Short Term Volunteers

Short-Term Volunteer Program

Volunteers who work for the creation of the Bosque are rewarded with being able to stay more nights at the Bosque in exchange.
The Bosque has hosted hundreds of volunteers from all over the world.
We have a volunteer program which is both challenging and rewarding.

  • Packing List. Bring what you need. We are remote.
  • Rules. Gotta have rules to make the place work well. If you don’t love our rules, don’t come!
  • Flexibility:
    You can always be a paying guest first and see if you want to try becoming a volunteer. And you can always switch back too!
    We do drop a volunteer the same day they don’t work out for us. Volunteers who are late, lazy, incompetent, sick, or difficult, should not attempt to work but rather be vacationing visitors, or leave. We have no space for tourists whose goal is to party and travel for free.

    Who will you work with?
    You will work with the Bosque crew. They do not speak English.
    Where will you sleep?
    Volunteers stay in Bosque tents. Often a cabana is available. Beds, blankets and pillows are provided. Upgrades to better accommodations are possible for those staying longer.

    Fill out the Volunteer application:
    Volunteer application.
    Tell us as much as you like about your interests and skills so we can work together to make an enriching experience for everyone.

    After you fill out the form, We might have to turn you down if we don’t have open positions or projects for your skill set. If you are accepted we will tell you how to get here and confirm that the plan is good.

    Here are some pictures of what bring a Volunteer looks like: Volunteers in the Bosque

    And more pictures of life in the Bosque: Life in the Bosque
    Sometimes there are fun groups in the Bosque, but often is is quiet and there is almost nobody here! Check first or bring a friend if you get lonely!

    How to stay longer: Some volunteers are working to fill a role, or create a business so they can live at the Bosque longer or make it their home. They can apply to be a Resident Volunteer and fill more advanced roles in the Bosque. There are positions in teaching, the kitchens, activities, business development, design and much more.

    This video shows some of the types of tasks Short-Term Volunteers can do to help. What volunteers do at the Bosque Village

    Teams which accept short term volunteers:  Bosque Construction and Bosque Granjas.  Most other teams require training to join. 

    Personal Contribution

    Have a very special skill?  You can make a proposal for exactly what you would like to do with your skills and we will consider it. We do not need spiritual services or DJs.
    Send a full description of what you wish to do and the impact it would have on you and the Bosque.

    Bosque Construction

    • Short term volunteers accepted. One of the easiest teams to get onto, but has the hardest physical work.
    • Hours: fixed hours of 8 am to 1:30 p.m..
    • Typical tasks: Digging trails, building foundations for buildings made of earth, mixing cob and adobe, applying plaster finish to buildings, carving beams.
    • Be ready for a hard day of work. Wear hard sole shoes. Bring a water bottle as your worksite may be remote. Have a notebook and pen or a way to take notes.

    Roles

    • Grunt:  Usually the work is general. Special projects sometimes possible.
    • Volunteer manager: For people who are existing experts, teachers, and workers in eco-construction. Choose Active visitors to be grunts daily and work along side them managing the project. Must be able to describe why the project is being done and how.  Reports to the Director of Bosque Construction. Current Managers: Beto, Adon, Gato, Chilino.
    • Architects. Special role.
    • Director of Construction. Only for people planning to stay 6 months or more.  The director promotes the eco-building program, designs and chooses projects and sets priorities. The director manages the team managers. Reports to San Galileo Junta.

    Bosque Granjas

    • Short term volunteers accepted. Easy to get on the team. Work varies from very hard to medium.
    • Hours: fixed hours of 8 am to 1:30 p.m..
    • Typical tasks:  Harvesting fertilizer from the chicken and rabbit pens, digging new gardens, planting seeds, planting starts and trees, watering plants, hauling compost in wheelbarrows, making cuttings of plants, collecting eggs, butchering rabbits, tanning hides.

    Roles

    • Grunt:  Usually the work is general. Special projects sometimes possible.
    • Volunteer manager: For people who are existing experts, teachers, and workers in food forest farming. Choose Active visitor to be grunts daily and work along side them managing the project. Must be able to describe why the project is being done and how.  Reports to the Director of Bosque Granjas. Must track produce. Current managers: Chilino, Nere, Adon, Beto
    • Director of Bosque Granjas. Only for residents 6 months or longer.  The director promotes the Bosque gardens, designs and chooses projects and sets priorities. The director manages the team managers. Reports to San Galileo Junta.

    Bosque Estudios

    The Bosque studios organize people to create more art and to display it well.
    You can make your application to join this team after you have already volunteered on the Construction or Garden team for a few days.

    • Grunt:  Usually the work is general. Cleaning the studio. Giving classes. Assisting classes. Shooting portraits of guests.  Lending out costumes. Face painting.
    • Special projects: Graphic design – if you have your own computer to do it on.
    • Special projects: Run writers workshops, recruit artists and performers. Plan and perfrm specacles.
    • Resident Artist: for artists who are wanting to focus fully on an art project. Painting murals, making large sculptures, helping the Construction team make beautiful buildings. Make your proposal. One week minimum stay, one month or more preferred.
    • Volunteer manager: For people who are existing experts, teachers, and workers in art. Choose Active visitor to be Art Grunts daily and work along side them managing the studio and projects. Must be able to describe why the project is being done and how.  Reports to the Director of Bosque Estudio. Must track and document all art produced. Current managers: Nere, Marina, Gato, Brian
    • Director of Bosque Estudios. Only for people planning to stay 6 months or more.  The director promotes the Bosque Estudio, designs and chooses projects and sets priorities. The director manages the team managers, evaluates special roject proposals Reports to San Galileo Junta. Current Director: Brian
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