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Volunteers are needed for this month and enquiries are very welcome for the whole year.
Part availabilty for volunteers this month and enquiries are welcome for other months of the year.
No volunteer availabilty for this month but please feel free to email about volunteering during other months that are marked in green or yellow.
Area: Washington, Pacific NorthwestOur retreat center is nestled amidst sweet smelling ponderosa pine in the mountainous heart of central Washington. Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters and golden meadows welcome, inspire, and create an environment in which people come to learn, to grow, and to explore the relationship between art and faith. Our busy summer season features 8 weeks of art classes. At other times of the year, our facilities are intermittently booked for retreats, workshops, reunions, etc. We are an ecumenical Christian community that embraces people of all journeys and traditions, serving as a sanctuary for their exploration of art, faith and the mystery of creation. We strive to create a place of sanctuary and retreat for all who pass through our doors, walk our grounds, or share with us in community life. The size of the weekly summer community ranges from 30 to 50 people, including staff. In other seasons the community is usually smaller, sometimes even dwindling down to its 5 core staff members.
Area: AndaluciaWe have lived here for two years not full time, prior to that we lived in many different areas of Spain. The family consists of Ourselves and one over friendly Labrador. He loves everyone , food and sleep. Although we have been in Spain on and off for a number of years we are are still not fluent in Spanish. One thing is for sure , we do know how to order a good meal. Our current home is in a great location , with fantastic scenery however it is very rustic and typically Andalucian set in the hillside. We both have a great sense of humour and adore the outside life , which is why we live here.
Area: La LibertadOur empowerment center is a project under a Swedish NPO in Trujillo, Peru. Education is important for everyone. Therefore, we offer our children free education through activity to enable them to have a better today and future. It is one of the most important means of empowering our children with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process of our world. Huanchaco is a beautiful surf district North of Peru with a great vibe. Just a couple of minutes up to the mountain behind the church in Huanchaco is a little community named Cerrito De La Virgen. The area is a very low income district with no running water or electricity in most houses. Some of the kids do not go to school because of their private situations. For our school to be present in this area the kids are more than excited to come over and have fun with us a couple of days a week. We are a new organization that opened on the 14 january 2013. Today we offer 2 ldays a week of classes for the children - Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm to 6 pm. We also work as free extra resource at a public school in Huanchaco to reach more kids - Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning 10 am to 12 am We have a women's project that meets two days a week for workshops and craft production -Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 pm to 5 pm We have writing and reading classes for the women 1 day a week -Tuesdays 2-3 pm Children's Classes The classes are english, health/environmental awareness, arts and crafts and whatever skills classes the volunteers come with. Ages 6-18 We also have a playing area where the smaller kids can hang out if they do not have classes. During summer which is mid december to end of february we offer all our classes in the morning, 3 days a week. Our main goals of the project - Keep the kids off of the streets - Give them the right to be kids, even if it is for an hour a day, by taking them out from their homes where they have big responsibilities. - Educate them -learning english will open so many doors for the children in the future to give them better opportunities. - Simply have fun! Women's Project The women's group consists of 6-12 women each meetings and is one of the more challenging projects. We have started a social enterprise with these women and during our meetings we meet to make recycled jewelry and knitted products. These products are sold in Peru, Sweden, and the U.S. to provide a salary for the women to support their families. The volunteers are responsible for collecting the products, keeping record of each product, representing the women, and creating a fun and stable environment. With it being a very new project, starting in January 2014, there is still a lot of groundwork that needs to be done. It is important that the volunteers who come are advanced in Spanish, patient, culturally open, and are flexible. It takes time to build trust and stable relationships with the women in this community. Hours: 12-15 hours a week Goals of Women's Group -Create a stable and safe environment for the women -Help the women understand their worth, value, and talent -Represent the women and create a unified community -Create a sustainable environment for the women to support themselves and their families -Have educational workshops of cooking, nutrition, health, arts and crafts, and self-love - Currently, we are collaborating with volunteers to achieve our goals-and we need your help to continue bringing hope to our community. We are looking for serious volunteers interested in teaching and gaining a beautiful experience with us. We have a range of openings for no Spanish to an advanced level. We are also looking for a new Program Coordinator starting aug 2014! For this position you have to be able to stay for at least 6 months. If you are interested in this position, please contact us for more information. Starting Aug 2014 we are looking for a director who will be running the school under the supervision of the Founder. In order to get this position we would love to see someone with documented experience in similar work or the passion to make it work. You should be able to commit to a year of work. If you are interested in this position, please contact us for more information. Please only SERIOUS interest in volunteering, we have many emails coming in and need to know that you are genuinely interested in volunteering. We are at the moment only offering help to find accommodation. We cant pay any positions and we cant offer food. Every penny of our fundings that we raise through events goes to the kids of the school and their families. Thank you for your interest in our organization! We hope to hear from you soon!
Area: LisbonOur hostel is a small property located in the Chiado area, the heart of Lisbon's culture, in a very convenient location for those willing to explore Lisbon at best. We are aimed expecially to a kind of traveller looking for a calm and relaxing stay (not a party hostel). ***Please note that, sadly, due to burocratic motivations, we prefer to host persons with European passport (due to some EU laws).***
Area: West ScotlandWe have a 1.5 acre market garden in Western Scotland supplying organically grown seasonal fruit and veg through a variety of outlets in the local area. The Garden is located in the hills, 4 miles from the nearest village and a couple of miles from beautiful sandy beaches, with fantastic views towards the Outer Hebrides, Small isles and Skye. The Isle of Mull is also accessible by ferry for day trips, and Mainland Britain's most westerly point Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is 3 miles away with a cafe and visitor centre. The area is fairly wild with good opportunities for spotting wildlife, eagles, otters, deer, and if your lucky Dolphins, Basking Shark and Porpoise and a resident population of about 200 people. We are a couple in our early 30's and have been involved with the Garden in various ways since 2011, we live offsite about 2 miles away and work two days a week 9-5 in the Garden, as well as stopping by regularly to harvest, stock the stall and water etc. We have a large poly tunnel growing lots of salad, and a large outdoor cultivated area including soft fruits (lovely strawberries) and a range of beds in rotation in which we grow kale, peas and beans, courgettes, squash, spinach, chard, beetroot, herbs and so on.. We also have a large second field which we hope (maybe with your help) to bring into cultivation this season.