Volunteering as a Way of Life

Every year, a group of over 40 individuals joins Camphill Village as new volunteers. They come from Europe, Asia, and the United States. They may have had little experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, or may have a great deal of experience. They may have pursued a career in human services or special education. Some have experience in the arts, or in a practical field such as farming, homemaking, or a specific craft.

What each volunteer does have in common: a deep and abiding commitment to the mission of Camphill Village, a desire to participate fully in our rich community life, and a passion for working with adults with developmental disabilities.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Camphill Village. For 50 years, people have traveled far and wide to join our unique community. Volunteers here don’t simply give an hour or two of time per week; they live and work here full-time, dedicating themselves to a community where everyone cares for each other and for the Earth.

Volunteers join Camphill Village hoping to help others, but in the process, they often find their own lives are changed. Since 1961, we have heard from countless volunteers, telling us how their experiences as volunteers enriched and transformed their lives.

We hope you will explore the different ways in which you may choose to volunteer with us, and the many benefits of volunteering at Camphill Village. We welcome the majority of our applicants June-September each year, but you are welcome to inquire about open positions at any time.


Words from our House Leaders:


“What is meaningful to me is that Camphill Village is filled with idealistic people looking to contribute and make a difference in the world. It is a social experiment where change –personal and social–is not only possible, but our goal."
-Ben Matlock, House Leader




“For me, my husband, and my three children, living and working at Camphill is a great way to set an example for others and change the world."
-Lucy O'Leary, House Leader