VOLUNTEERING AT FUNGI
WHAT TO EXPECT
Volunteers at the Fungi Academy work 5 hours each day for 5 days of the week as per the community schedule – typically Monday to Friday however days and times are subject to change during special events or courses taking place. You can expect a portion of your time to be devoted towards the basic tasks that are required to keep the community running (cooking, cleaning, etc.) and the majority of time is focused on current projects (food forest, property building and maintenance, etc.). We do our best to match you with the tasks that reflect your interests and/or skills. In exchange, you will be provided accommodation (dorm or tent, on a first come, first served basis), 2 communal meals Monday to Friday with access to the kitchen and food on evenings and weekends, and an awesome community setting complemented by an amazing view of the Lake and surrounding volcanoes!
Our goal is to provide all volunteers with a valuable and unforgettable experience, meeting all your needs while furthering the vision of the Fungi Academy project.
If at any point during your stay you would like more time off, you are welcome to transfer to Guest status for a day or few at the Guest rate. You can also find out more information about being a Guest and other topics on our FAQ page.
Alternately, if you are looking for a more mycelial-enhanced experience with a lab focus while still enjoying the benefits of community living, you can check out our Lab Apprenticeship Program.
MINIMAL STAY AND COST
We ask that volunteers stay with us for a minimum of one month (4 weeks) at a cost of 50Q per day. This cost covers all your needs, including communal food, utilities (including electricity, clean water, and Wifi), and other supplies we share for living and working together. We are a not-for-profit community and open to sharing more about our cost structure if you have any questions.
In the interest of supporting the local and Central American community we have a reduced cost of 40Q per day for the beautiful people from Central America and Mexico. Minimum stay of one month is still required.
We ask that volunteers arrive on a Sunday to allow you the time to settle and begin fresh with us on a Monday morning with our weekly Morning Circle meeting. You will also receive a welcoming community tour and orientation.
LEVELING UP YOUR STAY
We love to offer incentive for people to stay longer and level up their leadership skills!
If you choose to take on more responsibility and extend your stay for a full second month, we offer a reduced fee of 40Q per day.
Willing to take another level in commitment and perform a leadership role? It may be possible for you to extend your stay for a third month and pay as little as 30Q per day.
Now we get crazy…many people fall in love with Fungi Academy and choose to stay even longer than 6 months. We value long-term contributions of these community members so much that often after 6 months residence at Fungi can be completely free.
Currently, with two productive years under our belt, we are continuing to build our community with projects including the building of a food forest, general building repair and maintenance, social media and website maintenance/updates, kitchen management and people management.
For this reason, we are especially looking for volunteers with skills in the following areas:
- Mushroom Cultivation
- Web Writing
- Social Media (experience in Facebook and Instagram, creation of memes, posts and newsletter)
- Permaculture/Landscaping (experience in tropical climate with strong rainy and dry seasons)
- Project and Volunteer Management
- Kitchen Management
Please see our FAQ page and feel free to drop us a line if you have additional questions.