123Pirates are typically known for looting, raiding and wrecking wherever they went.  However, did you know that pirates were also the revolutionaries, the progressives, the explorers? They challenged established authority, sailed away from mainstream society and created their own alternative culture and socio-economic structure. In fact, they were some of the first people to adopt a limited democracy with a system of checks and balances similar to the ones used today in the United States and many other countries.

We are here to revamp the spirit of piracy
 and we ask you to help us achieve our vision.

The core of the New Pirate Economy is about challenging the current mainstream consumer culture, while providing a new alternative way of thinking about trade, economics and society.

To us, that is the real essence of piracy: the courage to branch out and to explore something different, progressive, and exciting.

We are the pirates, aboard the Adventures of the Valparaíso. We don’t loot, raid or wreck. We are here to teach, to share, to love and to connect people within and outside our community.

 

 

Once we are ready to set sail we will ask you, our local community, to give us donations of (used) functional
everyday items and necessities. These will help us build our floating marketplace. Abroad, these goods
will be traded for stories, goods, and skills! With the use of our online database you can follow your
old tools, tent, shoes or cloths and see where it ends up in the world. Once it’s traded, you get in
exchange the story behind the trade. Read more about the database here. For all your support you will
get a certificate that shows your involvement with our project, which you can share with your friends
and family and on Facebook. For now we will need the following goods to get the project started! Do you
have something that is useful to us? Feel free to send us a message.
Feel free to download our manifesto that will be available once this page is finished

Our mission is to empower individuals, to show them that they have worth beyond what money can measure and to build a creative floating marketplace of collaboration, trust and sustainability

We need all hands on deck! Join the expedition & choose a button how to get involved. 

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Once we are ready to set sail we will ask you, our local community, to donate used functional everyday items and necessities. These will help us build our floating marketplace. Abroad, we act as an outlet where these goods will be used to their full potential and traded for stories, goods, and skills! With the use of our online database you can track your old tools, tent, shoes or clothes and see where they end up in the world. Once it’s traded, you get in exchange the story behind the trade. Read more about the database here.

 

For all your support you will get a certificate that shows your involvement with our project, which you can share with your friends and family on Facebook and help us spread the word about our journey.

  • We are still working on the website, in the coming days you will see this page updated 🙂

For now we will need the following goods to get the project started!

Do you have something that might be useful to us? Feel free to send us a message.

At its core, our floating marketplace is built to inspire genuine connections between people, promote the creative reuse of commodities, and to provide a bold alternative to mainstream consumer culture. Donate to help us move our vision forward!

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Get something in return for your donation! You can trade your contributions and get a unique number that you can trade for with us once we have the ship.

Get involved with your skills

Looking to be part of an inclusive, creative community? Come trade your skills and knowledge in exchange for the chance to learn something new from  our international crew of volunteers, whilst getting a taste of the pirate life!

Got a special skill? If you have a skill that you think might be handy but is not listed, don’t hesitate to send us a message!

Also be sure to check out our mainpage that explains our vision.


Oh and our Facebook for more videos  of our concept & community 🙂


AMSTERDAM

  • Are you a design pirate?

    We need someone that wants to draw the maps and turn the first words and beginnings of an idea into something truly beautiful that everyone can see and understand.

     

    We’re talking about making design that everyone can follow – showing a vision everyone can get behind.

     

    We need somebody capable of creating high-quality designs, digital display adverts and infographics, as well as being able to create marketing materials such as posters, flyers and leaflets.

     

    You would be crew on board of our ship in Amsterdam

    So for living and working along side us on board of the Valparaiso in Amsterdam signup

    You can live and work along side with us on our ship in Amsterdam to create develop

     

    Program Description

     

    • Profesional adobe skills (don’t apply if you don’t have this please!)
    • Illustrator & PhotoShop skills
    • UX design is a big plus
    • Experience in animations welcome too!
    • Please send us your work…

     

    To apply please contact us at crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com

  • Wanted : Passionate wordsmith to log our pirate sorrows!

    For upcoming year adventures we need someone that can copywrite and drink rum.

    Aside of that you would be the wordsmith that can make and develop ideas into plans and knows how to get people their attention into action.

     

    You would be part of the crew on board of our ship in Amsterdam

    So for living and working alongside us on board of the Valparaiso in Amsterdam, as well as getting to document your awesome experiences and get others involved in community and sustainability, sign up!

     

    You have professional skills in project management and are a consistent and reliable team player.

    Every copywriter works close together with the captain to get ideas their came up together on paper and look at how realistic each of  these ideas are.

     

    Program Description

     

    • What we need from you:
    • Creative problem-solving skills
    • Business plan writing skills
    • Check draft emails
    • Talk strategy
    • Marketing on Facebook
    • Developing plans
    • Research on various subjects

     

    If you have done fundraising before this is a plus.

     

    To apply please contact us at crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com

  • Wanted : Event organizer

    So you are always the one that get the people together and makes sure none of your friends got lost on the way to the party?

    Also you know how to plan ahead and have a strong sense of control and responsibility.

    At our community on board of the Valparaíso in lovely Amsterdam we are searching for a new soul that likes to make workshops, organize events and make sure the pack stays together like a group of wolves.

     

    Program Description

    We think that one of the most important characters is that you know how to get people together and can solve issues between people.

    But also we will require that you can take the lead in giving workshops about any subject of choose (making something with your hands, or talking about a certain subject, but also storytelling and a food waste event)

     

    You have to be fairly good with language and able to write inviting texts.

     

    • Your tasks will be;
    • Planning and hosting at least two events a month
    • Organizing community events (like meetings, fun stuff but also in case of conflict)
    • Giving a workshop a month
    • Distributing responsibilities.
    • Make pictures at events
    • Social media
    • Writing plans

    To apply please contact us at crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com

     

     

  • Film pirate to capture and edit videos

    Arrrrre you able to capture the moments of euphoria and agony  of our community?

     

    We want to create short clips that show our different festivals, experiences and people on board of the Valparaíso in Amsterdam!

    You’ll also get to film the many interesting characters that you will meet each and every day. – You can create a unique perspective and let your creativity go wild!

     

    We have much content already made that you can use for the creation of your videos and different people with various skillsets to include in your work.

     

    Program Description

     

    You will have to be good at editing and need to have your own laptop with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut installed.

    This opportunity will give you the chance to live with us and to document our routines and to pitch new and interesting film projects.

     

    You will need to know how to film in documentary style.

    What is really important to us is that you can make a finished product, so we’ll need  2 videos a month of a subject we brainstorm about together in the team.

     

    Also we will ask you to help with editing videos that we are currently working on, we would really love your input on what we are making.

     

    We supply the camera if needed!

     

    To apply please contact us at crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com

  • Call for pirates in & around Amsterdam to collaborate

    The story of our Valparaíso started in 2013. On a 100 year-old canal boat the first journey towards a new life began. In the years that came, over 500 volunteers joined the project to be a part of rebuilding and transforming the old vessel into a self-sufficient stained glass studio and meeting spot for travelers and artists.

     

    Now, the time has come to expand our ship-based community.

     

    We are determined, with support from our homebase in the Netherlands, to equip a larger and seaworthy ship for an international journey of art, sustainability, connection, education, and technological innovation. This all comes together to promote an alternative and people-centric way of trading. One that we call the New Pirate Economy.

     

    For us the key to creativity is collaboration

    Our belief is that we all have something to share. Culture, experiences, abilities and knowledge are priceless in our philosophy.

     

    If your pirate heart rate goes up then apply for any of the following skills ;

     

    Festivals & events pirate: Fundraise / sales pirate: Design pirate:
    • Produce festivals with us
    • Develop creative concepts for at the festivals and events
    • Coordinating at the festival itself
    • Account handling
    • Fundraising experience, understanding or knowledge
    • Finding new ways to earn with what we already do
    • Contact sponsors
    • Create in
      • Photoshop
      • Illustrator
      • Indesign
    • Help us to further visualize the New Pirate Economy
    • Analogue, e.g. wood or metal

    Key criteria

    • From skilled amateur to expert
    • Fluent in English ( Dutch is a big plus )
    • Work independently & in a team
    • Proactive, efficient and accurate
    • Give 8-12 hours a week on a voluntary basis

    What we can offer you

    • Being part of an inclusive community
    • Developing the concept with us and have space for your own creativity
    • Join us on festivals we are invited to.
    • Sail with us on our current Valparaiso and on the future one! 🙂

     

     

    Download here our vacancy.

    Note: This form is for if you are living or will be living in or around amsterdam for +6 months.

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!

CATFARM

  • Build a Greenhouse/Polyhouse

    Mew, Come and be a Cool Cat at the Catfarm and project lead the construction of a much needed Greenhouse/Polyhouse.

    Ideally we are looking for someone who has a mixed skill base of construction and gardening, although it is a project that two people with the skills between them could also achieve. This project would be your kitten and you would have full autonomy to create a master piece of  your choosing.

    We would like to be able to grow as much Fruit, Veg and Herbs as possible, all year round, so that we can spend more money on wine haha  The climate is ideal for growth and it is such a waste of money buying from shops. So if you have a green tail and can come and build us something beautiful and sustainable, then you are the cat for us.

    Follow the normal rules to apply and please include your idea/drawings for the project so that we can be on the same page before you arrive.

    Cat Commander

    Want to apply ? please email catfarm@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com

  • VineTrailer to Tinyhouse

    Are you always jealous of how snails are able to take their home everywhere they go? Well, you don’t have to be any longer! You can learn valuable tiny house building skills by living right here at the Catfarm!

     

    As some cats need some privacy outside our shared dormitory we are upcycling an old trailer into a tiny house. It won’t be connected to the water network because we already have a shower and kitchen inside, but other than that we plan to make this into a fully equipped one-person living space.

     

    Our community needs a nomad looking to improve their building and team management skills. Any experience in the field of construction is greatly appreciated, but not required as long as you can put together a team of capable individuals.

     

    READ HERE MORE ABOUT THE CATFARM

     

    Your Are

    • opportunistic
    • optimistic
    • self-driven
    • flexible
    • capable of motivating other people
    • experienced with tools
    • willing to put two months of their time into this project

    Your experience

    • Experience in building projects.
    • Being general handy ( and if a skill misses you know how to get the required skill in your team)
      • If you know of a helper with useful skill to assist the work (e.g Builder, mechanic, painter etc) invite them to the Catfarm to use their abilities

     

    • Make your own team! You don’t need to have all skills in order to complete the job!

     

     

    Work Description

    • Upcycling a old tracktor trailer to a tinyhouse
    • Designing the interior
    • Making electricity work
    • Social Media
    • Communicating and working to timeline.
    • Sourcing sustainable materials.

     

    You get

     

    • Technical understanding of basic construction
    • A say in what the result is going to look like
    • Experience in setting up your own project
    • Experience in creative recycling and upcycling
    • Opportunity to build your own team with our community


    Time needed : Start date:

    Duration: 2 months

    Check out the page of the Catfarm before you sign-up and then use this form.

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!

  • Creative entrepreneurs wanted

    Want to live and work in a remote place where the climate is good and there is an amazing community?

    Our vision is to make a nice hub for all sorts of creatives and entrepreneurs that feel the need for community. Travelers that want to be part of the bigger picture.

     

    The Catfarm sits amongst wide open space near the seaside in France. The land allows for off the grid living and has the potential for a permaculture system to be in place.

     

    We already have a nice community space and the entire house is self-sustainable.

    What we want to do now is to build  a Tipi, an organic pool, upcycle an old timer car into a guestroom and many other funky projects around sustainability and living off-grid.  You as a community leader would have freedom to create your own projects with a kick-ass workshop and all the tools.  

    In the future we plan to run small festivals as well!

    The sky is the limit!

     

    Who should apply as Cat commander?

    • Travelers with a lot of experience
    • Leaders who want to guide the other volunteers
    • Those that can be here for about half of the year. We share the role of Cat Commander 😉
    • Food is covered after the first month.
    • Couples are welcome!

    If you just want to visit the Catfarm as a Coolcat for a shorter time feel free to sign up! We also need those cats to help on the projects for about 5 hours a day.

    Facebook: Catfarm

    Click here to sign up and read more about the project

  • Design a ecological swimming pooll

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    Do you an experience in building an ecological pool or wanting to research this aspiring skill by working on this project? We’re looking for talented individuals with knowledge of permaculture who wants to be involved in building a self sustainable natural pool. Demonstrating a genuine interest in ecology is essential to the project. You will be a part of  a community who thrive together whilst working towards achieving sustainability through creative collaboration.

    Aim: The challenge is to make an self sustainable ecological pool.

    Your experience

    • Permaculture experience or education.
    • Experience or understanding the Eco pool concept and design.
    • Being general handy ( and if a skill misses you know how to get the required skill in your team)
    • If you know of a helper with useful skill to assist the work (e.g Builder, mechanic, painter etc) invite them to the farm to their abilities

    Work Description

    • Careful planning and design of natural pools retains the beauty of the area as it ensures a harmonious relationship between landforms.
    • Organic nutrients are removed from the pool water starving algae and pathogens of the food they require
    • Knowing the correct balance of minerals keep the water chemistry just right for clean hygienic conditions
    • Communicating and working to timeline.
    • Sourcing sustainable materials.


    Time needed : Start date

    Duration: approx 16 weeks

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    Description – As with any other permaculture inspired project or solution the natural swimming pool is a method of mimicking natural systems, which are the purest of them all. Not only is this the most natural method, but is more cost effective and requires less human input in the form of maintenance. Just like healthy soil, a balanced water system contains all the microorganisms needed to provide you with water so clean, you could wash with it and also drink it. The purpose of the pool is to create a more self-sufficient community on the cat farm.

    The challenge for the ecological pool builder is to harness nature’s own processes to produce clean, clear water. The land allows for off the grid living and has the potential for a permaculture system to be in place. This project is ideal for a creative, ambitious soul that wants the chance to lead their own project whilst using some solid foundations that are already in place. It is a place with all the tools you need to let your imaginative ideas run free.

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!

  • Help us creating an enchanting Yurd or Tipi

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    Are you an experienced handyman wanting to improve your skill by working on a new project? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’re looking for talented individuals who want to be involved in building a Tipi at the Catfarm.

    The Catfarm is a project that is ideal for a creative, ambitious soul that wants the chance to lead their own project whilst using some solid foundations that are already in place. It is a place with all the tools you need to let your imaginative ideas run free.

    Aim: Build a awesome space that you yourself like to be in.

    Role : Project manager, Tipi builder, sourcing materials,  Feel free to invite people to help you!

    Where : Catfarm South of France

    Your experience

    • Experience in building projects.
    • Being general handy ( and if a skill misses you know how to get the required skill in your team)
    • If you know of a helper with useful skill to assist the work (e.g Builder, mechanic, painter etc) invite them to the farm to their abilities

    Work Description

    • Building and project manager building a Tipi.
    • Gain tools through trade to create items/artwork to trade further
    • Communicating and working to timeline.
    • Sourcing sustainable materials.


    When : March/April 2017   Duration: 1,5 month

    Story

    The beauty of a tipi goes far deeper than appearances. The circle is an organic, healing shape, powerful medicine for anyone who has been shut up in rectangles for half a lifetime. Contact with the earth is not a metaphor in a tipi. Become one with the surrounding environment, sit down I can feel the skin of our mother under your bum. We are looking for community of members to help us with our project.

    The Challenge is to build or assemble a tipi. This is a project that supplies a large amount of freedom but requires a lot of ambition, independence and the ability to be self sufficient. You will be apart of  the project working with volunteers and building this unique creative community. Being resourceful and using your initiative are very important to the success of this project in terms of seeing what the project needs to be sustainable and move forward.

    Apply here

  • Upcycle an Oldtimer into a guest room

    This cozy cat cabin will be the sparkling sleeping space for our romantically nomadic community members that want to rest their heads on something classy with a story.

    The Grand Plan:

    We plan to clear out the inside of the vehicle, dig and fill a foundation underneath, and add wooden floors and a double bed to make a cozy little cat cabin, turning the bonnet into a cupboard space. Then get the old girls heater working & give her some new windows for a super pimped up little bedroom.

    The Challenge is to upcycle this oldtimer to a sleeping room. This is a project that supplies a large amount of freedom but requires a lot of ambition, independence and the ability to be self sufficient. You will be apart of  the project working with volunteers and building this unique creative community. Being resourceful and using your initiative are very important to the success of this project in terms of seeing what the project needs to be sustainable and move forward.

    You can make even the front lights work again!

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    Story

    Thirty years ago the Captains father traveled from Holland to the Catfarm in Poussan France.

    All he owned was inside this ’74 Peugeot 404. He is the fouder of this beautifull space near the sea.

    Ten years later, in the nearby vilage of Sete, to his great shock, he discovered people gathered around the spot where he had parked his car –  as it had plurged into the canal! (“he must have forgotten the break…”)

    The broken old car was taken out of the canal by divers a taken on a trailer back to the farm in Poussan, where she now gathers rust and some lush vegetation.

    The restoration and transformation of the old car is not just a community project, but an effort to bring its story back to life as a character who is part of the Catfarm ( just like the souls who venture here )

    More information regarding the Catfarm

     

    Your experience

    • Experience in building projects.
    • Being general handy ( and if a skill misses you know how to get the required skill in your team)
    • If you know of a helper with useful skill to assist the work (e.g Builder, mechanic, painter etc) invite them to the Catfarm to use their abilities
    • Make your own team! You dont need to have all skills in order to complete the job!

     

    Update 28 dec 2017

    We started this project in the summer of 2017.
    We are nearly done and would for the remaining tasks someone that has an eye for detail.

    Here are some pics of the process;

    ps.For the most recent pictures please check the Catfarm Facebook Page

    Please don’t send a message on the facebook but contact us on the page instead.

     

     

     

     

ONLINE

  • Searching for a ship with us

    Be part of our adventure crew and help us by finding the the perfect swashbuckling ship to sail  the oceans with us. You will be on the lookout on various websites and social media platforms together with the rest of the crew and will inform us about opportunities. Together approach the owner or harbour and try to make a trade with them.

     

    Rusty old ladies needing some restoration are warmly welcomed!

     

    Seeking a seagoing ship that longs for a second life with young adventurers.

     

    About us

    Two and a half years we started refurbishing a century old ship. With the help of more than 500 volunteers, this boat was successfully converted from a rusty hull into a dynamic community, where travellers, artists and volunteers from all walks of life gather to share creativity, skills and ideas. It is a place where sustainability, art, technology and stories unite and contribute to a bigger story.

    This is what we have achieved, and our success is the foundation for our next, bigger adventure.

    For more about us read our Pirate Manifesto and check out the homepage.

     

    We are searching for a larger, oceangoing ship to fullfill this vision. Our ship will:

    • Seaworthy
    • Able to sail
    • With engine
    • 24 – 33 metres in length
    • Made of steel
    • In any condition!

     

    Experience needed

    • Having knowhow about ships
    • Technically understanding of ships
    • Knowhow about shipbuilding is nice to have.
    • Someone with courage to stand out.

    Description of role

    • Making list of ships.
    • Searching on the web for ships
    • Contacting harbours with our templates (you don’t need to be a content writer)

    What do you get

    • Be part of our fun crew, at least we think so 😉
    • Create this concept with us
    • Be on the many events we go to
    • Having the opportunity to do your own creative project on the future ship

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!

     

  • Be a Storyweaver and compose a videogame

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    The challenge of the Storyweaver is to take the vision of the Valparaiso and its New Pirate Economy and use their skills to craft it into a video game. It will be a virtual experience to allow others to gain an understanding of the life of a new age pirate on an adventure delivering a fair trade marketplace. They may not be able to feel the wind in their hair or smell the sea breeze, but it will create something that allows them to feel a warmth from a visionary concept of connecting people around the globe and sharing in their own stories and individual craft.

    Video games are fast becoming a well renowned method of storytelling. An engaging way to put yourself in the shoes of the main character and create your own experience of the challenges that they are faced with. In this way we are able to learn not only about ourselves and how we react in different circumstances, but also gain an understanding of another perspective.

    The challenge is to craft the concept and vision of the New Pirate Economy into an interactive tale for all these landlubbers to share in!

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    Captains favorite game SNES Zelda 🙂

    • Title : Storyweaver for SNES style video game.
    • Where : Online
      Time needed :  2 months ?
      In Short :Are you an experienced video game programmer or wanting to improve your skills by working on a new project? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’re looking for talented individuals who want to be involved in developing a game based on our concept of The New Pirate Economy.

    Example (open to a different approach but with the same concept):

    Aim: to sail around the world to trade creatively and sustainably

    • Gain tools through trade to create items/artwork to trade further
    • When you make more than 3 trades in one location you have built enough connections and made enough trade to “boost your energy” to move to the next location
    • If you gain a person with a useful skill (e.g mechanic, painter etc) which is relevant to the ship’s current state you can invite them on board to implement their abilities
    • At the end of the game, once you have more than 20 items which you’ve gained during your journey you make your way back to the Netherlands where you can trade with the local communities there and promote the message of The Pirate Economy

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!

     

  • Fundraise for a treasurechest

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    We are seeking for an adventurous pirate who likes to be challenged. We will weigh anchor soon, and we  want you on board! There is a treasure chest to be hunted for and that’s where you will fill in the spot on board!

    We are a ship based community passionate about expanding our on-board culture of trust, sustainability, and collaboration, an educational playground for new ideas and concepts. We believe in a sustainable people-centric marketplace and the importance of education, trade, artistic upcycling, and technology.

    We are looking for a pirate with courage that wants to stand out, someone enthusiastic, persistent, committed to our values , who dares to call and pursuit potential sponsor & supporters and keep them engaged and updated about our adventures!

    This is a great opportunity to be and work alongside like-minded people from all over the world, collaborating towards spaces and ideas that are only possible because we all work together.

    Description of role:

    • * Fundraising experience, understanding or knowledge
    • * Opportunism – the ability to spot a potential relationship and act upon it
    • * Account handling – ensuring our sponsors are happy with their donation scheme and are kept well informed of progress and success.
    • * Good communication skills: both verbal and written. Writing creative, persuasive, concise and articulate copy will prove effective in persuading people to give. Experience of writing online copy is also becoming increasingly important.

    Want to apply ?

    Please email to crew@adventuresofthevalparaiso.com and we will send you the signup form!



Lets talk about Pirates

Pirates are typically known for looting, raiding and wrecking wherever they went. However, did you know that pirates were also the revolutionaries, the progressives, the explorers? They challenged established authority, sailed away from mainstream society and created their own alternative culture and socio-economic structure. In fact, they were some of the first people to adopt a limited democracy with a system of checks and balances similar to the ones used today in the United States and many other countries.

We are here to revamp the spirit of piracy
and we ask you to help us achieve our vision.

The core of the New Pirate Economy is about challenging the current mainstream consumer culture, while providing a new alternative way of thinking about trade, economics and society.

To us, that is the real essence of piracy: the courage to branch out and to explore something different, progressive, and exciting.

We are the pirates, aboard the Adventures of the Valparaíso. We don’t loot, raid or wreck. We are here to teach, to share, to love and to connect people within and outside our community.

Our mission is to empower individuals, to show them that they have worth beyond what money can measure and to build a creative floating marketplace of collaboration, trust and sustainability

 

 

The core of the New Pirate Economy is about challenging the current mainstream consumer culture, while providing a new alternative way of thinking about trade, economics and society.

To us, that is the real essence of piracy: the courage to branch out and to explore something different, progressive, and exciting.
We are the pirates, aboard the Adventures of the Valparaíso. We don’t loot, raid or wreck. We are here to teach, to share, to love and to connect people within and outside our community.

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Download here our New Pirate Economy manifesto

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