Volunteering / Help Exchange

Interested in volunteering?

If so then please feel welcome to get in touch and introduce yourself via the contact page. Below I’ve outlined what my place and I can offer anybody wishing to come and work as a work exchange volunteer.

What I can offer in exchange for help

There is either a small caravan or a small room in a communal house for accommodating help exchange volunteers that has its own private bedroom, a shared kitchen and composting toilet. It has internet access and has 12v power (and 240v when the sun shines!) As yet there are no shower facilities but bathing can be carried out by the water mine where there is clean running water. For this reason as well I’m open to help exchange only during the spring and summer months unless of course special arrangements are made.

What is expected from Helpers.

Simple, honest, easy going, diligent, conscientious and responsible people with a good sense of awareness regarding personal boundaries and full circle living. You may be asked to work unsupervised and some of the time there will be nothing to do. In either case I will be expecting you to be self reliant.

Ideally I’d like to find people who are genuinely interested in working on any of the specific projects that I have available on the farm and that they are willing to commit to completion. Click here to see the ‘on the farm’ projects that are currently available.

Depending on the hours you wish to work on a daily basis and the kind of diet that you require we can agree on a work and accommodation schedule that could suit you. Normally I ask for 4-5 hours a day in exchange for food and accommodation or if you’d rather just sort your own food out and just use the place for camping then I ask for 2 hours a day. One to one agreements can also be worked out. It all depends on the exchange.

Some of the things you are likely to be involved with when visiting:

  • construction and structural repair projects.
  • clearing for fire breaks.
  • planting out trees / watering trees.
  • weeding, mulching, planting out gardens.
  • organising work / living spaces.
  • sharing ideas.
  • socialising and connecting with local community events

a helpful list of things to CONSIDER BRINGING WITH YOU

In general:

  • torch
  • sleeping bag (we can provide something otherwise)
  • work boots
  • work gloves (otherwise we may have some your size)
  • gum boots for wet/muddy work (otherwise can be bought cheaply if needed)
  • work clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy or stained
  • towel – a small quick drying one is good
  • chemical-free biodegradable soap / shampoo / toothpaste etc

Priorities for summer months:

  • wide brimmed hat for protecting your eyes when working outdoors.
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle that you can have available with you when working outside
  • leather gloves for working outside

Priorities for winter months:

  • waterproof jacket / umbrella
  • warm clothes for evenings and for sleeping in when it gets cold

I ask that you show your Respect for the Earth by not bringing any shower gels, shampoos, deodorants, soaps, toothpastes or anything of the kind that contains artificial perfumes or chemicals etc. Please only bring items that are made naturally and are fully bio-degradable. Filter tip cigarettes are highly discouraged.

You can also see more information regarding staying and working here on workaway.info.