How to join Sunseed
Many people from all over the world come and join us for an experience in communal living and an introduction to ecovillages, taking part in a range of activities across departments to get a taste of what’s on offer. We welcome them all year round, but we ask you to book your stay in advance to make sure there is space for you and to allow us to organize a proper induction to the site. Please don’t come unannounced! You can check the costs and book your stay on our bookings page.
If you have a particular interest or focus, we recommend you check out the departments’ pages and to get in touch before you arrive to discuss what you’d like to do to ensure you the most rewarding experience!
If you’d like to join us, there are many ways options to stay at Sunseed. Here you can read about each of them from the shortest to the longest:
- Join our Free Guided Tours – The tour lasts approximately 1,5 hours and you can join us for lunch or dinner for a donation. Please contact us in advance.
- Come as a Visitor – If you’ve only got a few days to spend with us, you can still take a glance at how we live here becoming a Visitor. You’ll be asked to contribute to our activities in the morning and the rest of the time you’ll be free to roam around the village and get to know the surroundings.
- Participate in a course – We organize courses and workshops about different sustainability topics. Check our courses page to know what’s going on.
- Come as Short Term Volunteer – STVs come to Sunseed for up to three weeks, they contribute 20 hours a week (5 hours Monday to Friday mornings), with afternoons free to join other activities, contribute to communal cooking or just relax in our beautiful surroundings.
- Come as Medium Term Volunteer – MTVs join for 4 to 6 weeks, contributing for a total of 30 hours a week. In the mornings they may work in any of our departments and, within reason, get the chance to choose what they wish to do each day. In the afternoons, they work in one of our departments assisting with ongoing work or with a project of their choice.
- Come as Long Term Volunteer – LTVs come for 7 or more weeks and they contribute for 30 hours a week. After an introductory period they are encouraged to integrate within one or more departments in order to get a deeper knowledge of some aspects and techniques. They have the chance to choose a project and develop it under the supervision of one of the coordinators.
- Do your Internship with us – If you’re looking for an intership in environmental sustainability, drylands management, renewable energies or any topic related to one of our departments, Sunseed could be the perfect place for you! We’ll sign an agreement with your educational institution and you’ll be able to apply for funding and to tailor a programme that suits your needs.
- European Voluntary Service – We accept EVS after a selection procedure that takes place twice a year, usually in winter and summer. The lenght of stay is 6 months. The programme is open to anyone residing in the EU and aged 18-30. For more information visit the European Youth Portal.
- Become a staff member – Often we’re looking for new members to join our team. Minimum commitment is 3 months for assistants and 1 year for coordinators. Check our vacancies and read about conditions.
Who can come to Sunseed
Anyone can come and spend a shorter or longer period of time with us! Here are some advices for people that may have some special needs:
Children and young people
We welcome anyone under 16 accompanied by a responsible adult. The site can be dangerous for children, with rough and sometimes slippery paths and steps, unfenced terraces and close proximity to the river, so parents/guardians must be responsible for their children’s safety. Those aged 16/17 may come unaccompanied but must have their parent/guardian’s consent.
Our eldest visitor to date was 87. The steps and rough terrain were a little tricky, but we provided assistance and devised a temporary compost toilet arrangement. Older people are very welcome at Sunseed. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have.
We live in very rough terrain. Getting around the project site is relatively demanding. There are many steps and uneven paths to get to work sites and it’s a long way to the compost toilets. If you have limited mobility your access would be restricted, unless you had personal assistance. If you’re willing to try please contact us and we can discuss how we might accommodate you.