Volunteer at Emerson - Change your Life!
Our volunteer programme has been running for the last few years with volunteers coming to spend their time working in either the house, garden or kitchen teams; our volunteers play an intrinsic part in the successful day-to-day operation of the College. Whilst the day of a volunteer can sometimes be long and tiring, our volunteers are always full of cheer and play a valuable role in creating an atmosphere that is positive and uplifting.
Volunteers range in age from early twenties to their late fifties and come from across Europe. Very often volunteers report that their time at Emerson has been ‘life-changing’.
Saskia, from the Netherlands says:
“For the first time in my life I worked in a team and loved it. It was a great experience physically (body), socially (soul) and spiritually (mind)”.
Oscar, from Spain reports:
"You work at Emerson College as a volunteer and understand that for some reason you've come for the treasure that is in you ... and to improve your English!"
Photo: Volunteers in Spring and Summer 2016
To volunteer you must be 18 or over and have a basic knowledge in English. The work is quite hard and you need to be well and fit.
Ideally, we like a volunteer to stay between 3 and 9 months as this allows us and you to bring rhythm to the work with your colleagues. Due to the strict immigration laws in England we can only accept applicants with a European passport.
We are looking for volunteers for the estate and the house team from 17 September 2017:
Work on the Estate for 3 months from 17th September 2017
- Regular tasks in maintaining shrubbery, borders, lawns, woodlands, orchards.
- Learn about nature; plants, flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees, insects and animals and their relationships in a unique eco-system.
We will provide all tools and work gloves.
House Team for 3 to 6 months starting from 17th September 2017
- Preparing guest accommodation including cleaning, making beds and general house keeping
- Working in the college laundry
- Setting up class rooms and other college teaching spaces
- Setting, serving and clearing college meals and refreshment breaks, washing up
- General house work in and around Pixton House
- Restocking house supplies
- Learning about ecological cleaning methods and creating harmonious spaces
We will provide you with suitable work attire [aprons, gloves}]. Closed shoes (no sandals) are required to work in.
On occasion we may ask you to work in another team for a day or two, depending on need, but for the sake of continuity it is generally expected that you will work in one team only.
Please understand that volunteering at Emerson is hard work as there is much to do. We expect that when you are on shift, you are on time and ready to do a full day’s work. We ask for a commitment of 30 working hours in every 7 day period. The shift patterns will vary depending on what team you are in, but there will be days off and free time for everyone in each 7 day period. The work involves weekend work and days off during the week.
In return for your commitment we will look after you. You will share lunches from Monday to Friday with students and staff. Your bedroom (single room) is in a student house with a kitchen where you will cook your own weekend meals, breakfasts and suppers. The college will give you money to buy provisions.
The working language is English and you will be able to practise your English every day. Often the volunteers are invited to participate in festivals, storytelling evenings and lectures or bring in their own initiatives. Many of our volunteers have stayed on in England either to find work, join a course or start a professional training.
We are not able to pay your travel or any form of wages, so you will need to bring some pocket money with you.
On arrival you will be shown around the college and you will have ample opportunity to get acquainted with your colleagues, the staff and the work you will be doing. We will train you in your work and make you familiar on how to work safely.
Our Contact Details
In order to apply, please fill in the application which you can download here.
The college reception phone number is +44 (0)1342 822238.