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Tuqtuquilal is a regenerative project based on the luxurious hills in Lanquin, Guatemala.


We are working on creating a sustainable permaculture farm as well as an educational center.

Integrating both local workers and foreigner staff from all range of ages, we aim at creating a strong Eco-friendly community.

Our productions are centered around Cacao, Turmeric and Copal but we have many things like Chaya, Yucca, herbs, fruits, etc....

Mixing agro-forestry, gardening, mushroom farming, bio construction, animal husbandry and Eco-tourism we are aiming to be a model of self sustainability where both local communities and international visitors can learn and share.

 Our vision is a thriving community that is empowered to problem-solve and create lasting positive impact for future generations.  We strive to build intercultural bridges, and social and physical infrastructure for positive local impact. The objectives of our cultural and ecological outreach projects are to empower the Lanquín community by creating regenerative economic opportunities and environmental education programs that will provide healthier living conditions, economic opportunity, and initiate lasting benefits to the local community.

The center will:

● Promote and provide educational opportunities in regenerative living and holistic well-being

● Develop living model examples of regenerative development applied to food production, water, energy, and housing

● Develop harmonious relationships with surrounding communities through the distribution of appropriate technologies, support and incubation of a local seed bank, and skills transfers to local farmers, especially cacao farmers.

● Support local job creation, small business incubation & development, especially in production of appropriate technologies, organic products, and traditional crafts & medicines

● Host an international volunteer program for those wishing to give their support to the center

Tuq tu’quilal will capture and store the cultural knowledge of the rapidly eroding local Mayan traditions, and be a physical place for it to be stored, propagated, and re-seeded. Tuq tu’quilal is inspired by Ghandi’s concept of “village technology center” - a model for a localized strategy of self-reliance, integrating traditional and modern. It will be a demonstration alternative pathways to development, rather than a race to the bottom.

The key elements of the center will be a productive demonstration food forest focused on cacao, a classroom/community center for public use, and a living space. The key programs will be our agriculture program, a nutritional education program, an international volunteer program, and varied courses and trainings.


Here is what we are currently looking for (September – December 2019) :

A permaculture wizard : We have a permanent or long term position for a permaculture designer and coordinator. We are looking for someone with a lot of experience, preferably in sub tropical climates. We already have a fully design plan and lots of things are in motion but we need someone to focus it by guiding both our workers and volunteers.

If things are going well, we could offer a paid position.

A temazcal enthusiast : we would really love to have a well designed "real" temazcal and someone who knows how to run it in a ceremonial and healing way.

This could end with a paid position if things runs well.

Animals caregiver : We already have some animals in the farm but we want to improve on that by designing them some better living space and also increase our diversity. So we are looking at someone with experience in permaculture husbandry design, preferably in tropical climates.

Compost alchemist : we have some composting going on but as we are growing up we are in the need of bigger and more efficient systems. If composting is one of your passion, you are more than welcome.

Mushroom farmer : We are starting a mushroom farm up here and we are looking into mycelium integration on our crops. If you know how to whisper to fungus, we could definitely put you in charge of that. This could end up in a paid position.


And more generally, we are looking for experienced and autonomous volunteers.

We appreciate people with the desire to learn and we do aim at being an educational center but currently we are still in the building process so we need people with strong skills.

Mostly, you will be engaged in bio-construction, gardening, sustainable ecology, cooking, helping around the house, spending time with guests, enjoying life and eating chocolate!

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Bioconstruction and permaculture volunteer

Apr 30 - Apr 30, 2021Minimum stay: 30 nightsMaximum capacity: 3 people
Food included
The Impact center is situated on stunningly beautiful land. We have property on the river, forest and great views. We have solar hot showers and dry toilets with landscape views.
You will stay in a bamboo shelter with a tent insides, amazing views from your tent and all the basics that you will need for a jungle stay.
You will also receive 3 fresh meals per day.

We need help on lots of projects mostly about bio-construction, farming, helping in the house, etc...
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We are looking for volunteers with experience whom need little management and can add some personal knowledge to the project. We need people who won't attempt to impose their culture on that of the local culture, and have the empathy to tred gently and observe and support.
Free / Work-Trade

Permaculture guide

Minimum stay: 30 nightsMaximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
We have a permanent or long term position for a permaculture designer and coordinator.
We are looking for someone with a lot of experience, preferably in sub tropical climates.
We already have a fully design plan and lots of things are in motion but we need someone to focus it by guiding both our workers and volunteers.
If things are going well, we could offer a paid position.
Free / Work-Trade

Vegetarian cook

Minimum stay: 90 nightsMaximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
We are looking for a cook to run our restaurant.
This is a paid position where you will get a salary plus interest.

We are looking for a chef skilled in cooking healthy and nutritional meals using local herbs and products.
Also with strong organizations skill and autonomous.

The job also include food and accommodation in a private cabin.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2016

Size of project site

3 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Keq'chi
  • french

People on site

6 - 15

Dry season

January to May

Wet season

June to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • hammocks
  • shared rooms
  • tent camping
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • restaurant on site

Internet

  • slow: emails only

Opportunities

Tuqtuquilal is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • PermaculTURE DESIGNER
  • cook
  • Carpenter
  • mushroom farmer
  • temazcal host
  • compost genious

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