- Short Term Volunteers
- Long Term Volunteers
- Interns/Research volunteers
- Volunteer Project Pack
- Who can visit Sunseed?
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 at How to book and costs. 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.
STVs come to Sunseed for between two and 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 co-ordinators, seminars, workshops etc… and weekends free. STVs may work in any of our departments and, within reason, get the chance to choose what they wish to do each day.
LTVs join for five weeks or more and work for 7 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The weekly rate for LTVs is reduced after the first four weeks at Sunseed. In the mornings LTVs 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, LTVs 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… for some volunteers this is an apprenticeship experience.
Apprentices are long term volunteers, staying for minimum of six weeks and working 7 hours a day, Monday to Friday in the Eco-Construction Department. Being an apprentice at Sunseed is a great opportunity to learn basic and advanced Eco-construction skills and techniques in a beautiful place.
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 under 16s accompanied by a responsible adult. The site can be dangerous for children, with rough and sometimes slippery paths and steps, unfenced terraces and 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 or are a wheelchair user your access would be restricted, but if you’re willing to try please contact us and we can discuss how we might accommodate you.