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First Review by leo.mignemi

NOT RECOMMENDED - Edit

With the owner, Elisa, agree to arrive on the 15th of Nov, 2014, to work as a volunteer. There's Luke, an italian volunteer. Very gently. He reminds me that the owners are vegans and provide food (wonderful). He, not being vegan, integrates buying meat, eggs, and more. When Elisa arrives in the evening, just says hello to me. Definitely, a bad reception. I try to talk with her but she dismisses me immediately saying that she had been working all day and was tired. The next day I wake up: chills, heavy head, eyes that seem to come out of their sockets. The fever at 39.3 I am undecided what to do. Throughout the morning I try to stand up. But I feel I'm getting worse. I go to the dorm and not come out until the next day. The next morning, upon awakening, the fever rose to 40. With great effort I get up because I want to tell Elisa. "Hello Elisa, sorry if I was not present yesterday but I have feve..." Immediately she stops me and says, "Yes, they told me," and then resumed talking to who she was talking, ignoring me. Aside from the rude, I think, "Maybe it's his surly way to say go to sleep?". Next days, the symptoms get worse. I ask Elisa if she kindly buy red apples. "In general, I do not accept that in the hostel is consumed chemical stuff produced by multinationals. But I make an exception."I am a bit surprised thinking that, for two weeks, a volunteer has eaten meat and more in his own hostel. Do we want to talk about the multinational meat and dairy products? All vegans know this! There's something fishy about the whole thing, but I'm too sick to care. The third day "Can I taste your natural tea against fever?" she completely ignores the question and tells me "I bought these chemical apples against my principles. It would be better that you go to the town, to the hospital. Near the hospital there are hostels..." Slowly, I understand that she doesn't want me anymore. "Do you want me to go?" She replies promptly, "Yes", and begins to talk about a series of incidents and harassment. In short, she feels entitled to throw me out because she suffered from all sorts of things. "Elisa, we have an agreement. We agreed that I work here by the 15th. You do not know how I work, well or not. Unfortunately, because I'm sick. I'm 40 with fever. Where do you want me to go in these conditions?". No way. Elisa screams me over threatening to call the police. The next day, always with a fever at 40, I packed up and with great difficulty I made the trip to Panama City

Pros: Good volunteers

Cons: Bad managers

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Nahual 15 Dec 2014 - this volunteer was patronizing and machist from the beginning. maybe he felt that as he is older and we share the same nationality he could order everybody around. after arrival he failed to present himself to work for 4 days and claimed he needed a further week,on a 15 days exchange base, before he could even start. that did not work for me, as i cannot afford to feed and shelter smeone for free without work in exchange. when i suggested that it was better to attend an hospital if he was so sick to need to stay in bed for a week, this man started to threaten me he was going to go around the internet writing bad rewieves if he could not stay for free as long as he wished and at his own conditions. I really felt unsafe so for the well being of my customers and volunteers i decided to call the police, if he would not leave. regarding the food, we only serve vegan food t customers and provide rice, beans and vegetables to volunteers but the shared kitchen is open to all kind of food, we just do not sell non vegan food. definitely will think twice before accepting a volunteer. it was creepy

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