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.


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.


  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals


  • fast: streaming video

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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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