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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2,5
Persons: 2 or 3
Category: Other
Host ID: 37206
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: March 27, 2017

The centre is a former rural hotel currently housing a Buddhist community of residents of varying nationalities and ages. Weekly meditation sessions are open to the public, and week-long retreats and weekend courses are available for paying guests. Volunteers do not need any existing knowledge of Buddhism, and joining the sessions is optional. We are in the countryside surrounded by stunning landscapes and only 30 minutes driving away from the beach. Malaga city centre is easily reached by bus and we are only 10 minutes away by car from Alhaurin, a very traditional Andalusian town. We have 300 days of sun during the year and a swimming pool where to refresh yourself when it gets too hot!
Tasks may be building or grounds maintenance, cleaning, cooking, gardening, laundry, bed-making, fruit picking, etc. If you have specific skills, please let us know and we will try to accommodate these within the centre's needs.
You will be sharing a single-sex 8 bunk-bed dormitory with other volunteers in a modern building with en-suite bathroom and heating. Communal vegetarian (or vegan) meals are eaten together for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, serve yourself muesli, toast, etc. There is free WiFi available in the dining room. An outside pool is available for swimming. After work and during your days off, if you wish, you can enjoy the spiritual activities organized in the center or at the nearby branches. You have to know the centre is a Buddhist community. Visitors are asked to not drink alcohol, not smoking, not eating meat or fish and to not play or put music aloud within the premises.
The program of working visit, in brief, consist in 7 hours of work for 5 days, and 2 days off. The benefits are free meals and accommodation, Wifi, pool in summer, free access to our weekly meditation class (sometimes we don't have this class because we have another event), and a harmonious and peaceful environment. Bring comfortable clothes to work, towels, a photocopy of your ID card for both sides, a photocopy of your sanitary card / travel insurance and a refundable deposit of 50.

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