Live and grow in an ecovillage that includes adults with disabilities in Minnesota, USA


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    *Seeking summer 2022 help in our biodynamic vegetable gardens*

    Our mission is to create and sustain community where people with and without disabilities live, work and care for each other to foster social, spiritual, cultural and agricultural renewal. The community is part of an international movement of over 100 communities worldwide.

    Each year, we welcome volunteers from around the world to share life in our community as individuals, couples, and families. Here members are able to contribute with their knowledge and positive energy while learning new skills and gaining new experience. Volunteers get a taste of life in the rural midwest and also have the chance to live with other volunteers from different countries and cultural backgrounds.

    In central Minnesota on 525 acres, volunteers and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live together family-style and work as a team to sustain the community. We grow a large variety of produce on 2 acres of organically-grown gardens. The harvest is frozen, canned, pickled, or dried in our processing kitchen and enjoyed year round. On the biodynamic farm we raise dairy and beef cows, pigs, and laying hens. In the herb garden we grow herbs for teas, biodynamic preps and also make goods to share with the village. We have a few apple orchards and fruit patches that produce fruits to eat fresh and preserve. In our bakery we bake bread and granola for our village and cookies that are sold at local coops. We have a variety of craft studios such as a weavery, woodshop, arts, and culture and movement which provide meaningful activities for everyone in the village.

    In our community we focus on capabilities, not disabilities. Everyone has space to learn new trades, practice skills, and teach others what they know. What will you bring to the table?

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Trabajo de caridad
    Proyectos artísticos
    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Compañía para ancianos
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    While experiencing the seasons in the heartland of the US, Workawayers have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills such as organic gardening, weaving on floor looms, woodworking, and growing and storing herbs. Food is a big focus in our community and one can learn artisan bread baking, how to cook healthy nutritious meals from scratch, and how to preserve the harvest with canning, freezing and drying techniques. On the farm workawayers can learn how to care for beef cattle and chickens while also giving life back to the soil and land with biodynamic preparations.

    Living and working with others provides lots of opportunities to learn about yourself and practice conflict resolution methods. One can learn to effectively and respectfully work out conflicts with other members using established techniques and processes.

    Our members who have intellectual and developmental disabilities tend to be our best teachers in kindness, forgiveness, open-mindedness and patience. We often hear that living with other adults who have different abilities inspires the most meaningful transformations in the volunteers that have come and gone over the years. If you do not have experience working with people who have a range of abilities, this is a great place to start.

    Additional Compensation:
    -Room and board (wifi included)
    -Student loan payments
    -Local, organic meals
    -Three weeks paid vacation (for year long volunteers)
    -Medical plans/support
    -Use of community vehicles (gas and insurance included)
    -Monthly stipend

  • Ayuda


    In our community, there are many different types of tasks to do! The project you do will depend on your interests and abilities as well as the needs of the community. There is meaningful tasks for all members twice daily (9am-11:30AM and 2pm-4:30pm) with lunch and a rest hour between shifts.

    Volunteers help alongside members who have disabilities in the houses and in the village places which include an organically grown vegetable garden, biodynamic farm, apple orchard, bakery, kitchen preserving the harvest, a weavery, woodshop, caring for the estate and buildings, arts, herb shop, cooking village wide meals and cleaning.

    Workawayers are responsible for the well-being of those they live with. This could include:
    -Cooking meals
    -Cleaning common spaces
    -Emotional support
    -Joining housemates in social outings
    -Participating in house meetings
    -Household and personal bookkeeping/accounting
    -Taking others to appointments

    Volunteers have one full weekday free of responsibility each week. Weekends can be leisurely and flexible.

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Alemán: Fluido
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Fluido
    Hungarian: Fluido
    Korean: Fluido

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  • Alojamiento


    Workawayers will stay in large family-style houses around the village with other members. Everyone has their own private bedroom which include linens and furniture. Meals are included and shared within the home three times daily. We accommodate special diets and can purchase foods we do not grow with the house budget. The house budget also covers toiletries, items for daily living and household items.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    We are less than an hour from St.Cloud and Alexandria and 2 hours from Minneapolis. Workawayers who have a driver's licenses can use village vehicles to visit larger towns and cities on their free days. Those who do not drive can join other members and catch rides to their desired destinations. There are many national parks and wildlife to see in the surrounding area. Minnesota is a beautiful state with lots of waterways, hills and forests to explore. There are many lakes in the area in which one can rent a boat and spend the day on the water.

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    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

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    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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Número de referencia de anfitrión: 695891342215