Volunteers from abroad typically come to Cascadia for one year. They are usually young people from North America and abroad, who come to live and work at Cascadia as volunteers. Companions and coworkers alike delight in meeting new volunteers with a diversity of backgrounds and abilities. They bring energy, enthusiasm, and sometimes questions that help the community to stay awake and aware of its social tasks. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate very short term live-in volunteers, e.g., high school students looking for an internship for a few months.
Typically, a volunteer will live in one of the Cascadia residences and participate in the daily life with the companions. This means helping with physical care, going on outings, household chores, and cultural activities. The whole household participates in the Cascadia Centre program, and the volunteer will be asked to help where necessary, in one of the workshops along with more experienced coworkers, or in common cultural activities. Live-in volunteers receive room and board and pocket money.
Each day at Cascadia brings new challenges, but there is also a strong network of coworkers to help carry them out. Most important is to have an attitude of mutual interest and respect, and the joy of living and working together in a vibrant, creative community.