VOLUNTEER / INTERN
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What you give:

We expect volunteers to work around 25 hours per week + help with any house chores, such as taking turns doing dishes, setting up the dinner table, keeping things cleaned and organized, etc.

What you get:

In exchange for your great work :-) you will get:

  • A comfortable place to sleep in a hardwood cabin at the farm.

  • Two delicious and nutritious meals each day.

  • Coffee, tea, and drinking water are always available and included.

  • Access to WiFi.

  • Hot water showers.

  • Access to trails, dock/swimming area.

What to bring:

  • A headlamp, rechargeable if possible.

  • Bug spray.

  • Sturdy closed shoes. Preferably waterproof.

  • Work clothing or any clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

  • A rain jacket.

  • A lightweight quick-dry towel.

We are currently looking for:

πŸ“ General farm help: We need help planting, harvesting, making compost, helping with the aquaponic system, making new planting beds, preparing the soil, feeding the animals, fixing and making new trails, weeding, mulching, etc.

πŸ“Έ Skilled photographer: We need someone who has their own equipment and can take better photos of the farm, farm shop products, rental cabin, farm-to-table meals, etc. We also would like to get some aerial photos to help us map the farm, so if you have a drone that’s a plus.

πŸ„ Mycology enthusiast: If you have experience growing gourmet mushrooms let us know. We are expanding our mushroom grow from personal use to selling to customers. We are in the process of building a controlled fruiting area and an incubation area to increase our production.

πŸͺš Skilled woodworker or carpenter: We need someone with carpentry skills for several projects including building a solar dehydrator, helping with the construction of the gourmet mushroom fruiting area, and many other smaller projects.

πŸ₯— Foodies... Are you a chef or a culinary expert? If you have culinary experience please let us know. We would like to find new more creative ways to use our farm-grown ingredients to develop more recipes to cook at the farm and also to share with our customers who buy our farm produce.

✍️ Writer, blogger, filmmaker: Are you into content creation? We would love to improve our blog to provide more recipes and articles, create social media content, create new videos for our youtube channel, improve our product descriptions, improve our website content, and more. If you have your own equipment that is preferred. We do have a decent camera with lenses, photo and video editing software, and a computer you could use.

🌳 Arborist: We need someone who can operate a chainsaw, and has experience cutting down trees and cutting down branches.

Few things to note:

πŸ‘‰ Isla Solarte is remote, with no roads, no shops, no bars, and no restaurants - everything is accessible by boat.

πŸ‘‰ We live in the jungle. This means wildlife of all kinds, including spiders, scorpions, and snakes. You are unlikely to encounter these creatures but people with phobias should be warned.

πŸ‘‰ Mosquitos, Chitras (no-see-ums), and other flying insects are common at dawn and dusk, please bring bug repellent and long sleeves if you prefer.

πŸ‘‰ Allergy alert: We have 2 dogs, 4 cats, and other animals on the farm.

πŸ‘‰ Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate the vegan diet as most of our meals are meat-based or contain animal products.

πŸ‘‰ Please do not arrive unannounced, we have dogs loose on the property and need to know your arrival time ahead of time.

πŸ‘‰ Transportation to our island costs $10 per person from Bocas Town. We can help you arrange transportation with a boat driver who knows where we are located. Please contact us the day before arrival to help you arrange transportation.

What other volunteers think

These are a few of the testimonials we received from past volunteers.
I traveled to Soul Fire Farm with two of my life long friends. Simply put, this is the best farm that you will find around the area. Emy and Lau set us up in a great cabin for our 4 weeks there and made us feel right at home. The work is very fair, 5 hours a day with breaks from the heat, and ranges from day to day. Some of our tasks included building raised beds, planting in the field, delivering produce to customers, mixing soil, cutting up trees and plants, and many other activities. Lau made us great food everyday and the meals were a great example of how they treated us like family. Their daughter Mia is an excellent cookie chef too. Being right on the ocean was so much fun and there is plenty of free time to go out swimming or on the kayak. Life on this farm never gets old with great views and a fun atmosphere of music playing. On some of our days off, we took the water taxi into town and got to explore the other islands/beautiful beaches. If you are looking for a great adventure and to help one of the nicest families continue to build their farm, look no further. I would go back to Soul Fire Farm without hesitation. Hopefully life brings me back here soon. We all miss life on Isla Solarte and our new friends we made there! This is a special place with even more special people. Don't miss out.
Sincerely,

Clay, Connor, and Ziggy

Unites States
Staying with this family was a very special time for me that I’ll never forget. Living there, with everything open-air was an incredible treat. The work was more than fair. And the weather, rain, wind, or sun, were all so hearty and wonderfully healing. Lau and Emmy are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people I’ve met, and have created such a beautiful warm home. Their kids are some of the smartest I’ve met and are such a blast to be around. I’m grateful for everything, and honored to have been a part.

Liam

United States
I had a great experience at soulfire farm. The family is great, the food is amazing and there is a lot to learn from this way of life. One day i would like to have a place of my own like this and the experience and skills i gained while working at soulfire farm at very valuable for when I go off-grid!

Paul

Germany

Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our farm shop! πŸ₯³

We're thrilled to offer our community the opportunity to enjoy our organic greens, fruits, vegetables, and other farm products delivered straight to your dock.

Our farm's production areas, species selection, and crop rotations will be based on the demand we receive, therefore, we're only accepting a handful of customers at a time. So, jump on our waitlist now to be one of the lucky ones to sample our fresh, organic, zero-mile, and downright delicious produce.

We will be adding new customers on a first come basis, prioritizing proximity to our farm (aka: our closest neighbors first πŸ˜€). Don't miss out on this chance to support your local farm and enjoy the tastiest and most nutritious organic produce around, and be part of our growing farm family.

Join the waitlist now and we'll let you know when you are first in line.

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The price to rent the cabin is $95 per night for up to 2 adults and 2 children. To confirm your booking you must pay a 50% deposit. If we have the availability we'll send you a link to pay your deposit.


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