My Sunseed Experience
Emma Stewart from Scotland, short term volunteer from 9-23rd July 2013
I arrived to Sunseed this summer looking for a different and nurturing holiday experience. I was in the mood for learning new things and meeting new and interesting people, something to blow the cobwebs away! I have always been interested in environmental and social issues. I wanted to to experience sustainability in action and get inspired again about how to make the world a better place by people really trying to do it. But I was really also needing a holiday, and the time and space to relax and take time for myself. Luckily, for me, Sunseed satisfied all those needs and more.
My two weeks in Sunseed were incredibly special and I ended my holiday with more knowledge, laughs and great experiences than I could have wished for. The two weeks just flew by and I left feeling refreshed and ready to look at the world with different eyes all over again.
There is always something to do and learn at Sunseed, and always the space and time to be busy if you want to.Everyday is different. But, as a short term volunteer, the timetable really managed to balance my holiday needs exactly : learning and doing in the morning, relaxing in the afternoon, Perfect!
I learned so many new things and worked with some really great people. In two weeks, I tried all of the six departments and worked with all the assistants and coordinators, who do a great job in keeping Sunseed well organised and getting everyone involved. Some of the tasks I helped out with were: making bread; making jam on an alternative technology gasifier; making carob powder; cracking almonds; working with wood; making posters for a festival; collecting fruits; working in the gardens; helping cook for 40 people…it was a full experience. Seminars also take place every week which were really interesting and great for getting the brain and debate going.
Sunseed is also very international and there are plenty of opportunities to have a chat in a foreign language you might be learning. During my stay there were Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Arabic, Dutch, Finnish and Urdu speakers, a great mix of people, languages and cultures.
If you are interested in coming to Sunseed, you have to do it! It’s a really inspiring, healthy and happy place to be. You will guaranteed lots of fun, great conversations, great people and loads of learning. It’s great for the soul and great for the planet too, the perfect holiday.