Each season, people come from all around the world to volunteer at the Kalikalos centers. Volunteers coordinate the rhythms of the center, focalize meals and clean-up, assist with transport to and from the beach, help with gardening, maintenance and shopping, and learn to facilitate group circles. We look especially for individuals with a holistic perspective and ideally some community experience, who enjoy working with groups. Skills in group process, healing, maintenance, vegetarian cookery, gardening, vehicle mechanics, and fluency in Greek language are especially helpful! The opportunities here are somewhat similar to those of WWOOFing, though Kalikalos volunteers do much more than just lending a hand in our organic vegetable garden.
Staff volunteers who stay for some months become the Center’s longer-term faculty, complementing the workshop and retreat leaders by teaching holistic education through role modeling it. So, it’s an opportunity to put your ideals into practice—the best way to learn!
People sometimes ask for a job description for a volunteer staff position. It is not really possible to provide this because each volunteer must find the area or areas where they see that they can optimally bring their gifts, experience and enthusiasm.
The areas of work are the vegetarian kitchen, the organic gardens. homecare, building and maintenance, and office, plus I.T. support (website, social media, blogging and marketing). You will get the opportunity to sample all of these areas during your orientation weeks here, and in time may gravitate to one or two of them. Eventually, if you stay long enough you might find yourself coordinating (focalising) one area which carries more responsibility. Or, perhaps you will prefer to be a gadfly or a “floater” who offers support everywhere.
Staffers begin their time with us with a staff orientation training, typically four weeks in duration, for which we ask a €90 a week contribution to cover board. (Discounts of 15% for young people of need, or from counties where earning power is limited may be available.) If by the end of this orientation period, if things have worked out well for yourself and for us and there are staff vacancies, we may be able to invite you to stay longer.
Staff members put in about 35 hours per week with a full day off and regular afternoons at the beach. Aside from the 7 hours/week of Karma Yoga that all guests do (one 2 hr evening cooking shift, two 45 min dinner cleanup shifts, adopt a garden bed and join the Friday cleanup from 9:30 to 11:30 am) we staff volunteers also will lay out one or two buffet breakfasts and lunches, put in a couple more hours finishing Friday cleanup and if you are over 25 with a EU/UK license, drive guests to/from the beach at Ag Ioannis. Staff stay in beds in shared rooms, in tents or in the yurts. Time permitting, volunteers who have been with us for a few weeks may attend certain workshop sessions at a discounted rate. They also have discounted access to the offerings of our Facilitators in Residence (FIRs). Additionally, there are loads of opportunities for sharing skills amongst ourselves!