In this page, you can find volunteering opportunities to live and work in eco-villages around the world
What is an Eco-village?
An Eco-village is an intentional, eco-sustainable community, able to satisfy the needs of its members while improving the prospects for future generations.
General principles of an Eco-village
Ideally, it should be a settlement that is basically self-sufficient from the food point of view.
Members should be able to cultivate with the criteria of permacultureand organic farming and possibly to raise some animals in the most natural way.
In an ecovillage you should build with local, natural and non-toxic materials (clay, wood, stones, straw, etc.), safeguarding the environment also through the so-called wild recovery and use integrated and renewable energy systems.
The ‘individual-ecology’ should be valued, which is why meditation,relaxation techniques, alternative therapies and different forms of creativity should have “honorary citizenship”.
The decision-making system is usually “fully democratic”, allowing all members to resolve their conflicts and divide the tasks by establishing together a more or less formalized system of rules.
In this last regard, it is worth mentioning that many communities use the method of consent, reaching a specific decision when, after careful mediation work, it is truly shared by all members.
Finally, in an ecovillage, one should favour a type of sustainable economy, in which money circulates in the most local environment, avoiding the waste of large retailers.
How to use this list:
Check the dates of the announcement you are interested in to see if they are still up-to-date. Use the ‘contact details’ section (not the comment section!) to get in touch with the community.