ICA Reforestation Project
The project’s main facility is a forest nursery, located in the Labor San Antonio in Quetzaltenango’s Zone 9, about two kilometers from the center of the city.
The nursery is under the supervision of the ICAmigos NGO and is staffed by a team of temporary and permanent workers. The project’s mission is to raise two hundred thousand trees of local species such as alder, cypress, pine, and eucalyptus every year.
The development of the process begins with seed collection, preparation of the soil, and buying bags for each seedling and transplanting the seedlings in their individual bags, further, the seedlings are maintained through irrigation and fertilization. This process continues until the seedlings can survive in the mountains without special projection. On average we maintain the trees for a total of 5 years.
Costs & Benefits
The work that volunteers play depends on the time they come to the project. Since in Guatemala is very well mark the planting season from May to October, during this time the work is planting, watering and sell trees. The rest of the year there are different tasks such as filling bags with soil, seed collection, etc.
The project also works with schools and social groups to raise awareness about the importance of trees and the benefits they bring to our community.
The nursery is open from 8am to 2pm; volunteers can work for at least three days during the week for a minimum of four hours each day.
The cost per week is $60; this includes living with a Guatemalan family in a private room and three meals per day. It also includes a small donation to the project. Volunteers have a special price for Spanish classes $ 5 per hour.
If they already have a place to stay they should only give a voluntary donation.
To get to the project they can walk, but if they want to go by bus would need to pay about $ 6 a month.
Beginner level of Spanish and aged 15 years old or over.
19 Avenida 1-47 Zona 1,
Tel: +502 7763-1871
Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Average cost per day: $10
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and have basic Spanish