I just wanted to put my initial thoughts out there about the how the Community Volunteer Program will likely work.
For starters, it's going to be a bit different than what the volunteers have experienced in the past. The "shifts" will be quite a bit easier and will more than likely be centered around guest experiences more than anything else. Especially at first.
For one thing we are organizing this with the idea that we won't be using the current basecamp. Which means no kitchen to clean, no rancho for happy hours or yoga, and no bunk house.
At first we'll be implementing Matthew's plan for reduced rental in exchange for work but I hope to have a "community basecamp" up and going soon. This would give us a working kitchen where we could host breakfasts and some dinners, a nice clean bunk house for about 2 or 3 volunteers (with hot showers), possibly a place for yoga and potentially a simple happy hour. We could use this community basecamp to host longer staying volunteers or those on a budget and run it in conjunction with the rental program.
As far as meals for the volunteers, we are still working out the kinks. However at first, expect that you'll be provided with some sort of Finca Fresh bag of groceries. We'll be coupling this with regular scheduled trips offsite to both grocery stores and restaurants. Now if and when we get some sort of kitchen going, you'll of course be included in any meals that are served.
So a shift right now (and we're kind of making this up as we go) might include:
-teaching yoga for an hour/day
-greeting guests at the gate and escorting them to their homes
-assisting with check ins
-making sure guests know all the rules
-assisting in enforcing the rules
-assisting with setting up the house for the guest (I don't think we'll have you clean but maybe tie up towel animals or something cutesy and welcoming--make sure hot water and electricity are working if applicable)
-hikes with the guests (house tours, river tours, swimming hole tours, waterfall tours, La Punta tours, whatever)
-upselling the pay services (massages, night hikes, shuttle services, etc)
-explaining and taking meal orders and shuttle service appointments
If we get the kitchen going like I'd like to, then there will be some light kitchen duties as well…likely, you'll clean after the chicas cook breakfasts and the occasional community meals. But we'd be open to having the volunteers do some cooking too if they'd like.
Lot's of kinks to still work out. We need to make it fun and rewarding.
I'm open to suggestions so please share your thoughts, concerns, etc..