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PermaTree Tropical Organic Fruit Farm

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionVolunteer at tropical permaculture fruit farm & jungle bamboo reserve at the edge of the Amazonas region, Ecuador.
  • LocationEcuador, Provincia de Zamora Chinchipe, Yantzaza

  • Work
  • Type of work The most helpful, effective, and happy #volunteers are self-motivated, interested, responsible, and accountable.
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    2017 long-term Permaculture volunteering positions available at the PermaTree Project in southern Ecuador.

    Spend 3 or 6 months to a year at the PermaTree Project, in Ecuador. Current open volunteer positions are:

    All-round volunteer
    Talented Paint/Artist volunteer
    Talented Author/Blogger volunteer
    Experienced Compost volunteer
    Talented Carpenter volunteer
    Talented Video & Photography volunteer
    Experienced natural swimming pool volunteer
    Participation is experiential education; you are learning about permaculture and community by living in it. The most helpful, effective, and happy participants are self-motivated, interested, responsible, and accountable.

    If you are interested in experiencing permaculture in action, living in community, and engaging with DIY projects in a hands-on and dynamic environment, review this page and fill out the application now!

    SUMMARY
    We (open minded Swiss & French couple) started in March 2016 created PermaTree a Non-Profit Organization with the philosophy of permaculture which we live by and apply. We are a holistic farm focusing on a sustainable lifestyle by growing and cooking our own organic foods. We build a bamboo house, compost toilets and a river nearby from where we get our water. Half of the land here is a natural jungle reserve so we don’t touch it. Before, the land was occupied with cow farming and so now we are recovering the soil. On sundays, we go to the fresh market in Yantzaza to buy all the food until all grows within the farm.

    PERMATREE
    As a community, we wake up together, eat meals together, take turns cooking for each other, and share in the responsibilities of keeping daily operations running smoothly.

    Each community member may have different responsibilities, but we do our best to work together as a cohesive group. Inevitably there are challenges, both physical and interpersonal, but even in these, we try our best to learn and grow from them.

    The PermaTree Project is an 1-year old permaculture site in the edge of the amazonas region of Ecuador in South America. The farm is approximately 76 hectares or 180 acres and located about 3 hours north of Loja, in Southern Ecuador. The lowest part is 800 to 1300 meters over the sea level. Which means we have a high variation of micro climates within PermaTree. It was not so long ago a dense tropical jungle with huge trees and later in the 60s half of the property was made pasture land for cows. Lucky us the fruit orchard is very diverse: papayas, bananas, plantains, cacao, mangoes, bananas, lemons, white zapotes, lulo, guayabas, ice cream bean, passion fruit, sugar cane, and tons of other edibles.

    COLLABORATION & KNOWLEDGE
    PermaTree is a place where people come together and create mutual enrichment. Participate as a volunteer and teach/learn from people who share their knowledge. On the other hand, we are always looking for mentors to teach the respective topics which match the specific sub-project. Or visit the farm to get a taste of permaculture in the green. Here we stress collaboration. We are about mutual enrichment and working together. There is no room for people who think they know everything.
  • Hours per day Each volunteer is asked to be a solid contributor both to the physical work of the site as well as to the social and emotional well-being of the community. Remember you will be living and working in a community! 5 hours per day on the morning.
  • Work requirements: *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Min. Age is 24 years old. Or REAL life work experience, ideal.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Clearly indicate dates available (start / end). At the beginning of your mail.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Your email/facebook address if available. Copy and paste the exact address please.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Send us a photo of the ID page of your passport, which will be kept private and never released publicly. This is to protect other community members and volunteers.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️After sending your application we will send you a questionnaire please do reply within 48 hours.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: September 2017
  • Duration of stay: min. 4 weeks
  • Maximum number of helpers: 4
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, Spanish, German, French
  • Has pets? Dogs, Chickens, Guineapigs
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We happy to share our bamboo house with one beautiful bamboo guest room with max. 3 mattress. Of course you can bring you’re own tent if you prefer. We have a full equipped kitchen. Running water, Cold Shower, Compost Toilet, Electricity and very limited WIFI (slow internet just 1 hour a day else you can buy a personal CNT-chip $5 =300MB).
  • Additional info
  • WHAT DO YOU GET?

    Excellent quality of life in a natural setting, surrounded by nature in tropical climate
    Sustainable Lifestyle (minimal ecological footprint. Eating only fresh organic produce, cooked by ourselves, planting food trees, eating the fruits, all water is from the nearby creek, hot shower during day heated by black pipes from the sun rays, etc.) Minimal waste production, future goal zero waste. No Junk food, no sugar diet, no TV etc. There is no such thing as waste only unused resources …
    Eat tropical fruits you may have never heard or seen in your life
    24/7 ecuadorian Spanish Language practice
    Community living experience
    Learn to work in a true tropical climate
    Hands-on Permaculture experience
    Develop communication, leadership and teamwork skills
    Develop permaculture skills through hands-on experience in natural building, water management, gardening, plant propagation, food forest establishment, community development, waste management / recycling and more.