At Provision we offer the possibility to work and learn together on the small traditional family farm of Robyn, Lars and Carsten. By joining them with their daily tasks, seasonal jobs and particular projects, you will have a chance to experience what it feels like to live the traditional self-sufficient life. In so doing, you will learn the skills that might help you direct your own life towards more autonomy, creativity and sustainability…
This is a unique opportunity to live and work on a small scale, mostly horse powered farm within the traditional infrastructure of a peasant-life-style-oriented community. This is a position for an individual, or couple, who is self-motivated, hard-working and has specific interest in small scale self-reliant farming and simple living.
❀ Short-term volunteers: we request that you can stay a minimum of 2 weeks
❀ Long-term volunteers initially agree to stay at least 2 months
(this option becomes available once you have completed your initial 2 weeks)
Work on the farm
- daily tasks; animal care; three horses, seven dairy goats (milking), chickens, ducks, cooking, cheese making, cleaning…
- seasonal work; haying, planting, growing, harvesting, canning & preserving, butchering, juicing & distilling…
- projects like natural building, infrastructure improvement, farm upkeep…
Work with the village community
Alunisu is a peasant community struggling for its existence in the speed of modern ‘development’. Many of the inhabitants (around 100 in total) are older (though many of them still farming!) and in need of help. We very much encourage our interns to partake in the work of these villagers, help where it is needed. We ourselves do this as well. This is a great opportunity to offer service, learn skills first hand and have spirited cultural exchanges.
Work for the Provision Learning Center
During summer season we organise courses and workshops through Provision. This brings along an increasing amount of work for us in terms of communication and logistics. Our volunteers can help to keep our farm running smoothly as we do this work as well as when the courses are happening. Whenever possible, volunteers will be invited to join the courses/workshops.
More about your stay
Summertime is a busy season. Some days will be fuller and longer then others. We work with the flow of season, weather, ongoing projects and personal energy. There is usually a designated time for rest after lunch. Weekends are free and create the opportunity to take care of personal needs. Sundays we respect the day of rest of the village community.
In exchange for work we offer the chance to learn and to live within a lively traditional village setting, together with lodging and food.
Volunteers live in Provision’s volunteer house. Camping is possible, so is sleeping in the hay barn. Facilities are basic.
Almost all of the food we eat ourselves, and share with volunteers is organic and either homegrown or locally grown, though, unfortunately for some staples we do not have a source that is both local and organic.
In the weekends volunteers cook for themselves.
When you arrive at Provision, we will ask you to fill out a liability and emergency contact form.
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Where to apply
Up to 4 full time positions open from mid April through October.
We encourage a minimum stay of 2 weeks for volunteers and 2 months for long-term volunteers. Long-term volunteer positions become possible through mutual consent after a trial period of 2 weeks.
If you think that you might be interested in a long-term volunteer position for 2 months (or longer), please send resumé, letter of intent, and 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in volunteering at Provision, you can either directly contact us or go through one of the two global volunteering platforms we collaborate with, Workaway and WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms).
“We have bought a traditional, all natural, farmhouse in 2009 at the foothills of the Western Carpathians (Apuseni Mountains) in the village of Alunisu. Since then we work with our hands, minds and hearts to submerge and nourish ourselves with local wisdom that is gathered, cultivated or co-created. We choose as much as possible to work without power tools or other such modern conveniences. In 2012 we founded Provision, ‘the Transylvanian School for Self-Sufficient Living’, now renamed ‘Farm and Learning Center for Agroecology and Nonviolence’, in order to provide the opportunity for motivated people from all over the world to learn with us about the existing systems, knowledge and skills still found in our village”. -Robyn, Provision co-founder