Une mission bénévole
Une mission bénévole posté par Otra Cosa Network
Publié le : 24 janv. 2013
Sícchezpampa is a lovely small town situated 1,500 metres above sea level in the tropical hills of Ayabaca province. The inhabitants of Sícchezpampa are mainly focused on sugar cane and organic coffee production, although nowadays they also tend to a small herd of domesticated animals. The lifestyle here is based on an Incan socio-economic model of community strength. It relies on solidarity and mutual cooperation between the members of the community.
In Sícchezpampa the entire community works on the farm (chakra) of each member on a rotating basis. Working together is essential for the labour on the farms. During the harsh winter (January to May), basic activities such as cleaning, strewing and stripping are very tough due to heavy rainfalls and mud in the area. The coffee harvest then starts between June and July until December. Farmers really need the help of volunteers in the day-to-day operations as they cannot afford employees and the climatic conditions make the crop very difficult.
The main goal of this project is to help improve the quality of life for the people of Sicchezpampa. Volunteering here also contributes to the awareness and promotion of sustainable social development, a life force for this remote mountain community. If you have a brave heart, are happy in the middle of nowhere without the comforts of home and want to help sow the seeds of development in this remote mountain community then you should not miss this volunteer opportunity!
Volunteer Roles/Working Hours:
The main task of volunteers is to assist the farmers of Sicchezpampa with all the agricultural work required to run the holdings.
Tasks can include:
1. Harvesting & processing the coffee & sugar from June to December.
2. Helping out with the eco-garden (huerta) and the domesticated animals on it (from May to December)
3. Maintaining the land and getting it ready for cultivating by tidying-up, cleaning and ensuring a proper care and maintenance.
4. Bringing new ideas about how to improve the growing of coffee, sugar and other products.
5. Setting-up extra activities for the empowerment of the community.
Usually, volunteers work from Monday to Saturday, in the morning (08:00 till 12:00) or in the afternoon (14:00 till 17:00). However, from June to December (peak season) you might work from 7:00 to 19:00. You need to be flexible in terms of season and weather conditions – making hay (or coffee) while the sun shines! In any case, you will always have at least one day free. There is not much to do alone in Sicchezpampa, apart from walking in these great mountains so don't forget to bring a few books!
Please visit our website to apply: http://otracosa.org/apply-now.html
For further information about the program, please visit: http://otracosa.org/browseallprojects/item/200-organic-fair-trade-coffee-and-sugar-community-farm.html