Short Term Volunteer Information
Short-term volunteers come to help with our work for certain pre-arranged weeks
in the spring, summer and fall each year. They are asked to contribute for bed
& board - $5.00 (if you're employed) or $4.00 (low-waged or unemployed) per
weekday, and $6.00/$5.00 per weekend day. Since we take only four volunteers
per week and demand is great, especially in summer, the Programme tends to get
fully booked up fairly early each year.
We always recommend that potential volunteers have a good think about why
they want to come in the light of what we have to offer.
The Volunteer Programme is not a course, and we do not
give any formal training or instruction. Conditions
are far from luxurious. Volunteers have the chance to
learn and experience what we are doing through working,
talking to people, consulting information material,
etc.. It is very much up to the individual.
A variety of different work tasks are undertaken in
each volunteer week, and an element of flexibility is
essential (especially dependent on the weather!). Sometimes
volunteers are simply asked to help with whatever jobs
are most urgent at the time.
It is easy to imagine that we spend all our time erecting
windmills or building solar panels, but actually most
of the work we do is pretty ordinary: digging holes
and barrowing rocks about, fixing leaks, cooking, cleaning,
word processing, answering letters, removing slugs or
making firewood ....... We do try to use people's skills
appropriately where possible, but volunteers may well
end up doing routine stuff. It is therefore best to
bear this in mind!
Accommodation is basic Youth Hostel-style, shared
with other volunteers. Food, drinks, soap, shampoo,
toothpaste, tampons, etc., are all provided. Volunteers
need to bring a sleeping-bag, a flashlight, strong and
warm work clothes, sturdy footwear, rubber boots and
waterproof clothing - depending on the season, it could
rain a lot! We ask you not to bring any animals and
we do not tolerate drugs. The minimum age for residential
participation is 18.
We ask volunteers to try to arrive on the Monday of the week they are booked,
not Sunday. There is no work organised for volunteers at the weekend, but they
are welcome to stay through the weekend until the following Monday morning.
Travel to Moser River is fairly easy by car, bus or thumb. A bus runs daily
from and to Halifax.
For dates and a booking form please contact us giving your postal address and/or fax no.
Please note that our short term volunteer programme is very popular
(luckily for us!) and tends to be fully booked by the
end of March each year. Book
early if you want a place.
If the date you wanted is full we do sometimes have cancellations - please
let us know if you would like to be put on a short list
for cancellations - contact
us for dates.
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