Volunteer in Sustainable & Organic Farming
Eco-agriculture volunteers work with sustainable farming communities in Costa Rica and Guatemala helping local coffee growers and learning sustainable coffee production from bean to cup. In Guatemala volunteers have the option to work on a macadamia farm and permaculture farm. In Peru our project takes place in the highlands of the Amazonian rainforest, where volunteers work with local tea, coffee, and cacao growers in a collective farming project.
In Latin America, agriculture employs more than one-third of the population. However, working conditions are less than ideal and the environmental impact can be very negative. During your volunteer program, you help with alternative agriculture programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Eco-agriculture and responsible farming relies on more hands-in-the field than modern industrial farming, and your help is a critical part of achieving sustainability.
What will you do as an Eco-Agriculture Volunteer?
Maximo Nivel volunteers work alongside local farmers and their communities. You provide support and participate in every step of production—growing, harvesting, and processing. This includes picking, weeding, planting, processing, and packaging of the final product for local and international sales. You may also participate in reforestation efforts and community outreach.
In Costa Rica, volunteers work at offsite projects several hours away from the Maximo Nivel institute. Offsite projects may not have reliable internet service, but there is a phone in case of emergency. Our Field Managers check in with you by phone and in-person throughout your program.
In Guatemala, volunteers work with local projects close to the Maximo Nivel institute just outside of the city of Antigua. Projects vary from sustainable coffee farms, macadamia farms, and premaculture farms. There is always plenty of work to do all year round!
Our project in Peru takes place in the Huyro Region in the highlands of the Amazonian rainforest, approximately 3 hours from our campus in Cusco. Here you will work with local tea, coffee, and cacao growers in a collective farming project. Come and experience traditional life with an Amazonian family of farmers.
|Countries||Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru|
|Program Duration||Minimum 1 week|
|Work Schedule||3-4 hours/day Monday-Friday; Working hours are split into morning and afternoon shifts; schedules vary according to the project’s needs.|
|Volunteer Requirements||– At least 17 years of age|
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Healthy and physically prepared to do manual labor in a rural setting
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Spanish language skills are not required