Come and help in a community in the heart of Gersfeld, Germany

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  • Description

    Description

    Yaaaaaah, summer is here...

    We are looking for long term volunteers who are staying for 2 months minimum. So, if you are interested in a summer on the construction side of a lovely community, please send me a text! We will have a festival-like summer happening during August and so there are going to be a lot of different people and activities for you to join after work :)

    ADDITIONALLY:
    We are looking for two people who are interested in a month full of wood chopping :) We have all the equipment and machines and it will be your task to make firewood. You can install all the heavy machines outside and work in the sun if you like. I think it will be a very satisfying work as you will definitely see your day's work!!
    You can also ask for this job if you come alone and we will team you up!

    AND NEW:
    One of our lovely families is looking for someone to support them in their everyday life with three amazing children! So, if you are more interested in taking care of children, household, cooking or cleaning than in working at the construction side - have a look at their workaway page!!!



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    We are a new and growing community of about 40 adults and 13 children. We have personal guests and volunteers regularly, we also host a group of about 15 students once a month who are organizing their own academic education and we sometimes rent out our rooms to other smaller groups for seminars and workshops.

    We live on a south facing hill in a nature reserve with only very few neighbors. Our campus is basically a village on its own. We have eleven buildings – seminar houses, apartment buildings and private houses, workshops, two gyms, a private organic supermarket, a bake house which needs reconstruction and huge premises with gardens, a tiny forest and meadows.

    We bought the entire campus in March 2020 and are still settling in. There is still constant construction. Despite of that, we share lunch with the entire group every day (except weekends) in our sun-drenched dining hall.

    Here there is a lot of work and a lot of fun! We work together in construction/maintenance and our co-working space, we share a freshly cooked organic lunch and we also spend time together making campfires, playing volleyball, singing, hiking, yoga, having barbecues and spending time with the kids. Also, we live in our families and partnerships and sometimes we all need time to be by ourselves. Most of us also have regular working hours in their jobs, so that some day we only see each other at lunch time...

    On the next pages, we hope to give you a clear idea of our community and the details of your stay with us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a multigenerational project; we are a newly founded community that bought a huge campus and buildings and we are trying to figure out how we would like to live, work and learn together.

    Building a collaborative community, we discuss and learn by living aspects of community formation, which are not always easy (e.g. how much community fits me, how much do I want to decide on my own; how do my actions have an impact on other people's lives...), a shared economy (what do we share and how do we organize it; e.g. our carpool, washing machines...), of family life as a group and each family on their own (what are my personal/my family's needs), supporting each other in freelancer projects and also giving emotional support, of living close to nature in a biosphere reserve and questions of how to settle into and to foster the region ... again, there is an endless list of aspect of our project's topics.
    It is very interesting to be part of this process of building a (social) community along with maintaining and building a tiny village at the same time. We constantly talk about our vision and how it influences even little decisions.

    Since we are also expanding our construction team at the moment and we need more people with professional and vocational skills, this could also be a great possibility for us to get to know each other and maybe we can offer you a job after your volunteer time here! We do have long term volunteer options as well :) If you are interested, please let me know!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Well, it really depends... Currently, we solely need help with our construction project. This will be your field of work with set hours starting at 8 am. So, it's important that you realize that construction (and help related to it) will be your main area of work at the moment.
    We will start the morning all (volunteers and construction team) together with a morning round/warm up at 8 am, then work for some time, have a nice coffee/tea/breakfast break, work until lunch at 1 pm, then clean up the day's construction side. Weekends are off.

    Since there are several construction projects, we realized that this is were we need help the most at the moment... There are other projects going on, where you are very welcome to join in if you want to in your free time. We share and invite everyone living on the campus to join in art projects, gardening, spending time with the kids, reading sessions or sport events....
    However, to make it easier for our construction-side-planners, it is important that the morning hours are set for construction. The rest is up to you - taking part in as many other projects and happenings as you wish :)
    Or to just spend some time alone, or hiking ... or taking a swim in the nearby lake!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bulgarian: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers have a shared living room // space to hang out and kitchen that they share with the five young people who live in that building. You will share a living space with people from the community with a fantastic view and have the perfect opportunity to get to know each other and share coffee and stories ;)
    Your bedroom, however, is in the building next door. We are evaluating a new idea and therefore have one big shared sleeping room and one separate room in total for the 6-8 volunteers.
    We will figure out the sleeping arrangements once you are here. If there is a couple for example who would like their own space, they can have that room. Or if the group decides to have women and men in separate rooms, we can arrange that, too.
    We will have a maximum of 6 people in this really big room (about 50 qm), so everyone will have their own quiet corner!!
    So, please let me know in your message what sleeping arrangement works best for you!!

    We will provide all the furniture and bedclothes etc. you will need and we will help you make yourself home.
    All rooms are pretty quiet at night =) So you will get a good night's sleep!

    You are warmly invited to eat with us during lunchtime. As said before, we always share lunch and each day someone else is responsible for cooking an organic (mostly) vegetarian/vegan meal. We always have a vegetarian and/or vegan, and gluten free meal to choose.

    Breakfast and dinner is usually up to each person/family and is organized individually - Since you have your own kitchen, you will organize breakfast and dinner with the other volunteers and the people living with you. To buy groceries, volunteers get money and can borrow one of our cars or we go together!!!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It's a rural area, so there are lots of near-nature activities such as hiking, mountain biking, swimming in the lakes or tobogganing in the winter. If you are into flying of any kind, the "Wasserkuppe" has a variety of offers such as paragliding or soaring. A few of us just moved there, so we are also very interested in getting to know the surroundings. It will be fun to do it together!!!

    The next biggest city is Fulda, which is about 20 minutes by car. There is regular public transportation (bus) in our nearest village (Poppenhausen) and a busstation just next to our campus (but it does not run daily - weekends are off) as well as a train in the next city (Gersfeld) that leaves once an hour. Frankfurt is only about 2 hours by public transportation, so it's pretty easy to get to us if you fly in from another country.
    We carpool, so you could also borrow a car from us if you want to go somewhere public transportation does not...

    Within our community, we also spend time together playing games, singing (we have our own choir), we sometimes offer seminars and workshops, crafting, sculpturing, we started a reading group and we also have a sauna which is great!!!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a co-working space with private rooms and shared rooms, depending on the work you do. Almost all of us work as freelancers, so we have a steady wifi and work online a lot... There are some areas on the campus, where wifi/internet is not installed yet. But there is plenty of spaces where you can settle in to work online and space for those who do digital-detox.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space to provide any kind of vehicle. We have three private parking areas and access to bathrooms/lavatories and electricity.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If you want to bring your pet, we would like to talk about the details in advance since we have small children and the people living here have to feel comfortable with the pet you bring. But we are open to pets in general =)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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