About.

Ecological living is your passion ? Looking for a supportive and inspiring experience in a fun environment? Come join us!

We have created the first ecovillages of french part of Switzerland, in beautiful sites.

La Smala is the mother association, which runs the Eco-Houses owned by the cooperative Bâtir Groupé, with convivial meals open to the public, training of animators, permaculture gardens and an ecological way of living. We have 2 ecovillages already in function since 2016, and growing.

In both of our Ecovillages we adopt an ecological and community-based way of living. We live in relatively small private rooms (some of them have private bathroom and kitchen) and we have big shared spaces (cafeteria, party rooms, garage, multi-purpose rooms). The food is usually vegetarian and organic and we share as many things as possible in our everyday life, material and immaterial.

GRANDVAUX ECOVILLAGE is the first ecovillage of the French part of Switzerland, in Grandvaux (VD), in the middle of the vineyards of Lavaux (UNESCO). Another ecovillage is located in the countryside in Cheiry (FR). Both of these ecovillages are labelled ECOPOL, and we are part of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN).

Grandvaux is situated at 10 minutes by train from the city of Lausanne and 15 min walking from the Leman Lake. In front of the house, we have a common permaculture garden and some hiking path close to our house.

CHEIRY ECOVILLAGE is situated in the countryside of the state of Fribourg (55min by bus), near Payerne (25min by bus) and near the Roman town of Avenches (40min by bus). The ecovillage has a permaculture garden and is situated in the countryside with fields, forests and rivers.

HOW TO APPLY ?

1. VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.lasmala.org

2. SEND AN EMAIL TO INFO@APTES.CH WITH :

a. Your CV , and a link to a professional webprofile (linkedin or ePortfolio) if you have one
b. Motivation letter/text based on our website
c. Starting date you wish to apply
d. Your questions, after having read our volunteering contract here tiny.cc/volunteeringcontract

3. SEND US A FIRST CONTACT BY TELEGRAM OR WHATSAPP at +41763769776
This is the contact of Nigar & Théo, in charge of first contact with volunteering candidates
Please mention in your messages 3 options of schedule when we can contact you in the next days, based on Central Europe Time (CET).

4. INTERVIEW BY PHONE (via whatsapp)
We will call you in one of the options

5. WELCOME ! DISCOVER ! ENJOY !
We propose contract where both parts, you and our ecovillage, can terminate the training at any time without motivation. So we are both free to meet, learn to know each other, explore and stop if wished.

6. OPTIONAL - CREATE YOUR OWN MICRO-ENTREPRISE WITH OUR COACHING

This option is only available for about 10%-15% of our trainees. During the first 1-2 months of your stay, we can discuss about it. Out of 150-200 trainees within the last 5 years we have currently about 12 active micro-entrepreneurs each having access to our common customers database (artisans on ecoconstruction, food & gardening, computer & design services, training offers, project management, fair trade marketing).

Program.

We are a team of volunteers. And we are looking for creative and enthusiastic people interested in decorative ebenisterie, woodwork and/or communicating on our activities and/or editing videos about our ecological communities in Grandvaux and Cheiry.

The functions that you will have in exchange of free meals and bedroom :

  • Creating wooden decorations and furniture for our ecovillage : library, coworking space, cafeteria, arts auditorium, escape-room on the theme of ecological transition, artistic center. Other wooden decorations and recycl’art.
  • Managing our websites in Wordpress ; communicating in social networks ; presenting our communities to the public during the stands ; designing educational signage ; graphic design (flyers, booklets…)
  • Editing videos in French, Portuguese and English that show the life in our ecovillages

Your creative sensibility interests us!

AVAILABILITY : anytime during the year, for minimum 2 months, ideally 3-6 months.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Room in the ecovillage in exchange for volunteering

Minimum stay: 60 nightsMaximum capacity: 4 people
Food included
Free lunch and bedroom in exchange for volunteer activities : cooking and/or gardening, woodwork and carpenting, communication & web and/or video editing.

The food is usually vegetarian and organic and we share as many things as possible in our everyday life, material and immaterial.

The toilet and bathroom are shared and you will have an acces to big shared spaces : cafeteria, party rooms, garage, multi-purpose rooms.

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