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Voluntourism Spotlight: Sustainable Farming in Mexico

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In this week’s voluntourism spotlight, we’re featuring a different kind of agritourism. The Yolitia farm focuses on sustainable farming and living. Keep reading to find out about how you can volunteer your time to help and learn at this family-run community. And be sure and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide radio on Saturday for more information.

Just outside of Malinalco in the State of Mexico is Yolitia. Run by Carlos Alvear (aka Dr. Carlos) and his family, Yolitia is based on philosophies of sustainable and holistic growing, giving guests the option to volunteer while staying on the property. People from all over the world come to work on the grounds, and there is a very communal feel supporting both long-term and short-term volunteer projects.

Yolitia means, “where life can recreate,” and its the farm’s driving philosophy.

From dry toilets to solar heating to rainwater recapture, Yolitia works to maximize sustainability while minimizing its ecological footprint. Yolitia also aims to educate people on natural healing; volunteers  have the opportunity to be involved with therapeutic and medicinal research from Crystal Farming or water oxygenation.

A stay at Yolitia is equally relaxing as it is an opportunity to work and grow. Being family run, programs, pricing and length of stays are highly customized. Accommodations vary from basic shared to private bungalows hidden in the forests on site.

By Courtney Crockett for