Looking for long term helpers at a community for adults with intellectual disabilities near Charlottesville, VA, USA


United States

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  • Description


    Innisfree Village is an intentional, life-sharing community with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a licensed facility in Virginia since 1971. we are a close-knit community devoted to developing profound relationships based on mutual needs, respect, and love. We share life on a 550-acre farm where together we work in our therapeutic workstations. Volunteers come from around the world to serve in our community as caregivers for a one year period of voluntary service. Shorter-term opportunities are determined on a case by case basis.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have a vibrant community and our hope is to find individuals who have a passion for meaningful service with individuals with intellectual disabilities, working, learning, and sharing alongside one another. Each person in the community has an important role, something valuable to contribute, and the opportunity to learn and grow.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in rural community living and working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. We are looking for individuals who would like to serve as volunteer caregivers. Residents, volunteers, and staff work together on our farm, a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all. Serving as houseparents, caregivers live together with residents in family-style homes. They are trained in house management as well as caring for the personal needs of each resident. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful help in our art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb and vegetable gardens, free school activities like pottery, the weavery, and the woodshop. Being an active and participating member of the community is highly encouraged and welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Each volunteer caregiver receives the following accommodations:
    -$315 monthly stipend
    -Health Insurance (U.S. volunteers only)
    -Room and Board
    -2 Consecutive Days off Per Week
    -5 Paid Vacation Days
    -Access to Community Vehicles and the Onsite Fitness Facility
    -Support for Student Loan Deferral
    -Training in first aid, CPR, medical assistance, and personal care

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Most importantly, our community's need is for a one-year commitment to volunteer service. Each volunteer receives 2 consecutive days off and some evenings free for personal time. Because we are a remote and rural community, there is no public transportation nearby. However, the use of village vehicles is possible once orientation is complete so volunteers can venture out to local areas such as our nearest large city, Charlottesville, VA. A busy, college town, it offers many enriching and entertaining opportunities for days off.

    How to Apply:
    1. Contact Volunteer Recruiter through Workaway
    Interested parties please send a message that includes the following:
    -First and Last Name
    -Email Address
    -Brief Introduction
    -Why would you like to be part of the Innisfree Village community?
    2. Online Application
    After we receive your response and you meet the criteria, the online application, additional information about the volunteer position, and further instructions about the application process will be sent via your e-mail.

    Please note: Processing a completed application generally takes 3 to 4 weeks, allowing adequate time for completion of the paperwork, an interview, and for the community to review and consider your application.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 days a week, 2 days off each week

We hand bag our herbal teas.
Our Junefest music festival is a fun yearly event.
Gather eggs is a daily task around the farm.
Our sheep love attention.
We love trips to the beach!
Regular group outings make weekends fun.
Freshly picked pumpkins ready to be carved for Halloween.
And more friendships!
Coworkers and volunteers enjoy spending time together.
Our campers find LOVE.
Host ref number: 518198694835