Every year from late November-February migrant workers flood into Nueva Segovia to help in the cutting of coffee. We offer the opportunity to work alongside Nicaraguans in the harvest. Volunteers will gain a new appreciation of their coffee when they see the process from the bottom up, and will learn about all the intricacies of sustainable coffee cultivation from the small producers they work with. Ideally, volunteers for the harvest program have a strong desire to learn about coffee origins and the people who produce it.
As we now are in possession of our own farm, we will have opportunities for work at any given period of time. Currently, the farm is undergoing a major overhaul and is being cleaned, sprayed, and fertilized in preparation for the harvest. Since the farm is recently purchased, work is bountiful and there are approximately 25 local workers on site currently.
Days consist of waking up early, eating breakfast, and finishing work around 2 pm. Depending on your interest, we can customize the experience for physical requirements. Coffee experts will be on site frequently. We also are able to provide home-stays in the neighboring village of Mozonte amidst the coffee farm experience if preferable.
You will stay on site in Dipilto, on the farm, amongst workers for much of the day. There is a professional chef on site that will prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Weekends will be free and there are buses that can be accessed at the base of the mountain to explore the town of Dipilto, Mozonte, and Ocotal. Volunteers are welcome to visit Ocotal for weekends where there are often festivals and other activities to engage.
Work: Workers in the coffee harvest are on maximum production. They start early, end late, and work 7 days a week. As a volunteer, you may take weekends off to travel or relax.
Housing: Host families provide a room for volunteers on their farm.
Requirements: - Intermediate Spanish - Physically fit, navigation is strenuous, boots are highly recommended - Desire to understand and integrate with other cultures - Adaptable to different living conditions
Responsibility and Expectations
You will be responsible for a pillow, filter, your own water, sleeping bag, medicine for stomach problems and any allergies. Boots and a rain jacket are highly recommended. Transportation to and from the farm will also be your responsbility. The days are long and the terrain is highly demanding. We have basic necessities here but YOU will be responsible for providing yourself with the necessities that come along with the coffee farm experience. You will be living the life of a coffee worker, and this is something that will be very different from anything you have experienced previously, and if you are not flexible, in good shape and prepared to rough it, this is not the place. We do not change the system of the coffee farm to specifically accommodate volunteers outside of the daily informational sessions provided by the volunteer coordinator and on-site experts. ANY medical emergencies or issues will not be the responsibility or Project Eco-Nic. We will provide help as we can but we will not provide financial assistance for any medical, emotional, or other types of issues incurred during your stay with us. We want to be very clear that our experience is unique, eye-opening, and extremely informative, however, in the same thread, it is not for everyone and we want to give you all the information clearly so you know if this is right for you. Minimum stay: 3 weeks, longer preferred.
Cost: 60USD/week. This covers 3 meals a day and board. Water is not covered as some volunteers bring purifiers and others are able to drink the local water.
How to apply: To apply, download the application form on the contactpage and send us an email!