There's always a lot to do & not nearly enough hours in the day. (And in June we have as many as 21 hours of daylight, so that's saying a LOT!) Living in the bush can be very demanding & we've done it for long enough that I don't feel bad admitting that I'm getting a little worn out! We like to open our home to folks who have the same values of sustainability that we do & can bring to the table certain skill-sets necessary to round out our little micro-community. There are various levels of involvement...please see the descriptions below:
Our hands-on buddies are the BEST!! From the very first year that we hosted a Volunteer Week, we have been privileged to have met some of the GREATEST people, who thoroughly enjoyed throwing down some elbow grease on any one of a myriad of projects. Room & board (& an amazing off-grid lifestyle!) are provided in return for what can be long, physically & mentally demanding days. Only two long-term (6 month) positions are available as garden/grounds managers each season, with couples preferred in order to better suit housing arrangements; several shorter-term slots are available during peak planting/harvesting periods.
If you've always wished you were more environmentally aware & sustainability oriented, come on out & be my protégé for a couple months! I'll teach you what I've learned about living off-grid over the last fourteen years. You can learn about everything from growing your own food & how to preserve it to building safe & sturdy structures & alternative energy. Each program will be customized for the student, based on how long they can stay & what skills they'd like to master. I will only take on one student per season!
If you actually think you have what it takes to live in the wilderness, for REAL, you may apply for the opportunity to "audition" for permanent residency in our new eco-village. Prior to being selected, you will have to provide a resume & references that document your ability to contribute needed skills/knowledge AND your viability as a financially responsible partner in supporting this intentional community. You will be expected to spend the full season (May - October) living/working on the homestead, largely self-directed, and prove yourself to be consistently highly productive and conscientious, with a commitment to sustainability & the preservation of this amazing island/planet.
Areas of expertise yet to be filled:
Mechanic--maintain diesel generator, truck, small engine equipment, outboards
When you have spent a few repeated visits participating in important developments on the property, & have demonstrated consistent behavior & contributions related to its well-being & efficient functioning, you may be offered the opportunity to "buy-in" as a permanent resident in our eco-village. This would allow you certain privileges such as permission to fund the building of your own cabin on an agreed-upon site. All fishing gear & fish-packing equipment, kayaks & gear, dining hall & [eventual] outdoor kitchen, banya, etc. are yours to use throughout the year, whether we are present or not.