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Volunteering

http://en.8thlife.org/when/volunteering

Also please join the 8thLife email list to get news as we do calls for volunteers (sometimes at short notice), when we have particular projects to complete.  See Recent Newsletters.




Volunteer Positions

At the moment we can only host people who are willing to take care of their own food and live in a tent, as we don't have any rooms available (see option A below)

Also, we have only few spaces for volunteers at the moment and we prefer to do the exchange for specific skills.

Rocket Stove builder

Minimum one month, preferably with experience
  We have two kitchens that wait for a      proper     rocket stove cooker - Resident's  and        Camping  kitchen. 

  We need someone who is excited about      building rocket stoves and  knowledgeable    about the science  behind it. We would prefer  someone with  experience in working with this  kind of  construction.

 We will expect you to finish at least one of  the  rocket stoves completely. 
 We don't have free room at the moment so the only available option is A - 3 hours of work, accommodation in the tent and you organize your own food.
 
If interested, please read the rest of this page carefully & fill out the application form below, telling us you're interested in this position.

About Helpers & Attitude

We are also constantly working on improving & building infrastructure here so we do sometimes have places for general helpers, in which case A POSITIVE & co-operative ATTITUDE is much more important to us than skill or experience 
- although these are crucial also for skilled people!

We work very hard here
, and we've made a LOT of personal sacrifices in order to create a small piece of paradise (which is still under construction) & we keep working hard to build one of the critical structures (as all permaculture projects and ecovillage projects are) for a future rational society.  
And we expect everyone who visits to APRECIATE that it is not easy for anyone to open our hearts & home to relative strangers.

So being here does NOT mean you have a right to criticize anything, or assume you  can break our rules & agreements, or that you know best (unless you HAVE successfully created a complex ecovillage project from scratch! In which case WE will be very glad to learn from you).   Although of course we do always take into account useful, creative and thoughtful ideas & suggestions, wherever they come from.

We feel motivated by motivated people, and the only HEALTHY reason for anyone to be here is because they genuinely want to GIVE of themselves towards the project's mission, which is why we are all here:

We believe 
that stopping the destruction,
working to build soil,
restore ecosystems, 
heal our addictions,
change organizational structures
of the global economy
& learn to live in community
starting locally ...
are the 
most important & urgent
jobs to do 
now.

If you are clear for yourself that supporting the transition of
our destructive society to a sustainable world
is your first priority
you will love this 
& we are looking 
for you.




The Basics

We're starting an eco-village in the Canarian island of La Palma.  
An Integral Permaculture project, reclaiming an ancient village.  

 So far we've bought 2 of the 5 farms it was divided into,
but only 5 permanent members here & lots of work to be done,
so we're looking for skilled professional-level & sometimes general helpers to join us occasionally.    

We speak fluent Spanish, English, Italian & some Japanese. 
We're happy to do part-exchange if you want more free time to yourself
or for touring this beautiful island we serve.

We have a library with high speed internet & do regular cinema nights there,
also a piano & musical instruments, so dancers & musicians appreciated! 
Nearest beach is 40mins by bus, village cafe 15mins walk,
buses to anywhere on the island at 10mins walk.

We're very down-to-earth, passionate & hard-working people
who love our life & mission here, and manage to have lots of fun
in this stunning piece of paradise without polluting it with any drugs, alcohol, smoking or negative attitudes - so we like to share our home with similar kindred spirits, please.




Volunteering Options


A - 3hrs/day for tent accomodation only (bring own tent)

please note that A is the only available option for now

B - 4hrs/day in exchange for nice room accomodation only

C - 5hrs / day for tent accomodation + food

D - 6hrs/day in exchange for nice room accomodation + food

all of these are 5 days per week
(everyone gets 2 days free)

We also tend to prefer people who can stay for more than 2 weeks (preferably 4+ weeks) since it takes a while for new-comers to get used to the routines & become effective helpers.  

Please keep this in mind when you fill in the questionnaire below.
 


Addictions

"to Heal our Addictions" is part of the mission of this project, & to fulfill this aim we do everything possible to create here a space where people who decide to live in a healthier way &/or heal some addiction can have all the support they deserve  - & that is very hard to find in other places. 

So - although & because some of us DO still struggle with these things, we are far from perfect! - we don't use any substance that can be addictive for some people (like nicotine, cafeine, alcohol, gluten or sugar, & of course any illegal drug) when we socialize with other residents, nor do we use or keep them in shared spaces where they could create discomfort for people who want to, and may have difficulties in, liberating themselves from some of them.

For this reason we ask all people who work for the project (including volunteers)  to declare in which of this situations they find themselves, please, in the questionnaire below:

1. I sometimes take some of these substances but have no problem in doing so in private whilst I live & work in the project (this includes outside the finca if am in the company of someone who lives here).

2. I would love to take this opportunity to liberate myself from some of these habits whilst I stay with you (add in the comments section of the questionnaire if you would like help with this, we'd be delighted to support you :)

3. I don't use any of these substances (tell us if you have in the past and how you freed yourself from it / them).

4. I have experience in freeing myself & / or helping others free themselves of addictions & would be delighted to help others in this (add comments in this section of the questionnaire).

5. Other - please elaborate.

Thankyou for your understanding & support in helping us create a special environment to encourage & experiment with for all facets of human evolution in the 8thLife project, including some difficult & controversial ones. 




Integral Permaculture Courses

We encourage anyone interested in visiting us to take the Free MiniCourses online offered by the Integral Permaculture Academy - as they explain the basis of this project in some detail. 

If you're interested in doing the full iPDC course please note we run one on site every month as a part of the 1 to 3 month internships which include volunteering - considerably lowering the residential costs of taking this internationally recognized basic permaculture training & certificate.  

See www.en.EcoEscuelas.net for what the iPDC is all about
(8thLife is one of the projects in the network)







See Recent Newsletters


for news of what we've been up to lately and what we're planning:

Recent Newsletters above

  • Spring Blossoms This spring we are having quite an interesting bunch of interns and volunteers here at 8thLife, and before some of them leave, having finished their times here, we decided to ...
    Posted 21 Mar 2017, 09:42 by Jose Lorenzo Zamora
  • Exciting Opportunities We have 4 wonderful young Europeans arriving in September for a year-long internship programme - and had so many applicants (65!) who are such interesting people ... that we didn't ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2016, 16:17 by Jose Lorenzo Zamora
  • Integral PermaCulture in the Canary Islands Thank you for sharing this with your friends and on social media!The 8thLife EcoVillage Project is offering a unique chance to learn, live & breathe applied permaculture design for a ...
    Posted 16 Oct 2016, 14:55 by Stella Ne
  • EVS Experiences and Growing Gardens boletín en español aquí                          newsletter that we sent by email,  thanks for sharing it! In this newsletter you can read about the experiences of Nicola and Maja - the interns that ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2016, 11:44 by Jose Lorenzo Zamora
  • Spring News boletín en español aquí                          newsletter that we sent by email,  thanks for sharing it!After a very quiet winter period when we chose not to have guests whilst we prepared ...
    Posted 27 Jul 2016, 07:39 by Jose Lorenzo Zamora
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Contact

If you would like to volunteer with us, please let us know the dates you can visit and your skills in the Questionnaire Here


Do join us in the the Facebook group where we organize volunteering work if you would like to ask questions and see what volunteering groups we're currently organizing. 


If you would like to keep in touch with the eco-village project in general, please join this other Facebook Group.









The Almond Harvest

Oct - Nov Almond Picking

We have lots of almond trees!


So generally in October we're looking for volunteers


to get them all in quickly
before the rains start!



On Being Self-Sufficient


As of August 2014 the residents of the eco-village project are 90% self-sufficient in food (although 2 part-time residents still buy nearly all of their own food from outside), and that is because we've worked hard over the years to create the infrastructure to enable that, PLUS we've changed our diets quite a lot, in order to be much better adapted to what we can eat from our own landscape & exchange effort (worked on our habits, addictions, etc.)

BUT we haven't yet got the capacity to also provide for volunteers from the farm at this moment (especially since all come with all sorts of  different diets & habits) ...

So we're proposing for those who wish to help to create the infrastructure for that to be possible in the future, to come & do so - which is what LEARNING to be self-sufficient is actually about: it's very easy to consume other people's work of growing food, but quite a different thing to CREATE that capacity, ourselves.  

We have the land and basic infrastructure to make lots of extra gardens just to help feed future volunteers, but not the time to organize them, by ourselves, since we already work full-time.

SO ... anyone who wants to learn to create self-sufficiency, for real, will have to be self-sufficient whilst they do this work (for themselves & future volunteers).

Which means -

1) we can provide the land, water, seeds, instruction, tools, etc. +  a very nice place to stay (if you bring own tent) in nature

BUT since we don't have the budget to feed volunteers for now (unfortunately) 

2) you will need to provide for your own food in the mean time (10-25€ per week depending on what you like to eat and how much), if you wish to be part of this project of creating food self-sufficiency for volunteers



(note we CAN take 1 or 2 full-volunteers for specific jobs depending on the situation at the time... but once we have those, to the rest we can only offer Option A - and Option B only if we have free rooms)