WorkAway story: Christmas in Belize

Hello, My Friend!

Before I get deep into any details, let’s make it clear, that

This is a story.

So, if you are interested in more details about this program called WorkAway check out my post about:

I heard about WorkAway for the first time almost a year ago. I was in Barcelona and I met two Hungarian girls who were working at the hostel I stayed in. They were mostly painting the walls for like 4-5 hours a day and in return, they could sleep there for free and they got also some food. I realized that this website is a great opportunity to travel and to save money at the same time. #smartgirl

 
Before we came to Central America we registered on this website, we created our profile, we paid the annual fee and we started researching.
 
We wrote to like 10-15 places form Belize, but we got just 2 answers. One of them said we would have to go later (so it was not good for us), but the other woman was interested in our skills. We started a conversation with Her because we were really interested in her place. The truth is that we didn’t really know what should we expect, her profile wasn’t really detailed, not enough pictures and she had just one review (but it was a good one) 😀
 
But we went to the meeting point. After waiting for like 10 minutes, an old lady came with an old truck. She pulls over, and 5 minutes we are already in her truck, going somewhere, out of the city… in the middle of nowhere in Belize :))… I remember, she was talking to us, but I couldn’t understand a thing, because the old truck was soooo loud :))
 
 
Anyway, we got to this amazing farm, 20-30 minutes away from Belmopan (the capital of Belize). Everything was green, the view was breath-taking and they had a guest house for us. But above all, we had the chance to get to know her (Karin), her partner (Mac), and her genius friend (Julio).
We spent 3 weeks at their farm, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On that week I did miss my family and my friends, but I cannot imagine a better place to feel like home, so far away from my real home <3

About the work?

Well, they were suuuper flexible and understanding. We worked a little bit almost every day, and we helped where we could. We cleaned up an old van; the one which took them to Belize from America 10 years ago. We helped with some technical stuff, then we worked in garden, weeding and planting. Wherever they needed us, we helped. The work was totally fine! Moreover, we enjoyed everything we had to do!
 
Also, Karin is part of an organization, called Pro-Organic Belize. They are helping farms in Belize to get more clients to buy organic vegetables and fruits. So, whenever Karin went to the meetings we went with her.

In exchange?

Besides the private guest house and the gorgeous food we got every day, we had the chance to listen to their stories. At one point I started to take notes because they told us sooo many useful things.

About Them

I don’t feel like I’m good enough in storytelling or in writing (especially in English), to describe them for you. But there were the most conscious and open-minded and wise and fun people I’ve ever met! They are aware of what is going on around us. They might live a bit isolated, but they educate themselves and they are constantly searching for new solutions.
 
They have a lot of projects going on to help the local communities and to live a more sustainable life: from biochar, aquaculture and hügelkultur to making herbal medicines, they are involved in a lot of crazy stuff. Also, they are experimenting with hydrogen fuel cell as a safe efficient fuel source.
 
Oh, and most importantly, they believe (and now I do too) that HEMP could take a huge part in saving our Planet.
 

“Food from hemp for humans and animals dates back to the beginning of recorded history, and for thousands of years, it was the largest agricultural crop grown worldwide. 

Hemp was relied on for not only food, but for fuel, fibre, paper, industrial source materials, and medicine. In 1801 Thomas Jefferson, a hemp farmer and third president of the United States, declared, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country — if people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

For more information, please read Karin’s article HERE.

Currently, to help locals, they are searching for funds to buy solar panels for poor families.

HERE you can read more, or donate, if you want/can.

An average day

6:00-8:00: I woke up, did my morning yoga routine and I was reading in a hammock. 
 
8:00-9:00: coffee and breakfast (usually, eggs with toast, or beagles, oatmeal) 
 
9:00-13:00: work. This was a very flexible and enjoyable part of the day.
 
13:00-13:30: small lunch (usually fried cheese sandwich)
 
13:30- 18:00: work or free time.
 
18:00-19:00: dinner (usually rice and beans, with salad, veggies and fish for us, chicken for everyone else). A lot of time people from the village came over and ate together with us.
 
19:00-22:00: watching the sunset, playing board games and eating Karin’s best brownies or Mac’s best sweet potato pie! This was my favourite part of the day because they told us all these stories from their life… I miss it!

I loved living with Karin, Mac and Julio! They were encouraging us to do what we love and to appreciate our journey!

Ps. For Karin, Mac and Julio. If you ever read this, and I believe you will, thank you for everything again! This blog post is just a small fragment of my feelings and thoughts about the time we spend together, but I’m sure you all know this! 

See you soon!

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