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Eco Village Lavaux-Oron District, Switzerland

4.0
2 reviews2

Creating woodwork & decoration in our ecocommunity


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This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
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Learn about sustainability
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What you offer

30h

Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Arts
Help with painting, graffiti, sculpting or drawing.
Painting & Decorating
Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.
Handyman
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
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What you get

2

Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
Breakfast
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Lunch
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Dinner
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Accommodation
Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Holistic Therapies
You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.
Permaculture Course
Take part in our Permaculture course for free.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Certificate
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Support
Support
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The Experience

We are looking for creative and enthusiastic people interested in decorative carpentry with anthroposophic spirit, woodwork and technical installations in our ecological communities in French part of Switzerland. With our professionals, you help creat wooden decoration in our ecovillage : cafeteria, coworking space, furnitures, arts auditorium, escape-room. Also removal of furniture and carrying wood (about 10%) + gardening in permaculture

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Requirements

  • Beginner English or Beginner French
  • Between 18 and 80 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Availability

Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Stay at least
8 weeks
Stay up to
6 months

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  • c) How much did you spend on this trip?

2 Reviews

4.0

Host & Team

3.5

Hours & Tasks

3.5

Eco Village

5.0

Learning & Fun

4.5

How this experience will transform you

2 Meeting international travelers

2 Learning about sustainability

1 Practicing English

Brazil

3

I spent 3 weeks in Smala and I learned a lot. The house has an awesome view of the lake and of the vinos. I need to warn, especially girls, that the place has a lot more men and that didn’t make me feel comfortable. I applied to do one kind of job and I ended up doing another one, even though they told me this would change with time. Hours of work are usually not assigned until either the night before or first thing in the morning and you need to fight for your days off. I was supposed to stay for 2 months, but I left early.

2 months ago


LA SMALA replied

Julia arrived for 6-7 weeks to help in half housekeeping and other half social media contribution, as defined with her. After arriving, she starting complaining about housekeeping tasks. In our humble opinion, she was not very cooperative not respecting her duties, many times changing last minute and putting pressure on the team (rebel attitude). She kept on repeating her father was lawer and she did not show much cool attitude needed for an ecological sober life. We offered her extra leasures such as a flight simulator and a nice mountain treking at our own costs, and were happy to bring her joy.

But she explaind us she always had a housekeeping lady paid by her parents to make her laundry and other housekeeping in her house Brasil, and thus most of basic tasks were new for her such as making tea, using laundry... Lack of experience plus rebel and not much cooperative spirit did not facilitate her inclusion.
regarding her comment on hours. She did not use the digital tools toogl that we provided her to track her hours of volunteering, therefore we were unable to manage her schedule correctly.

Other volunteers such as Dylan and Mike stayed longer and were very happy, she was a bit isolated in her position.

It was her first volunteering experience and although we did not feel confortable with her frequent demands and pressure, we pardon and wish her the best !

Ireland

5

Very nice place to work.

3 months ago


LA SMALA replied

Thanks Dylan. We are happy you decided to stay longer, and it is a pleasure having you still in our community. Your contributions where helpful.

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