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Work Exchange Program

Work Exchange Program

The Work Exchange Program works like this: you work 27 hours in exchange for a bed, sometimes in a private little room, sometimes in a shared room as in a dormitory setting, sometimes with some time in a tent when necessary or desired! Covered also are your utilities, wireless internet and some food – fruit, vegetables, rice and beans, and sometimes quinoa. Inventory is maintained on items that we consider basic for cooking: oil, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, and sometimes ginger. Additional produce from the land can be purchased, work exchange sometimes accepted for this.

The type of work can be land work or retreat center work. There is a retreat center on the farm and regular general cleaning is necessary, and you will be expected to join in on this. The land work includes land development which in itself includes working land with picks and shovels and iron bars, chain sawing or its support, carrying rocks from the river bed uphill – work requiring physical strength and endurance; to regular farm work like planting seeds, transplanting, weeding, composting, irrigation, harvesting, tasting!, etc.; to other work such as building maintenance – fixing, sanding, painting, cleaning, etc., or other center maintenance or cleaning, and work that is agreed on using some of your particular skills.

There is a Communal Kitchen, a screened in porch area, that is furnished and equipped for cooking and eating, and there is a Community Lounge that is a large 10×20 canopy in an outdoor setting, with TV for DVDs/videos. It is in a Nature-oriented setting, with one screened end facing the river bed.

There is transportation support for emergencies, and for group trips to go shopping. We have a fire pit for group use once in a while. Food can be cooked at the fire pit on these days.  🙂 

There is limited space and sometimes a waiting list. We have an application for you to complete and submit along with references, and a photo of yourself.

We welcome people with the Spirit of spending more time connected with the land, with the Earth, to respect and honor all living things. People looking for a team setting (we’re all in this together!) with good communication skills, dedication, responsibility, integrity, and compassion.

 

We believe in community living, where we support each other joyfully and lovingly. We respect each other’s space so we can maintain the highest standard for everyone. We wish to share this beautiful and powerful place with you, and by contributing to our family living with responsible and helpful ways, you honor us, yourself, and all the energies of Life.

 

We look forward to working with you, and sharing living space, to get to know each other and our plans for changing the world!

J

 The Kolealea Management