FAQ (frequently ask question)
When do we accept volunteers?
From end of December until the beginning of June.
Is there a minimum commitment for the project?
There is no minimum commitment but to benefit from the volunteer rate (food plan), you have to pay for a full month upon arrival. Guest are welcome to participate anytime and receive a daily 30% discount on their food plan for their contribution to the project.
Which natural building technique will I learn?
Depending on the current project, we use a wide range of technique like cob, light straw, heavy straw, round wood carpentry, natural plaster, earthen floor, and thatch roof. We also teach natural building design and will introduce solar energy this year. We are always looking for new ways of building so if you have experience in this domain, we are open to exchange or create a workshop to value your knowledge.
What does meals look like?
- For breakfast: We serve oatmeal, cereals, local fruit, nuts, coconuts, chia seeds, fresh cacao nibs, honey, tea and coffee etc. Sometimes we add toast or pancake.
- For lunch: Most of the time we make a big salad with fresh vegetables from the market, bread, tortilla or rice with beans and eggs and/or cheese and/or avocado (depending on the season).
- For dinner: We take the time to cook a feast! It can be vegetable pasta with tomato or pesto sauce, a good vegetable curry on top of local rice with roasted almond , a potato chowder with vegetables and rosemary, a bean burritos or a vegetarian burger ... Sky is the limit!
What does a typical day looks like?
- 6:45. wake up time
- 7:00. Yoga/meditation
- 8:00. Breakfast time
- 8:30-9:00. Communal work
- 9:00-12:00. Natural building
- 12:00. Ocean swim (optional)
- 12:30 Lunch time.
- 1:00-sunset. Free time (volleyball at 4:30 and workshops when available)
- 30 minutes after sunset. Diner time
- After Diner. Free time (star gazing, Bonfire, Dance or Ceremonies when available)
How much notice should I give you before my arrival/departure?
We ask for a minimum 3 days notice or recall before your arrival or leaving date. We do this in order to calculate the right amount of food for the community. However, if you are unable to give us a 3 days notice, drop us a line and we will accommodate you.
What should I bring ?
We provide everything you need for construction so apart from your personal items and your camping equipment (if you camp) the only things we would suggest you should bring is a headlamp and a small solar panel to recharge your devices (we do have some but quantities are limited). If you don’t have a mattress, a pillow, bed sheets you can buy it in Leòn for aroud $25-$30 all together. If you don’t have a tent, you can buy one for around $35 or a mosquito net for $10. To make it easy for the volunteers, We can rent out camping gear for $3/night (Price per person including tent, mattress, bed sheets and pillow). Quantities are limited!
How does it work for money?
If you come by plane, we suggest you bring a bit of USD to pay the immigration ($15).
To avoid paying twice the change rate, we would suggest you get the rest of your money directly from a cash machine in Nicaragua. To avoid any problems, let your bank know where you are going before you leave.
Do not bring Euros or Canadian $, the change rate is really bad.
The local device is the Cordoba. 1 USD is worth more or less 30 Cordobas.
All of the prices mentioned earlier are in USD.
For the expenses at the lodge, you can pay us in USD or Cordobas (cash only) with the change rate of the moment. There is no ATM in Poneloya so make sure you get enough money from Leòn to pay your bill before you leave.
For a trip in Nicaragua or as a guest we would suggest you a budget of $30/day. As a volunteer $10/day is sufficient to eat 3 meals/day, camp on the land and enjoy a cold beer or a Kumbucha at sunset.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more details.
We are looking forward to meet you and share with you this amazing experience!