About.

We are a young family living in Panama for the past 5 years. Laura (36), Luca (11), Mia (8) and myself Emy (36), we also have one cat, two dogs, and few chickens.

Our vision for the future is to design and develop a Permaculture food forest and self-sustainable homestead while helping and teaching visitors valuable skills they can apply to their own lives.

Additionally, we are building a small eco-lodge, with small huts, cabins and campsites.

We are located on the virgin island of Solarte, surrounded by untouched rainforest and right on the Caribbean sea. Volunteers can explore the amazing jungle trails, take a dip in the sea right off our dock, take the kayak to the nearby reef, go fishing, snorkeling or explore the amazing jungle, and make new friends during to visit this magical island.

We are located only 5 minutes by boat from the famous Red Frog Beach; or 40 minutes by kayak.

Some of our ongoing projects include:

Setting up a hydroponic system, black fly larva farming, setting up a plant and tree nursery, building a classroom area, building a campsite area, improving our waste management practices to produce zero waste or trash, building with clay or adobe, setting up a bio water-filter, create more raised beds and farming zones, make more trails, identify local plants, help create and design maps of trails and areas of the farm... These are just some examples of the many projects we aim to complete in the short term.

We are looking for hardworking and highly motivated individuals who are passionate about nature, don't mind getting dirty and wish to learn and gain skills in Permaculture and sustainability.


We are looking for anyone with experience or a strong will to learn any of the following skills:

Natural construction, gardening and farming, cloning and grafting, plant identification, food preservation and fermentation, woodworking and timber framing, aquaponics and hydroponics, renewable energy, water management and harvesting, homesteading, sustainable designs, organization systems and more.

If you think you have a skill that's not listed above that can benefit our project please get in touch!

Accommodations:

At this moment we have a main bunk room with very comfy mattresses, fan, wifi, etc inside the main house. We also have a few tents also with very comfy mattresses and WIFI on a deck inside a roofed wooden structure overlooking the sea.

Volunteers will have access to hot water for showers, drinking water and 2 meals per day. Volunteers will be responsible for helping with cooking and house chores to help things clean, tidy and organized.

Food:

We have mainly vegetarian diet, but we have no restrictions except for gluten. We occasionally eat meat and fish if from good sources. If you have a special diet or food allergy please let us know before making a commitment.

Free time:

During free time volunteers can enjoy our incredible waterfront location and go swimming, snorkeling, kayaking fishing, etc. The closest beach is only 5 minutes by boat or 30minutes by kayak. We also have many jungle trails to explore. We have a double kayak, a paddle dingy and an inflatable paddle board which you can use anytime, we also have snorkel sets but you are welcome to bring your own.

Transportation:

If you require transportation to town or the beach, we can arrange it for you, keep in mind that due to our location, transportation cost can be high. If your intention is go out parting often, or go to town every other day, we may not be your best option.


Volunteers will earn a great skill set from working on hands-on projects along like-minded individuals with which we all share great experiences while working together.

Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Carpentry and Woodworking

Minimum stay: 15 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food Not Included
We are looking for carpenters/ woodworkers with some experience. Must be capable of using power tools (electric saw, drill. etc)

Accommodation: Bring your own tent or we can provide one. We can also provide matresses and linnens.
Power and WiFi available in common areas
Free / Work-Trade

General Farm work

Minimum stay: 15 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food Not Included
We are looking for volunteers to help us with general farm work, land clearing, planting, trail making and other farm related chores.

Accommodation: Bring your own tent or we can provide one. We can also provide matresses and linnens.
Power and WiFi available in common areas
Free / Work-Trade

Farming / Gardening

Minimum stay: 15 nightsMaximum capacity: 6 people
Food Not Included
We are looking for self-driven individuals who are passionate about growing food / medicine.
Some of the ongoing tasks include:
Starting new plants, grafting, cloning, harvesting, composting, mulching, making raised beds, feeding the animals, nursing plants, etc.

Accommodation: Bring your own tent or we can provide one. We can also provide matresses and linnens.
Power and WiFi available in common areas
$15/night

Outdoor tent w/ Outdoor shower and toilet

Minimum stay: 2 nightsMaximum capacity: 8 people
Food Not Included
Outdoor tent sites with access to outdoor shower. compost toilet, drinking water, WiFi and electricity.
Tent, matress and bed linenes provided.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2016

Size of project site

5.5 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

People on site

5 - 12

Dry season

December to April

Wet season

April to December

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Opportunities

La Chacra is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • carpentry
  • permaculture
  • making trails
  • clearing vegetation
  • natural building
  • planting, trimming and harvesting
  • general farm work
  • marketing
  • Marketing and branding
  • creating soil
  • water management
  • construction

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