Interns are encouraged to find practical solutions to challenges, both environmental and social. It is important that people keep an open mind and see the positives in others, offer assistance to those that that might be struggling. Interns are encouraged to take responsibility for their own state of mind, and must be open and honest with themselves and others, ‘Be the change you want to see’.
The farming week is Monday to Saturday and farm hours vary depending on weather and season. sometimes you will be asked to step in on a Sunday to help with tours, other times you will have extra free time during the week, flexibility and openness to a changing schedule is key. We avoid the term ‘work’, because It shouldn’t feel that way, although some times it takes a few days to feel the love and meditation within garden work. There are some tough days, however, that’s a workout in our opinion. It’s always hot in the middle of the day and so we don’t really do much in the field between 11 and 3 but working on things such as personal education, creative projects, photo/video/blogging projects or teaching children in the community, creating music, cooking feasts, and making preserves, is a great way to spend this time. Even on sundays, if you choose not to explore the Island, there is always a staff member around who is happy to work with enthusiastic individuals. There will be nobody cracking the whip during your time at Taino, but as is true in life in general, you get out, what you put in.