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


United States

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    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in 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 a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • 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

    Languages spoken

    a proficient, working knowledge of English is needed

  • 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.

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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?


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    Hours expected

    5 days a week, 2 days off each week

Getting the gardens ready - planting seeds.
Outings are always a hit.
Our campers find LOVE.
Host ref number: 518198694835