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Types of Stay at Fruithaven

What are the differences between coming to Fruit Haven as part of our volunteer program, and staying longer-term as a community member?

Volunteers...
  • Receive receive free accommodation and free electricity, but pay $5/month for Internet usage.
  • Can eat food produced from the farm for free, but anything beyond that must be purchased themselves from local markets or neighboring farm. We do a weekly community produce order to make it easy. 
  • Work a set number of hours, 20 hours per week. They can decide which days to work and how many hours each day (although most volunteers work 5 hours per day, Monday thru Friday.)
  • Receive a set list of tasks to do each day, written on the whiteboard in the common area of the community house.
  • Write their hours in the "Volunteer help log"
  • Generally stay up to 1 month as a volunteer. After that, volunteers can either leave, or ask to become a longer-term community resident.

Community members and long-term residents...

  • Can eat food produced from the farm for free, but anything beyond that must be purchased themselves from local markets or neighboring farms (Our farm does not yet produce sufficient food to feed everyone here year-round. We are working on that.) We do a weekly community produce order to make it easy. 
  • Pay $5 per month for Internet, and $1/month for the electric bill.
  • Have an expectation to help out with planting fruit trees, other permaculture tasks, maintenance and cleaning of facilities, and other important tasks. 
  • Do not have a set number of work hours or days. This gives more freedom for occasional travel, fasting, resting, getting sick, etc. Yet still, members are held to an expectation of service to the community. 
  • Have more autonomy in terms of which tasks they will do. Community members are not necessarily beholden to the list of tasks written on the whiteboard for those in the volunteer program. 

See this PDF for more info: Volunteer, Resident, and Member info

Any questions? Send us an email at fruithaven.ecuador@gmail.com.

Want to join us? Fill out the questionnaire here.

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Peter Csere,
Mar 23, 2018, 12:11 PM
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