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Continued: Island is Nicaragua's budding hot spot

  • Article by: KAREN CATCHPOLE , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 25, 2013 - 1:43 PM

Sustainable voluntourism

Visitors looking for a more immersive experience on Ometepe can choose from a number of voluntourism opportunities. Project Bona Fide Farm opened 12 years ago near Balgue and has grown into a ground-breaking permaculture operation, school and movement. Bona Fide has nearly 30 local staff members and up to 30 volunteers at a time who are housed and fed in exchange for work around the farm (

Volunteers are also welcome on the Organic Farm at Totoco Eco Lodge with a minimum commitment of one month spent weeding, planting and expanding the vegetable garden, increasing reforestation efforts, introduction honey bees and more ($4 per day per volunteer covers food and camping and dorm-style accommodation (


Writer Karen Catchpole and photographer Eric Mohl have spent more than five years on the road, traveling through North and Central America on their way to South America. Follow their journey at


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