How do we staff this Centre?
At this stage in its evolution, the Kalikalos summer school depends for its staffing exclusively on dedicated volunteers who come to Greece in the summer for a meaningful working holiday in holistic community. Every summer, to staff the Centre, we look for individuals with community experience and a holistic perspective, who enjoy working with groups. The opportunities here are somewhat similar to those offered in wwoofing, except that working in our organic vegetable garden is only one of the many things our staff do.
Staff coordinate the centre rhythms, focalise meals and clean-up, assist with transport to and from the beach, help with gardening, maintenance and shopping, and facilitate staff attunements. Some useful skills here are group process, healing, maintainence, vegetarian cookery, gardening, vehicle mechanic, or fluency in Greek language. The ability to enjoy working in a team where you can balance your own needs with the group needs is an asset.
Actually the staff volunteers here at the summer school are the longer-term faculty that complement the workshop and retreat leaders who offer structured week-long courses. What are we staff teaching? Holistic education is the best term for it, and we impart it to our guests and workshop participants through working together, playing together and sharing together.
We believe this is our unique ray here, offering our guests the opportunity to live out in everyday life in the kitchen, the garden and on the beach the holistic tools that they are acquiring in their workshops. And to be able to teach, new staffers typically start with a staff orientation training (see below) for which we ask a small (€75/week) financial contribution to cover your food and accommodation during the training weeks.
Joining the Staff of Kalikalos
There are many routes to being on the staff here at our three Kalikalos campuses. Some of our staff are former workshop participants, living-in-community guests, or even leaders who have discovered us, grown to love the place and our vision and come back to support us as volunteers.
If you have been to the centre before and would like to apply to be on the staff team please get get in touch.
Sometimes people come onto staff after attending a work camp in May or October. The camps are a convivial, relaxed, fun way to get to know the place, and see how you fit with the energy here. They are also a great opportunity for gender role reversal as you can see from some of the photos on the workcamp page.
Our volunteers start as staff orientees, with a 2-4 week orientation period, during which they contribute £65/€75/$100 per week toward their food and accommodation. If things work out well for you and for us during this orientation period, and there are staff vacancies, we can often invite you to stay on free as full work exchange staff for a longer term commitment.
We offer food and accommodation (as available: bed in shared room, tent or yurt) from as little as a couple of weeks to 5-6 months on a work-exchange basis. Staff members put in up to 34 hours of work/week, get a full day off each week and generally can count on a couple of hours on the beach or time to themselves daily. Time permitting, staff can attend certain workshop sessions at a discounted rate. And there are loads of opportunities for skills sharing amongst ourselves.
We are an international group and part of our richness is the intermingling of people of all ages from many different countries, walks of life, spiritual paths, genders and backgrounds.
If you think you might be interested in a summer staff position here at the summer school please Contact Us us with some personal details about yourself, your interests and experience, likes and dislikes, your strengths and weaknesses working in a team and when you would be free to come.
Here's a 5 min video clip of an interview with the cofounder of the Centre. It might give you an idea of the vision that has inspired the centre and whether you think you might like to join the team here.
Staff Adjuncts: Part time staff—part Community Guest
Occasionally individuals are drawn to working with the project as part-time staffers. They want to do a bit more work than the 5-6 hours that Living-in-Community (LCG) guests put in each week, but they also don’t want to work 34 hours a week as full time staffers. Staff Adjuncts get the best of both worlds. They pay €150 per week for which they get food and accommodation and they work 17 hr/week as staffers, getting two full days off in a week. You can enquire about availability by emailing us. Normally staff adjuncts have had prior experience with us, either as a workshop participant, community guest, or staff orientee.