The Maya Agriculture and Native Construction project provides volunteers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to live and work in the beginning stages of a sustainable organic farm and ecological center. The center is located on the banks of the second largest freshwater lagoon in Mexico. Volunteers will learn about permaculture, ecological construction, environmental conservation, and sustainable living. If you volunteer, you will assist with a thoughtful project in an area threatened by climate change and ecological burdens of tourism. Volunteers will receive supervision and direction with 24-hour support and guidance. Our local team has years of experience in volunteerism, horticulture and construction in the Yucatan Peninsula. In brief, you’ll be in good hands.
Maya agriculture work includes establishing forest paths, labeling natives plants, building irrigation systems, sowing and sorting seeds, monitoring wildlife around the lagoon, digging and replanting indigenous plant species, and developing plant beds in forest clearings by using methods of composting. The Native Construction project will focus on building permanent structures to house a research center and accommodate future volunteers. Volunteers will work side-by-side with local Mayans using ancient indigenous technologies and native building methods - using mostly natural materials such as wood, palm leaves, and mud.
Volunteers will live in tents on the picturesque banks of the Bacalar Lagoon [see map]. The campsite is rustic and includes a small kitchen to prepare meals, outdoor bathrooms, and a dock with access to the lagoon for swimming and bathing. The project site has access to the main road.
In their free time, volunteers will be able to explore the local town of Bacalar, which has a population of 12,000. Bacalar is an increasingly popular destination - located adjacent to the Maya Riviera, 30 minutes from the city of Chetumal, which sits on the border between Belize and Mexico and has a mall and movie theater. Bacalar is about one hour from Mahahual, a very beautiful beach town on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Volunteers can take advantage of the center’s location on the Lagoon to swim in the fresh waters of the lagoon, go on trips to local freshwater cenotes and smaller Mayan ruins, and, hopefully, practicing their Spanish with the local community.