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Ananda Gaorii inspired Ängsbacka, Sieben Linden Ecovillage and Cloughjordan Community Farm to adopt this practice.
They all now follow a week-long Induction process for newly-arrived Volunteers.
What is it/ How do you do it?
During the first week, Volunteers are introduced to the basic structure of the community in a pre-arranged, week-long, timetabled Induction Programme.
Volunteers are given a print-out of that timetable, making it clear where they ought to be at any given time.
They can also be paired up with a “Buddy” who has been in the organisation long enough to show them around and answer questions.
If all the previous Volunteers have already left and there is no overlap between the groups, it’s wise to prepare during this time for the sudden shortage of people to help out in key areas where Volunteers usually work (kitchen, garden, etc.).
When planning this Induction Week, it’s good to remember to keep a balance of different types of activities. For example, regularly switching between sitting and movement related activities is helpful. It’s also helpful to include fun, social activities.
Example: Sieben Linden Ecovillage