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Permaculture/Agro-forestry Internship Belize

 

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Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles upriver from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, we are a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using Permaculture principles and applied biodiversity.
 
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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
We much prefer week long visits to less than a full week visits

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Cost:
US$50 per night, US$200 a week or US$600 for the month, which covers room and board. A day visit is US$25, with site walk and meal. We much prefer week long visits to less than a full week visits.

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Reviews

Magic in The Maya Mountains
"After having travelled Ecuador through Central America I found myself at this farm in Southern Belize, near the border of Guatemala. During my time travelling I worked on several Permaculture projects all at various stages of establishment. None can compare to this farm, one of the oldest Permaculture working farms in the world. What Christopher Nesbitt has achieved here over the last 30 + years is truly remarkable. An abundant food forest located 2 miles up the San Pedro branch of the Rio Grande river, Chris and Celini are stewards of 70 acres of regenerated land which is home to over 500 hundred species of plants as well as an abundance of wildlife. Whilst the central focus of the project is Permaculture, agroforestry, agroecology and regenerative farming there is something of interest here for all ecological disciplines. As interns at the farm we had the opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna, work with medicinal plants, help care for the animals and learn regenerative farming techniques. During my time here I picked and processed coffee, cacao, vanilla, made coconut oil, harvested bananas, plantain, bread fruit, bread nut, sacha inchi….the list goes on and on and on! Chris and Celini are frequently involved in outreach work in communities across Belize, installing water pumps, solar installations and other consultancy work – they are always willing to take you along for the ride and experience which is a great way to see some more of Belize, during my stay with them I attended the Caribbean Crop Growers Association annual AGM, the Tropical Regenerative Agriculture Conference, the Toledo Farmers Association meeting as well as accompanying them to several projects in local Maya communities as well as work with farmers from across Belize who come to the farm to learn about regenerative farming techniques such as inga alley cropping. Celini is a demon in the kitchen and meals are all farm to table, we were able to sample many kinds of new and delicious foods. We also got to work with both Kekchi and Mopan Maya farmers who were able to share their extensive knowledge about the plants and animals in the region as well as their own cultures. The other wonderful thing about my time here was the opportunity to meet so many other wonderful interns from around the world, students, scientists and researchers from all corners of the globe came to visit during my time here and many will remain to be friends for life. At this critical point in human evaluation this is a wonderful sanctuary to visit and learn techniques that may well be the only solutions for the survival of mankind."- Fran Burton

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