Organic Farm


Welcome to our community! Thank you for choosing San Pedro La Laguna as part of your vacation.

Welcome to Orbita Spanish School! Under the direction of Eduardo Cortez, Orbita coordinates volunteer opportunities with the organic farm – Tz’unun Ya’.

To schedule a volunteer opportunity please email Eduardo Cortez at:
Tell me about the organic farming community – Tz’unun Ya’?

The organic farm – Tz’unun Ya’ was created with the idea of promoting regenerative agricultural practices, strengthening food sovereignty, and rescuing native and heirloom seeds from the region. We work towards the conservation of Lake Atitlan by spreading organic farming practices through workshops, trainings, exchanges, educational events and local markets that directly benefit local farmers.

The Organic Farm aims to directly address the social and environmental issues facing our community through direct implementation of positive solutions, which begin at our experimental farm on the stunning shores of Lake Atitlan.

What better way to experience our community than to learn alongside local farmers and their families?

You will be able to coordinate your schedule at the school around your volunteer and tourism activities.


  • Permaculture design principles and ethics in practice
  • Design of gardens and food forests with medicinal and edible plants
  • Organic products and sustainable systems

Agro-ecology and organic agriculture techniques:

  • Preparing organic fertilizers and practicing ecological management
  • Biointensive method of gardening
  • Harvesting and processing vegetables and seeds
  • Food sovereignty movement

Culture and community Life:

  • Exchange of experiences and new perspectives
  • Tz’utujil Cosmology and traditional knowledge
  • Ancestral practices and the Mayan calendar
  • Nature and indigenous culture
  • Participation in local markets, traditional food, and social/cultural events

A chance to practice your Spanish:

  • Share a meal with local families from the local organic farming network
  • Activities and meetings with the group
  • Meeting other members of the local farming community!

What schedule can I work?

Mornings                                                       Afternoons

 Monday to Friday                                                                         Monday to Friday

From 8:00am to 12:00pm                                                             From 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Monday                    8:00am to 12:00pm                                      2:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday                    8:00am to 12:00pm                                      2:00pm to 5:00pm

Wednesday                         X                                                                         X

Thursday                  8:00am to 12:00pm                                       2:00pm to 5:00pm

Friday                                   X                                                                         X

Please ask if you would like to work on Friday.

You must work a minimum of 12 hours per week.

To schedule a volunteer opportunity please email Eduardo Cortez at:

The people who work in the farms are fantastic and very knowledgeable. You will be glad you made the effort to meet them!


 Q.100 ($.15)