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Project Bona Fide is a non-profit organization and demonstrative permaculture farm working toward sustaining culture through organic agriculture, community correlated outreach, and re-forestation projects in Nicaragua. PBF utilizes permaculture design, agroforestry, research & education, and community collaboration to promote food security on Isla de Ometepe.

PBF was created out of a need to support rural Nicaraguan farming communities so that they may gain self-empowerment and economic stability. Their vision is to educate and expose people to the possibilities of multi-strata food production through demonstrative agriculture on their 26-acre model farm, Finca Bona Fide.

Bona Fide is based in the rural community of Balgue on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, a half day’s travel from the capital, Managua. Farm volunteers support a variety of projects like: natural building, tree propagation, gardening, irrigation, cooking, planting, and projects with the local community.

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Volunteers are welcome to stay on the farm for any number of days, weeks, or months. Volunteers willing to commit to 3+ months on the farm should inquire about our Internship Program.


Project Bona Fide asks international volunteers to pay a Program Fee that covers room & board (3 meals/day except Saturday dinners) and the operational costs of local staff.
Volunteer Program Fees: Less than 1 week: $20/day; 1-2 weeks: $18/day, 2 weeks-1 month: $16/day, 1 month: $400/month.

Internship Program: Fee covers a 4-day orientation, room & board (3 meals/day), weekly spanish language lessons, skill building workshops & weekly activities, a midterm retreat, and a $300 Project Seed Fund for individual interns’ project.
Internship Program Fees: 3 months: $2470, 4 months: $3150, 5 months: $3830, 6 months: $4510.


For more information about volunteering with Project Bona Fide, visit them online:

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