Volunteer programs are one of the most important elements for the development of Ananda Valley: united we can find more creative solutions, we can perform daily tasks in a more light and happy way, we can all learn from each other. Singing together is (usually) much better than singing alone…
Volunteer at the Master Unit!
What we offer
The dynamic volunteer team at Ananda Valley is a place where you can dive into an international, community experience rich in learning and personal development. Our aim is to provide space and opportunity to express yourself and learn how to develop your full potential, supporting a more sustainable way of living, socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.
The project need people passionate about nature, willing to work with joy and happiness, not scared by people who meditate, are vegetarian or are singing mantra and doing Yoga asanas in the early morning. We are growing, learning and we need people who work with love, not afraid of the weather and are open to make friends from all around the world!
As a volunteer you are here not only to serve your own personal development, but also the development of this beautiful project. Service to the project means participating in all working activities, some boring, some fun, giving the gift of warm and joyful environment.
|Generic volunteers||Skilled & experienced volunteers|
||Communication, design & Social media|
|Maintenance & General Tasks||Natural construction|
What We Need
We are looking for volunteers who are open to live with people from different cultures and backgrounds and who are interested to share in and learn from the whole process, sunny days and rainy days.
Most of the work is general maintenance of the farm and organising events. You will be involved in some of the following activities: helping with the development and maintenance of the forests; planting in the organic garden; collecting wood and fruits / wild berries. You will learn how to prune and take care of many different trees and berry bushes, composting, mulching, caring for and transplanting seedlings, how trickle drip irrigation systems work, weeding and all other aspects of maintaining and developing an organic farm. You may like to help with selling the food grown at our market stall, visit other eco-villages and projects nearby.
If you are interested or have experience and knowledge you can take part in more specialised opportunities like: informatics ( website, help in the automation of greenhouse, electrical system in AK, small apps to assist in recording sales, batch number creation, other tasks that can be automated), communication/marketing and events management.
Testimonials from our Volunteers
Join as a Volunteer
First time volunteer
Free of charges after 1 month training
E.g. a qualified gardener, carpenter, plumber, electrician,…
E.g. Volunteer Office Assistant, Summer Festival Office Assistant, or Practical Support Team Coordinator
We have developed a set of Guidelines stating how we aspire to live and work as a community.
We are a 100% drug and alcohol free environment. If you are found under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we will ask you to leave immediately.
The Schedule and Guidelines will be sent to you when you contact us. After reading and agreeing with them we forward with video call, so we can “meet” each other.
Volunteer service is based on at least 5 hours of work per day with 2 days off on the weekend.
With 5 hours a day, 5 days a week focused on your working tasks you have ample opportunity to learn about your personal relationship to work, develop a variety of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills, and about how to be present with what it is to be in service.
Erasmus+ volunteers projects
EVS (European Voluntary Service) and ESC (European Solidarity Corps) programs:
- candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 30; candidates between 25 and 30 years will get priority;
- financial support: all essential costs related to your volunteering project; you will be provided with insurance, accommodation, board and any local transport that you may need, and a small amount of ‘pocket money‘;
- EVS volunteering projects in Ananda Kalyani are usually long term but we are open for short term projects as well;
- you volunteer on an unpaid and full-time basis;
- what you have achieved and learned through volunteering is certified via the Youthpass recognition tool.
If you are interested to volunteer in Ananda Kalyani please contact us. We will need the contacts of your sending organization so that together we will be able to create the project tailored specifically for you and apply with it. The results about the approval of the project will be accordingly to the deadline (October, February, May).
- 2017 – ORGANIC EPIC 2 – ANANDA MARGA Portugal
- 3 volunteers from all over Europe.
- 2017 – ORGANIC EPIC – AMURT Portugal
- 3 volunteers from all over Europe.
- 2016 – EVS Treasure Hunt – AMURT Portugal
- 3 volunteers from Italy: Valeria, Francesca and Andrea!
Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges
Ananda Valley internships
- 6 and 12 months positions, in the areas of:
- agriculture & natural construction
- ecology, sustainability & permaculture
- When we need volunteers?
All year round.
- Do we require a minimum duration?
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Month
- Is the project really 100% vegetarian?
- Can I bring my non-vegetarian food and eat by myself?
You can of course hang out at a local restaurant or have your meat for a picnic, but please don’t eat non-vegetarian food, alcohol or take drugs inside the project.