5 months Permaculture Action Learning at the 8th Life Farm


5 months Permaculture Action Learning at the 8th Life Farm

Asociación Gaia Tasiri

Las Tricias, Spain

The application deadline has passed.

Activity description

Our permanent volunteer program at 8th Life is open to ESC volunteers as well as to volunteers in general. The program offers permaculture education, practical ecological farm work, multicultural community experience, all with a focus on learning by doing. The program is organized in cycles of 2 and 6 months. Two months volunteering is perfect for a solid introduction to the principles and practice of permaculture and to the work and life in an ecological farm. Whereas six months volunteering deepens into leadership building, capacity building and life design projects. Daily activities are divided in 3 time slots of 2,5 hours: farm work in the morning (garden, forest, animals, infrastructure maintenance), individual and group project development, and workshops. To fully apply and be considered as a candidate, please read all the information on our webpage and fill our our application form there: http://8thlife.org/canarias/participate/

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Volunteers are hosted in our farm, in shared bedrooms. Most of the year, external facilities are used (solar shower, compost toilet, outside kitchen). Internet connection is available around the library/common space. Comfort is basic as we mostly live outside during the year. In winter, rain is frequent and temperature can go down to 5 degrees celsius by night (it can be cold inside too). Up to 40 degrees in summer. Food is covered partially by farm produces + you get food allowance. Meals are shared among volunteers. Currently there is only 1 family living permanently on the farm.

Training during the activity

The aim of our project is to train you so that you can become a social and environmental changemaker, improve your awareness of the natural environment, become proactive actor of your personal and professional life, and to become leader in your community. We focus on learning by doing, where mistakes are part of the process. Our goal is you enhance confidence and autonomy in conducting ecological farm tasks. Volunteers are trained through workshops (permaculture, composting, carpentry, eco-construction, etc.) and the development of individual projects.

Participant profile

Requirements are: To be passionate about the environment, farming, and permaculture; To be willing to learn rural and manual skills and to enjoy doing physical work; To be ready to spend 5 months living and working on a farm with basic comfort; To be deeply interested in permaculture design theory; Open-minded and predisposition to learning; ready to participate in maintenance activities such as cooking and cleaning; To be willing to learn spanish. Basic spanish preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with fewer opportunities (facing cultural, economic or social marginalization).

Activity dates

A total of 19 week(s) during the period 12/07/2021 to 26/11/2021


Activity location

Calle El Brezal 1, 38788 Las Tricias Spain


Looking for participants from

France, Greece, Czech Republic


Activity topics

Environment and natural protection


Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 11/07/2021