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Green Skills 8

project description

The EVS project "Green Skills" is hosted by the non-profit organisation RELEARN Suderbyn, based in Suderbyn Ecovillage. The Green Skills projects are completely integrated into the local Suderbyn community. Through the Green Skills program, we want to offer international participants the possibility of experiencing our special way of life with the social, ecological, economic and cultural dimensions of an ecovillage, and to develop themselves in a more holistic way. We try to provide a complete package of healthy sustainable lifestyle and ecovillage life involving practical tasks (performed gender neutrally) such as: permaculture gardening, organic and vegetarian/vegan cooking, ecological building, animal care, and administrative work. Volunteers participate in all other issues concerning ecovillage life, such as community building, conflict resolution, administrative and organisational issues and collective decision making.

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accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The volunteers will have simple accommodation in a small single or shared room. The same conditions apply for permanent inhabitants and are part of the voluntary simplicity of life in Suderbyn. A bicycle will be assigned to each volunteer for the duration of their service, but there are possibilities to travel by public bus or by car when circumstances require it. Volunteers are treated as residents in the collective, meaning they participate in community chores such as: cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the household. All food is cooked in common with the residents and is vegetarian/vegan.

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training during the project

During the service there will be non-formal learning opportunities in community meetings, group discussions and workshops, along with physical work.

Greens Skills will impart theoretical knowledge and practical competences in the areas of:
- Permaculture principles and ecovillage design
- Organic gardening and sustainable food production
- Ecological construction, maintenance and renovation
- Handicraft
- Organisational and administrative issues

Volunteers will have the possibility to develop Swedish and English by formal and informal means.

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volunteer profile

We prefer volunteers who are highly motivated and who understand that living in an ecovillage entails practical work and a simple, healthy lifestyle. Volunteers who show an understanding of the actual conditions at Suderbyn and who have a personal motivation for learning and living in community will be selected. Everyone living in Suderbyn participates in gardening, building, cooking, cleaning, and all the other tasks that create our holistic lifestyle. We will not base our recruiting on the specific existing skills of volunteers, but rather the willingness to learn and try new things.

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how to apply

Send us your CV and motivation letter. We receive many applications, so make it personal--we generally do not approve generic/mass letters. You MUST have a sending organization to be considered for the project. Skype interviews are conducted in August and September, so apply early!

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additional information

The practical arrangements for the volunteers are a flexible 35 working hours per week, including work-related discussions and instruction, as well as voluntary language training. Normally weekends are days off, and the Green Skills project adheres to standard Swedish bank/government holidays. Volunteers earn an additional 2 days of holiday from work per month. The role of the volunteer is as a co-worker, co-habitating resident and sometimes as project co-leader.

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