Volunteering UK Projects Green & Away - Take Down Taking place in Worcestershire, this project focuses on the ending and taking down 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 some of the final events of the summer, before working on the take down of the Green & Away site. Work will include – de-constructing and packing away tents, marquees, yurts, domes and other structures; decommissioning compost toilets; maintaining and packing site infrastructure e.g. plumbing & electricity - solar energy; managing the transport & logistics of equipment; keeping our wood-powered showers hot; maintaining our organically grown kitchen garden; baking bread and cooking wholesome, vegetarian, organic, and locally sourced food in our kitchen; 'housekeeping' of the rental accommodation for our participants; cleaning the 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. 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 take down phase 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. Interested in leading this project? Go here. If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact us.