WWOOF Latin America

volunteering on organic farms

WWOOF Independents

Sorry, we are no longer offering a free WWOOF Independents membership with purchase of memberships of other WWOOF Lat Am countries.

For viewing and contacting host farms in Nicaragua, Honduras, French Guiana, Guyana Paraguay, Suriname, Panama, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay, please go to: wwoofindependents.org

If you are interested in adding a host farm located in any of the aforementioned countries, please complete the application on: https://wwoofindependents.wordpress.com/

 

WHAT IS WWOOF Latin America?

WWOOF Latin America is an information service linking volunteers with organic farms in Latin America. 


Farms listed WWOOF Latin America are part of a world-wide effort to promote the concept of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and responsible consumer habits. As part of this effort, host farms offer WWOOF members the opportunity to learn by doing. Listed farms will host WWOOF members free of charge. As a guest in a WWOOF farm your learning experience is based on you participating in the daily chores of running the farm. In doing so, you can learn a variety of techniques employed by member farms including organic farming, Permaculture and Biodynamics. In addition to learning about organic farming, you can also learn about the local ecology and culture while getting to meet fun and interesting people.

Your daily chores at member farms may include harvesting, preparing soil for planting, milking, cleaning pens, digging trenches, maintaining fences and such; and generally involve about 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 to 6 days per week. Each farm has its own chores, rules and schedules. You, the volunteer, are fully and completely responsible for planning and executing your volunteer experience. You are responsible for your own safety and well being and for vetting the farm at which you intend to volunteer.

HOW DO I JOIN?

To WWOOF/volunteer in a Latin American country, you need to purchase a membership of the WWOOF organization of each country you plan to visit.   Once you are a member, you will have access to the country's host farm list and you will be able to contact each farm directly to arrange your visit. 

Become a member! Step 1 - Create a PERSONAL profile by clicking on SIGN IN using your email and creating a password. Step 2 - Purchase a membership (payments can take up to 4 days to be processed). 3- Once your personal profile is approved, log in (using you email and password) and click on VIEW FARMS to contact the farms and plan your visit.

WWOOF Mexico and WWOOF Costa Rica require you to create a profile on their WWOOF Websites. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP COSTS: Belize is $5, Guatemala $4, Mexico $20, Costa Rica $16, Colombia $18, Ecuador $10, Venezuela $10, Brasil $38, Argentina $30, Chile $40 (all in US Dlls). In addition to your payment, you must create a personal profile on WWOOF Costa Rica (for Costa Rica membership), WWOOF Mexico (for Mexico membership) and WWOOF Latin America (for all other Lat Am countries). Use the same email for payment and profile.

WWOOF organizations in Latin America are affiliated to the Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) and WWOOF International Association (www.wwoof.net  and www.wwoofinternational.org). Both organisations promote environmentally friendly farming and consumer habits by helping bridge the gap between consumers and environmentally-responsible farmers.

 

Questions? On the top of the page, there are several links. Click the one that says "Questions?"

Even more questions? write to wwoofmail@yahoo.com

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DO YOU NEED MONEY TO FINANCE YOUR VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE?

Click on the  "get funding" link on the black menu bar at the top of this page for more information.

New Host Farm in Costa Rica

1-Farm's name:

Global Creek

2-Name of owner or person in charge:

Ahki Bamend

3- Email address for contact with WWOOFers:

volunteer@aglobalcreek.com

4- Phone number:

506-7175-9185

5- Webpage (if available):

www.aglobalcreek.com

6- Languages spoken:

English, Spanish, Russian

7-Farm's location and full address (including province and country:

Across from Cahuita National Park, Cahuita, Limon, Talamanca, Costa Rica

8-Description of the farm (including type of farm, size, conditions, features, projects, activities):

Global Creek is primarily a bio-dynamic cacao research farm based on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, but we are a lot more than that. Our property is a 10-acre/4-hectare multi-use space: A cacao research and production farm, cacao processing centre, bio-dynamic (permaculture-based) farm, international learning centre and jungle. Our mission is: to redefine by taking to a whole, new level the idea of “fair-trade” in the cacao industry, and; to connect local and international communities to further ecological research and information sharing and to ultimately further – make simpler and more accessible – holistic sustainable living approaches for both our local communities and international visitors (in their own lives and their communities as well).

We are nestled into the jungle and cacao forest, with no other neighbours nearby except for the many monkeys, sloths and other wild animals. Our electrical energy comes from the sun, our water from the nature around us, and all of our operations and activities are carried-out in the most environmentally-friendly, ecological and sustainable – in all facets of the word – manner possible.

Our Primary project areas include:

* Cacao Stewardship

* Cacao Processing

* Natural Earth Building (Superadobe)

* Sustainable Construction and Woodworking

* Organic Crops Stewardship

* Organic Gardens Stewardship

* Trails Stewardship

We are about a 10-minute bus ride away from the town of Cahuita, with features a National Park and plenty of beautiful beaches. The vibrant tourist-town of Puerto Viejo is about a 15-minute bus ride away, and the largest indigenous communities (with whom we work closely) of the country are about a 20-minute bus ride away, with lots of other beautiful nature areas to explore including waterfalls and more.

9- Main crops:

Cacao (cocoa), Banana, Variety of fruit trees and more on smaller scale.

10- Farm active during (which months or seasons): 

All throughout the year.

11- Work needed from WWOOFers: (specific activities they might participate in)

* Cacao Stewardship: Maintaining cacao trees and the cacao forest, cacao harvesting.

* Cacao Processing: Helping in the first step of transforming cacao into chocolate by fermenting and drying cacao seeds.

* Natural Earth Building (Superadobe): Sustainable earthen construction of new structures on the property (volunteer and learning spaces) in the Superadobe-style, which utilizes the resources right under your feet to construct sustainable, affordable, simple and super-strong structures.

* Sustainable Construction and Woodworking: Using the wood harvested from our own farm.

* Organic Crops Stewardship: We have over 50-varieties of new fruit trees planted so far.

* Organic Gardens Stewardship: Bio-dynamic, permaculture-based creation and maintenance of vegetable, herbal and medicinal gardens.

* Trails Stewardship: Maintaining and creating new trails (raking etc.) throughout the cacao forest.

12- Hours per day:

6

13- Days per week:

5

14- Description of lodging: (how and where will WWOOFers sleep and get cleaned up) 

This is a stay for those who want to be enveloped in nature, surrounded by peace, tranquility and life. There are no other neighbours anywhere in sight, but the visits from the monkeys, sloths and multitude of jungle-life are plentiful.

All our volunteer structures are self-built from materials taken right from the farm. Volunteers will be offered a single bed in either one of our volunteer earth-rings or the community house; those who have tents are also welcome to camp in any of the covered spaces around the property. There is very little light after sunset (no evening electricity), outdoor showers (or refreshing creek bathing!), and a shared composting toilet.

15- Description of meals provided: (type of food, how and when is it served or provided)

Meals are simple, healthy and vegan, always vegetable-heavy accompanied by rice and beans, eggs, etc. Kitchen responsibilities are shared among all volunteers, with all of us cooking together or in turns. Breakfast and lunch are the largest meals of the day, held around 7am and 11:30am respectively, with a light dinner around 4:30pm.

16-Rules and restrictions:

* Efforts must be made to absolutely minimize any and all garbage/disposables.

* No drug-use is permitted on the property.

* No visitors/guests.

17-Special requirements:

Volunteers should bring a positive-energy with them, must be motivated to work and to learn, to live simply and with nature, to seek-out new experiences, and to grow!

18- Min. and max. length of stay:

Minimum-stay of 3-weeks.

19- Note to WWOOFers: (Additional information, weather conditions, things to bring, information about area, etc.)

Please visit our website at www.aglobalcreek.com to learn more, and get in touch with us with any questions!

--  ------------------------- Volunteer @ Global Creek www.aglobalcreek.com

 

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