Volunteering at Mundekulla
At Mundekulla volunteers do beautiful work and create a community or learners. There are two ways to volunteer at Mundekulla: through the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) funded by the European Union or as a general volunteer.
#1 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY (FULL for 2023)
European Solidarity Corps (EU funded)
Mundekulla Sustainable Living and Organization
A volunteer program for change makers, dreamers, learners, busy bodies, yogis, builders and growers. Experience 5-8 months in ecological gardening, food making, forestry, sustainable maintenance and entrepreneurship. Basically a real insight in how an eco project like Mundekulla is run from the inside out. The learning journey also includes excursions to different inspiring local green projects.
The ESC program for 2023 is full and the exact dates for 2024 are still to be decided. So, are you between 18-30 years old and interested (or you know anyone who is!), send us a short message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will send you more info and the application form once the final dates are decided.
This program will be funded by the European Solidarity Corps, which makes it possible for young people all over Europe (and neighbouring countries) to learn in innovative ways, contribute to societal change and create community across borders. Accommodation, food, travel costs and even a little pocket money will be included.
To get an impression, this was the Infopack about the Program in 2022, click here
Read more about the European Solidarity corps (FAQ, etc) here.
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
- Chinese proverb
#2 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Workaway and general volunteering
We are looking for happy, excited and nice people to help out at our Eco Retreat Center in Southern Sweden (3 hours with a direct train from Copenhagen or Gothenburg). We're home to many kinds of retreats, educations and festivals in the areas of mindfulness, yoga, personal development, music and human potential. You find us in the midst of forest with little lakes, eco buildings, tiny horses and lots of walking paths in the surroundings.
Mundekulla started 20 years ago with fixing up a small countryside house. We've grown organically over time and now we host small retreats of 15 people up to festivals with 300 people. Sustainability, personal growth, creativity, community and health are at the core of everything we do. Even though we've grown, we're still small and personal with a staff of 6 people (based on and close to the site). We're looking forward to meet you and create beautiful work, lasting memories and a great time together!
And outside? We are only 1 hour away by train from beautiful Karlskrona with it's UNESCO world heritage archipelago at the Baltic Sea. Also 1 hour away is Kalmar and it's connection Öland. Lots of culture, castles and beautiful natural places to discover in both these cities at the sea.
You're into nature, you're social and you think sustainable. We're not a party place! (no drugs, no alcohol), but we have lots of opportunity for you to enjoy beautiful forest walks, meditation, swimming, sauna. You have an eye for making spaces beautiful, you don't mind cleaning, you love people and you're solution-oriented. You enjoy being around other people, but you can also enjoy yourself in more quiet times.
Expected work times and hours
We have a 30-35 hour week, spread over 5 days a week. In general you help 6-8 hours a day. We make sure that every day you have a stretch of free time to enjoy the place and the surroundings. We do not exclude on age, but in general we aim for people between 20-35 years old. We prefer people who wish to stay 1-3 months. After 2 weeks we always do an evaluation together, to see if it is working well from both sides.
What do you get in return for your good work?
The opportunity to spend time in the beautiful surroundings: forest, little lakes, sauna. We have a tower that overlooks the forests all around, a reflection labyrinth and lots of forest walking paths.
You learn about (organic) gardening, vegan/organic cooking, eco building and the general workings of an eco retreat center. Many volunteers who have been with us come with the dream of one day participating in or starting a course center or community themselves.
Weekly inspirational workshop (1-2 hours) by members of the Mundekulla Staff in one of their areas of expertise: from meditation to sustainable cooking, from shiatsu massage to leadership.
You'll meet many new and inspiring people, make great memories and contribute to the values of creativity, sustainability and personal development we practice. We're super happy and grateful for the input we have received from a wide community of wonderful people.
Time of development and reflection. With some retreats/festivals you will be able to participate in part of the program. But this depends on each separate event! You do not automatically have access to the events. This is always in dialogue with the volunteer coordinator (Sandra).
English and Swedish
We have sleeping alcoves available for volunteers. These are small 1 person units in a larger sleeping hall. A humble but lovely place to stay. You make use of the shared toilets and showers. You have access to the beautiful workshop spaces when they are not in use by guests (as long as you keep them nice and tidy). We provide ingredients for making your own breakfast, plus we serve a mostly organic vegan/vegetarian lunch and dinner each day + coffee & tea. On days between events, you prepare your own meals in the Volunteer House. If you have allergies, let us know :)
How to apply?
Or you can send us your motivation and CV to email@example.com.
Mundekulla has such a genuine loving and peaceful feeling to it so I think anybody would like it here. And they will be in good hands, taken care of and get help to grow and learn with very compassionate, funny and nice people."
- Kristian, 2018-2019
"I cannot easily express how much I loved Mundekulla. It is a beautiful and magical place that is difficult to summarize. It has the feeling of a small village, whose expressed purpose is spiritual and personal growth. Don’t expect to be able to engage in the retreats. That’s not necessarily your purpose there. Your role is help others with their spiritual journey. Sometimes that just means washing the dishes, or cooking a meal. Having said this; spiritual and personal growth are easily found here. You will find growth in the community, work, and space of Mundekulla."
- Lee, 2018
"What a magical place! Get ready to dive into an experience that will leave you enriched and inspired. I was lucky to spend 2 months of this summer in this place and it’s been such a wonderful time. The people working there are absolutely wonderful, each of them in their own lovely way. How exactly - go and find out yourself. You’re not gonna regret it."
- Kati, 2018 - 2019
"It is a great place, which invites people to expand their knowledge on living environmental friendly and intact with nature. A lot of calmness, connection to nature, insights and inspiration for cooking and gardening."
- Mario, 2018
GOOD TO KNOW! HOUSE GUIDELINES
Because we're a retreat and educational center and we wish to give guests a warm welcome and good experience, here are some things that are good to know :)
no alcohol, no drugs (we are a drug and alcohol free center)
respectful, communicative and attentive towards each other and the retreat participants
during silent retreats we ask for silence
access to spaces, but clean up behind yourself
hanging out, making music, etc. should be in the volunteer house
good personal hygiene and dress appropriately
Volunteer Work Areas
WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER AT MUNDEKULLA, YOU WILL BE HELPING IN FOUR WORK AREAS. WE TRY TO CREATE A GOOD MIX OF THESE JOBS FOR EVERYONE IN YHE PROGRAM AND TO CONNECT YOU TO THE JOBS THAT FIT YOUR QUALITIES. HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO BE FLEXIBLE AND BE PREPARED TO WORK IN ALL THESE AREAS.
GARDEN & FOREST
We are now preparing for organic vegetable growing. The first growing beds and the green house are in the making. We'll be growing salads, herbs, edible flower and vegetables. In this start-up phase there are lots of things to learn and do. Also physically heavy work, like working with compost, building growing beds, making fences, etc.
In our restaurant we serve meals for 15 to 300 guests. We couldn’t do this without the help of our volunteers! From preparing vegetables to picking flowers and helping out with Swedish 'fika': making coffee, tea and cakes. From dishwashing to helping out with breakfast and cleaning. A perfect place to get some insight into kitchen secrets.
This is all about keeping the workshop spaces, rooms and hallways beautiful and clean. From vacuum cleaning to cleaning windows and making sure course materials (like yoga mats, blankets, etc.) are tidy and put away nicely. You have an eye for making spaces beautiful and welcoming.
MAINTENANCE AND BUILDING
This is all about the many practical things that need to be done. From grass clipping to taking care of animals (last year we had horses and goats visiting, who will visit us coming year is still a surprise). From repairing fences to moving chairs and tables around for events.