OUR Profile: Volunteer Kat
Reasons for coming?
I’m exploring the possibility of living in community somewhere. I wanted to try it in a well-established and respected community like OUR, with similar values to my own.
What sort of work are you doing here?
My background is in facilitation, so I worked with the kid’s circus camp and have also been helping with cobbing on the Eatery and Turtle house. I’ll also jump in with whatever needs to be done.
How did you find out about the Ecovillage?
Through HelpX, which is a website which is like WOOFing except you can select a place to stay based on skill set.
I would say the relationships you build with people here. Also, the opportunity to learn skills for living ecologically, especially around green building.
Anything challenging about it?
Not being in my 20s anymore and not being used to physical work, I’m finding the 8-hour days to be somewhat long, especially in my second week!
Interesting or funny stories?
It’s interesting to me that, living in community, you have your job or role and then you also have so many benefits or challenges that come with it. That’s what’s so interesting to me. It’s just rich; the essence of living in community sets the world on fire, I think.
Advice for other interested volunteers?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much time, even if you only come for a day it’s still worth coming to try it out. Remember to bring things like rubber flip flops, ecologically-sound soaps and cleaning agents, and clothes that can get dirty, especially if you are going to be cobbing, it’s hard to ever get them clean again. It also gets cold at night, so pack for that.
There is so much happening here that regardless of your skillset there is probably some way your skills can be used. Don’t be afraid to ask for what suits your strengths in terms of work.
Where are you planning to go next, or what are you planning to do?
I’m travelling on the Island for a few more weeks—heading up to Fanny Bay to live in a tree house, and then to Quadra Island to stay at an intentional community named Bold Point Farm and volunteer there. After that I’m back to Ireland, but I work between Ireland, Australia, and Canada.
Anything else you would like to share with readers?
I think it’s a rare opportunity to visit and stay and learn in an Ecovillage that has such longevity and so many amazing projects. I think the primary focus here is as a learning village, where some people live. I didn’t really get that until I was here and saw how it works.