Volunteers work alongside staff to take care of course participants through the provision of sound, clean accommodation and good food.
As Dartington increases the proportion of food grown on site, volunteers assist the kitchen and garden teams with food preservation and storage, growing, harvesting and pasteurising.
We encourage volunteers to be active participants in the learning community outside of their duties and to take opportunities to attend talks and other activities that are open to the learning community.
Residential volunteers often participate in activities up to five days per week. Residential volunteer placements are for a minimum of 1 month, with the possibility of extending up to 9 months.
Through volunteering in Dartington’s residential community, I relearnt a spirit of serving and what it really meant to belong to a community. There were lots of opportunities to learn and unlearn life skills. I learnt practical skills about working in a community kitchen, how to cook and preserve fresh produce grown on-site. I learnt how to appreciate and beautify our space in harmony with the cycle of nature. The time I spent at Schumacher and Dartington has become such an important part of my life’s journey.