Volunteer with us and help the coffee and sugar cane farmers to harvest their products and keep alive farming in this community.
A volunteer will help with agricultural tasks that help with processing of products such as sugar cane (Panela) and coffee.
In a sugar cane farm a volunteer will help with: the cleaning of the land, planting and crop growing, harvesting the sugar cane, transporting in mules the crops to the “Trapiche” or grinder to process the product into Panela in the same farm, packaging. Although there is always something to do in the farm all year round the harvesting season are from Jan-March.
In a coffee farm volunteers will be helping with cleaning of the land, planting and crop growing, fertilization, harvesting the right crops, taking the coffee beans to the “beneficiadero” to be washed, skinned, selected, dry, and packed to send them to the next process of coffee production. Although there is always something to do in the farm all year round the harvesting season are from Apr-May and Oct-Nov.
Volunteers will also help with some research to create new products, increase the production and market them. To help to educate local people into becoming self-sufficient and use ecological techniques to improve the quality of crops and farming living standards.
No previous experience is needed and a can do attitude and motivation will be really appreciated. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share experiences with farmers and their families and will play a big role to empower this community into stay together and help farming alive.
Walking to the Coffee or Sugar Cane farm
The La Mesa town offer a variety of activities as it is surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls. The cercanity to the Capital City of Bogota offer the opportunity to visit Museums, restaurants, bars and discos. For the weekends we offer organised tours to go caving or visiting other Colombian Counties like Santander or Boyaca which offer a lot more to do like visiting waterfalls, lakes, caves, extreme sports. Other volunteers have managed to visit the Tayrona Park in Santa Martha, Cartagena, The Caño Cristales in The Macarena, Palm Trees farms in Armenia, Coffee and Sugar Cane farms around. The Orquid Sanctuary at the Tequendama region and small towns around La Mesa. There is plenty to do in here, also we are blessed with hot climate. So be prepared.
We will provide pick and drop off at the El Dorado, Bogota airport.
Living accommodation is in a share bungalow for up to 10 volunteers at the LPDLM headquarters in San Javier Village.
Single rooms only if request or less than 6 volunteers at one time.
Only two volunteers per room share a bunk bed
Bed linen is provided.
Volunteers will need to buy toiletries.
Common areas will be at the main house.
The Bungalow rooms are well decorated. With desk, Lamp, electricity, hot and cold share shower,two share toilets.
Unfortunately, the internet connection at the host family's house is not always stable. But you can go to the main town center of La Mesa to connect to the internet very easily. Is only 20 minutes by minibus.
For hot climate and the country side volunteers need to be prepared: with very light and long sleeves shirts and trousers at all times
Repellent, Sun Creams, Hat, torch to walk in the evening to the accommodation site if the volunteers decide coming late.
Meals are traditional home cooked food. Breakfast will include coffee or chocolate, bread and butter, eggs, juice and /or cereal. Lunch/dinner will include: salad, soup, rice or pasta, tuberculos like potato or yuca, juice, vegetable. meals will vary everyday.