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Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Camphill Village. Every year, we welcome dozens of volunteers age 19 and over from around the world to stay for a year – often longer – and become a member of our rich and vibrant community life. They live in a home with other volunteers and adults with developmental differences, help manage their households, assist each other in one of our many workplaces, and help care for each other’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

 
 
 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Inquiry Form, and submit a copy to volunteer@camphillvillage.org.To view and apply for specific positions, please visit our openings database and complete a full application. To learn about our J-1 visa sponsorships, click here.

The volunteer opportunity with a unique difference

Volunteers and residents at Camphill Village. Photo: Camphill Village Learn more about the gap year opportunity attracting volunteers from across the globe to a unique community nestled in 600 acres of wood and farmland in upstate New York. The people at Camphill Village grow their own vegetables, perform various crafts, and generally share a simpler way of life.

Types of Service

Requirements

Minimum of 19 years of age

Good physical and emotional health

Ability to live with and support adults with developmental disabilities

Length of Stay

At least one year

*We also welcome volunteers with Camphill experience, for the summer months, for six weeks or more.

Responsibilities

Live in a home with other volunteers and adults with special needs

Help to manage households, help to care for the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the individuals whom you assist and with whom you live

Assist one another in one of our many workplaces (farm, garden, estate, bakery, candle shop, weavery, household, bookbindery, etc.)

Participate in planning festival celebrations and cultural offerings

Benefits

You will receive:

• Your own Bedroom and Board

• Allowance for Incidental Expenses

• Medical Insurance

• Education, Training and Support for the duration of your volunteership

• Three weeks of personal time for a one year commitment, in addition to free time, which is arranged within each individual house

*Dental and vision coverage are not offered for the first year of service.

Requirements

Minimum 19 years of age

Good physical and emotional health

Ability to live with and support adults with developmental disabilities

Length of Stay

At least one year (two years preferred)

Responsibilities

Live in a home with other volunteers and adults with special needs

Assist others on our livestock farm, Healing Plant garden, or vegetable gardens

Help to manage households, help to care for the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the individuals whom you assist and with whom you live

Participate in planning festival celebrations and cultural offerings

Benefits

You will receive:

• Your own Bedroom and Board

• Allowance for Incidental Expenses

• Medical Insurance

• Education, Training and Support for the duration of your stay

• Three weeks of vacation time for a one year commitment, in addition to free time, which is arranged within each individual house


*Dental and vision coverage are not offered for the first year of service.

Requirements

Minimum of 21 years of age

Good physical and emotional health

Ability to live with and support adults with developmental disabilities

Prior training in Social Therapy

Prior Camphill experience

Experience as a House Leader

Length of Stay

Three to five years

Responsibilities

Expected to fully participate in Village life and to lead households and/or workplaces.

Generally take on many roles in Village life, perhaps in addition to managing a household of volunteers, adults with special needs, and their own children

Create a healthy home environment

May have some administrative or organizational responsibility, serve on various committees, run a workplace, or be responsible for work crews working in the home

Can be involved in specific areas of interest such as developing and running a workplace (land or craft), and have an active role in the cultural life of the Village.

Benefits

You will receive:

• Your own Bedroom and Board

• Medical Insurance

• Education, Training and Support for the duration of your stay.

• Four weeks of Personal Time

Waldorf school education is available in the area for children.

Personal needs are met on an as-needed basis

*Dental and vision coverage are not offered for the first year of service.

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