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Lago Atitlan
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 54181
Country: Guatemala

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Last Updated: May 29, 2018

We are a non-profit organization based in Guatemala. IMAP was founded in 2000 by a group of local people concerned by the serious environmental, social and cultural problems affecting the nation. They established an ecological education center to promote permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation, production of organic food, and a seed bank that strives to reconstruct the Mayan seed heritage.

The centre develops the practical skills and awareness needed to ensure food sovereignty, community development and the preservation of biodiversity and ancestral knowledge.
Open to receive volunteers April, 2017. We maintain organic, sustainable crops for local consumption, run a renowned seed bank, and are sponsoring a local nutrition project based on native foods. We invite you to share our community near Lake Atitlan.

Through our volunteer program, you can offer a helping hand for the institute’s ongoing projects on-site and within the communities while learning and sharing experiences about permaculture. Generally, volunteers’ time is shared between daily activities geared toward maintenance and improvement of the permaculture centre, and the institute's ongoing projects.

On-site tasks include:

Maintenance and improvement of gardens, nurseries and gardens
Construction of new infrastructure, bio-construction and construction using recycled materials (buildings, solar showers, terraces, paths)
Sustainable technology projects (eg. solar ovens)
Documentation (inventory and labeling of plant species)
Seed bank support (germination tests, seed catalogue, packing of seeds for sale, selection and preparation of seeds)
We also seek volunteers with knowledge of and experience in social media, marketing & sales, fundraising, solar energy systems.

We are currently searching for 6 Longterm Volunteers that have the following profiles:

What we require of volunteers

Minimum 2 month commitment, or an alternative schedule as negotiated with the Volunteer Coordinator
Intermediate conversational Spanish
Independent, self-motivated, open-minded, inventive and resourceful attitude
Committed to the environment

PROFILE 1 cook/chef (amateur)

We are currently searching for a person that has experience cooking for a group of max 8 people, this person will have freedom to mannage his/hers own kitchen, as well as sporadically share the space with women from the community to share knowledge / recepies.


Cooking of 2 meals a day (Lunch and Dinner)
Maintaining the space clean
making the list of ingredients needed for meals
Go to the market 1 a week with 2 other volunteers.

The price for housing will decrease or be waved depending on the experience of the volunteer.

PROFILE 2 Biologist or Ethnobotanist

We are currently serching for a person that can help us create a seed and biodiversity catalog of the whole space, and has advanced knowledge of the type of plants that grow in this climate.

The price for housing will decrease or be waved depending on the experience of the volunteer.

PROFILE 3 Designer / Social media mannager

We are currently serching for a person that can help us design content for distribution on our social media plataforms, this content ranges from pictures to designing posters or various content to post on social media.


The volunteer would be required to work in design/content creation from 9am / 12 and keep social platforms active.

The price for housing will decrease or be waved depending on the experience of the volunteer.

Our housing and food costs are quite low.

Q40 (approx. 5.50$US) /night for those with a one month commitment

If you are interested in volunteering with us please be in touch and we will provide details. GRACIAS!

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