If you’d like to join us, there are three options for your stay at Sunseed: short term volunteers, long term volunteers and grant-funded interns/research volunteers. The rates vary and can be found on the Booking and Costs page. If you are planning to join us just for a day we offer Free guided tours for visitors every Tuesday so please get in touch.
Many volunteers 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. If you have a particular interest or focus, we recommend you check out the project packs and get in touch before you arrive to discuss what you’d like to do to ensure you the most rewarding experience!
STV’s come to Sunseed for up to three weeks, working a minimum 25 hours a week (5 hours Monday to Friday mornings), with afternoons free to join guided tours led by Sunseed’s department coordinators, contribute to communal cooking and activities or just relax in our beautiful surroundings… and weekends free. STV’s may work in any of our departments and, within reason, get the chance to choose what they wish to do each day.
MTVs join for 4 – 6 weeks, working for with departments in the morning and on their own project in the afternoons if they wish. LTV’s join for seven weeks or more and work for 7 hours a day, Monday to Friday. In the mornings LTV’s 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, LTV’s work in one of our departments assisting with ongoing work or with their chosen project work.
Research volunteers or interns are long term volunteers, staying for five weeks or more (several months is not uncommon) and working 7 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The main focus of interns/research volunteers is research or a project for their university studies. Usually these students are grant funded, e.g. with Leonardo or Erasmus (EU funding). Research volunteers have a tutor (the relevant department coordinator) that guides and supports them. Working hours for the research/project and work with Sunseed is agreed during the first week or two. Often students choose their project from the Project Pack.
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.