If you want to be considered to volunteer at our farm please complete the application on our website.
WHAT YOU GIVE
We expect volunteers to work around 25 hours per week + help with any house chores, such as taking turns doing dishes, setting up the dinner table, keeping things cleaned and organized, etc.
WHAT YOU GETIn exchange for your great work :-) you will get:- A comfortable place to sleep in a hardwood cabin at the farm.- Two delicious and nutritious meals each day.- Coffee, tea, and drinking water are always available and included.- Access to WiFi.- Hot water showers.- Access to trails, dock/swimming area.- A free boat ride to town once a week.
WHAT TO BRING- A headlamp, rechargeable if possible.- Bug spray.- Sturdy closed shoes. Preferably waterproof.- Work clothing or any clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.- A rain jacket.
WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR
- 🐓 General farm help: We need help planting, harvesting, making compost, helping with the aquaponic system, making new planting beds, preparing the soil, feeding the animals, fixing and making new trails, weeding, mulching, etc.
A FEW THINGS TO NOTE
👉 Isla Solarte is remote, with no roads, no shops, no bars, and no restaurants - everything is accessible by boat.👉 We live in the jungle. This means wildlife of all kinds, including spiders, scorpions, and snakes. You are unlikely to encounter these creatures but people with phobias should be warned.👉 Mosquitos, Chitras (no-see-ums), and other flying insects are common at dawn and dusk, please bring bug repellent and long sleeves if you prefer.👉 Allergy alert: We have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and other animals on the farm.👉 Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies.👉 Please do not arrive unannounced, we have dogs loose on the property and need to know your arrival time ahead of time.👉 Transportation to our island costs $10 per person from Bocas Town. We can help you arrange transportation with a boat driver who knows where we are located. Please contact us the day before arrival to help you arrange transportation.
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We believe that the best way to learn something is by doing it! Our hands-on programs will provide the stage, tools, and guidance for students to express their creativity and imagination while completing tangible projects in several different fields related to permaculture, sustainability, biology, natural building, renewable energy, agroforestry, botany, design thinking, food preservation, waste management, community building and much more.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE PROGRAM?
All options include meals, airport transfer, weekly transportation to town and more. (See “What’s included”)
Bunk room: $40 per night
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
Besides the hands-on learning experience, our program also includes:
3 healthy and delicious meals per day
Round-trip airport transfer
One weekly round-trip transfer to town
Bed linens and hand-made soap provided
Free drinking water, tea, and coffee
Free use of kayak, paddle boat, snorkel gear
WHAT IS THE TUITION FEE APLIED TO?
Tuition fees are used to cover the costs of lodging, meals, supplies, employee’s salaries, transportation, materials and tools for projects, improving and adding new infrastructure.
100% of your tuition fee gets reinvested in making La Chacra a better place for future students. No salaries or profits are collected by the owners.
CAN I RECEIVE UNIVERSITY CREDITS?
Most students are able to receive credits from our program, but it’s really up to your school, we suggest you consult with your University before enrolling in our program. We are more than happy to answer any question or provide any information they may require.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO DO ON FREE TIME AND DAYS OFF?
I’m glad you asked! Besides the already included trips to the beach and boat tours, there are many ways to have fun and enjoy your free time at La Chacra.
Some of the things to do in free time include:
Kayak or snorkel around the near by coral reef
Kayak to Red Frog Beach
Explore the jungle
Swim from the dock
kayak to the bat caves
MINIMUM STAY 8 WEEKS
We hope you enjoy our rustic little piece of paradise as much as we do.
Size of project site
People on site
4 - 8
December to April
January to December
- shared rooms
- private room
- communally cooked meals
- over 80% locally sourced
- fast: streaming video
SoulFire Farm is currently offering the following opportunities:
- making trails
- clearing vegetation
- natural building
- planting, trimming and harvesting
- general farm work
- creating soil
- water management
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