As an ESC volunteer, we expect a 35 hour per week commitment from you. You will be supporting Ängsbacka with practical work 5 days per week, 5 hours per day. You will also join the morning circles, community circles, sharings and silent sittings, which are our main community practices. The ESC additionally offers ESC meetings, sharing circles and language learning. All these activities will make up a total of around 35 hours per week.
Your working hours will be mainly done with your work leader and 1 day per week you will be part of a different operational team (Kitchen, Garden, Housekeeping & Beautifying, Site…). This way you have the opportunity to get to know all of Ängsbacka during your time here.
- Every week you have 2 days off
- You will have 2 days holidays for every month, which makes a total of 16 holiday days for 8 months of service.
As a volunteer, you work in a team with a work leader to support the general activities of the project. In addition, you have an opportunity to develop your personal project that is in accordance with the general aim of the ESC project.
You are welcome to join all our festival activities outside of your working hours or on your days off. Our volunteers most often report that they have developed useful practical skills, but even more importantly, improved their self-awareness and social skills during their time with us. Most likely, you will bring some deep insights and newfound friendships with you after this immersive experience at Ängsbacka.
As an 8-months ESC volunteer, you will live in shared double rooms with communal showers and toilets. There is no opportunity for single accommodation. We will provide pillows and duvets, sheets and towels.
As an 6-weeks ESC volunteer, you will live in tent with communal showers and toilets closeby. There is no opportunity for single accommodation. We will provide pillows and duvets, sheets and towels.
You cannot bring your dog or cat to Ängsbacka to live with you.
Our kitchen serves delicious vegetarian and vegan meals 3 times a day. You have access to tea and coffee, and sometimes fruits or snacks. There is also a separate community kitchen if you want to prepare something special for yourself.
ALCOHOL-FREE & DRUG-FREE
Ängsbacka is best experienced in full presence and therefore we are a completely alcohol- and drug-free environment. If you are found under the influence we will ask you to leave immediately.
Ängsbacka is located in the beautiful Swedish countryside, ca. 2 km from the village of Molkom and 30 km from the town of Karlstad. Molkom can easily be reached by foot or a volunteer bike. There you can find a supermarket, a gym, a sports hall and a medical centre. In Karlstad, there are more services, including a public bath, library, hospital and shops. There is a local bus to and from Karlstad.
We encourage all our volunteers to take part in our daily volunteer program where different practices like yoga, dance, meditation, massage, conscious work out, films, sauna, open stage etc. are offered. You will have an opportunity to join a workshop almost every morning, afternoon and evening. You can offer one yourself if you like holding space for others.
Sharing is at the heart of Ängsbacka, and supports everybody here. It is considered a sacred space for speaking and deep listening from the heart. It invites you to be seen in your truth and to see others in theirs, without judgement or fixing. One person shares, while the others sit in silence paying attention to the person sharing. Everyone in the group will have the same amount of time available to them, and everything that is said or done stays in the group. We do not bring it up again outside of sharing. Sharing is an essential and honoured practice at Ängsbacka, and we welcome you to this special space with the sensitivity and open-heartedness that is at its core.
As a volunteer, you are fully responsible for your own health and wellbeing during your stay. As an ESC volunteer, you are supported by work mentors and a social mentor (Miky Dănăcică) who will assist you with any practical or emotional issues. Sometimes we also use the help of professional coaches if there is an immediate need. For people with fewer opportunities we offer enforced mentorship/ support. We encourage you to participate fully and devote yourself to the daily program and the exploration of how the tools offered in meetings, workshops and sharing can be of support for you.