Working with the Land in a Life-Sharing Community in Massachusetts
Description: Stanton Home is a community of 5 residences and a day program for 13 developmentally disabled adults. The hub of the Stanton Home program is a large renovated farmhouse which includes administrative offices and the day program site. The community also includes one large organic vegetable garden, one greenhouse, one apple orchard, and multiple smaller flower gardens. About 30 employees and 15 volunteers collaborate with the program participants at sustaining a vibrant, thriving community. One important Stanton Home philosophy is that the most important thing in life is relationships. Everything else is how we give substance, value, and meaning to those relationships.
Type of Work: Vegetable gardening, care and pruning of apple trees in an apple orchard, light carpentry, other land and home maintenance.
Study Theme: Land and home maintenance, organic vegetable growing, life-sharing, developmentally disabled adults.
Accommodation: A single or shared room in one of our homes, or in a tent. Family style meals made from locally-sourced and organic food whenever possible. Wireless internet is available.
Requirements: Motivation letter required. Adaptability is a must. A desire and ability to work together collectively, as well as independently. A desire and ability to interact and socialize with developmentally disabled adults. Must have at least intermediate level English skills. No drugs. No smoking or drinking on the premises. Drinking under 21 yrs of age prohibited at all times.
Approximate Location: Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.
Notes: See the website at www.stantonhome.org. Individuals from certain countries may be eligible for travel under the visa waiver program. Find information on the Visa Waiver Program here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html
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