Come and volunteer with us!
We are almost always happy to receive volunteers, especially in the dry season from October to May!
Volunteering with us is a great opportunity to live simply out in the forest, to learn and gain experience in natural building and gardening and to enjoy community life.
Our land is still quite raw; there’s not much infrastructure. We are already growing some of our own food and we have fruit trees. We have three small creeks full of small waterfalls and the potential for many swimming holes.
We have an outdoor kitchen, a tipi and a half-built two-storey workshop / community house with sleeping space for one or two. We also have a small camping platform with a roof, so volunteers who come will need to bring their own tent and a good quality sleeping bag.
We have a clay pizza oven where you can make all sorts of yummy breads.
In addition to our own private houses, various communal structures are to be built in the future. At the heart of the project will be a temple in and around which we want to host various types of retreats and courses.
Kolinda is a 30 minute walk from the closest village called San Sebastián Rio Hondo, where there is access to internet and small shops. San Sebastian hosts a small international community of people from all over the world, yet is largely away from mainstream tourism. We often get together to do temazcales, to sing, to dance and to eat.
At an altitude of 2500m it gets to be very cold at night, even freezing sometimes in December and January. At the same time, when the sun comes out it can be 25-30 degrees Celsius in the sun. If you consider coming, please come prepared for these extreme temperatures. The rainy season usually starts in May and lasts until October/November.
In Exchange for 5 hours of work 5 days a week, we provide:
– Gas stove for cooking, fire wood, running drinking water from the creek, basic grains (oats, rice, beans, lentils and all food that comes from the gardens
All permanent community members as well as all volunteers contribute 100 pesos a week to keep the kitchen stocked with additional food.
We are looking for independent and self-organizing volunteers. You will need to be comfortable with no electricity, the quietness of the forest and the brightness of the stars.
We are looking for people to stay a minimum of one month.
In the dry season 2021/2022 we will be
– building three houses made from local earth techniques and carpentry, often with local earthbuilding experts
– growing our terraces to provide more varied food all year
– finishing the super adobe/wood workshop area with different building techniques (bahareque, cordwood, superadobe, wood, marmolina finishes)
We are a bilingual Spanish / English community but basic Spanish is a big advantage.
If you are interested, please send us a message on the Contact page.