There are three ways to volunteer with GEN:
- With the GEN International team on a global level in a remote role
- With one of the GEN Regions
- In an Ecovillage
Read the information provided below in order to decide which option is best for you, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to share your interest and availability if you would like to volunteer with the GEN International team, on a global level in a remote role.
Volunteering with the international GEN team
In the GEN office in Findhorn, Scotland, we have a small team who work to support the wider GEN networks. Our work consists mostly of network support and project development and so we spend most of our time in the virtual/online space. Because of this we are often looking for *remotely-based* volunteers that have skills or budding interest in areas such as operations, IT, communications, design, translation, research, logistics, and assistance with the running of projects, workshops, and conferences.
If you’re interested in supporting us remotely, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Due to capacity, we cannot guarantee to reply to everyone but we review the form often when new projects and tasks arise. We will get in touch when an opportunity appears that suits your interests. Alternatively, if we have any open volunteering opportunities with the GEN International team or within the network, they will be included in our newsletter.
Volunteering in Regions
If you are looking to volunteer in your local- or another GEN Region, please follow the information and directions provided below concerning each respective region.
Volunteering with GEN Europe
Voluntary participation is at the heart of the GEN Europe – we are grateful for the dozens of ecovillagers and collaborators who freely give their time in our working groups, Council, and in many other capacities. For those without direct experience of our network, our main way of volunteering is through the European Solidarity Corps. Once a year, we open a small number of fully funded European Solidarity Corps positions for people who wish to gain experience working with us in our main office in Navarra, Spain. Due to the nature of the funding of these positions, they are open to residents of the EU aged between 18-30. There are usually roles available in events management, graphic design, communications, and IT. Volunteers spend their time between the office and participating in ecovillage life in our host community, Arterra Bizimodu. These roles are usually advertised early in the year, and we share them on our social media channels, newsletter and website, so keep an eye out!
We do not currently have the capacity to accept volunteers in our office outside the scope of the ESC programme. We occasionally accept remote volunteers, as long as our staff team has the capacity to adequately support and mentor them – we want volunteering to be a mutually enriching and beneficial experience! For enquiries, please use our contact form.
If you wish to volunteer directly in an ecovillage, please check out our Brief Guide to Volunteering in Ecovillages.
Regarding the other regions, more detailed information will be added. Until further notice you can contact them thought their respective websites.
Volunteering in an Ecovillage
If you are looking to volunteer in a community, you may find our Ecovillage Project directory useful for exploring and connecting with the diverse communities around the world. Again, you are invited to reach out directly to projects you resonate with to introduce yourself and find out what opportunities they may have. GEN International does not coordinate volunteer placement in our 6,000+ community members.
Other volunteering opportunities
As we are all about creating community and co-creating with Mother Earth, we’d like to offer some options for other ways to volunteer as well. Note that not all of these are with intentional communities, but do have sustainability and regeneration in focus.
Other ways you can connect and support GEN
- Invite your friends to join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn
- Join the Friends of GEN programme
- Read GEN News or join our newsletter
- Contact GEN Communications to contribute any news and/or articles.
- Attend GEN Events worldwide
- Become a GEN Ambassador
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