Volunteering/Hands-On Learning Opportunity

Earth Ways has space for two volunteer students at the permaculture project at Penninghame in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.

Fancy joining us?

To apply or ask questions, please email info@earth-ways.co.uk.

From left to right: Gazala, short term volunteer; Garry and Jeannie, both long term helpers; Ludwig, the teacher.
From left to right: Gazala, short term volunteer; Garry and Jeannie, both long term helpers; Ludwig, the teacher.

In a true permaculture spirit, this is a moneyless exchange: work for food, accommodation and learning opportunities.
Qualities Earth Ways would value in a volunteer:

  • Willing to make a commitment to and explore the ethics of permaculture
  • Working flexibility in types of work and timings
  • Energetic and enthusiastic personality
  • Physically and emotionally capable of performing a variety of tasks
  • Willing to work minimum 36 hours per week and take part in rotation of evening and morning tasks to look after animals and plants, including the weekends and holidays.
  • Have an openness and willingness to grow personally
  • Willingness to be part of a volunteer community
  • Desire to learn and study permaculture and take initiative to self educate.

What the Foundation would offer to a volunteer:

  • Shared accommodation and excellent well balanced healthy vegan and food
  • Internet café
  • Use of pool cars, gymnasium and steam/sauna facilities (within set times)
  • Opportunities to learn about Permaculture, Organic Gardening, Woodland management, experiencing deep nature connection and more
  • At occasions, this outdoor learning experience can be enriched by learning about the principles of modern macrobiotic cooking with an opportunity to help in the kitchen. (out with the 36 hours working in the Permaculture project
  • Meditations
  • The opportunity to build relationships with a diversity of culture
  • The opportunity to be in a country environment with easy access to local hillwalking, country paths and coastal environs. And discover and connect to the beauty of nature that the West Coast of Scotland has to offer
  • A willingness to learn from you and listen to you and your needs.

Volunteers would be required to work in the following areas (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • The permaculture project has a wide variety of tasks. Most are outdoor tasks like weeding and planting, tree work, splitting wood, digging, feeding pigs, … Indoor tasks can include working in the greenhouses, office work, preserving and drying, cleaning


  • Can be sharing a large 2 bedroom static caravan with another volunteer or a room within the volunteer house. Usually you would have a room for yourself, but in circumstances that can be sharing with a same gender person, for a limited time
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Volunteers are responsible for keeping personal spaces and common volunteer spaces clean and tidy and the surrounding external environs of the accommodation. The volunteers eat together and we expect you to take part in the rota to cook and do dishes

What you need to bring:

  • Work clothing, including water proof boots, water proof clothing….
  • Camping if you want to join in with the exploration of the surrounding treasure of nature and wildlife. Including sleeping bag, tent, binoculars, field guides…
  • Laptop if you have one
  • Musical instruments if you play
  • Whatever you need to help you share your gift

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