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Volunteers at Tasman Ecovillage, Tasmania

On 20, Aug 2014 | In Ecovillage, Volunteer/ Work Exchange | By Jacqueline

We are currently seeking Helpers for September.

A purpose designed rural community is being created on the Tasman Peninsula, 100km from Hobart, and 10 minutes from the historic site of Port Arthur.

Our place offers a Working Holiday to those who are looking for alternative ways to subsidise their travel or living costs.

A Working Holiday is a method of exchanging work for accommodation. Working Holiday arrangements are for a minimum of 4 weeks. Some helpers stay for several months. Free shared accommodation, with food supplied, is offered in exchange for 6 hours work, 6 days per week.

Each day there are many tasks to be done to keep this place, which includes Parsons Bay Retreat, running smoothly. The work itself is sometimes very basic and physical, such as the jobs in housekeeping, food service and gardening. (It is a good way to get or keep fit!). Plus, there is the development of the Village, a purpose designed subdivision creating living systems that are sustainable, affordable and attractive investments. Work in the Village involves development of food production areas, landscaping and building.

The Tasman Peninsula is a great place to discover and enjoy; wild surf beaches, tallest sea cliffs in Australia, kayaking, quiet coves, amazing bush walks, swimming, horse riding, eco-boat tours, fishing and meeting the local community!

Our place can suit long term stays especially for those who are looking for a quiet place while they are writing, studying remotely/practicing natural therapies etc. We now have a natural therapy/treatment room available for guests and the local community.

We can assist with day count towards Working Holiday Visa extensions (conditions apply, as per Department of Immigration Department requirements).

For more information on our working holiday program please see our webiste link above.

Job Type:  Work exchange

Location: Tasmania, Australia

Cost to Volunteer:  Free shared accommodation, with food supplied, is offered in exchange for 6 hours work, 6 days per week.

Season: Fall

Facebook: Tasman

Learn More At: Tasman Ecovillage

Volunteers at Padmasambhava Peace Institute, California

Join our community! We welcome full-time residential or day-only volunteers wishing to support the activities PPI focuses on – spiritual development, caring for the land, and creating a beautiful retreat space for oneself and the community at large.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Together with the full-time residential volunteer staff, you can focus on personal growth and awareness in a supportive community while experiencing the joy of serving others and nurturing the environment.

Work may include gardening (landscaping and organic vegetables gardening),, cooking assistance and general kitchen support, cleaning and construction. This assistance is in the context of the Institute’s general operations and also its provision of services to community groups renting the facility. A volunteer’s specialist skills are always welcomed when applicable. The Institute is committed to using low- or no-chemical products throughout the property.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, regardless of race, age, education, religion and sexual orientation, and are looking for volunteers with:

  • a commitment to community life
  • an interest in supporting the center as a place of retreat for themselves and others
  • concern for the environment and interest in land stewardship
  • the ability to work with clear direction alone or as part of a team
  • the ability to communicate clearly with others
  • a responsible attitude towards handling their workload
  • willingness to carry out tasks to the best of their ability and able to work flexible hours on occasion (eg during big events)
  • good physical health and stamina

There are many beautiful places to hike around the property and we are located 20 minutes from the stunning Sonoma coastline and the Russian River resorts. Just over an hour away are the towns of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol which offer a full range of cultural activities from traditional to alternative.

Spiritual instruction and support are available from the lama-in-residence Tibetan Buddhist master Jigme Rinpoche, and volunteers are welcome to join in the group daily practice and make use of the center’s shrine-room and library. They can attend the center’s Buddhist events free of charge.

The center maintains an organic vegetable garden which operates along principles of permaculture as much as possible and twice a year PPI hosts Earth Activist Training courses under the direction of Starhawk and other eco/spiritual leaders.

Job Type:  Work exchange

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Cost to Volunteer:  Room and board are offered in exchange for an agreed number of work-hours per week. Accommodations are single or shared clean, carpeted rooms with adjacent bathroom facilities.

Season: Year round

Learn More At: http://padmapeace.org/volunteeropps.php

Work Study Sabbaticals at Rowe Camp & Conference Center, Massachusetts

On 14, Aug 2014 | In Spring Jobs, Summer Jobs, Volunteer/ Work Exchange, Winter Jobs, Year Round | By Jacqueline

Are you at a transition point in your life? Do you want to explore who you really are and where you’re going? Whether you are recently retired, just finishing college, or taking a break from your current work, our work-study program may be just what you need. It will allow you to slow down, take stock, explore new directions, engage in creative and meaningful work, and be part of a value-based, supportive community.

Work-study participants work 33 hours a week in exchange for room, board and the opportunity to attend many of the conferences. The sabbatical can last from six weeks to a year, anytime from Labor Day until late June. (If you aren’t able to participate for the full six weeks or are available only in the summer, we also have a volunteer program.) Work is arranged by matching Rowe’s needs with your skills and preferences and may include housekeeping, maintaining our buildings and grounds, office work, and more. We also offer a cooking internship.

The study portion of the program is self-directed. It includes personal study, group work, attendance at conferences, and the experience of living in community. Work-study interns live in community with each other and in a more loosely knit community with the rest of our staff. Living, working, and playing with the same group of people isn’t always easy. Communication skills, conflict resolution and relationship issues are part of our normal life. Life here is full of complexities, challenges, laughter and joy.

As a Camp & Conference Center, the community at Rowe has developed around the work that reflects our vision. This is different than many intentional communities where work serves the intention of living together. Rowe C&CC balances a respect for the integrity and freedom of each person with the needs of the community and the organization. We are dedicated to fostering a new society that can nurture the best in each of us, reward idealism and caring and expand hope and vision. Being in the program is a way of offering your service to create a more loving world. It is a generous act, and we thank you for your interest.

Job Type:  Work exchange

Location: Rowe, Massachusetts, USA

Cost to Volunteer:  33 hours of work per week in exchange for room and board

Season: Year round

Facebook: Rowe

Learn More At: http://www.rowecenter.org/pages.php?name=Workstudy

Gardening, Cooking, Landscaping, Outdoor lifestyle in California

300x250garden.cookLooking for work in a community that supports your personal growth?

  • Are you tired of the daily rat race, plugging in countless hours just to make ends meet?
  • Are you looking to be a part of something significant and meaningful to benefit yourself and others?

Odiyan Retreat Center is a 1,000 acre spiritual and ecological sanctuary offering hands-on work and skill training in a challenging volunteer work retreat program where work is the vehicle for your inner development.

Work outdoors, attend classes in yoga and basic Buddhist principles, cook and eat home-grown vegetarian food.

Revel in natural beauty, fresh air and clean water while you contribute to preserving enlightened knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.

You receive:

  • Housing
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Classes and meditation
  • Monthly living allowance – $150 per month

 

You give your energy to:

  • Organic gardening
  • Vegetarian cooking
  • Construction
  • Landscaping
  • Sacred art production
  • Sacred Buddhist text production
  • and much more!

Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join our team. We are seeking volunteers who are open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both inner and outer levels. Please be strong, healthy, able to work with tools and engage physical manual labor on a daily basis.

Minimum six month commitment. Couples are welcome.  We cannot accept children or pets.

Odiyan is a non-profit all- volunteer Retreat Center since 1975, located 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California

Salary:  Housing, vegetarian meals, living allowance $150 per month

Season: Year Round

Learn More/ Apply At: Odiyan

Tibetan Text Preservation Project, Northern California

  • Participate in a work-study program to save Tibetan culture.
  • Live in a community to discover your true self.
  • Tibetan Text Preservation in the Coastal Redwoods of Sonoma County, California.

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.” -Buddha

We are a community and a non-profit organization in the coastal redwoods of northern California dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture as well as studying Tibetan Buddhism. The environment here supports and encourages self-reflection, cooperation, and spiritual exploration. We offer meaningful work in a country environment along with Tibetan yoga, meditation, and other Buddhist studies. Although we are a Buddhist intentional community, you do not have to be a Buddhist to live and work with us.

The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project is currently seeking people who have a strong work ethic as well as a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner knowledge. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week), but rewarding.See our work-study web site for details, photos, application and everything you need to know about living and working at Ratna Ling

Testimonials of Current Volunteers

“Ratna Ling and Yeshe De have provided me with an opportunity I never saw coming. Having found a home, a family, and a deep reservoir of knowledge and wisdom from an ancient culture of studying the mind, I cannot express the depths of which this place has transformed my mind and touched my heart.” -Kel

“Many people take part in group activities and, through common experiences, learn something about themselves in unexpected ways. Yeshe De is a unique opportunity to delve ever deeper into personal growth.” -Ray

Minimum commitment is six months. No religious affiliation required. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.

Call us at 707-847-3777 ext. 115 or email: volunteer@ratnaling.org for more details and an application.

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  Room, board, $150 per month living allowance, free classes

Season: Year round

Facebook: Ratna Ling on Facebook

Learn More At: http://ratnalingworkstudy.com

 

 

Work study at Seung Sahn International Zen Center, South Korea

According to a long tradition dating back to the Great Zen Master Pai Chang, famous for teaching “A day without work is a day without food,” simple manual work which does not require much prior knowledge or complex thinking is best to sustain a practicing mind. Therefore, Haeng Won Participants will be given work in the kitchen, such as assisting the cook with food preparation, in the garden, harvesting or weeding, and cleaning the buildings, such as the dormitory, storage or Buddha and Meditation Halls. These simple duties, along with the administrative tasks usually performed by Sunims, are the fundamentals of the daily running of a temple.

The schedule starts before dawn, at 3:00 in the morning, and ends at 9:00 in the
evening, when the lights go out. In between, there are 5 hours of formal practice including sitting, chanting and bowing and 5 hours of work spread throughout the day with some breaks in between. Generally, the schedule is rather structured. In order to reinforce a simple, practice-oriented spirit, the participants will rarely leave the monastery grounds. In temple training, the schedule is our first teacher because it simplifies life and limits the personal sphere of likes and dislikes –by just performing our duties for others, we learn to put down our opinions, let go of our habits and
cultivate a true freedom not dependent on situation.

Haeng Won Work-Study Program
* Haeng Won Work-Study Program has been developed to allow practitioners from all over the world to get in touch with the Korean monastic root of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s teaching.

* Practitioners receive free room and board.

We are now accepting applications for 2014 fall Hae Jae,
2014 winter Kyol Che Retreat, and 2015 spring Hae Jae.

* Fall Hae Jae: Sep 1 ~ Dec 4, 2014
* Winter Kyol Jae : Dec 6, 2014 ~ Mar 5, 2015
* Spring Hae Jae : Mar 21, 2015 ~ May 30, 2015
Applicants are accepted for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months.

Job Type:  Work exchange

Location: Chungnam Province, South Korea

Cost to Volunteer: Free room and board

Season: Fall, Winter, Spring

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musangsa?fref=ts

Learn More/ Apply Athttp://www.musangsa.org/english/sub03/sub03_4.php

Office Assistant at Earthdance, Massachusetts

earthdanceThe volunteer program at Earthdance is an enriching experience in Earthdance’s community living and collaborative research into improvisation, somatic & interdisciplinary arts. Through the live-work environment, volunteers deepen their understanding of interpersonal dynamics, engage in somatic & creative opportunities, and develop professional skills running various aspects of an arts nonprofit.Support Earthdance’s ongoing office tasks while participating in a one-of-a-kind creative, residential experience. This volunteer position includes 20 hrs/wk of administration and 10 hrs/wk of household work, with opportunities for hand-crafting a creative journey into various somatic and interdisciplinary arts practices. Earthdance’s radiant studios, idylic woods, vibrant community, and hospitable staff provide the grounds for deep personal and professional investigation.Tasks:
- Help manage the database
- Support office mailings
- Support payment processing
- Support event hosting and registration
- Conduct store inventory and stocking
- Assist with job postings and bookkeeping
- Conduct cooking, cleaning, gardening, and other household tasks

Preferred Skills and Interests:
- Strong interest in cooperative living and community building
- Strong attention to detail and organization
- Facility with the Microsoft Office Suite

The preferred volunteer period is six months to start, with opportunities for extension. Non-monetary compensation is provided through room & board; benefits include complimentary workshops and jams, and access to Earthdance’s facilities and resources.

Email contact@earthdance.net to learn more.

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Cost to Volunteer: Compensation and benefits include room & board, complimentary workshops & jams, access to Earthdance studios, guest privileges, and community development opportunities.

Season: Year round

Facebook: Earthdance on Facebook

Learn More/ Apply Athttp://www.earthdance.net/node/780

Yoga Retreat Center Internship, Anamaya Resort, Costa Rica


Anamaya Yoga Resort is truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views. The resort is a few steps away from epic waterfalls, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns. “Anamaya” is Sanskrit for “good health” and that is our focus. Our unique retreat center offers gourmet organic food, yoga teacher training, several types of yoga classes and yoga retreats, a variety of luxurious spa services, and an array of uniquely designed retreat packages, workshops all in respect to the body, mind and spirit.

Are you looking for an internship somewhere exciting? Do you love yoga, the beach, rainforest, and tropical climate? Then Anamaya could be the place for you.

Anamaya is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and if you have the right skills, attitude, and super-friendly personality we’re looking for, then you could live here onsite and be part of our team in this small paradise resort.

We have two internship positions available all year at Anamaya:

Chef/Food:

We need help in the kitchen, and to devise new recipes using the organic produce we’re growing at our “Rancho Delicioso” organic farm nearby. Many of these veggies are exotic species and unfamiliar to most chefs. You may also be asked to fill in if one or our regular chefs is sick, or to help serve the guests. Our current multi-talented chef intern is a singer and plays guitar for the guests from time to time, and she also is writing blog articles describing our recipes and helping with the cookbook. The chef intern will also help with tasks such as making coconut milk or goat cheese, which generally our regular kitchen staff don’t have time for.

Media:

The other position is what we call “Media” which can mean many things. We need help with our website, promotions, SEO, and many other parts of the business. Are you a great writer? Photographer? Would you like to make some promotional videos for Anamaya showcasing our yoga? Or perhaps a series of healthy food preparation videos with our kitchen staff? Maybe you are a great painter and could do a mural or wall detail on some of the rooms? What about websites… are you familiar with wordpress or graphic design and could help with that? Social media is also an option. We always need help with new posts to our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest profiles.

This position requires great creativity and skill. If this sounds like you, then contact us!

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Cost to Volunteer:  $500 per month. You will receive room and board.

Season: Year round

Facebook: Anamaya on Facebook

Learn More/ Apply Athttp://www.anamayaresort.com/staff/internships/

Lead Cook at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California

Work and live in the redwood coastal hills of Sonoma County, CA at beautiful Ratna Ling, a non-profit retreat center in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in northern CA.  Be in a spiritual community of like-minded people dedicated to service to humanity through a wide variety of projects both local and global. This year-round residential work-study opportunity combines meaningful work with opportunities for self-growth.  Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

If you would like to cook in a truly unique environment where personal inner inquiry, cooperation and spiritual values are supported, as well as participating in an integrated program of work and learning, this may be the place for you.

 

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  Room and board, free classes, $150 a month living allowance

Season: Year round

Learn More At: http://www.ratnalingworkstudy.com/

Apply At: volunteer@ratnaling.org

Volunteers at EcoTruly Park eco village, Peru

Eco Truly Park is a beautiful Peruvian Pacific coast ecological, artistic community founded on Vaisnava principles, strategically located on Chacra y Mar beach, a district of Aucallama, in the province of Huaral, one hour by bus or car (63 km) north of the capital city, Lima.

Volunteers are allowed to stay at Eco Truly for as long as they wish. To get the most out of their experience, we estimate interns will want to commit themselves to at least 4 hours/day. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us; the only requirement is that you are enthusiastic about working with our community. Our basic accommodations are separate shared rooms for men and women; if you would prefer a separate, individual room in our hostel, we can provide that service for a slight cost.

We have a number of workshops that you can take advantage of including yoga, art, and vedic philosophy. You are also more than welcome to help out in our kitchen, vegetarian restaurant or bakery (operational 2 days a week). If you are willing to get dirty, you are can work in our organic farm with our biodynamic agronomist who also imparts theoretical and practical classes on organic agriculture, preparation of humus, and composting. More than anything we hope that you make new friends, and have the experience of a lifetime.

The nearest town is only 15 minutes away by car and provides Internet (about 1 sol per hour) and international calling service. There are also some small shops closer where you can by most necessary items. We do have a machine for laundry as well as sinks (if you want to wash clothes the old fashioned way and conserve energy).

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Huaral, Peru

Cost To Volunteer: $300 + 4 hours work per day in exchange for room & board

Season: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Facebook: EcoTruly

Learn More/ Apply At: EcoTruly

Volunteers at Prairiewoods Spirituality Center, Iowa

prairiewoodsPrairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center is a retreat and conference center focused on ecology and spirituality (or, as we call it, ecospirituality). It is nestled in a natural setting of 70 acres of prairie and woodland in Hiawatha, Iowa. Prairiewoods is sponsored by a catholic organization, but it is open to people of all faiths and cultures.

The vision of Prairiewoods is of people everywhere, awakened in consciousness and energized by the loving, creative Spirit of the Universe into a community, moving together into wisdom, compassion and the fullness of life.

Housekeeping volunteers help the Prairiewoods housekeeper maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the buildings. Kitchen volunteers help the cook  provide fresh, nutritious meals to our guests. Maintenance volunteers help the maintenance coordinator keep the buildings, grounds and equipment maintained appropriately. Media Center volunteers help the media center staff provide library services for our guests. Office volunteers serve as the office staff on weekends and evenings to welcome and provide assistance to Prairiewoods’ guests. Outdoor volunteers help the Ecospirituality Coordinator keep the grounds beautiful, ecologically healthy and productive. Prayer ministry partners use the prayer book outside the Prairiewoods Meditation Room to hold up the intentions of Prairiewoods guests, volunteers and staff. Within the covers of that prayer book are pages and pages of life stories, including requests for help in getting through a divorce, for getting a work permit, for a parent dealing with the suicide of a child.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Hiawatha, Iowa

Cost To Volunteer: Work in exchange for room & board

Season: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Learn More/ Apply At: Prairiewoods

Organic Farm Volunteer at Anamaya Resort’s Rancho Delicioso Eco Village, Costa Rica


Rancho Delicioso is an eco village and organic farm that is rapidly becoming the heart of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, set between the beautiful and remote beach and surfing towns of Montezuma, Santa Teresa, and Mal Pais. This new eco-village, started only in 2012, is the first place to provide learning opportunities in organic farming, tropical permaculture, green building, and more. Operated by Anamaya Yoga Resort in Montezuma, its owners and volunteers are dedicated to healthy living, which includes having a lot of laughter and fun as the core of everyday life.

Are you looking to be a volunteer somewhere really interesting? Are you totally into dirt? Are you, like us, passionate about watching things sprout and grow? Do you want to help us make this world a better and healthier place? When someone tells you something is impossible, do you double your effort to prove them wrong? If you answered yes then we may have an opportunity for you to help out at our farm.
At Rancho Delicioso we are working constantly, experimenting with seeds and plants from around the globe, learning how to grow plants that haven’t been grown here before. Currently we have over 120 different edible plants growing. We are searching the web for awesome plants and advice from green geniuses, so we can bring food gardening and small-scale farming to this area of Costa Rica that previously had almost nothing.

We also have two horses, two chihuahuas, nine goats, over 100 chickens, and one cat. We have four treehouses, a geodesic dome with an aerial silk, two large-scale plant sculptures, three tilapia fish ponds, two mandala herb gardens, hugelculture beds, a polyculture spiral, three orchards, a river, and a small adobe pizza oven. And we’re just getting started!

There’s a lot to do, but it’s not all hard work… you will get to enjoy the jungle and beach as well, improve your Spanish skills, do some surfing, and hang out at Anamaya from time to time to do yoga and aerial silk, and enjoy our salt-water swimming pool.

If you’re ready to commit to at least a month and become part of our family, then let us know.

Helpful skills: organic gardening knowledge, construction, painting (illustration/art), writing and internet research, spanish language, raw, vegan, vegetarian, or healthy cooking, dance, circus, and performance arts, making people smile and laugh.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Cost To Volunteer: $250-300/month and work in exchange for room & board

Season: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Facebook: Rancho Delicioso

Learn More/ Apply At: Rancho Delicioso & Anamaya Resort

 

 

Organic Gardening Internship at Sirius Ecovillage, Massachusetts

Now hiring for 2014!

The Organic Gardening Internship Program begins generally in late winter and is a position for someone who has already had some organic vegetable growing experience. Participants will become familiar with our the systems of planning, planting weeding watering and harvesting and distribution. Participants will learn to help process the harvest which includes freezing and canning, and fermentation style preservation. You will often cover when the head gardener is away. Physical stamina is needed. Participants also have willingness to work with guests and possible interns who are just learning about gardening and have the opportunity to step into a supervisor teaching role. Participants will learn how to cook with our various seasonal fruits and vegetables. Berry picking goes through the summer, with apple, pear, chestnut and native kiwi harvest picking up during autumn.

It is our experience and understanding that all nature beings, plants and animals, have an indwelling spiritual consciousness and that through the focused awareness of attunement and meditation we can communicate with them.  Our gardens are completely organic; we use no pesticides or chemicals of any type.

Job Type: Work exchange

Location: Shutesbury, Massachusetts

Cost to Volunteer: Work in exchange for room & board plus $200/month stipend based on experience

Season: Summer Fall Winter Spring

Learn More At: Sirius Community & Ecovillage

Work Exchange at Pacha Mama, Costa Rica

Pacha Mama work exchangePachaMama is an oasis of an alternative lifestyle. It’s a place to dive into a transformative spiritual voyage, rejuvenate the body, connect with nature and celebrate life. The community is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in a forested valley. PachaMama was founded 13 years ago by Tyohar and fellow travelers who responded to the invitation to manifest together a commune that embraces a new way of life. Ever since it was founded, the oasis became a gathering place for people from all over the world, creating a colorful and unique energy field.

The land size is 500 acre, (2,300,000 m²). In the past this land was used as a cattle farm, without electricity, water system, roads or any living space.

There are plans to allow the village to grow continuously as more spiritual seekers, individuals or families, hear the call and want to enjoy the experience of PachaMama on a more permanent basis by putting down their roots here. The PachaMama experience is a profound journey into the depth of one’s being. It is designed to challenge and to embrace. It dares one to experience the depth of life in its totality, be it laughter or tears, the liveliness of togetherness or the silence of aloneness. It is a Temple of Transformation.

The Work Exchange Program (WE) is an opportunity to experience PachaMama and become an integral part of the community through service. It allows the participants of the program to cover a substantial part of the costs through working.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Costa Rica

Cost To Volunteer: Based on duration of commitment.

Season: Year Round

Learn More/ Apply At: Pacha Mama

Work Exchange at Mana Retreat Center, New Zealand

 Mana retreat center NZMana is a prestigious retreat and conference centre situated in a scenic and lovely part of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Mana offers a wide range of workshops and events in the areas of body-mind education, creative expression and spiritual exploration. Mana can accommodate up to 50 guests in comfortable modern rooms, and provides vegetarian and wholefood cuisine. Ingredients are mostly organic and often sourced from the beautiful Mana garden. Mana is a guest oriented business serving an international community.

The energy, enthusiasm and efforts of wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and other volunteers, is an essential component of Mana and is welcomed by the small staff team who direct their work. We prefer longer term wwoofers (at least one month) as there is much to learn in our different areas (house-keeping, kitchen, gardens), and we need to train you to work to the standards we maintain. Mana is especially interested in workers who would like to extend their stay beyond  a month, and train to take more responsibilty. If you wish to consider a more intense and longer work/learn experience, then please indicate in a mail attached to your application.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: New Zealand

Cost To Volunteer: Accommodation & food provided in exchange for labor. No fees involved.

Season: Year Round

Learn More/ Apply At: Mana Retreat Center

Conservation Volunteer at Aride Island Nature Reserve, Seychelles

aride island nature reserveIt is no exaggeration to say that Aride is one of the finest tropical island nature reserves in the world. For the right volunteer candidate this is an exceptional opportunity, possibly the experience of a lifetime and tremendously rewarding. However, please be aware it is no picnic. Living conditions are basic, the work can be demanding and the climate can be a drain on those unaccustomed to the tropics. It is not for the faint hearted. However, for those with the right aptitude and interests working as an Aride volunteer is an exceptional opportunity. We welcome young graduates who wish to pursue a career in conservation, individuals with a conservation interest. Volunteers should possess a degree in a biological science and/or useful practical skills or IT skills.

The working day usually starts with a meeting at 7:00 am, during which the tasks and schedule for the day are discussed. A typical day might include monitoring activities, launching the boat, raking, removing invasive plants, data entry, tourists (especially in the NW monsoon), or maintenance activities. The working day ends at 5:00 pm, and includes a two hour lunch break from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Usually there are snack/tea breaks in the morning and afternoon as well, but the exact schedule depends on tasks that need to be done.

Volunteers assist with all aspects of the island’s work including scientific monitoring and research, maintenance of the paths, buildings and other infrastructure, launching and landing boats, patrolling the island and leading tours for visiting tourists.

Job Type: Volunteer Conservation

Location: Seychelles

Cost To Volunteer: Cost of flights and food. Accommodation provided. £375 stipend toward cost of flight to Seychelles.

Season: Summer Fall Winter Spring

Learn More/ Apply At: Aride Island nature Reserve