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Charlie Rendall
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I’ve recently had the good fortune of being asked to build several new projects in and around the village where I live: San Marcos La Laguna, on the northern shore of Guatemala's beautiful Lake Atitlán, and also of joining forces with a talented carpenter and architect, Steve Selby.

The upshot of which is that I am able to offer an informal internship to people interested in getting hands-on natural building experience.

The internship would be a great way to learn natural building techniques on very original and experimental buildings, with some talented and experienced folk, in a very beautiful place, with a great community of both foreign and local residents. It also provides the opportunity to learn both Spanish and a very transferable trade at a time when natural building is booming, and in a place where building codes are thankfully still a long way off!

I’ll need to flesh out the description a little but in short I’d need someone who could offer their assistance five days a week, for six hours a day. Tasks would include site visits, supervision, documentation, drafting (both hand drawn and computers) and accounting.

You needn’t be a specialist or have a ton of experience but, to make it worthwhile for yourself and our team here, you’d need to be walking fit, independent, flexible, have basic computer skills, and of course be willing to get stuck in and learn whenever possible. Minimum commitment would be six months.

I may be able to offer some kind of accommodation later in the year, although currently our space is limited. A rustic one-bedroom house here rents for about $100 a month, although you can sometimes get free rent for house-sitting, especially during the rainy season (May-October).

If you’d like to know more, please send me a message!

I'm also interested in hearing from any journeymen = the wandering German carpentry apprentices, if anyone knows how to get a hold of them...

Thanks, Charlie
ps. here are a couple of pictures of one of 2012's builds, a bajareque cabin:




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Eyliese Jiunta
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Hello, I am extremely interested in this internship possibility. I am an undergrad at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT and I am studying Renewable Energy and Ecological Design. I have skills in carpentry, passive building design, hand and CAD drafting, and photovoltaic system design and installation. Please let me know if this position is still open as I would love to be a part of this. Thank you!
 
Charlie Rendall
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Hi - yes, it's still open. I just private messaged you. Let me know if you don't get the message! Cheers, Charlie
 
Thomas Fuller
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Greetings! I would also be interested in an internship, I have 4 years carpentry experience and I would like to learn about different natural building styles and permaculture. It would be great to get involved, please let me know if the opportunity still exists. Best wishes.
 
Charlie Rendall
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Hi Thomas, There may be an opening possible, I'll private message you now.
Cheers, Charlie
 
geoff parker
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charlie -
i am a retired, fit, long distance running vegan who finds your offer very interesting.
i am very computer literate (been using macs since 94) and have taken a cob natural bldg workshop before and have done a small bit of construction work.
i just returned from living 2yrs in guadalajara.
i could get there quickly, if you think i would be a good fit?
cheers,
geoff
 
Aristedes Mikelatos
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Hello, My girlfriend and I are very interested in learning and working with sustainable/eco-friendly materials. We are currently in Mexico and are free to help in any way possible
if you are still looking for any help. We've stayed in Lake Atitlan in San Marcos and fell in love with the community and cacao from Guatemala. I've been researching earthships, eco-domes and other eco friendly internships and I liked what you posted about your project. We both have computer skills and I have some building experience. Thanks for your time.
Aristedes and Margarita
 
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