Project Bona Fide (PBF) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation. We are a demonstrative permaculture site and experience-based learning centre, utilising permaculture design, agroforestry, research and education, and community collaboration, for the most part to promote food security on Isla de Ometepe.
Farm volunteers support a variety of projects including but not limited to natural building, tree propagation, gardening, irrigation, cooking, planting, natural medicine, and projects with the local community.
Volunteers stay in our open-air dormitories (bunk beds, mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets included).
We provide 3 delicious daily meals.
Project Bona Fide asks international volunteers to pay a program fee that covers room and board (3 meals/day except for Saturday dinners) and the operational costs of local staff.
The Program Fee is as follows:
Less than 1 week: $22/day
1-2 weeks: $20/day
2 weeks-1 month: $18/day
1 month: $440/month.
We can organize pick up and drop offs from regional airports for an additional fee. Farm volunteers are offered a tour included in the cost of the program. We also host regular workshops and learning opportunities, some of which are included in the cost of the program and others are an additional fee. Workshops include everything from chocolate making to agroforestry practices. Please inquire with our program coordinator for a full list of offered activities!
It is helpful to bring your own mosquito net, as ours generally have a lot of wear and tear. Rectangle fits best on the bunks.
We have year-round staff that manage all of our living farm systems. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with our staff in the garden, kitchen, agroforestry system, and tree nursery.
We are dedicated to providing people with the knowledge and skills needed to empower them to produce their own food in a sustainable manner, thus also allowing them to live more intentionally in their own environments.
Our approach has three key elements:
1. Demonstrate the possible. We use permaculture and agroforestry research and design principles to conduct plant trials onsite and demonstrate successful models to the public.
2. Educate people, while also learning from them. We teach sustainable lifestyle principles to volunteers, interns, student groups, and local community members.
3. Collaborate with the community. We support community projects through financial support, knowledge, and technical skills.