Kuxul Lum Permaculture 1
Description: “Kuxul Lum” (a phrase in the indigenous language Tseltal that means living earth) a community bio-construction and permaculture project in development is reopening activities. The main objective is to establish a self-sufficient and sustainable habitable space within a small part of the forest. We plan to achieve this through the implementation, diffusion and introduction of eco-technologies that are accessible and applicable to the social environment and cultural exchange is a central part of daily life.
Type of Work: Volunteers will work between 5 and 6 hours a day throughout the two weeks (the weekend will be free to share with the entire group). The main activities will be based on the building of structures by using regional resources (mainly earth, stones and wood), care of, and in some cases the production of, organic vegetables for consumption, and organic fertilizers, as well as training workshops. Initiatives and proposals will be taken into account that can provide volunteers with skills and interests in various tasks of the project.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a space destined by the center Kuxul Lum. They will have access to all the basic services, including hot water. There is no Internet service but you can bring personal electronic devices. In some nearby places there is cell phone service, cash machines and supermarkets. Each volunteer will participate in cleaning in cleaning common areas. The project includes three standard quantity meals per day (300 grams per portion), any additional food must be paid for by the volunteer. Any dietary restrictions should be informed before the start of the camp.
Language: A medium level of Spanish is necessary. Volunteers who so request it, we encourage volunteers who require intensive language classes to improve their Spanish, or any other international or indigenous Maya language, to matriculate in the language and culture institute La Casa en el Árbol. For more information, please visit: www.lacasaenelarbol.org.mx
Approximate Location: The camp takes place in the community of San José Ocotal in the city of Teopisca, 40 minutes from the city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, with an altitude of 1,780 meters above sea level. In Teopisca you can find supermarkets, pharmacies, health clinics, restaurants as well as tourist attractions. Within the community of San José Ocotal, there is a presence of indigenous Tzotzil and Tzeltal peoples, and we ask much respect for their customs.