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Work Exchange Commitment

If you are interested in joining the WEX program, please read the information below carefully to fully understand your commitment and our cancellation policy.

Work Exchange Commitment

Joining the Work Exchange Program

Joining the Work Exchange Program

The Work Exchange program is a way to join the PachaMama community while paying a substantial part of the cost to be here through your work placement within the community.

People come from all over the world to participate in the program. Areas of opportunity include working in our Eco department, Wild Treats cafe, Recycling center, Verde Restaurant, Jungle shop, Jungle School and more. This is a chance to participate and integrate into the PachaMama experience, learn new skills, and be part of our alternative eco community.

Before you are accepted into the Work Exchange Program you must fully complete your online application.

Understanding the Commitment and Cancelation policy

Understanding the Commitment and Cancelation policy

When you are accepted into the Work Exchange program we ask for a deposit of $300, which secures your dates once they are confirmed. You will receive the full deposit back at the end of your stay and you may use this deposit towards workshops or ceremonies only if you have fulfilled your commitment thus far. Any money left over will be transferred back to you on the card in which you paid your deposit once you check out. 

A $50 portion of your initial deposit will be held and refunded back only if you leave your casita or your camping spot, your locker in the work exchange kitchen, and your locker downtown completely trace free. This means that your trash cans in your casita or your own personal trash if you are camping are taken to our recycling center before your departure.

You will have an introduction to recycling day within the first 2 days of your stay with us to ensure you know where and how to properly dispose of your waste. You can find our Leave No Trace guidelines here. If you have any further questions regarding what to bring and what to leave behind click here.

All work exchangers are held to a commitment of 5 hours of work per day for 5 days of the week.

WEX program deposit cancellation policy

WEX program deposit cancellation policy

If you cancel your participation in the WEX program

  1. More than 60 days before the start
  • 20% cancellation fee, the remaining amount (minus a cancellation fee) will be refunded to the credit card you paid with
  1. Within the 31 – 60 days
  • 20% cancellation fee, the remaining amount (minus a cancellation fee) will be kept as a credit on your account for the future, to be used in PachaMama, valid for the next 2 years
  1. Within 15 – 30 days
  • 50% cancellation fee, the remaining amount (minus a cancellation fee) will be kept as a credit on your account for the future, to be used in PachaMama, valid for the next  2 years.
  1. Within the 14 days before the program starts, after you join the program, and/or if you decide to leave earlier than the agreed commitment.
  • There is no refund and no credit given.

IMPORTANT to Note: In case you choose to cancel your work exchange with us at any time during your stay you will not receive your deposit back and the prices of the benefits you’ve already received (workshops, ceremonies, and accommodation discounts etc.) will be adjusted to visitor prices.

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