yoga retreats. Reconnect with your inner self, find tranquility, and let your mind and body flourish in this serene environment.
  • Language Courses: Antigua is the ideal place to enhance your language skills. Numerous local schools and institutes offer Spanish courses that cater to various levels. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your language abilities, these courses provide an opportunity for linguistic growth.

Voorwaarden

Voorwaarden

Minimum leeftijd: 18 jaar

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.

Taalkennis

Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Spaans (gemiddeld niveau)

Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden

verplicht

Vereiste documenten

CV, Copy of Passport and Criminal Record Check

Nationaliteitsbeperkingen

Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Tijdsinzet

Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:30 - 15:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door South America Inside

  • Single room in a Homestay
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (from Monday to Saturday)
  • City tour through Antigua on your first day
  • Advice from our experienced staff
  • On-going support via WhatsApp, phone or mail
  • Elaboration of your application profile in Spanish
  • Your placement in the volunteer project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Packing list
  • Country handbook
  • Intercultural guide
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • On-site volunteer coordinator
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Advice on travel insurance
  • Certificate of participation

Accomodatie

An important part of our volunteer work projects in Guatemala has always been to provide an intense glimpse into the everyday life and culture of the host country. Therefore, our volunteers in Antigua live in homestays so that they immerse into local customs, taste authentic meals, and experience the daily life of a family in Guatemala. You will quickly realize how much your Spanish skills improve each day. Our homestays are carefully screened and selected, and many hosts have years of experience with foreign guests. In addition to a hospitable accommodation, you will receive three meals a day. You will be provided with a single room, while the bathroom can be private or shared. The homestays are located in Antigua. You will be provided with a single room, while the bathroom can be private or shared.

Eten & Drank

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided, except on sundays. 

Internet toegang

Makkelijke toegang op de project site

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op La Aurora International Airport

Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.

Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Guatemala. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN

Reisverzekering

Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Guatemala biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE

Vaccinaties

Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Guatemala dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Guatemala. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The project is up and running year round with flexible start and end dates.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei. jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.

Programmakosten

2 weken (min. verblijf) 858€
3 weken 999€
4 weken 1.140€
5 weken 1.280€
6 weken 1.421€
7 weken 1.562€
8 weken 1.702€
9 weken 1.843€
10 weken 1.984€
11 weken 2.124€
12 weken (max. verblijf) 2.265€
Gemiddelde kosten 308€/week

Programmakosten

308€ per week 2 - 12 weken Leeftijd 18 - 50+

Betaalmethodes

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Duurtijd

2 - 12 weken

Waarborg

De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.


Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door South America Inside gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.


Ontmoet je organisatie

South America Inside

Super goed 4.4 rating (80 beoordelingen)

Agentschap - opgericht in 2003

Geverifieerd door Volunteer World

  Zeer hoog Responsgraad

Gepresenteerd door

Marion

Gesproken talen: Spaans, Duits, Engels

Over de organisatie

South America Inside promotes intercultural, linguistic and educational exchanges. Its volunteer programs are addressed to students, professionals and retirees.

Ontmoet je organisatie

South America Inside is an intercultural management agency, founded back in 2003, which specializes in the promotion of programs abroad, language travel and educational programs throughout Latin America.

Since 2007, to enrich the experience of our global-minded clients and to provide them with even more possibilities, South America Inside has been expanding their program offerings throughout South and Central America.

Working together with some of the best language schools in Latin America, South America Inside provides high quality language courses in almost every Latin American country.

Thanks to a professional team of motivated and friendly staff, South America Inside has been very successful over the past several years and have been able to establish an outstanding network of what we call "Insider Contacts." To enrich the experience of their clients and to provide them with more possibilities, South America Inside has been expanding our program offerings throughout Central and South America, in addition to our well-established Chilean programs.

Volunteer Work

Do you dream of staying abroad while doing something positive? Are you looking for a unique experience that will leave a mark on your life? Then a Volunteer Work program in South America or Central America is perfect for you!

With South America Inside you can combine an adventure abroad with social commitment, and create lasting memories in Latin America. Support the protection of endangered species; help a local community construct new homes; give new hope to impoverished children.

The possibilities to lend a hand are diverse, as there are the many places where help is needed. We have classified our volunteer projects in different areas so you can easily find the one (or more!) projects that best match your needs and interests.

Why with us

There are many persuasive reasons that speak in favor of South America Inside when it comes to selecting your perfect provider of language, study and volunteer travel abroad. Following, we have prepared a short summary so that you can get us to know a little better.

Our Insider benefits at a glance:

  Regional Experience
Over one decade (established in 2003) of dedication to language, work and study travel programs in Latin America. Thanks to our long standing work and life experience in the South American continent, we know this region really well. Therefore, we can help and inform you in a professional and competent way.

  Multifaceted Offers
Over time we have developed new programs to offer a wide array of work abroad opportunities to our clients. We have been pioneers in launching new exchange programs, as we have been the first in offering Work & Travel/Working Holiday and Farm Stays in Chile and successfully introduced these programs into the market back in 2005. Since 2012, we are the only agency to offer this type of program in Costa Rica.

  Insider Advice
Despite living in the modern era of the internet, we know that reliable and competent advice is still an important criterion for most of us. At South America Inside, you will find the benefits of an internet provider and an independent travel agency. We will be glad to pass on our extensive knowledge and regional experience.!

  Location
It is difficult to run programs when there is nobody “on the ground” to evaluate existing options and search for new opportunities. So, we are located in Chile, on location, and we know everything that is going on first hand. We know what it is like to live as a foreigner in South America and will be happy to assist you in making your stay unforgettable!

  Independence
South America Inside is an independent provider of language courses, internships, volunteer work, Farm Stays and Work & Travel programs in Latin America. We neither depend financially nor structurally on any other company, language school, association or organization. Therefore, we are able to give personalized information in accordance to your needs and availability.

•  Multilingual Team

Our team is multilingual and international! We speak fluent English, Spanish and German, as well as some French and Portuguese. With our customers, we can communicate in their native language and we avoid misunderstandings with local partners by communicating in Spanish with them. You can be sure that there will be an English-speaking contact person for you before, during, and after your stay.

  Customer Service
Excellent customer service is one of the most important goals for South America Inside, and this is evident with the positive feedback we regularly receive from our many happy clients. Emails are answered within 48 business hours and every client is treated with the same friendliness and expertise.

  Gapless and Accurate Information flow
With South America Inside you will have one and the same contact person before, during and after your trip. With that said, we guarantee a gapless and accurate information flow and you will always be very well informed.

  Approved Program Places
Many of our program places, especially in the area of internships and volunteer work, are designed in the way that they will be recognized by most universities, colleges or academies.

80 beoordelingen · rating4.4

lyne bourbonnais rating3.8

2024 at Eco Farm Worker

j'ai bien aimé mon expérience à Antigua qui est une superbe ville facile à visiter. Vivre dans une famille, y prendre les repas est une très belle incursion dans la vie guatémaltèque. et quoi de mieux pour l'immersion en langue espagnole! eco farm: bien qu'au départ je n'ai pas bien saisi ...
Dominic A. rating5

2023 at Eco Farm Worker

Ich bin gut angekommen und die Reise verlief auch wie geplant. Alles hat wunderbar geklappt und es gefällt mir sehr. :) Alle sind super nett und hilfsbereit, alles passt. Das Programm ist genau das richtige, so kann ich mein Spanisch gebrauchen und verbessern. *** english *** I arrived well ...
Josephine Sadler rating4.4

2023 at Eco Farm Worker

I stayed 2 weeks at the farm and it was a great experience to help planting lettuce and onions, taking part in building decorations for the farm and feeding the animals. The home stay in a family in antigua was also very nice. I improved my spanish and learn a lot more about their culture then I did ...
shelley cannon rating4.2

2024 at Work in a National Park

It was very interesting not as many animals as I would have thought. The local people were awesome . The other volunteers were all very young 20’s and from Europe. Mostly from Netherlands, Germany and Austria. It was incredibly hot and humid for me. I’m from San Diego, ...
GERALDINE QUIRKE rating3.2

2024 at Work in a National Park

When I scheduled volunteer time the indication was that there was a limited number of volunteers based on the projects/work to be done. As more and more volunteers arrived i realized that we were more valued for the money we paid than for the limited amount of work to be done. Also, I felt that ...
Sofia Alverus rating5

2024 at Teach in an Elementary School

I had two amazing months in Nosara, The pacific coast of Costa Rica. The teachers and the kids were so lovely and we still stay in contact. I stayed with a costarican family, very friendly and open minded. They helped me a lot and I’m specially great full that they helped me get in contact with a ...

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