Focus: Conservation, Community and Education.
ASODILL, an active community-based organization, was formed on October 15, 2006 by Pascual Rafael Escobar. ASODILL’s purpose is to promote conservation of the unique natural habitat that surrounds the Loma Linda community, while emphasizing environment education, local knowledge and capacity, ecotourism, organic farming and sustainable coffee production.
Since the formation of ASODILL, careful strategic planning has resulted in the creation of the ecotourism project. A series of tour routes has been developed and presented to many visitor groups. A tourist hotel was built, largely with donated Association labour, and a donated computer forms the basis of the ASODILL office.
ASODILL is a non-profit organization that is registered under the government of Guatemala through the state organization that is called “Governacion”. The association supports the town with projects such as diversification of crops from monoculture and creating new employment opportunities for adults and youths, as well as eco-tourism and developing the local school.
Costs & Benefits
ASODILL have various jobs for volunteers:
- Help with developing the eco-tourism project by clearing the paths and helping create trail signs, cleaning up the community, helping with creating cheap marketing materials and translations.
- Work with organic horticulture. A few days a week you can work in this vegetable garden. You can for example clear land, prepare land for the vegetables, disinfect the land, plant vegetables and more.
- Help assist community members with the project of advanced vermicomposting/wormcomposting (lombricultura) which is the foundation of their organic coffee production.
- Help with the newly established tree-nursery by weeding, watering, planting and caring for the shrubs and saplings.
- Work on the coffee parcels. There is always work to do.
For longer term (minimum time commitment of a month) Loma Linda looks for volunteers that like to teach English in their primary school.
Volunteer fees are $10/day including accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Trial tour activities cost $10 pp with discounts for groups.
No special skills/qualifications are required to participate only a willingness to share your time and work with community members. Volunteers should be aged 18 and over.
ASOCIACION SOSTENIBLE PARA EL DESARROLLO INTEGRAL Y TURISTICO DE LOMA LINDA
Aldea Loma Linda, El Palmar,
2 hours from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Tel: (502) 4996 2110
Location: Aldea Loma Linda, El Palmar, Guatemala
Average cost per day:$10
Focus: Conservation, Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.