Synergy Village (CHE-45)


Type: Community, Environment - Country: Switzerland

Brief description and main aims

Synergy Village is a family-and-friends-based non-profit association who runs this property, which was used as a traditional farm back in the days. It's a beautiful place with a grotto, waterfall, stream, ponds, gardens, farmland, a barn and old traditional houses.

The aim of Synergy Village is to make this magical place accessible to visitors and to use the space for cultural, social and sustainable activities. It’s a meeting place for local and international visitors. As the name Synergy Village indicates, many of the activities are based on the principle of "creating synergies" by creating win-win situations on a non-monetary basis. As an example, volunteers help the project with their work and knowledge, while they have the opportunity to learn new things, develop their own ideas, immerse into a new society and meet people from all around the world.

Main Activities

Synergy Village rents out accommodation and function rooms for events of all kind such as workshops, corporate or private events. In addition, Synergy Village also organizes it’s own events for the public, such as a yearly open day. The organization Synergy Village consists of 4 board members and a number of active members who regularly help on the property.

Volunteer tasks

Volunteers have many opportunities to get involved: 

  • Outdoor maintenance, depending on season 
  • Gardening (vegetables and flowers)
  • Landscape gardening
  • Creative and decoration work
  • Help with renovations
Working hours:
  • Start time: 8:30 am
  • Break time: 12-13 pm
  • End time: 3 pm

Volunteer requirements / Skills

Volunteers should:

  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Have a good knowledge of spoken English
  • Enjoy manual and physical work outdoors
Volunteers have the chance to be part of a community-based cultural project. Synergy Village aims to be a "Place of Inspiration" where people can be creative, try new things and learn from each other. Therefore, volunteers are encouraged to bring in their own ideas and work on their own project, beside the daily tasks. Volunteers will meet and live with people from all around the world as well as local people.

Location

Synergy Village is located in Feldbach (municipality of Hombrechtikon) in the area of Zurich. The property is located 2 minutes (walk) from the beautiful lake of Zurich. In summer the lake is great for swimming. There are forests in the area where you can go for a walk. We have bicycles that you can use to explore the area.

The train station is a 10 minutes away while walking. There are trains every 30 minutes to Zurich (30min train ride) and Rapperswil (10min train ride), which are both nice cities to visit. Rapperswil has a beautiful historic town with a castle overlooking the lake, a boardwalk with restaurants and bars and a wooden bridge to walk across the lake. Although the property is located in the countryside, it is very close to the infrastructure of the city.

Duration

1-4 months

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The accommodation is on the property of Synergy Village. The volunteers stay in a shared room for 2-3 volunteers. The food is mainly vegetarian. All meals are included. There are two friendly cats on the property that also stay in the house.

More Information

For more information visit our website :http://www.synergy-village.org/

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