Jaguar de Madera “Bicimaquinas (bike-machines) ”
Description: The project Jaguar de Madera it’s an educational center of eco-technologies established in 2007 in order to promote the bio-construction, permaculture, carpentry and cultural exchange. After a process of rescue and cleanup of a vacant lot and the support and collaboration of other organizations, it was carried out the rehabilitation and construction of what would become a training center for use and application of various alternative technologies for recycling materials and natural resources. Some of the bio-construction techniques applied are; superblock, construction with bottle,, cob and adobe. It also develops organic agricultural projects and renewable energies such as “bicimaquinas” (bike-machines), solar panels and wood stove.
Type of Work: Volunteers will be able to learn and practice different techniques of bio-construction, using low cost local recycled materials and natural resources. The tasks will depend on climate conditions and needs of the center, but hard physical work as to be considered, each workcamp will have as principal aim to achieve the following activities according to the next calendar. *August; Construction of a “Temazcal” and traditional oven. *October; Making of bici-maquinas (bike-machines) *December; Making of artistic furniture and stuff with recycled materials.
Study Theme: The mission of Jaguar de Madera is to aim the use of efficient natural resources, the sustainable self-sufficiency and improvement of life quality with a positive impact in the environment.
Accommodation: in the eco-town Jaguar de Madera which still in construction.Volunteers will sleep in specific places for their relaxation in tents ( it is required that each volunteer brings its own sleeping bag , tent and yoga mat), actually there are cabins in construction, so, some of them are for hosting volunteers,but sometimes there is not enough room. There are no hot water showers.
Language: In this project the official language is English, however a basic level of Spanish would be helpful. We invite volunteers to get an intensive course of Spanish or another language (international or Mayan indigenous with an extra fee) in La Casa en el Arbol Centro Cultural. Courses can be taken one week before the beginning of the project. For more information visit: www.lacasaenelarbol.org
Requirements: Volunteers interested in participating in this project must: be over 18, have an open mind and flexibility to work in an environment in full contact with nature; be ready to do physical work.
Approximate Location: This project will take place in Los Altos del Estado de Chiapas, in southwest of México, in Rancheria San Jose Buena Vista, close to the small and charming city of San Cristóbal de las Casas,
Notes: The camps include three meals a day in standard quantities (300 grams per serving) , additional quantities of this should be covered by the volunteer. Any special dietary requirements should be informed before the start of camp.
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