Construction Work, Simple Housekeeping and Gardenig at a Buddhist Center in Scharnstein, Austria


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    We are an international Buddhist center, with guests from around the world, who are interested in Tibetian Buddhism and spiritual practice. Since 2004 we are renovating an old farmhouse in Upper Austria, situated in the picturous region of the Salzkammergut, admist mountains, lakes and woods.
    We are a healing place, run by volunteers.
    We are trying to be a place for everyone to be(come) themselfs.
    For people seeking peace and quiet as well as for those prefering activity and meditation in action- this is the perfect spot for everyone!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We need help with the many things that come with a big house; from room tidying, laundry to handcraft and gardening.

    Since a few years we have build a beautiful garden and have started to grow some vegetables.

    If you know how to work in the garden or you are handy and want to learn, please join us in these first weeks of May that we will be building a vegetable garden, a pond and many more exciting things are going on outside! Please don´t hesitate to write us also for short term.

    There is also enough to do around the house (Cleaning tasks from bedrooms to dishes to toilets are always part of the tasks) and if you have handicraft skills, they are also very welcome

    From March to mid July we need people who:
    - are willing to get their hands dirty because we are building a pond(digging, planting waterplants, construction of wooden path),
    - want to take care of our flower garden and maybe start the vegetable garden ( under the guidance of our responsible gardener), with experience!
    - want to take the rooms for our guests
    - have experience in marketing; social media, google, fundraising
    - have graphic design and programming skills

    From mid July to mid of August:
    - we mostly need help with cleaning rooms, with the kitchen and the dishes
    - and we need childcare experienced people who can help to put together and run a summer programm for the kids of our seminar participants

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you can learn very much, on many different levels:
    Personal growth: Being in an enviorment of spiritual practice can teach you a lot on how to deal with your emotions, thoughts and challenges that come from living and working together with others.
    Buddhist practice: If you are interested you can join our daily group meditation and the weekendly teachings and seminars on buddhists philosophy by authentic Tibetian Lamas. We have found that to be very helpful in order to understand how the place works, whats the ethic and motivation of the place.
    Yet, if you are not interested thats also perfectly fine.
    Skills: We are a team of people with many skills and talents that you can learn from (carpenting, gardening, farming, construction works..)
    Language Skills: As we all come from diffent countries, we speek mostly English and German to each other. Many people have told us that therefore it is a good place to practice both languages.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Portugues, Italian, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    In a simple but cosy dormitory space. Cool in summer and warm in winter.
    During the big seminar in August the house is very full and the accomodation in the house will be very crowded, but you can always put up a tent, which an be nice during that time

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your off time you can enjoy the pictures mountains and lakes of the region or you can go to Austrias major cities which are also quite close ( 1-3 hours by train).

    For your free days you can either:
    Stay and visit our seminars for free- if they fit for you (in that case we would still ask you to help with the dishes)
    Take the days to travel and see the surroundings (Vienna, go hiking in the Lake district, Salzburg, Prag)

    We encourage people to stay at least 10 days. If you want to stay for a longer period 3 month is the maximum- and in any case the first 10 days are a trial to see if it works out between us.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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