• Nicaragua

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Feb 05, 2018
Nov 28, 2016
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Join us for a work-trade program opportunity in Nicaragua.

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No, I don't recommend this program

Unhappy Volunteer

As someone who has worked on multiple permaculture farms, I was very excited to see this one in person and signed on as a volunteer. However, I quickly found that the leadership was unable to effectively manage the site and the people. The work I did for them in exchange for food and housing was unrelated to permaculture and I learned nothing from my stay. I was used as free labor and received little in exchange. Having paid for this experience and not received what I was promised in return, I would not recommend this program. That being said, if you know nothing about permaculture or are only looking to stay for a few days, you'll probably like it.

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Response from Project Bona Fide

Hey Olivia! Thank you for your feedback. Olivia came to Project Bona Fide for a marketing work-trade commitment for 3 months. There were multiple conversations and a signed letter of agreement detailing the nature of the agreement which was a generous discount on food and lodging in exchange for additional marketing & communications work for the project. Olivia decided not to participate in our plant internship program, which is an intensive educational experience led by a professional team of educators and staff. Instead she opted for a discounted work-trade and was thoroughly briefed on what the commitment entailed. We offered numerous learning opportunities in the field and workshops related to permaculture to Olivia in exchange for her hard work that were often refused. Olivia terminated her commitment to the organization one month before the agreed upon length of stay and has since threatened to leave negative reviews on all of our partner sites. We greatly appreciated the work she did while at the farm and enjoyed the experience of learning from her skill set in graphic design and marketing. We ask volunteers and interns applying to our programs to be clear and open in their communication regarding their expectations from our site and their learning objectives so that we can best fulfill their needs. We are a 15-year old experiential education center that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to join our team of dedicated staff to learn from our site, strengthen our communities, preserve biodiversity, and build a better future.

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