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The talented and devoted CooperRiis staff is chosen for their kindness, for their ability to believe in and have hope for the residents, and for their mental health expertise and ability to find and appreciate the strengths of vulnerable people.

Located in beautiful western North Carolina, CooperRiis is a nurturing healing community where individuals with a mental health challenge or emotional distress learn new ways to gain coping skills, become independent anThe talented and devoted CooperRiis staff is chosen for their kindness, for their ability to believe in and have hope for the residents, and for their mental health expertise and ability to find and appreciate the strengths of vulnerable people.

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresThe pay may be modest. The work is important. The satisfaction is incredible. Whether working in soup kitchens or family shelters, teaching and inspiring at-risk or disadvantaged youth, empowering the mentally ill, building houses for the poor, assisting the elderly or helping the fight against hunger, you'll find your options in this channel.

Your efforts may not immediately change the world or solve deep-rooted problems, but will serve as an ongoing commitment to helping others in need while promoting the integrity of creation. If you have a passion for service and are willing to go the extra mile to help a good cause, it's time to start making a difference—the world needs you!

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Camphill Association of North America

Whether you are looking for an internship opportunity, a formal training program, a short-term volunteer experience, or a new, fully committed lifestyle, the Camphill Coworker Program offers a celebration of life and engaging service work.

Program in the Spotlight Camphill Communities are dedicated to creating communities where the recognition of each individual’s gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society. Camphill staff—called Coworkers—live and work alongside children, youth and adults with developmental and other disabilities in one of twelve rural communities throughout the U.S. (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) and Canada (British Columbia and Ontario). Since everyone in Camphill contributes to the community according to his or her ability, the work is varied and dynamic. Work life may mean providing human support and caregiving, teaching a craft, working on the farm or garden, cooking wholesome food, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Some Coworkers come for a short-term experience, while others make it a long-term way of life. Many Coworkers also raise their families in Camphill communities. Benefits include room, board, medical insurance, a monthly stipend, vacation time, and training and education in social therapy, organic and biodynamic agriculture, the healing arts and crafts. Prospective Coworkers who have a genuine interest in others, a willingness to do what is needed, and are flexible, tolerant, and cheerful are eagerly sought by each community. Explore current job opportunities for each Camphill community online.

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Whether you are looking for an internship opportunity, a formal training program, a short-term volunteer experience, or a new, fully committed lifestyle, the Camphill Coworker Program offers a celebration of life and engaging service work.

Coworkers will have the opportunity to work in one of the various craft workshops, such as weaving, pottery, stained glass, woodworking, textiles, candle-making, bookbinding or the bakery.

Learn more about a Camphill Communities California coworker who found his place to help, change, and influence the lives of others while being submerged in a culture of genuine acceptance, love, caring, thought, idea and action.

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Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.

On-the-job and in-service training and supervision are part of Gould Farm's pledge to provide a meaningful work experience for its employees.

Program in the Spotlight With locations in the Boston suburbs and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Gould Farm is a compassionate, respectful family environment where people with mental illness learn to build more meaningful lives for themselves through work, recreation and community life. The services at the farm remain rooted in the belief that every person has something to contribute despite mental or emotional limitations. Serving as informal counselors, work team leaders and role models, most staff and volunteers engage small groups of guests through work tasks that are required to run this 600-acre farm. In order to provide the most fulfilling experience, volunteers are asked to be flexible and work on several areas of the farm, which may include gardening, farming, forestry, dairy management, crafts, cooking, restaurant & retail management, childcare, administration, maintenance, and/or residential support. Boston area program staff live in a smaller community and provide support, guidance, and advocacy for clients who are well on their way to leading more independent lives. A minimum commitment of 12 months is necessary, with opportunities available throughout the year. Benefits include a monthly stipend, housing in private rooms, wholesome meals and full medical coverage. Mature, well-rounded and people-oriented individuals who are interested in learning and living in a therapeutic community are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the volunteer program at GouldFarm.org.

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Current Staff Employment Opportunities @ Gould Farm
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Enjoying the beauty of the Gould Farm Campus

The unique spirit that resides in the rural community lifestyle at Gould Farm offers both meaningful work coupled with recreation, singing, music, crafts and a celebration of nature and life.

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St. Elizabeth Shelter: Building Futures. Changing Lives.

St. Elizabeth Shelter was voted one of the best nonprofits in Santa Fe!Are you looking for a unique experience with an innovative program that will shape your life forever? Serving thousands of homeless men, women and families, St. Elizabeth Shelter creates an atmosphere of loving concern that respects the dignity of each individual and provides the homeless with hope for the future. Case management, transitional and educational programs are provided—helping many to achieve independent living. Residential Interns are responsible for most of the hands-on operation of the shelter, ranging from assisting homeless guests, organizing meals, processing donations, providing case management and maintaining the facilities. St. E's also strives to facilitate an internship experience that will bring a mutually satisfying experience for both the intern and the residents. Positions are available full-time from 6-12 months with flexible start dates. Benefits include a $6/hour wage, housing in a fully-furnished private suite above the shelter with shared living/kitchen space, food allowance and training in crisis resolution, mediation and nonprofit management. Those who commit for one year will also receive health and dental insurance. Applicants must have a high school degree and two years of college or work experience and be willing to work hard at helping the homeless. Spanish language ability and prior work in the social services field is a plus. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Maria Lopez.

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Now Hiring Residential Interns!
St. Elizabeth Shelter has an immediate Internship opening at the men's shelter, and in Intern is needed to begin work in January 2017 at the women's shelter. Learn more and apply now »

St. Elizabeth Shelter Residential Interns are responsible for most of the hands-on operation of the shelter, live in the beautiful artistic town of Santa Fe, New Mexico and receive plentiful benefits.

A prospective Intern was hoping to find an entrée into the social work field, to learn about operating a nonprofit, and to obtain some experience in case management. Sarah Dolan's internship journey at St. Elizabeth Shelter explores how the expectations were fulfilled beyond her wildest dreams.

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CooperRiis Healing Community: Mind & Heart Working Together.

Located in beautiful western North Carolina, CooperRiis is a healing community where individuals with mental health challenges or emotional distress learn new ways to gain coping skills, become independent and attain fulfillment in life through a comprehensive program that addresses mind, body, spirit and heart. Daily work and living routines incorporate yoga, meditation, walking, exercise programs and massage therapy. The food is grown, prepared and served through organic means, and reflects a contemporary philosophy for diet and nutrition. Volunteer opportunities at both campuses include:

Community Work & Service Program supports residents in learning life skills and practicing healthy routines. Possible roles include kitchen support, campus crew support, woodshop support or farm crew support, while working side-by-side with those who are here for healing.
Residential Team provides safety, support, transportation and a social community environment for residents.
Integrative Health Volunteer supports residents in developing and maintaining habits that encourage physical wellness.
Animal/Farm Crew Interns are responsible for many varied farming tasks, while learning and practicing skills related to animal husbandry and vegetable production.
Community Program Volunteers support those residents who are transitioning into the broader community off campus.

A monthly stipend, lodging and meals are provided. Also seeking wise elders looking for a second journey. A six-month commitment or longer is preferred; other arrangements are open to discussion. If you are a creative, mature individual interested in empowering adults with mental health challenges to recover and rebuild their lives, apply online or email your cover letter and resume to hr@cooperriis.org.

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The talented and devoted CooperRiis staff is chosen for their kindness, for their ability to believe in and have hope for the residents, and for their mental health expertise and ability to find and appreciate the strengths of vulnerable people.

Many of the staff have expressed that working at CooperRiis is a calling for them.

The talented and devoted CooperRiis staff is chosen for their kindness, for their ability to believe in and have hope for the residents, and for their mental health expertise and ability to find and appreciate the strengths of vulnerable people. Many of the staff have expressed that working at CooperRiis is a calling for them.

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Camp Summit. A remarkable place. For remarkable people.Camp Summit is a traditional camp for children and adults (ranging in age from 6 to 99 years old!) with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Barrier-free outdoor camp experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence include a specially designed swimming pool, an adapted tree house, playground and ropes challenge course, horseback riding, sensory garden, covered outdoor gymnasium, fishing pond, and lodge with fireplace. Seasonal staff positions include Counselors, Unit Leaders, Rovers, Nurses, Kitchen Staff and Activity Directors in the following areas: Arts & Crafts, Horses/Wrangler, Kaleidoscope, Nature, Pool, Ropes Course, and Sports & Games. Job opportunities are available during the summer months (mid-May to mid-August) or the fall season (mid-September to mid-November). A commitment for the entire season is preferred, and applicants must be able to commit to at least five consecutive weeks. Benefits include a salary starting at $275/week, room and board, free laundry facilities, and an intensive week of instructional and hands-on training. Experience working with a special needs population is not necessary; however, a desire to work with these special campers is a must! Watch the staff video, fill out the online application or contact Dana Zimmerman for more info.

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At Camp Summit you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of people with a wide range of disabilities.

Camp Summit provides an incredible opportunity for growth, fun, resume building, memories, and impacting the lives of remarkable campers who have a wide range of disabilities. One season will change your life.

From wide, wheelchair friendly sidewalks to a zero entry pool to a tree house anyone can enter, Camp For All turns can't do into CAN DO with their barrier free approach to the camp site, facilities and programming.

Located in Texas between Houston and Austin, Camp For All works in partnership with other non-profits to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year. From wide, wheelchair friendly sidewalks to a zero entry pool to a tree house anyone can enter, Camp For All turns can't do into CAN DO with their barrier free approach to the camp site, facilities and programming. Program Instructors will play a vital role in helping campers discover life through effective and fun programs. Job tasks include hosting campers, volunteers, guests and groups, teaching a wide variety of program activities, planning and implementing programs in team building & challenge courses, facilitating epic night activities, maintaining program areas and equipment, and supporting the Program Leadership team. A primo program staff training covers a variety of topics and activities, including challenge courses, team building, fishing, canoeing, archery, paintball, nature, sports and photography. Compensation includes a bi-weekly stipend starting at $300, plus room, board and WiFi access. Positions are available during the spring season (February 6th to May 15th), summer (mid-May to mid-August) and fall (late August to mid-November), with an option to work multiple seasons. Instructors will typically work 5 days on and 2 days off. If you have previous experience working with children in a camp environment, completed at least one year of college and are hardworking, outgoing and creative, fill out the online application.

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Working at Camp For All is not just a job. You will have fun, work hard, learn, be tired and change lives!

More than 7,000 campers come to Camp For All each year to enjoy a wide array of activities that are universal in design and provide many opportunities for the growth in self-confidence. It is a unique place where there is understanding and acceptance. Working at Camp For All is not just a job. You will have fun, work hard, learn, be tired and change lives!

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Spring Lake Ranch: a small therapeutic work community in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

The heart of the community experience is people sharing their lives, struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams with each other in authentic, non-judgmental, and deeply respectful ways.

Program in the Spotlight Situated on 700 acres in Vermont's Green Mountains, surrounded by woods, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, and near the pristine serenity of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Ranch is a therapeutic residential community and farm with the mission to support and empower people with mental health and substance abuse challenges to grow, thrive, and seek their dreams. House Advisors/Crew Leaders live and work alongside residents, leading the wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year: care of the farm animals, working in the garden, bringing in hay, shoveling snow, chopping wood, pressing apple cider, cutting ice from the lake, building furniture, producing maple syrup, clearing trails, and helping with the ongoing tasks of cooking, cleaning, sewing, and repairing. Benefits include $327/week, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, full health and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation and sick time in the first year, educational opportunities, use of all Ranch facilities including laundry, linen service, woodshop, auto shop, pottery studio, art room, sewing room, computers, and lake front with private dock and canoes; plus the many less tangible benefits that come from living and working in a close-knit community. House Advisors make an initial commitment of six months to one year and many apply to stay longer. Explore all employment opportunities at SpringLakeRanch.org.

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Spring Lake Ranch: Perspectives from House Advisors

Engage in the lives of others and the life of the land. Share your skills, talents and warmth with a diverse community of people trying to lead more fulfilling lives. Play in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Learn about becoming a Shadow Warrior or how the team contributes a steady stream of energy, creativity and enthusiasm for residents at Spring Lake Ranch.

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Innisfree Village Residential Volunteer Program

Innisfree Caregivers are volunteers who forgo traditional employment and choose life sharing instead because they are seeking a new way of life.

Program in the Spotlight Set in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Innisfree Village celebrated its 45th year in 2016 as a lifesharing community with adults who have intellectual disabilities. Coworkers and residential volunteers work together on this 550-acre farm in a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all community members. Serving as houseparents, Volunteers live together with coworkers in family-style homes throughout the village. After a one-month orientation period, responsibilities include cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping, and finances of the house as well as caring for the personal needs of each coworker. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop. Benefits include a private room, all meals, a $265/month stipend, 15 paid vacation days, access to community cars and onsite fitness facility, WiFi access, and two consecutive days off per week. Fifteen to twenty people, all with various backgrounds and nationalities, are needed each year. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, able to make a one-year commitment and be patient, empathetic, flexible and positive. Applications are accepted throughout the year; a visit to Innisfree prior to applying as a volunteer is strongly recommended. Learn more at InnisfreeVillage.org.

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Now Hiring Residential Caregivers!
More to Explore!Innisfree is currently seeking full-time Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in community living, working with people with special needs, and rural life or farming and gardening.

Volunteers at Innisfree experience the give and take of a shared home and work environment alongside residents with intellectual disabilities.

Music therapy, art class, pottery, and paper-making provide dedicated space for coworkers, volunteer caregivers, and artisans to work side by side on projects.

Volunteers at Innisfree experience the give and take of a shared home and work environment alongside residents with intellectual disabilities. Learn how the community empowered Lisa G. to find a new way to move through the world while volunteering again and again and again.

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Embark on a meaningful, international cultural exchange adventure with InterExchange!Use your talents to help change the world with InterExchange!

Become a global citizen while contributing to a local community in one of InterExchange's many diverse host countries around the world. Make an impact as an English teacher while earning your TEFL certificate and experiencing unforgettable journeys in Asia or Europe. Explore Australia or New Zealand while working on organic farms. Or be a mentor to a child as a summer camp counselor in the USA or an au pair in one of eight countries. Embark on a meaningful, international cultural exchange adventure with InterExchange!

Every year, InterExchange provides thousands of young people with work, internship, and other experiential learning programs abroad. We are a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness and increasing global understanding by allowing people to live and work side-by-side with the communities of another country.

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