Project Name : IVS-GB: Esk Valley Camphill Community
Hosting Organisation : International Voluntary Service Great Britain (IVS-GB)
Volunteer Type : SCI Long-term Volunteering
Project Theme : People with disabilities
Hosting Country: United Kingdom
Start date: Open
End date: Open
Duration : 12 months
Deadline date: Open
Project Languages : English
Location : Whitby, Yorkshire
Country Languages : English
Number of Volunteers : 14
Project Description:

Beautifully situated in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, our community of approximately 80 adults, many of whom have a learning disability, has been newly established by former residents of Botton Village Camphill Community. Together we have a 70-year long history of living and working together. We live and work together in the belief that interdependence is what binds us. Everybody has their own place in the community and makes a contribution, no matter how big or small that is. We need your help with supporting those with learning disabilities, in the
households and in the workshops. As a volunteer you would live in one of our households with a maximum of three people with learning disabilities.
Everyone contributes to the running of the home, making it a happy and therapeutic space. Those interested in joining our community do not need any previous experience of or education in social care or learning disabilities.
They will attend a Foundation Course which explores our way of life and the teachings of Anthroposophy. They will also be offered the necessary social care training required.

Work Description:

Most of our work is centred around the households themselves and their upkeep. We emphasize enhancing the health and well-being of everyone within their social context. We prepare and host meals, keep rooms clean and tidy, wash laundry, put fresh flowers on tables, bake birthday cakes and celebrate the Christian festivals throughout the year.

Our community vegetable and herb garden works with organic and Biodynamic agricultural methods for the cultivation of crops. Volunteers make an essential contribution growing food for the community in all seasons. We own the local health food shop in Danby, community members help both in the shop and with shop-related projects. The Craft group and wood workshop provide opportunities to develop various skills and create beautiful (and useful) products which we sell.
Our Breaking Bread micro bakery provides delicious artisan bread for our households as well as for local shops. The estate team looks after the land around our houses.


- Minimum age is 18+
- A good understanding of and ability to speak English.
- A willingness to help where needed

Accommodation and Food:

Food: Meals are provided in each household. We share our meal times together. Most of our food is organic. We have one cooked hot meal per day (lunch), and sometimes also the evening meal is cooked. We can accommodate special dietary requirements.

Accommodation: High quality farmhouse accommodation with one volunteer allocated to live in each household. Each volunteer has their own room and shares other living spaces with people accommodated in the same household. Rooms are fully equipped, we offer bedding and towels.

Pocket Money:

£130 GBP a month to cover necessary expenses

Visa Info:

You will need to apply for a Temporary Work (Charity Work) Visa, Please be aware that this has replaced the Tier 5 Charity Work Visa. The application fee for this Visa is £298 and you can stay up for 12 months. To apply for this Visa you will need a Certificate of Sponsorship which will be provided by IVS at a cost of £25.


As part of your Temporary Work (Charity Worker) visa you’ll need to pay a Immigration Health Surcharge as you’re staying for more than 6 months.

Application Info:

Application form from your sending organisation