Volunteer for the Summer Opening

In mid July this year, Plum Village is offering three 6-days retreats open to everyone, including families and children. We would like to invite experienced practitioners in our tradition to support us from July 2 – 31 as volunteers in this Summer Opening (July 9 – 29).

Practical Information

Volunteers will arrive on July 2 to settle in, meet the monastics and the volunteer team. We will learn, practice, play, and prepare for the retreat together.

Volunteers will also stay a few days after the retreat, departing on July 31, to help us and to join the farewell gathering.

Volunteers will camp during the retreat and contribute €200 for your stay.

Please note that we can only consider your application if you have practiced at one of the Plum Village centers.

All volunteers, please provide:

  • A copy of ID card
  • Proof of health insurance and visa if needed.
  • Children’s and Teens’ program volunteers – a copy of the Child Protection Certificate, police check record, or similar document from your country. For residents of France, this can be obtained here
Visiting the “Happy Farm”

Volunteering for the Children’s and Teens’ Program

Children’s programFrenchUpper Hamlet
Children’s programItalianUpper Hamlet
Children’s programSpanishUpper Hamlet
Children’s programEnglishLower Hamlet
Children’s program*German (July 16 – 31 only)New Hamlet
Children’s program*Dutch (July 9 – 24 only)New Hamlet
Teen girls’ programEnglish/FrenchNew Hamlet
Teen boys’ programEnglish/FrenchUpper Hamlet

* We ask volunteers who for the German or Dutch children’s program to come for 2 weeks and contribute €125 for your stay.

Apply to be a volunteer

Please fill out the form below and we ask for your understanding as it may take us a few weeks to reply to you.

Volunteering in:

  • Upper Hamlet (with the monks), generally receive single male volunteers and also female volunteers for the French, Italian and Spanish children program.
  • New Hamlet (with the nuns), generally receive single female volunteers, and also male volunteers for the German and Dutch children program.
  • Lower Hamlet (with the nuns), generally receive single female volunteers.
  • All three hamlets receive couples and non-binary folk as volunteers

Dutch Children’s Program Volunteer (July 9 – 24)

German Children’s Program Volunteer (July 16 – 31)

All French, Spanish, Italian Children’s Program and Boys Teens’ Program

English Children’s Program

Girl Teens’ Program

All other General volunteers

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