About.

Intercambiamos is a skill-share sanctuary space, working to build up an exchange economy. Here you can come stay, teach and learn tangible, tradable skills, while experiencing life on a jungle-farm.


We are a small community on 6 acres of land including a farm and raw jungle. We grow fruits, vegetables and herbs, and live with goats, cats, dogs, fish, and rabbits, aside from the wild jungle animals that surround us. 

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

farm manager

Minimum stay: 120 nightsMaximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
We are seeking a long-term volunteer (4+ months) to take charge of the farm's garden and food production. This position would be perfect for someone who has permaculture/farm design experience and wants the space to get creative and take ownership over a new project. It would include care and maintenance of our current garden, and taking charge of expansion to include new crops. Experience with tropical climates is a plus, but self-motivation and a passion for experimentation, learning-through-doing, and teaching is the most important thing.

Accommodations include apartment, cabin or tent space, with food provided and access to the communal kitchen. Other creative exchanges are welcome too!
Free / Work-Trade

volunteer

Minimum stay: 21 nightsMaximum capacity: 6 people
Food Not Included
Hello! We are a collective farm/jungle sanctuary space in Costa Rica working to merge the wisdom of the spiritual and social justice communities. We work on farm projects, and do the hard work of moving towards collectivism, both in our space and in the surrounding community. Visitors come to stay in exchange for helping to co-create the space, and share their skills with the other visitors. You can join one of our ongoing projects or start your own. We are only a year old, and still forming and un-forming and figuring it all out. Everyone who comes is part of the decision-making and envisioning process, and plays a large role in shaping the farm.

A typical day might be like this: we wake when we wake, and after our various stretching/movement/meditation personal routines, we all meet in the communal kitchen to plan out our day. Some people are working on various planting/building/art projects in the garden or the jungle, others are spending the day working with the animals or hiking to the creek. We discuss what support we'll all need for our ongoing projects, make offerings of bodywork or afternoon snacks, etc, and bounce ideas off of each other. Throughout the day we share projects, errands and cooking, and meet again all together in the evening for dinner, and circling or an activity. We go on regular outings, including beach bonfires and dancing, and facilitate our own regular healing activities. Every day looks a bit different and change is constant. New routines and offerings form based on each group of visitors. The primary resident offers energetic healing work, and participants are encouraged to make their own offerings of group or individual activities. There is a strong focus on communicating boundaries, needs, and desires, and the connection between internal and external work. Each group that comes creates their own structures and routines that work for them, and we co-create as we go.

Right now we have dogs, cats, goats, and tilapia, and are building hutches for meat rabbits to feed the dogs. We grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and are looking to plant more. We have two spaces for movement and small ceremonies and will be building another larger ceremonial platform in the near future. Everyone helps care for the plants and animals on the land.

General projects include woodwork, building and maintenance, farming including preparing new garden beds and spaces, painting and artwork, and generally making cool things out of natural materials. Projects also include working out a transformative justice framework for conflicts that arise on the farm, facilitating a weekly English/Spanish language exchange, and supporting the development of a local fruit and vegetable market. We currently could also use some website help. Those with permaculture, building, maintenance, or mural painting experience are always needed!


Please note that the sanctuary is a substance-free space outside of group ceremony. In addition, visitors are asked to help hold the safety of the space both in terms of spiritual ideas and practices (we talk to the trees here, among other entities!) and in terms of some of the heavier collective traumas we're moving through (being willing to go into the details of how we do anti-racism, etc.)

Visitors have access to the communal kitchen but food is not provided (other than the fruits and herbs that grow on the farm). All visitors contribute towards shared cooking/cleaning/gas expenses.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2018

Size of project site

3 hectares

Languages spoken

  • english
  • spanish

People on site

2 - 10

Dry season

December to March

Wet season

September to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • entire house

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • None: Off the grid

Opportunities

Intercambiamos is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • volunteer
  • farm manager

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