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Cornwall
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.8
Persons: 8: Summer, 6 Winter
Category: Other
Host ID: 8370
Country: England

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Last Updated: November 18, 2019


UPDATE : We now have three experienced volunteers for January, one more with experience needed. We may be able to take 2 extra volunteers who have no experience but wish to learn.

Hi, things have changed around here recently and we were struggling to cope. We needed some urgent help and Luckily some wonderful volunteers came to our rescue but there are still some ongoing projects.
What is left to do for the winter:
1) Refurbishing two cabins which are for
(volunteer accommodation).
2) Building walls in two different styles
using Gabions for recycling glass bottles
and pallets for housing trees grown in our
animure and humanure.

We need a team of 4-6 strong volunteers, for those with skills or experience we are happy to pay a small wage in addition to accommodation and food.

Anyone looking to have a surfing/hiking break and doesn't mind roughing it a bit then please could you get in touch.

People with animal handling experience are always needed winter and summer.


ONGOING PROJECT
Our work is towards becoming a sustainable project funded by opening our fields to campers during the Summer season. We grow our own vegetables which we share with campers and volunteers. Our animals are mostly rescue, and our land is now almost organic.
We started our project 14 years ago and now we are expanding we need extra help to keep it going.


We have a variety of jobs here and previous skills and experience are not necessary, however if any one has any experience with horses, gardening, building, plumbing or electrics, then they are always valuable to us.

We are also looking for someone throughout the summer who can help us with some admin. If anyone is interested in helping with answering emails and taking campsite bookings, that would be wonderful. We do a lot ourselves, but both my sister and I are getting a little too old to cope with it all. it would be great to have some help.

THE LOCATION
We are located 10 minutes walk from the beautiful beaches of North Cornwall and only 10 minutes walk from the seaside town of Bude. We are an eco camp site and small holding. We have rescue horses and ponies, tame sheep and lambs, goats, alpacas, rabbits and chickens. We have a barn area where our volunteers regularly have BBQs and drinks and a picnic area by our large wildlife pond.


WINTER We have erected a wood chalet for volunteers to relax and sit/eat. We supply weekly shopping for breakfast and one pot dinners in the winter, which you cook yourselves.

SPRING/SUMMER accommodation is camping in tents with one meal a day provided. In addition to the skilled help we also need responsible young people to assist with general duties such as assisting with animal care, keeping the camp site clean, lighting/cooking/serving the BBQ, Recycling rubbish from campers.
The summer is very popular with volunteers and suggest you apply early if you think you'd like to join us.
BRING with you a small tent, sleeping bag, good but old working clothes, torch and enthusiasm.

There are 3 main areas of work here, the animals, the garden and the campsite. Usually everyone will have a chance to work on all three, as a create a weekly rota so that the work is interesting and varied. However if anyone is particularly skilled at looking after HORSES AND OTHER ANIMALS, GARDENING OR CLEANING, and feels like they would like to concentrate on these skills whilst here, please let us know as we would be interested in having someone take a lead role in these areas.

THE CAMPSITE: The camping season starts early about March/April, so we need volunteers to help us get ready for opening. General maintenance, cleaning, painting, gardening and generally just getting everything shipshape. Once open, we need to keep everything clean and tidy, run a small pancake cafe, be great at customer service, take around treats to our campers and generally be very jolly! Experience with children is always handy in the summer.

THE ANIMALS
The most important thing is the care and attention that is given to the animals. Nothing need be rushed, but instead done properly. Every morning we feed up everything, make sure there is nothing lame or sick, muck out etc. A similar routine is done in the evening.

THE GARDEN
Depending on the time of year, there may be lots of sewing, lots of planing, lots of harvesting, but there will almost always be lots of weeding. I love the garden, but not everyone does, so it's up to you how involved you get with our organic vegetable patch and permaculture forest garden.


THE GENERAL WORK:
Depending on time of year, you may be doing some or all of the following work:

-Horse grooming
-Mucking out stables
-Feeding all animals
-Animal movement
-Helping medicate animals (when necessary)
-Tidying fields
-Weeding
-Planting
-Pond maintenance
-composting
-Clearing
-Cleaning
-cooking
-help running camp site
-General Labour
-car maintenance
-carpentry
-mixing concrete
-dry stone walling
-building compost toilets
-digging ditches
-building sheds etc.



WHAT WE ASK
Experience is not always necessary. We ask for reasonably fit individuals who enjoy their work and are kind to animals.

We ask you to work about 4 to 5 hours a day.

We prefer people to stay for a minimum of 4 weeks preferably longer.

WHAT WE PROVIDE
Accommodation - You will have shared cabin accommodation in winter, which comprises bunk beds and you will be either in here or camping on our small camp site in summer.

FOOD - In the winter we supply shopping for 2 meals a day. From March on wards through the summer we are extremely busy so supply only one meal a day, usually dinner.We try hard to cook our own veg and forage for wild herbs. And everyone is welcome to help themselves to vegetables and salad from the garden for breakfast and lunch.

ACTIVITIES
Activities here - Our volunteers often make use of our BBQ either in the yard area (on rainy days) or by the wildlife pond (on sunny evenings). We also have a 2 person kayak we are happy to lend. The canal is only a 5 minute walk away and sea kayaking is also a lot of fun. We sometimes have bicycles to lend out to use on near by cycle paths.

Activities in the area - Bude is fantastic for a range of activities. We have a good relationship with local business and can offer our volunteers discounts at local surf schools are coasteering companies. There are also local activities such as horse riding, rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, golf and some festivals.

reviews (35)
Helper: Julien dupuis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 19, 2018
Hello future volunteers ! I stay here 3 and a half weeks. I share with you t... view complete review

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Helper: Rushan Liang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 1, 2017
Thanks for hosting me first. I felt so lucky came at the day when the bab... view complete review

Helper: Lauréline Vieillard-Baron Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 13, 2017
This was my first experience as a volunteer and i loved it ! It's really a ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: May 5, 2017
This was my first helpx adventure and I have to say I think that I was very l... view complete review

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From: France Date: April 25, 2017
Hello future volunteers, you choose the best volunteer work you can have on h... view complete review

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From: Malaysia Date: January 31, 2017
This is my second time volunteered here, the first time (September 2012) i vo... view complete review

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Helper: Clémentine Lemée Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 15, 2016
Hey you, just don't think to must and go there. It's a fantastic place with a... view complete review

Helper: Felix Foedisch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 9, 2015
Dear Jake and Celli, I had an excellent time here. Good time, many animals, ... view complete review

Helper: Benoit GIRALDA Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 21, 2015
I spend two months in that place and I loved it. Such good moments with all ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: September 19, 2015
Its difficult to explain how much this place has come to mean to me. I left t... view complete review

Helper: Jessy Pais Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 2, 2015
I spend 4 month here and it's just amazing! The animals are all really friend... view complete review

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From: Brazil Date: December 5, 2014
This was my first helpx experience and it were 3 wonderful weeks. Celli is ve... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: June 25, 2014
Awesome place, awesome people, no words to describe it, such a wonderful expe... view complete review

Helper: Chen Ziwei Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: June 5, 2014
This place changed me. It let me realized what kind of life i want to live in... view complete review

Helper: Pablo Lopez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: April 15, 2014
I don't know how to explain my 7 weeks here. I found in this experience more ... view complete review

Helper: Alex Pidgeon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 9, 2014
This is a great place to helpx! During my time, the work was very varied, inc... view complete review

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From: Czech Republic Date: November 14, 2013
My first helpX experience. I choosed this place because I wanted to meet a lo... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: October 14, 2013
I've had the pleasure of being in Cerenity this July and it has been and amaz... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: September 17, 2013
I stayed one month at cerenety campsite. It was my first helpX-experience and... view complete review

Helper: Quentin Joubert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 13, 2013
I stay one month here and the only thing I could complain about is that the p... view complete review

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Helper: Mack Clarke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 18, 2013
Like many of the volunteers that go to here, I was a first time helpx-er. Aft... view complete review

Helper: Thomas McConville Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 15, 2013
Jake and Celli have an amazing place, and it was a total joy to stay with the... view complete review

Helper: Kevin Pridham Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 6, 2013
As far as volunteering goes here, it really has got some good things going fo... view complete review

Helper: Alice Roettgen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 19, 2013
I stayed here for about 8 weeks and loved the time there. I felt at home from... view complete review

Helper: Johanna Heidker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 10, 2013
I spend 3 awsome weeks in Bude! The people and animals are lovley, work is ... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca Deaker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 8, 2013
This was my first Helpx experience and I really did enjoy my time in Bude wit... view complete review

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Helper: Meddy Laforet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 28, 2013
I had a veeeery good time in Cerenety! People are very nice,and thanks to Cel... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: January 23, 2013
I came to Cerenety with the intention of staying for two weeks. Two weeks qui... view complete review

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From: France Date: January 14, 2013
I spent four weeks at Cerenety, it was my first HelpX, and I had a lot of fun... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: January 5, 2013
Arriving here as my first helpx i planned on staying a week or two. My plan q... view complete review

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Helper: Gaelle Rodts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 8, 2012
Cerenety camp is my first Helpx, I stayed 3 weeks and after 2 weeks I came ba... view complete review

Helper: Andy Melhuish Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 8, 2012
I had a marvellous time here and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys havi... view complete review

Helper: Yoshie Moriguchi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: July 20, 2012
I want to thank Jake, Celli, Candy and all the animals for having me at Ceren... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: August 31, 2010
We stayed with Jake and her sister Candy for 5 nights and we were both first ... view complete review

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