Volunteer

Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.

Are you looking for a chance to be an active part of a rich and rewarding ecovillage community lifestyle? Does the opportunity of spending quality time fully immersed in one of North America’s premiere sustainable living demonstration sites sound appealing? How about living amongst like-minded folks from across the globe? If these prospects excite you then chances are you’ll truly love the volunteering experience available at OUR Ecovillage.
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What to expect:
As a volunteer you will be invited to join us in the day to day of village life. Whether tending to the garden, building up on-site infrastructure or cooking lunch, you will have many avenues of contribution and experience available. And in addition to the plethora of hands-on tasks you’ll be taking part in, an opportunity to learn and practice essential “soft” skills for community building will be afforded. For living in community means building relationships; with the land, the people and ourselves. Daily check-ins, weekly community meetings and much much more. You will be a member of OUR village and as such invited to partake in, and contribute your uniqueness to, the medley that makes up OUR culture.
OUR Ecovillage is also renowned for its educational programs, and there are many different courses taking place throughout the year. So be prepared for many visitors and course participants congregating in this bastion of permaculture and sustainable living during your experience. You may even be invited to help facilitate and/or prepare for the many wonderful learning opportunities available here.

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Becoming a volunteer:
Well, it starts with communication. Fill out the Volunteer Agreement, submit it and the ball will be set in motion. Please do attach resumes and/or backgrounders, and let us know what has you wanting to come and volunteer. We want to get to know you and your vision of volunteering with OUR.
From there you will be in touch with a lovely villager who’ll correspond with you in creating your village experience. We are quite friendly and happy to answer questions that you may have so please ask.
It is pertinent at this moment to mention that certain parameters have been put in place for the volunteering program within which we can craft individual’s experiences of contribution.
For starters, we have a standard trial period of up to 7 days for new volunteers. This period is of great importance as it allows the village and volunteer to assess the fit and determine whether or not further volunteering is desirable for all involved. Such details will be discussed with the volunteer coordinator prior to, and, during the trial.
Feeling the call to join the magic at OUR?
Then don’t hesitate, submit your agreement forms and other information here: volunteer@ourecovillage.org
You can expect a response within a few days.
You can also check out OUR Handbook to find out more about living and volunteering here.
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Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.