Work Exchange / Internship Opportunities at Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire – Ecovillage & Organic Farm
Internships at Cite Ecologique of New Hampshire
85 Angels Road, Colebrook, NH 03576
Organic Farming Program (From May through October 2019)
Who we are
We are a fully operational micro-society, that has been incorporating a modern lifestyle with a sustainable and cooperative consciousness. The Ecovillage members share their gain of community living knowledge by providing meaningful internship experiences giving the participant an opportunity for hands-on learning through a fun and dynamic environment.
What we are looking for
We are seeking individuals looking to experience living in a community and/or gaining skills in Organic Farming, with a love for hard work.
- Interest to learn about the life in our ecovillage
- Interest in farming
- Willing to stay in a remote area
- Must be in good shape for physical jobs
- Open minded and dynamic
- Flexible to do different tasks
- Enjoys teamwork and people
- Speaks English or French
- Over 21 years old (exceptions might be granted, please ask)
Ready to get your hands dirty? Passionate about Organic Farming? Our farm will be delighted to guide newcomers in the discovery of organic farming or to share with more experienced fellows the joys of our work. Interns at the farm will take part in our Organic Farming Program that gives the basics of organic agriculture and sustainable practices, suitable for aspiring future farmers, backyard gardeners or any person interested in learning about the subject.
Therefore, participants take part in garden work from the sowing stage to maintenance, irrigation, using efficient weeding techniques, harvesting, and marketing. Doing so, interns gain skills in maintaining a farm by hands-on, learning-by-doing approach. In complement, once a week, theory classes further the comprehension of larger topics such as basic ecology and the needs of plants. Down to earth aspects are shared as well, for example, soil life, cover crops, crop rotations, season extension, integrated pest management (IPM), post-harvest considerations and so on. Additionally, participants can help in the farm’s complementary enterprises (chicken coop, small fruits, berries, sugar bush, and shiitakes) depending on their area of interest and the season in which internship is taken. Since the farm is within an ecovillage, participants will get the chance to experience its lifestyle.
Eco-exchange Program (Visitor Program)
The program gives you the opportunity to get a hands-on experience in community life. By participating in different activities and jobs, such as helping in the community garden and kitchen, interns will acquire an understanding of how our village works. This is an excellent internship for those with a wide range of interests or those who want to learn more about living in an intentional community.
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Please visit our website for more information about our community:
- What is the main language spoken within the community?
- We are mostly French Canadians who have become US Citizens. We all speak English and French. However, if you’re looking for a full English immersion and culture program, we may not be the best fit.
- Will it be possible to visit La Cite Ecologique in Quebec, Canada?
- There is a possibility to visit our Ecovillage located in Quebec Canada www.citeecologique.org (for stays longer than one month). Please bring your passport!
- Do you provide visas for international interns?
- We welcome international interns and visitors. Please note that you are responsible for your legal paperwork.
- Is there a minimum time requirement for my stay?
- We strongly suggest a minimum of two weeks for your internship; you may have the opportunity to stay up to 4 months, check our availability when registering.
*Note that the first two weeks are a trial period.
- How long is the internship season
- We mostly welcome interns from May to October, which is the ideal period for the gardening program.
- What about meals?
- Lunch is served on weekdays and on Sundays twice a month.
- We have community dinners on Wednesdays twice a month.
- All members, interns, and guests are encouraged to join.
- The community has a mainly omnivorous diet, though, we do not serve red meat at the community meals. There is always a vegetarian option. We also have many local veggies!
- We will do our best to accommodate food intolerances and allergies. Please let us know through the registration form!
- Will I get a stipend?
- We offer room and board and our programs are unpaid. However, we offer our participants ample learning opportunities and use of our facilities including access to the community grocery, kitchen, laundry room, internet, pool, hot tub, and hiking trails.
- La Cite Ecologique of NH is in a very rural part of Northern New Hampshire. We suggest that you either drive your own car to the community or rent one at the airport. Here are the other options of transportation: Transportation Options
- Lodging facilities:
- Camping – Summer is beautiful in Great North Wood Region of NH, with warm days of sunshine and cool evenings. Some prefer to camp for a rare opportunity to leave behind modern distractions and connect with the great outdoors. Campers will need to bring their own tent and bedding.
- Cabins – We have 2 small cedar wood cabins equipped with bunk beds, shared rooms max 4 per cabin, with beddings, but for a more comfortable stay please bring your own sleeping bag.
- Tipis – Our two Native American Tipis provide a passageway back through time that allows you to experience some of the aspects of this unique nomadic culture of the Great Plains. With a warm fire glowing in the middle of the tipi, dancing patterns emerge on the tipi wall and you will experience some of the inspirations of their extraordinarily beautiful and organic art forms. Please bring your sleeping bag. Sleep 4 max 5 per tipi.
Bathing and kitchen facilities are easily accessible indoors. Internet connection is available in community buildings. Don’t forget to pack a flashlight to find your way around at night!
*There’s a dew almost every morning, please bring adequate footwear.
Participants will be required to follow some of our community guidelines.
You’ll have to pay the registration fee will be applied for your first internship. ($75) once your request will be approved
The proposed activities may change depending on the season and the number of registrations.
Please contact us at:
or call (603)331-1669