Interested in living and working for several months in a German Ecovillage?
Sieben Linden Ecovillage is an intentional community in a very rural area in the North of Germany.
We are living with 150 people of all ages in a newly-built village where we strive to organize all aspects of our lives in a way that we have a low ecological footprint.
From March to September or Octobre 2019 (7-8 months), we are offering the chance to live in Sieben Linden as an ESC-volunteer.
Currently, we are looking for one volunteer from Slovenia and one from Turkey but feel free to contact us if you are interested in experiencing our lifestyle!
The young volunteers will work in the following fields:
The working time is 32,5 hours per week.
The volunteer will have 3 different working fields:
- 1. a) Guest Service Team or b) Kitchen Team (15 hours per week)
- 2. Project Let’s do it! – World Cleanup Day (10 hours per week)
- 3. Freely chosen projects and activities (7,5 hours per week)
- 4. Together with the other young volunteers, they will take responsibility for a one-week workshop for young people that will be held in May/June 2019 in Sieben Linden.
1a) GUEST SERVICE TEAM
The EVS volunteers will be part of the biggest work-team in Sieben Linden, the guest-team. This is another group that will offer them stability and a clear task. This is as well the one field, where they are part of a professional work-team with its obligations and clearly assigned tasks. This “normal working experience” is part of the volunteering experience, but shall not dominate.
Compulsory tasks include work at the reception and welcoming guests, preparing breakfast, setting up the dining room for mealtimes and clean-up afterwards and different types of household-work like doing laundry etc.
Optional activities are:
- – offering a kids program and child care during certain seminars,
- – educational activities during Summer Camp or Open Days
- – preparing and implementing the week-long Young People‘s Gathering together with the other volunteers
- – PR activities e.g. blogging, making videos, presenting the organisation at suitable events
- – baking cake (needed for some seminars only)
1b) KITCHEN TEAM
In this working area, the volunteers as compulsory tasks are supporting the cooks with meal preparation, mostly cleaning and preparing vegetables, picking wild food plants for the community kitchen, making preserves and a small amount of kitchen cleaning (no more than 4-6 hours per month of cleaning).
Optional activities are:
- – working in the herb garden
- – fruit picking
- – cooking
2. LET’S DO IT! World Clean Up Day
Let‘s do it World Cleanup Day project. The goal is to get millions of volunteers to pick up trash in 150 countries around the world in one day, the World Cleanup day (https://worldcleanupday.org). Both volunteers get involved with this project.
3. FREELY CHOSEN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
These activities can be related to existing projects and activities in Sieben Linden Ecovillage or they can be the volunteer‘s own initiative and they should benefit either the host organisation and/or the local community.
Some examples could be:
- working in the vegetable garden
- repairing bicycles
- working on the construction site
During the ESC, the volunteers will have health-insurance, full board and lodging covered, travel-expenses reimbursed and they will receive an amount of 5 Euro pocket-money per day.
The European Volunteers will be part of the group of young volunteers of Sieben Linden that participate in other volunteering schemes.
The small community of around eight young volunteers is a sub-community of the big community of Sieben Linden Ecovillage.
The two ESC-volunteers (from Slovenia and Turkey) will share a caravan with two bedrooms which are situated at the „Young people’s place named Kolibris“ in Sieben Linden, where all young volunteers are living. All volunteers together share a kitchen and living-room and use the sanitary facilities in the main community house. It‘s quite simple living conditions – with wood-stoves in the caravan and some distance between the caravan and sanitary facilities. It‘s embedded in the bigger community of Sieben Linden and the young volunteers have the chance to fully participate in the community life of Sieben Linden and in the sub-community of the young volunteers.
The community and working language in Sieben Linden are German. That‘s why some basic knowledge of German and the strong intention to improve your German skills is a prerequisite for participating in the EVS.
The Erasmus+ Programs offers online-learning-tools to improve your German skills before coming here.
What is Sieben Linden Ecovillage? – Philosophy, Politics and Culture
Climate change, economic crisis, exploitation of human beings and of resources… at Sieben Linden, we develop and test answers on pressing questions of our time. We share no common ideology or religion. Like a social microcosm, the diversity of our community reflects the basic issues of life. What connects us, though, is the focus on a life in harmony with the Earth and all other Earthlings.
At Sieben Linden, the greater goal is a reduction of our ecological footprint i all aspects of life. So far, we have cut it down to 2,500 kg CO2-equivalents per head which translates into one-third of the average ecological footprint in Germany. Resulting from our special focus on closed energy and resource cycles, it extends to the solar energy and hot water supply, to building with natural and regional resources like straw, clay and timber as well as to organic gardening for our food supply. Moreover, we enhance the populated area and its ecosystems by preserving and creating diverse habitats for flora and fauna.
By living together we aim at integrating individual needs into the communal life every day. Transparency and trust building amongst us, true and attentive communication, mutual appreciation and broad-based decision-making are fundamental tools towards this goal. Living together in full awareness represents a collective learning process of humans of all ages and social backgrounds.
The communal project is a legal entity and stands on an equal footing. Land and infrastructure belong to the inhabitants as they are all shareholders of a co-operative. Our domestic budgets are our own responsibility. We seek for everyone to find their place in the whole. Thus, dispositions can become professions and new occupational challenges be embraced. Money entering the Ecovillage circulates here several times before leaving it again.
Dedication and Education
Responsibility for a future worth living on this planet doesn’t end at the fringes of the ecovillage. Through different initiatives and networks, many of us are actively involved in society. Experiences and knowledge that we accumulate in Sieben Linden are offered in seminars and participatory workshops directly to people from all over the world.
For more information, please check:
Interested? Please contact Lara Kastelic (Slovenian applicants):
or Inci Gokmen (Turkish applicants):
Head of Volunteer Coordination Freundeskreis Ökodorf e.V.: