Accepting Volunteers from March 2019
Punta Mona is an 85 acre mature permaculture farm and retreat center. In addition to growing ridiculous exotic fruit and cultivating an abundance of tropical root vegetables and a greenhouse, we have vegetable gardens scattered throughout the farm as well. We have volunteers coming in from around the world year-round and welcome you to our international Puntamonian family!
As an educational retreat center, we host permaculture design courses, yoga teacher trainings and other various retreats. For a volunteer, this translates as focusing our skills and time in the kitchen and keeping spaces clean and beautiful in addition to helping with some work in the greenhouse or on the land alongside our agriculture crew; this also means that we get to experience beautiful and well-kept living spaces and as a community as well! Additionally, we are a young and fun community - we enjoy our liberty being off the grid and creating our own societal norms. Punta Mona is a place to learn and grow in all directions!
As a volunteer you will cook one to two meals per day (breakfast, lunch or dinner), participate in a farm chore, and work either the morning or afternoon shift to be a space keeper (“guardador”) and be available for guests if they need assistance. This work entails loving on the community spaces for cleanliness and also working with gardens/chickens/fruit trees, harvesting food, building/repairing farm structures, groundskeeping, and making herbal medicine. Outside of those 6 hours and on your free day, you can enjoy living in jungle paradise snorkeling, hiking, surfing, reading, working in your personal garden or jumping in on courses that are currently being offered.
We have several guests and groups during our high season, such as...
[JANUARY:] Amanda Sage Painting with Light, John Perkins Retreat, Chelsea Latham Yoga, a Permaculture Design Course and the beginning of a Yoga Teacher Training.
[FEBRUARY:] Permaculture Design Course, Yoga Teacher Training, Envision Festival Pre-Tour, Mastermind
[MARCH:] Envision Festival Post-Tour, Jungle Camp, Lyra Group, Permaculture for the Herbalist Path Course, Toby Israel Group
[APRIL:] Permaculture for the Herbalist Path Course, Ecology of Wellness Gathering, Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Intensive Mushroom Cultivation Course, Summit Event
Here is our typical daily flow:
6:30-7:30am Yoga Class OR Breakfast Prep
8:15-8:30 “Eat + Meet” + Dishes
8:30-9:30am Farm Chores (chicken loving, greenhouse watering, sweeping, compost, cleaning facilities, making up rooms, prepping food in the kitchen)
9:30am-12pm Lunch Prep OR “Guardador” of a Building or Living Space OR Farm Work
12-1pm Lunch + Dishes
2-4pm Dinner Prep OR “Guardador” of a Building or Living Space OR Farm Work
4-6pm Evening Farm Chores, Dinner Prep and Break Time :)
7pm Kitchen Clean Up + Community Events
In exchange for accommodation, jungle gourmet meals, educational experiences, and the opportunity to participate in Punta Mona programming, we ask our Hospitality & Agritouism volunteers to work 6 hours per day, 5 1/2 days per week. Basic requirements for this position include great written and verbal communication skills, basic Spanish or willingless to learn quickly, excellent organizational skills, previous hospitality experience (restaurant, hotel, hostel, event management, customer experience), a true willingness to learn and receive feedback, and a desire to serve this land and people. The position is on a 4-week rotation where volunteers have the opportunity to renew their stay each month after a mutual evaluation.
We then ask you to cover the bare minimum of your footprint at Punta Mona (orientation and training, organic farm-grown and locally produced food/coffee and use of Punta Mona property/materials), via our monthly payment scale:
$100 DEPOSIT via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Month 1: +$200 (in addition to deposit)
Month 2: $200
Month 3: $200
Month 4: $100 or opportunity to apply for worktrade according to skillset and staff needs of Punta Mona
** COSTA RICAN NATIONALS PAY DEPOSIT ONLY ** $100 total for first month and work-trade opportunity for 8-weeks +
Work-trade is offered on an individual basis according to experience level and skillset. Please provide detailed information about your talents if you wish to be considered for work-trade in areas such as Hospitality Lead, Kitchen Manager, or Social Media/Marketing Lead, OR if you have an independent project that you would like to lead.
Please comment below on your travel experiences, length of stays, etc. in tropical zones. It is very important for us to know this information since we live in primary rainforest with the insects, animals, sand, sun and rain which can be physically and mentally challenging.