Volunteer at Plum Village Dear friends, Thank you for your interest in Volunteering Volunteering can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, allowing us to practice mindfulness in a spirit of joyful service, while helping to foster harmony and well-being for all the participants. Arrival and departure dates: All volunteers will arrive one week before the start of the retreat so that everyone can have time to settle in, orientate ourselves with the different mindfulness practices, and connect with other volunteers and the community. After the retreat ends, we will have a few days to help wrap up the retreat and have some time to share our experiences and offer feedback to one another and to the community and depart together. What do volunteers offer during our retreats? Your quality of presence and your practice of mindfulness Coordinating families for mindful service Helping with translation (English/French, English/Spanish) Fulfill the responsibilities you have signed up for Helping with various tasks such as housekeeping, driving, organizing the food storage, the tea house..etc Helping in the children's or teen program. Basic requirements: good physical and mental health. work harmoniously in a team to have at least one retreat experience in Plum Village or other Plum Village practice centers age between 18 and 65 to be able to speak English well enough to communicate with others. Able to stay for the whole time (see the arrival and departure day below) Able to pay contribution for your stay (see below) Accommodation: All volunteers are asked to camp during the retreat and bring your own tent and any camping equipment you need If you have any questions related to volunteering, please contact us via our contact form. If you meet the criteria above and are happy to help in such areas as these, please continue to fill out the form. Your personal information Your First Name Your Last Name Your Email Your Age Please upload a picture of yourself Please select the gender identity that best represents you? : MaleFemalePrefer to self-describe We would like to know your gender identity, how would you describe it? Where are you from? What is your phone number Your current work or profession What motivates you to join the Service Retreat ? Please select your preference for the Dharma Sharing family group you would like to join. To join the BIPOC or LGTBQIA+ families, you must identify as part of that group. Not all groups may be available at every retreat or hamlet Any Non-Specific Dharma Sharing FamilyPreferably BIPOC Dharma Sharing FamilyPreferably LGTBQIA+ Dharma Sharing FamilyOnly BIPOC Dharma Sharing FamilyOnly LGTBQIA+ Dharma Sharing Family BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and LGTBQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or Questioning), Intersex, Asexual, with the plus sign representing other sexual orientations and gender identities not covered by these letters. These terms are used to highlight the unique experiences and struggles of individuals within these groups. While we value and aim to respect your preferences, please understand that the final decision will also consider the broader needs of our community. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding in this matter. Volunteering Programs Which retreats are you interested in volunteering for? Wellbeing retreat New Hamlet - 22nd April to 5th MayAsian retreat Lower Hamlet (only for those with Asian roots) - 28th April to 12th MayJune - 28th May to 18thSummer - 2nd July to 3rd augustWake Up - 8th august to 19th august In which hamlets would you like to volunteer? Any hamlet where it is most neededLower Hamlet with the sistersUpper Hamlet with the brothersNew Hamlet with the sisters We're curious about your interest in our programs. Which ones would you like to join? I don't mind - I'm flexibleChildren ProgramTeens ProgramService Coordinator in a Sharing Family GroupTea Table TeamDisability OfficerCookingFirst AidMental Health First AidTranslation Please describe your cooking skill Please describe your first aid experience Please describe your mental health aid experience Translation Experience Could you share your translation experiences with us? What can you translate?: English to FrenchEnglish to SpanishEnglish to ItalianEnglish to DutchEnglish to GermanEnglish to VietnameseFrench to EnglishFrench to SpanishFrench to ItalianFrench to DutchFrench to GermanFrench to VietnameseVietnamese to EnglishVietnamese to French We would like to ask you if can can take a few minutes to record yourself translating these 2 talks. Please get some headphones and when you are ready then press the record button. Thank you so much Please use a headphone and record yourself translating these example videos. Please say clearly in English which language you will tranlate into and record yourself for a few minutes and do this for all the languages you are able to translate from and into: Or upload your own recording Planting seeds: Practicing with children What relevant experience do you have with the Children's programs? How many times have you volunteered in the Children program never1 time2 - 4 times5-10 times+10 times Please share your joys and challenges while working with children? I am interested in supporting the following Teens or Children's: English Children Program (3 weeks) - New Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)English Children Program (3 weeks) - Lower Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)French Children Program (3 weeks) - Upper Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)Spanish Children Program (3 weeks) - Upper Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)Italian Children Program (3 weeks) - Upper Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)German Children Program (1 week) - Upper Hamlet (17 July - 3 august)Teen Boys Program (3 weeks) - Upper Hamlet (2 July - 3 august)Teen Girls Program (3 weeks) - New Hamlet (2 July - 3 august) Your Journey with Plum Village In total, have many times have you been a volunteer in a retreat in Plum Village? never1 time2 - 4 times5-10 times+10 times How was your experience volunteering? How often have you have been at a Plum Village retreat? never1 time2 - 4 times5-10 times+10 times Which retreats in which Plum Village practice center? Name of one Plum Village monastic who knows you and can act as a reference On a Personal Note: Your Journey, Challenges, and Aspirations What made you want to practice and led you to the spiritual path Do you have any physical, emotional or psychological limitations What is your expectation in relation to your stay in Plum Village? Kindly agree to the Following Guidelines I agree to observe and practice the 5 Mindfulness Trainings during my stay in Plum Village. I will refrain from consuming intoxicants or participating in sexual activity during my stay in order to support the community I am aware that I will need to pay a contribution for my food and lodging during my stay. I agree to follow the schedule provided in order to keep the harmony of the community I agree to follow the decision of the organising team, in which hamlet I will stay and work. I know I will be sleeping in a tent which I will bring I agree to arrive on the designated arrival day and stay for the entire duration specified in the program details. I agree not to bring any animals with me to the program, with the exception of service dogs as defined by law. I understand that I cannot volunteer if I need to care for dependent children during the volunteering period. If attending as a family, we understand that we must register using a separate process, and every child must be accompanied by a designated guardian not involved in volunteering activities. I have a valid health and/or travel insurance for my stay in Europe I am reliable, honest and responsibleI will respect the moral and physical integrity of the childrenI agree not to go off with children on my own or do special activities without the consent of the supervising monasticsI am aware that I will not be able to participate in many the scheduled activities of the retreat as I join the children program. Things to check if it does not send and you are not redirected to the success page: 1. Ensure you've uploaded a required photo. 2. If applying as a translator, record your audio clip. 3. Ensure all field are entered filled in, they are all required 4. If the application still won't submit, try deselecting and reselecting a few agreement checkboxes before attempting to submit again.