Plant and harvest macadamia trees at eco farm

Antigua, Guatemala

Eco-agriculture volunteers work at a local organization that aims to combat climate change by developing sustainable agriculture practices alongside the indigenous people. The organization's focus is planting and promoting the macadamia tree – a crop that converts large amounts of carbon dioxide into oxygen, releases water vapor, and contributes to reforestation efforts. Most importantly, this sustainable agricultural project provides food, firewood, and a valuable source of income for these rural communities. Volunteers work alongside farmers assisting with each step in the planting, harvesting, and sales process. Your role may vary depending on seasonal needs, as well as your skills and abilities.

  • Do farm work, including planting trees, weeding, and picking nuts
  • Assist with sorting and processing macadamia nuts
  • Help create products to be sold both nationally and internationally
  • Join community outreach programs that provide environmental education
  • Help with additional reforestation efforts
  • Minimum age of 17 years

    In order to join the program, you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.

  • A background check

    Background checks can be obtained from local police departments or online at websites such as SentryLink.com and BeenVerified.com. We accept background checks that have been made within one calendar year prior to your program start date. In lieu of a background check, we accept 2 reference letters from two different people such as an employer, colleague, or professor, but NOT a family member. Reference letters must include how the reference knows you, how long they have known you (must be longer than 1 year), as well as their contact details and signature.

  • Airport pick-up

    Please note that the closest airport is in Guatemala City. We can also arrange a pick-up at the bus station or at nearby accommodations instead of the airport.

  • Accommodations

    Most participants stay with a pre-approved middle-class Guatemalan family. You may request a private room for an additional charge. For shared rooms, you are placed with 1-3 other people of the same gender and age group.

  • Food

    Breakfast and dinner are included.

  • Orientation

    Orientation upon arrival covers safety information, rules, and expectations.

  • Airfare

    To get a better deal, please purchase your tickets to Guatemala City well in advance.

  • Travel insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing international travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses.

  • Public bus transportation to and from the project site

    Our projects are located in the Antigua area. As a volunteer, you are responsible for your daily transportation to and from your project site. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip typically costs about $1 or less, but may cost more if you project is further outside Antigua. Taxis are a lot more expensive. We recommend budgeting about $5 per day for transport.

  • Getting around

    Our projects are located in the Antigua area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project. Travel time varies widely from project to project, and you should expect to spend 20-60 minutes traveling each way. Depending on your project and housing locations, you may need to change buses. If you prefer to take taxis, they are also widely available. On your first day at the project, you will travel on local transport with a host organization (Maximo Nivel) representative who will provide all the necessary information on how to get there and back.

  • WiFi

    Included in your program is access to a computer lounge at the host organization (Maximo Nivel institute). You can also bring a laptop, tablet, or other personal electronic device to use the free WiFi at the institute.

  • Money

    If you want to exchange cash in any currency other than US dollars, it must be done at the airport or prior to arrival as banks in Antigua do not accept any other foreign currencies.

  • Arrival (Sunday)

    Airport pick up, accommodations and orientation. You can arrive earlier, and we can help arrange lodging for your stay, but the accommodations included in the price will be available on Sunday.

  • Orientation and first day at the site (Day 2)

    On your first day at the project, you will travel on local transport with a host organization (Maximo Nivel) representative who will provide all the necessary information on how to get there and back.

  • Working hours

    Working hours may vary slightly, but you can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Your volunteer shift is in either the morning or the afternoon depending on the needs of your project.

  • Weekends

    In your free time, you can take in salsa dancing or cooking classes at the host organization (Maximo Nivel) center for free!

  • Clothes

    Please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty or even ruining

  • Work gloves
  • Sturdy boots
  • Sun screen
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat

    Wide-brimmed hats are useful for outdoor work.

Price: $725 / 1 week

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