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Text Preservation Project Bindery Worker 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.

Work in our on-site text preservation project producing Buddhist books to be donated to Tibetans in Asia and to Buddhist libraries of the West in 2014 and 2015.

You are offered:

Housing in cozy cabins with private bath and outdoor deck. (two to three people per cabin)
Delicious vegetarian meals
Monthly living allowance $150 per month
Free evening classes in various aspects of Buddhism as it applies to everyday life. Yoga, meditation, Skillful Means (how work can be a path to inner knowledge), Buddhist history and philosophy
Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued

People who like to work hard and have a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner knowledge are a good match for us. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding

No experience required although we appreciate those with mechanical or warehousing background. You will receive training on various aspects of production book making, from folding and trimming to binding and warehousing. Involves hands work, being on your feet a lot and plenty of physical work.

If you are a hard worker, like rural living and would thrive in a truly unique environment where personal inner inquiry, cooperation and spiritual values are supported, this may be a great match for you.

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  No cost to volunteer; includes room, board and free classes.

Season: Year round

Facebook: Ratna Ling on Facebook

Learn More At: http://ratnalingworkstudy.com/category/current-openings/

Apply At: volunteer@ratnaling.org

Marketing & Graphic Design Enthusiast at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California

  • 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?
  • Are you seeking work in a community that supports your values and encourages personal growth?

Look no further! If you are a forward thinking, creative and enthusiastic communicator with a mind for reaching out to others and making connections, this may be a great match for you! Work in a truly unique environment where personal inquiry, cooperation and spiritual exploration are supported and encouraged. This year-round residential work-study opportunity combines meaningful, rewarding work with opportunities for self-growth. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

Length of commitment is a minimum six months, preferably longer, depending on mutual fit. We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, exploring work as a path to inner knowledge, and helping to support and expand our retreat center’s outreach through thoughtful words and actions.

Job Description:

  • Creativity and intelligently design marketing campaigns to drive awareness of our group and personal retreat offerings.
  • Create quarterly e-newsletters and occasional promotional e-mail blasts (Vertical Response)
  • Use warm and thoughtful language to communicate via phone and e-mail with existing and potential customers.
  • Manage WordPress website: posting upcoming events, writing engaging monthly blog posts, and editing pages when necessary
  • Maintain existing social media outlets and expand into new social media territory.
  • Design and create flyers, print ads, brochures (knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop a plus)
  • Support housekeeping staff and kitchen when needed.

You will receive:

  • Housing in cozy, modern cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck, & gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.
  • Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals, tea and coffee.
  • Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.
  • Free evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life.
  • Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.
  • Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
  • The support of a caring, actively engaged community that encourages and builds meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding! Minimum commitment is 6 months. No religious affiliation required. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.

Contact us! Phone: (707) 847-3777 ext. 115 or E-Mail: volunteer@ratnaling.org

 

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  No cost to volunteer, includes $150/mo stipend, housing, meals and classes.

Season: Year round

Learn More At: http://ratnalingworkstudy.com/category/current-openings/

Apply At: volunteer@ratnaling.org

Head Chef at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California

  • 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?
  • Are you seeking work in a community that supports your values and encourages personal growth?

Look no further! If you are a cook who is burnt out on the regular restaurant job scene, or if you would like to cook in a truly unique environment where personal inquiry, cooperation and spiritual exploration are supported and encouraged, this may be a great match for you. This year-round residential work-study opportunity combines meaningful, rewarding work with opportunities for self-growth. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

Length of commitment is a minimum six months, preferably longer, depending on mutual fit. We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, exploring work as a path to inner knowledge, and in supporting our community and guests with your nourishing, creative, thoughtful, beautifully presented meals.

Job Description:

  • Oversee daily operations of the kitchen and the other kitchen staff, which includes:
  • Preparation of healthy, nutritious, vegetarian meals at lunch six days a week for 30-65 people
  • Buffet Breakfast for up to 40 during retreat season only
  • Evening buffet meal for 30-65 people depending on the season
  • Occasionally overseeing preparation of food for approximately 150 people for special events
  • Maintaining compliance with CA Health Department standards
  • Provide leadership and direction to other kitchen staff.

Includes supervising and training kitchen volunteer staff in:

  • Food preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Overseeing and rotating inventory
  • Budget Management

You will receive:

  • Housing in cozy, modern cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck, & gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.
  • Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals, tea and coffee.
  • Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.
  • Free evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life.
  • Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.
  • Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
  • The support of a caring, actively engaged community that encourages and builds meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding! Minimum commitment is 6 months. No religious affiliation required. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.

Contact us! Phone: (707) 847-3777 ext. 115 or E-Mail: volunteer@ratnaling.org

 

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  No cost to volunteer, includes $150/mo stipend, housing, meals and classes.

Season: Year round

Learn More At: http://ratnalingworkstudy.com/category/current-openings/

Apply At: volunteer@ratnaling.org

Retreat/Event Sales & Planning Enthusiast at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California

  • 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?
  • Are you seeking work in a community that supports your values and encourages personal growth?

Look no further! If you are a well-organized, energetic, enthusiastic people-person with a mind for creating successful and meaningful retreat experiences for leaders in the healing and wellness industry, as well as guests from around the world, this may be a great match for you! Work in a truly unique environment where personal inquiry, cooperation and spiritual exploration are supported and encouraged. This year-round residential work-study opportunity combines meaningful, rewarding work with opportunities for self-growth. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

Length of commitment is a minimum six months, preferably longer, depending on mutual fit. We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, exploring work as a path to inner knowledge, and helping to support and expand our retreat center’s outreach through thoughtful words and actions.

Job Description:

  • Use warm and thoughtful language to respond to inquiries from existing and potential retreat leaders to encourage bookings and increase sales.
  • Create contracts and collect retreat deposits and payments.
  • Work closely and compassionately with retreat leaders to plan their retreats in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Oversee execution of retreats by working and communicating with your staff.
  • Assume active roll in guest services including greeting, checking in/out guests, and following up.
  • Support housekeeping staff and kitchen when needed.

You will receive:

  • Housing in cozy, modern cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck, & gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.
  • Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals, tea and coffee.
  • Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.
  • Free evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life.
  • Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.
  • Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.
  • The support of a caring, actively engaged community that encourages and builds meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding! Minimum commitment is 6 months. No religious affiliation required. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.

Contact us! Phone: (707) 847-3777 ext. 115 or   E-Mail: volunteer@ratnaling.org

 

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California, USA

Salary:  No cost to volunteer, includes $150/mo stipend, housing, meals and classes.

Season: Year round

Learn More At: http://ratnalingworkstudy.com/category/current-openings/

Apply At: volunteer@ratnaling.org

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

Spiritual and Ecological Sanctuary, North Coast California

Picture this! A thousand acres high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Golden temples, Wild horses and Spectacular Natural Beauty.

Now imagine your outdoor hands-on work in the gardens, orchards, on the land -learning and sharing practical skills.

Odiyan is a 1000 acre spiritual and ecological sanctuary in Northern California. We grow much of our own food, have our own water sources and are expanding our use of solar power.

Living and working at Odiyan includes:

  • Housing
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Optional classes
  • Monthly living allowance – $150 per month.

Joining Odiyan is the great decision for someone who is in a life transition, wanting to try something new or someone trying to discover their purpose in the world. While you figure out who you are and what you are here to do, you can learn practical life skills, such as:

•    Organic gardening
•    Vegetarian cooking
•    Community management
•    Construction
•    Landscaping
•    And so much more

Though Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, absolutely no religious affiliation is required to join our team. We practice a DIY mentality for both inward and outward development.

Does this sound like a place for you? Space is limited, but we take applications on a rolling basis. Currently seeking people who can start in March, April or May 2014.

Please be strong, healthy and able to engage manual physical labor on a daily basis.

Helpful skills: organic gardening, use of tools and small machines, vegetarian cooking, construction, plumbing, electrical, general maintenance, writing, foundry and welding.

Not among the increasingly rare folks who have the skills we seek?  Don’t despair!  If you are physically strong and hardy, willing to work hard, get dirty and learn things you have never thought you would ever do, you are welcome to apply.

Odiyan is an registered all-volunteer non-profit since 1975, located 110 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California.

Job Type:  Work-Exchange, Retreat Center

Location: Cazadero, California

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

Season: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Learn More/ Apply At: Odiyan

Sustainable Living Volunteer at Sadhana Forest, India

The vision of Sadhana is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville.  In a spirit of human unity, the aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living and veganism. Our energy and resources are focused on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF).

Our experience with volunteers, from all over the world, has been very positive. They have created here a vibrant community atmosphere. Living and working together and sharing our experiences brings us into harmony with nature and ourselves. One of our volunteers put it very nicely in her letter to us when she left: “May there be many forests to grow people”.

We are happy to welcome volunteers here any time of the year and always have plenty of space for them!!! We are fully committed to accept everyone that wishes to volunteer here and help recreate the forest.

The minimum stay is 4 weeks from December 1st to April 1st, though many volunteers stay for a few months or more. For volunteers arriving from April 2nd to November 31st the minimum stay is 2 weeks. We are also very interested in longer term volunteers/interns staying with us for a period of three months or longer.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Tamil Nadu in Southeast India

Cost To Volunteer: 25-hour work week & community shifts + $5/day for vegan meals and accommodation

Season: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Learn More/ Apply At: Sadhana Forest

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

Farm Volunteers at Anamaya Resort, Costa Rica

AnamayaAnamaya 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 to be a volunteer somewhere exciting? Are you totally into dirt? Do you, like us, get thrilled at the sight of things growing? Do you want to help make the world a healthier and better place? When someone tells you something is impossible, do you double your effort to prove them wrong? We may have an opportunity for you to help out at Anamaya or our farm.

At Rancho Delicioso we are working every day, experimenting with seeds and plants from around the world, learning how to grow things that haven’t been grown here before. We are scouring the internet for cool plants and advice from green geniuses, so we can bring small-scale farming and food gardening to an area of Costa Rica that has almost none.

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 enjoy our 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 laugh and smile.

Job Type: Work Exchange/ Volunteer

Location: Costa Rica

Cost To Volunteer: Work in exchange for room & board

Season: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Facebook: Anamaya Yoga Resort

Learn More/ Apply At: Anamaya Yoga 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

Internship at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Connecticut


Isabella Freedman is a 400-acre sanctuary in the Berkshires where Jews of incredibly varied beliefs and backgrounds make pilgrimages and leave transformed in remarkably personal ways. We are excited for you to come visit, enjoy our beautiful lake, hike in our wondrous mountain trails, taste succulent and healthy glatt kosher food from our organic farm, and leave feeling like you’ve found a second home.

Join Isabella Freedman’s staff community for the short or long term. At Isabella Freedman, we approach our work asavodah, which means “service,” and we encourage staff members to bring joyfulness, self-examination and a desire for personal growth to the work environment.

We have made it a priority to create an environment that enables our staff members to discover and develop their own talents in the context of their work. Our emphasis on empowering every individual, in every position, to be efficient, proactive and professional, and to approach their work from a place of compassion and love, is a vital part of Isabella Freedman’s larger vision of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Learn about the many different paths of Jewish practice by supporting the pluralistic itinerary of programs hosted here, and through classes taught by renown lecturers, rabbis, and leaders.

This work includes setting up and breaking down program spaces, driving shuttles, shlepping compost, and more. Work towards creating meaningful, transformative experiences for all of the colors of the Jewish rainbow.

Job Type: Work-exchange

Location: Falls Village, Connecticut

Cost to Volunteer: Work 30 hours per week for room, board, and retreat credits.

Season: Summer Fall Winter Spring

Learn More At: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

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: Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

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: Summer Fall Winter Spring

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