Taking place in Worcestershire, this project focuses on the running of a popular community festival. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING ON THIS PROJECT? 

Green & Away are a registered educational charity, that organise, build and run Europe's only tented, sustainable conference centre - a temporary eco-village, situated on a farm in the west of England. Each summer they bring a community of around 100 volunteers from across the world together to create the site, facilitate events, and take down this beautiful and unique project.

Volunteers will be an integral part of the team helping to run the event run by Green & Away, which includes workshops, talks, debates and more activities focused on raising awareness on environmental issues. Volunteers’ tasks will include: assisting in the kitchen with preparation of wholesome, vegetarian, organic, and locally sourced food in our kitchen; changing bedding in our accommodation rented tents; welcoming guests to the site; collecting firewood; lighting fires; keeping our wood-powered showers hot; baking bread; 'housekeeping' of the rental accommodation for our participants; cleaning showers and compost toilets, foraging for plants and flowers; enjoying music and laughter in the Honking Goose, our fully licensed, volunteer-built bar. Volunteers work in teams within a group of approx. 35-50 people. When we host an event, up to 200 people can be on site.

During the project volunteers can participate in workshops every week covering a wide range of subjects about environmental issues, for example renewable energy, electric cars, sustainable forestry, etc.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Volunteers live in tents on site, and toilet and shower facilities are provided. IT RAINS IN ENGLAND IN THE SUMMER – Be prepared! Volunteers MUST bring: Waterproof coat and trousers, strong boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag, camping mattress. We also ask volunteers to bring their own tent if possible. Extra blankets are available. Three healthy meals a day will be provided which will be mostly organic, vegetarian, and made using locally sourced produce where possible. Special dietary requirements can be provided for.

WHAT ABOUT LEISURE TIME? 

During the project our working days usually start at 9am with a short meeting to discuss the tasks for the day, and finish around 5-6pm, with lunch and regular tea and cake breaks. During conferences the tasks have very different working hours. For example some people will be up early every day to light fires for the showers, the kitchen has 2 different shift times - whereas the bar workers usually finish late at night, so will start much later in the day too!

The site is based at New House Farm in the small village of Bransford. It is surrounded by stunning countryside, close to the Malvern Hills. Bransford is in the county of Worcestershire, in the west of England, approximately 35 miles/56 km from Birmingham.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? 

  • You must be 18+ to take part in this project
  • The project language is English and so volunteers need to be able to speak English at a good level
  • Applicants must send a certificate of good conduct/police check from their home country
  • There is an extra fee of £50

UK VISA COSTS

If you need a VISA to enter the UK, an additional £21 needs to be paid to cover cost of the VISA Sponsorship Certificate.

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