Are you interested in spending a week to several months putting to good use your skills and talents, living, working and learning in a community of kindred spirits, all with the intention of serving our guests from all over the world?
In past years we had volunteers from Canada, the US, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, The UK, France, Italy, Ethiopia, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Poland, Iceland and more.
Each year during the spring, summer and fall, Cabot Shores becomes home to a variety of interns, wwoofers, helpXers and other volunteers. Ranging in age from 9-65, these generous people have the opportunity to get involved in all kinds of projects and activities.
What exactly will you be doing at Cabot Shores?
The opportunities are almost endless and include, but aren’t limited to:
* Tending gardens,landscaping, trail making, collecting seaweed for mulching and composting
* Preparing staff meals, prepping guest meals
* Greeting and orienting guests from all over the world
* Making Pizza in our outdoor woodfired Pizza oven, Serving meals and cleaning up after
* Helping out on the housekeeper’s day off
* Researching and participating in installing renewable energy projects, a greenhouse and cold frames
* Supporting guests and each other on outdoor adventures on land and water
* Learning about and participating in healing arts (Qi Gong, meditation, acupuncture, laughter yoga and more)
* Playing music, enjoying local music
* Learning about Native Mi’kmaq culture
* Setting up small structures such as our tipi and yurt
And MUCH more…..
What’s the difference between an intern and a wwoofer or helpxer?
Many things are the same, but interns generally have a specific area in which they would like to improve their skills. For example, last year we had a culinary arts intern who wanted to learn about organic gardening, garden-to-table practices, as well as learning about the ins and outs of running a bistro such as we have here, and also how to plan menus and prepare meals for retreat groups. Often, interns receive credit toward a College degree. We generally ask for a minimum 2-month commitment from our interns.
Wwoofers and helpXers, on the other hand, tend to stay for a shorter time (though not necessarily), may not have as well-defined a field of interest, and get involved in more of a variety of tasks and projects (though again, not necessarily).
We all wear many ” Hats”
Having said this, it’s important to point out that all the staff at Cabot Shores tend to wear several hats. This is for several reasons:
We think that all of us have a variety of interests, are multi-talented and multi-skilled. So why not garden in the morning, swim in the afternoon, and serve meals in the evening? Or sleep in, prepare staff lunch, haul a bunch of seaweed in the afternoon, and help with dishes in the evening? Or set up the guest breakfast in the morning, followed by Qi Gong and meditation, hike with guests in the afternoon, and enjoy a bonfire in the evening?
The hats we all wear range from the most humble to the most interesting – and it’s often surprising and mind-opening to discover which is which. Pre-conceived notions dissolve and we find it’s all about an attitude of service.
As an Intern/Wwoofer/HelpXer will I get paid?
We cannot pay our interns and volunteers. Instead, we provide food and lodging – we have a staff house with some individual rooms and a small, 2-person dorm. We enjoy tasty and nutritious meals together, many of them vegetarian. We also provide the opportunity for experiences, adventures and learning. You will be working on teams, have the opportunity to learn new skills and improve old ones, lead projects, give us your input and ideas, be creative, taste new foods, live simply, live it up, celebrate, stretch out of old comfort zones, expand your mind and more…..
Most of our interns and other volunteers tell us that being part of the Cabot Shores team is indeed a very rich experience.
Interested in learning more? Ready to jump in?
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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