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Residential Volunteer Programme

**We are now recruiting for our next volunteering programmes for Summer 2017 and from early September to mid-December 2017. If you are interested, please read below and apply at the bottom of the page**

Our residential volunteering programme is an exciting and inspiring opportunity to support Embercombe in its work to fulfil its purpose:

To catalyse the emergence of innovative and powerful leaders who take courageous action for a just, peaceful and sustainable world

Our team of volunteers is essential to the day to day operational delivery necessary to support that work. While this means working hard as part of a team, it is also a wonderful opportunity to live, work and play in a larger community of people – co-ordinators, staff, participants on our programmes, other volunteers and visitors – who seek to practice the art of authentic relationship and develop their own capacity to lead in creating a better world.

You will be required to carry out a wide range of tasks from growing food to cleaning bathrooms to support the wide range of Embercombe’s activity. We will try to balance individual preferences as best as can where possible. You will also be required to work non-standard hours at times which we will balance throughout the working week.

Our residential volunteers work alongside the staff, assistants and other volunteers in the wider Embercombe community to support all the activity that takes place on-site, including our residential programmes in authentic leadership such as The Journey and the Catalyst, programmes for educators and young people, venue hire, and ticketed and taster events.

We have several spaces on-site where volunteers work. In your time here, you are likely to work in several areas that may include working in the garden, on the land, in the office, in the kitchen, carrying out general housekeeping and working with the site and maintenance team. A large part of your time here will be spent cleaning, cooking, preparing food and washing dishes. Another key role of volunteers is to host some of the activities that take place here.

Embercombe has an ethos of working within the ‘Twin Trail’ of both personal development and work in the world. We believe that we are most effective in the world when we are committed to our own personal growth, and use the path of work and action to take us further in our own growth. The hard work that we ask of our volunteers is a beautiful opportunity to practice both aspects of the Trail. We seek feedback from volunteers as to how their programme can support them to develop personally as well as build up their skills to be able to take action in the world after their time here. We aim for all our volunteers’ experience to be rich and nourishing.

In return for your time, energy and hard work, we offer you the following benefits:

  • Contributing to Embercombe’s mission to inspire courageous action for a just, peaceful and sustainable world
  • Contributing your skills, knowledge and ideas to Embercombe’s evolution, supporting your own personal and professional development
  • Experience of contributing to, and evolving as part of, a dynamic and pioneering social enterprise
  • Experiencing some of the benefits of being part of a community and how that could be of wider benefit to the world
  • Exploring your worldview by working alongside and discussing with a diverse range of people
  • The opportunity to develop, deliver and participate in workshops to benefit the development of the wider team
  • On-going professional and personal support and development, including a monthly 1 hour session with a personal coach
  • An opportunity to network, share ideas and spark further thinking around action in the world with social pioneers and fellow change-makers including Embercombe founder Mac Macartney
  • Contributing to the on-going development of the volunteer programme
  • Working on a beautiful 50-acre site with woodland, forest gardens and a lake, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park
  • Basic accommodation on site
  • Delicious free organic breakfast, lunch and dinner made with locally grown, seasonal produce
  • Opportunities to organise and attend events such as film nights and performance nights
  • Emberchoir 5-6pm Wednesdays led by choir director Helen Yeomans

If you want to find out more information about volunteer life here at Embercombe CLICK HERE

Are you excited? Ready for an adventure?


To apply for a volunteering position for Summer 2017:

Please complete the online application form. The full volunteer programme starts in May and ends in September 2017.


To apply for a volunteering position to last from September 2017 until December 2017:

Please complete the online application form. The September volunteer programme start date will be Monday 11th September 2017.


If you have any questions, please call Dave Allen, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01647 252983.

Please note: The next stage of the process will be shortlisting, followed by Skype or telephone conversations with shortlisted applicants.

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