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All Year: June - August 2020
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Category: Other
Host ID: 5692
Country: England

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Last Updated: April 1, 2020

Unfortunately due to Covid 19 the 2020 season has been cancelled. Please read on and think about joining us for 2021

We invite you to volunteer and participate in creating a unique, beautiful, and fascinating experience...

We are a registered educational charity, and we organise, build and run a unique, tented, sustainable venue - a temporary eco-village, situated on a plant nursery on the banks of the River Teme, in lush countryside overlooked by the Malvern Hills in the West of England.

Every summer since 1990, our trustees (all volunteers) and many other volunteers from all walks of life come together and create something truly inspiring - and we would like you to be part of that!

We encourage people who like working hard and having fun to get involved - activities include;
Erecting tents, marquees, yurts, domes and other structures;
Site infrastructure e.g. plumbing & electricity - solar energy array;
Maintaining our organically grown kitchen garden; washing up;
Baking bread and cooking wonderful, wholesome, vegetarian, organic, and locally sourced food in our kitchen;
'Housekeeping' of the rental accommodation for our participants, meeting and greeting our visitors and making their stay special;

Revelling in music and laughter in our fully licensed, volunteer-built bar...

You will be supported and encouraged to be involved in whatever you feel most comfortable doing, and we always appreciate new ideas and feedback - we are all about education, participation, and celebration of the human spirit!

The most diverse range of activities are during the set-up and take down of the site - BUT we do need and are always keen for volunteers who are willing and able to stay for the events and for longer periods during the season.

These are our provisional arrival dates for volunteering at events in Summer 2019- more dates will be added:

SET UP - 13th-28h June 2020

TAKE DOWN - 5h-12th August 2020(approximate end date).

We generally ask that for your first volunteering experience, you join us for at least one week, as this gives you a chance to learn something about how we work and to make more of a contribution, and allows us to share skills and get to know you better - but very often volunteers end up staying for much longer!

Working days are about 8 hours long. During set-up and take-down our working days usually begin at 9 am with a short meeting to discuss and decide plans, and finish late afternoon, with regular tea and cake breaks - but during events, the different tasks have very different working hours. For example, some people will be up at 6 am to light fires for the showers, whereas the bar workers usually finish late at night, so will start much later in the day too!

During setup/takedown there is some choice on which days you want to take off, but during events, you must be willing to work all the days of the event - between conferences we usually have 2-3 days off.

Basically, we are flexible as long as you let us know what jobs you are comfortable doing!

ALL ACCOMMODATION IS TENTED - you will need to bring your own tent/tipi/gipsy caravan.

All food (3 meals a day) is vegetarian, organic, fresh, and local when possible - we are renowned for delicious, nutritious, and filling food, and can cater for all dietary requirements.

Please note, this is England, and English summers are well known for being WET - although we are hoping and praying for a warm, dry season, please make sure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear!

**** PLEASE NOTE that a fluent, conversational level of English is necessary to safely and fully participate in our work - you should be comfortable trying to have a full conversation with the many people from across the world that come here. If English is not your first language, we will arrange for a short telephone/Skype conversation to establish your level of English *****


Green & Away is watching the ramifications of Corona virus carefully.  We're currently (mid March) organising for our summer season as normal and are looking forward to our 30th year of providing important environmental education on our beautiful site.

However, we're aware that if the epidemic continues to escalate, we may not be able to run the season. We're strongly advising everyone coming to Green & Away not to book non-refundable transport tickets until much nearer the ?start of the season event, and to check with us as the summer approaches before confirming your tickets. Unfortunately, Green & Away ?will not be able to can't reimburse fares if we need to cancel. : as a charity we probably wouldn't be allowed to, even if we could afford to do so.

While many hotels, conference centres, flight companies and tourist venues are facing possible financial collapse because of the virus, Green & Away is sufficiently resilient so even if this summer's season is cancelled, we will be able to run our outstanding events again in 2021!

Any questions please email us and we can discuss.

Looking forward to meeting you!

reviews (17)
Helper: Els De Busscher Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: August 22, 2015
I went to Green and Away not knowing what to expect, but very soon I could fe... view complete review

Helper: Sian Phillips Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 11, 2015
I volunteered with Green&Away last summer and had a fantastic time! Sadly I c... view complete review

Helper: Sam Jay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 8, 2012
Everyone at green and away is amazing and Justin and all the organisers made ... view complete review

Helper: John conlon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 8, 2012
Thankyou to all for a magical eco experience A perfect balance of work and pl... view complete review

Helper: Raquel Ferrer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: June 1, 2012
G&A was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I truly felt at home... view complete review

Helper: Beatriz and Maria Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 8, 2012
Simply amazing!!!!...nice team, beautiful and "different" place and increible... view complete review

Helper: Susan Davies-Jones Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 1, 2011
There are few places I know of where you can go and be entirely yourself, lea... view complete review

Helper: Martí Casamayor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 5, 2011
I spent nearly two months. I went without know english, it was hard for me... view complete review

Helper: Diana Jarvis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 23, 2010
Green and Away is a very special place to be. I came across it accidentally; ... view complete review

Helper: Nora Crete Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 12, 2010
I spent approximately two weeks here and it was one of the greatest experienc... view complete review

Helper: Giovannetti Cecile Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 29, 2010
I stayed here for 2 weeks during the set up and I had an amazing time there, ... view complete review

Helper: Saskia Lindstrom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 27, 2010
This is such an amazing place to be :) Everyone is lovely, really friendly an... view complete review

Helper: Chris Michie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 29, 2010
I spent about ten days here in June during setup. The work was absorbing, the... view complete review

Helper: Hailley Field Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: August 31, 2009
I am so glad Justin got in touch with me about this place - a completely wond... view complete review

Helper: Andy Melhuish Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: August 24, 2009
This is an awesome place to be, to share and learn. Besides the great food an... view complete review

Helper: Laure Grivet Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Switzerland Date: August 6, 2009
I stayed there a couple of week with one of my friend. We realy enjoyed this ... view complete review

Helper: Marion McLennan Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: July 31, 2009
I spent a couple of weeks here and had a fantastic time and met fantastic peo... view complete review

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