About.

Project Bona Fide promotes food security and sustainable living systems on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua through permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration. We educate and expose people locally and worldwide to the possibilities of multi-strata food production through demonstrative agriculture on our 26-acre farm.

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Bookings.

$25/night

Eco-Lodging in an Environmental Education Center

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 25 people
Food included
Come explore the beautiful Isla de Ometepe and experience unique, off the grid, earth-centered lodging on our farm, Finca Bona Fide. At Finca Bona Fide, you'll have access to a bed in one of our open air cabañas, fresh fruit and veg from our 26 acre farm, a spacious classroom for yoga or meditation practice, and access to tourism activities on the island. Volunteer with us, participate in weekly workshops and activities, or simply use the space as a home-base for island adventure and travel.

Guests have access to shared showers, compost latrines, lockers, an extensive library, wifi, and filtered water. Our energy is sourced from a small solar system that allows for lights in our common area, around the clock wifi, and charging from 10AM-3PM. There is no electricity in the dorms, so please pack a headlamp!

You're stay will include 3 daily, communal meals excluding Saturday evening when we all eat off the farm. Meals are mostly vegetarian except for fresh lake fish brought up to the farm Tuesday and Thursdays and cheese on Fridays. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate your preferences.

Activities on the island include hiking the Maderas or Concepción Volcano, kayaking on Central America's biggest fresh water lake, Lago Nicaragua, visiting the fresh water spring Ojo del Agua, San Ramon or Las Cuchillas waterfalls, bicycle/scooter/motorcycle rentals, visiting ancient petroglyphs, coffee tours, lake beaches, and much more! On the farm you can get your hands dirty working with our local staff in the nursery, edible garden, field and larger agroforestry systems, or our kitchen. We also offer a number of educational workshops including Introduction to Fermentation, Artisanal Chocolate Making, Introduction to Permaculture Design, and Natural Medicine Making.
$2790/person

Internship with a Permaculture Farm & Education Center

mar 01 - abr 30, 2019
Food included
Organization Description:
Project Bona Fide (PBF) is a demonstrative permaculture farm and experience-based learning center that utilizes permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration to promote food security on Isla de Ometepe in southwest Nicaragua.

Our vision is to educate and expose individuals to the possibilities of multi-strata food production through demonstrative agriculture on our 26-acre model farm, Finca Bona Fide. Through our work, we aim to promote food sovereignty locally and regionally not just through feeding one’s self and family, but also by nourishing the community and contributing to its local economy.

We are an experience-based learning center that believes learning is grasped greatly by doing, and we hope to inspire local partners and peoples from around the world to undertake their education in this manner.

Our approach has 3 key elements:
1. Demonstrate the possible. Using permaculture and agroforestry research and design principles, we conduct plant trials on site and demonstrate successful models to the public.

2. Learn from and educate the interested. We teach sustainable lifestyle principles to volunteers, interns, student groups, and local community members.

3. Collaborate with the community. We support community projects through financial support and the transfer of knowledge and technical skills.

Why intern with Project Bona Fide?
As interns with Project Bona Fide, participants gain invaluable experience working directly with a grassroots organization in the intern’s area of interest. Working with Project Bona Fide’s staff, interns will receive on-site training and skill-building in a number of key areas of the farm.

Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing projects, create their own projects, and collaborate with local community initiatives. Project Bona Fide depends on the support of interns to help maintain our 26-acre permaculture farm, develop new practices, and enrich our shared experience of conscious living.

Interns are asked to commit to a minimum period of 3 months of living and working on the farm. All interns will be responsible for a specific system/project on the farm and will coordinate their work with the Bona Fide Directors and Program Coordinators.

Position Requirements:
● Minimum time commitment of 3 months
● Experience living in a communal setting
● Strong work ethic and willingness to learn and share
● Ability to work in a high activity environment
● Intermediate level of Spanish (recommended)
● Basic knowledge of Permaculture principles (recommended)
● Self motivation, strong work ethic, interpersonal skills

Project Interns are needed in the following areas:
● Appropriate Technology & Alternative Energy
● Natural Building
● Water Systems
● Plant Systems
● Medicinal Garden
● Marketing & Communications
● Agroforestry

As part of the internship, interns will use a Project Fund of $300 to develop their own, or contribute to, a project on the farm. Interns are expected to conduct basic project management which includes fundraising, budgeting, and setting realistic deadlines for their project. They will report directly to the Directors and Coordinators about the status of their project, as well as for material and budgeting needs.

Over the course of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to participate in unique skill-building workshops, collaborate with the local community, and learn from one of the most diverse agroforestry sites in Central America.

Project Bona Fide’s program fee covers all in-country costs.

The program fee covers:
• 4-day orientation
• Room & board with all meals included
• Weekly Spanish language lessons
• Skill-building workshops and weekly activities
• Midterm retreat
• Ongoing in-country support from PBF site team
• $300 Project Seed Fund for individual’s internship project

Our program fees also contribute directly to the operational costs of the farm and our local
staff. For a more detailed breakdown of program costs, please email our Program Coordinator at probonafide@gmail.com.

The following are not included by the program fee, but can be arranged at additional cost:
• Airport pickup and drop-off
• Medical/travel insurance

Project Interns are needed in the following areas:
● Appropriate Technology & Alternative Energy
● Natural Building
● Water Systems
● Plant Systems
● Medicinal Garden
● Marketing & Communications

Internship Start Dates 2018-2019
Flexible. Please e-mail us at probonafide@gmail.com for more information.

All internship positions are based in Balgüe, Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua. For more information, please visit our website at www. projectbonafide.com to learn more.
Free / Work-Trade

Educational/Volunteer Coordinators on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Minimum stay: 365 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food included
Organization Description
Project Bona Fide (PBF) is a non-profit organization, demonstrative permaculture site, and experience-based learning center that utilizes permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration to promote genuine food security on Isla de Ometepe in southwest Nicaragua.

Our vision is to educate and expose people to the possibilities of multi-strata food production through demonstrative sustainable agriculture on our 26-acre model farm, Finca Bona Fide. Through our work, we aim to promote food sovereignty locally and regionally; not just through feeding one’s self and family, but also by nourishing a community and contributing to its local economy.

We are an experience-based learning center that believes learning is grasped greatly by doing, and we hope to inspire local partners and peoples from around the world to undertake their education in this manner.

Opportunity:
Our organization is seeking Educational and Volunteer Coordinators to contribute to the advancement of our organization and educational programming. We are looking for a team of individuals with educational experience and project management in a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:

- Permaculture
- Master gardening
- Food processing
- Agro-ecology
- Nutrition
- Food security
- Earthworks/Landscape design
- Masonry
- Carpentry/Woodworking
- Certified Electrician
- Natural Building
- Mushroom Cultivation
- Fermentation

We are seeking enthusiastic, motivated, and innovative individuals to bring new and creative ideas to our organization and take our educational programs to the next level!

Job Description:
As an Educational or Volunteer Coordinator, you will participate in community tasks during the volunteer work hours from 6:45 AM-12 PM, with an hour break for breakfast and lunch. You will also be expected to work from 2 PM- 5 PM in the responsibilities listed below, but most importantly will use this time for managing the volunteer or educational programs. This could include giving tours of the 26-acre farm, facilitating workshops for the on-site community, meeting with interns and volunteers, project development and orientation, and much more!

Coordinators rotate for "weekend duty" which entails watching the farm for the weekend, supporting on site volunteers and interns, and making sure communal chores are completed such as feeding the chickens or helping make meals in the kitchen. Weekends when you are not on "weekend duty" are free for you to explore the surrounding area!

Both Educational and Volunteer Coordinators are responsible for holding a leadership role and making themselves available for students, interns, or volunteers on site. Coordinators will contribute to the general working and support of the core team that include the Farm Director, Educational Director, Program Coordinator, and fellow Educational and Volunteer Coordinators. Depending on their skill set, Coordinators are encouraged to design, organize, and lead their own projects when they are not participating in educational programming. Projects developed on site by coordinators will tie into and be used in the experiential educational model this site offers.

Responsibilities of Educational Coordinators include, but are not limited to:
- Support the Educational Director and Program Coordinator in their daily roles
- Create/update attractive, effective educational materials and media, including newsletters, brochures, web and social media content
- Create, organize, and lead a series of educational workshops
- Educate volunteers, interns, student groups, and community members about a range of topics
- Design and execute projects dependent on individual’s skill set
- Manage student groups and individual interns in their on-site orientation and educational programing
- Support volunteers, interns, and student groups in regular tasks and projects

Responsibilities of Volunteer Coordinators include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinate with and support the daily tasks of local staff and fellow coordinators
- Orient volunteers to various farm skills and volunteer work
- Support volunteers, interns, and student groups throughout their time on site
- Oversee the general workings and maintenance of the different farm systems
- Give tours of the farm to the on-site community and tour groups from external providers
- Support the Local Staff, Directors, Program Coordinators, and fellow Coordinators in their daily roles
- Design and implement individual projects

We are looking for individuals with the following qualifications:
- Minimum 1 year experience working with sustainable agriculture
- Volunteer management and experiential education experience
- Experience in project design and management
- Advanced level of Spanish
- Experience in tropical agroforestry
- Passionate interest in food security, sustainability, nutrition, and social justice
- Self-managing, pro-active, flexible; with positive attitudes about life and work
- Comfortable in various cultural environments and working with a diverse group of individuals
- Strong work ethic and great time management skills

Benefits:
- All food and accommodation expenses covered, excluding Saturday night dinner when we have dinner off the farm
- Potential to generate income using available resources
- Discount on courses held on site (Permaculture Design Course, Natural Building Course, Timber Framing Course)
- Join an international community of people engaging in lifelong learning to grow a better future
- Experiencing living in an exciting new environment, in harmony with the natural world
- Live on a volcanic island in the middle of Central America’s biggest fresh-water lake
- An adventure you’ll remember for years to come!

How To Apply
probonafide@gmail.com
http://www.projectbonafide.com

If you wish to be considered for the Educational or Volunteer Coordinator positions, please send a resume and 1-page cover letter to probonafide@gmail.com.

Please put the position to which you are applying in the subject line.

We are looking for individuals who can fulfill this role IMMEDIATELY! All applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We appreciate your interest in joining our team and look forward to reading your application!

Key Stats.

Year founded

2001

Size of project site

10 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

People on site

25 - 35

Dry season

November to May

Wet season

June to October

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