Sunseed General Leaflet (English)

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.

Short Term Volunteers (STVs)

STV’s come to Sunseed for up to four 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, seminars, workshops etc… 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.

Long Term Volunteers (LTVs)

LTV’s join for five 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; as well as taking part in the other educational activities, such as seminars, workshops, guided tours, visits to other projects…

Interns/Research Volunteers

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.

Volunteer Project Pack

You can check some of the projects available by looking at our online Project Pack . If you have a project in mind and would like to liaise with the appropriate staff member please contact us.


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.

Older visitors

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.


Disabled visitors

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.


One Response to Volunteering

  1. Cailin Burney-O'Dowd says:


    My name is Cailin Burney-O’Dowd, and I’m a 20 year old girl from Manchester, UK. Last year I worked at an educational NGO in New Delhi, which works to empower youth from low-income backgrounds in the city. While I was there I met many people in the NGO circle who were passionate about sustainable farming and sustainable living, while living very simply myself in a traditional Indian style opened my eyes to these ideas further.

    I came across your organisation through my Aunty-she volunteered at Sunseed in 1992! I have looked at your website and I would love to come and volunteer with you in the summer (preferably May). I feel that I would be best suited to working in the gardens/farming/working with food but also would love to learn more about the technology you make and use, and would definitely welcome the chance to become involved with that too. I have no problems whatsoever with living in the simple style you describe in the FAQ section.

    Could you let me know whether you have vacancies for volunteers in May, and what the process is to secure a place?

    Also, could you tell me what the weather is most likely to be like in May? (I was living in Delhi in the summer last year, and the extreme heat took a tole on my health!)

    All the best!

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