Monday, 18 November 2013

UBUNTU Village - Two-Month Volunteer Programmes

Join us for two months and become a seed in building a model UBUNTU community. 

Louise and I have been inundated by many people around the world to create a volunteer project opportunity so that they can come help us build this model community. The reason that we have not been able to accept volunteers until now is that we had no accommodation and ablution facilities for such adventurers. We have space for 12 people to come and join us helping to build the first UBUNTU community. Although we have received over 200 applications, many of them were not clear and many were misguided - so please read carefully below.

We URGENTLY need volunteers with the following skills to join us:
  • 2 Restaurateurs (or a couple)
  • 2 Barmen / Women
  • 2 Organic Farmers
  • 2 Natural Builders & Handymen
  • 1 Tourism coordinator / tour guide
  • 1 Museum Curator / Tour guide / Maintenance of Ruins  
  • 2 Artists / Crafters 
  • 1 IT / Graphic Designer
This is NOT a job offer as some have mistakenly seen it, and neither is it a place for people to come live for free, to escape their personal problems. This is an opportunity for those who want to take a few months off from the madness to come contribute towards building and creating something new and unique in the world – and in the process maybe find their true-self, as is often the case in these situations. We need real skills in people that will not be shy to get involved – PLEASE SEE LIST OF REQUIRED SKILLS BELOW

NOTE:
Please do not respond with long involved emails, we just cannot read them all.
Only respond to us if you can take two months or more off, to come to South Africa, to participate. Keep it short and to the point AND tell us what you can do - what you are good at - and in which area you would like to contribute for 2 months. Or ask critical questions that you need answered to make up your mind.

Immediate Volunteer Requirements:
We have accommodation for 12 people on site, but can accommodate up to 10 more people in a beautiful backpackers sister lodge close by. We will encourage volunteer group activity, fun evenings, barbeques, video screenings, music evenings, drumming, sweat lodges, and more to keep the community spirit high. Group outings will be encouraged to experience the surrounds and natural beauty. Volunteers will be actively involved in running the restaurant, bar, museum, tours, training the community, manage the growing of the food etc. Once our base is secure we will be free to activate the other important community driven projects in the area and truly activate the Ubuntu philosophy.
Because we cannot afford to feed and house everyone at our own cost – we have made it as affordable as possible for as many as possible, especially for those using currencies like the US$, EURO or GBP. By becoming a volunteer in this project, you will not only help build something unique, but also contribute towards funding this initial stage. Volunteer contribution is $20 per day – for which you will be accommodated and fed with three meals per day, coffees and teas – and other basic items.



3 – 12 Month Plan
The Stone Circle Ubuntu Village is a large property of about 7500 sq metres, on the banks of the Eland's River in the town of Waterval Boven. Here lies the beginning of a space made available to our global community that shares our passion for ancient history and the future of humanity.
What we have in place at the moment: 
·    Stone Circle Museum – created by Michael Tellinger
·    The Stone Circle Bistro
·    The River Deck Bar
·    Library and Book Shop
·    Small Conference Venue – capacity 50
·    Stone Circle Backpackers
·    Tourism Office
·    Organic kitchen garden

In order to create a platform for the future growth of the Ubuntu community, we need to stabilise our venue and turn it into a secure base to launch a variety of future projects. All income generated from the UBUNTU Village activity will go into the following community projects such as: 
·    Greater community food gardens and farming
·    Community kitchen – to feed the aged, orphans and homeless.
·    Ubuntu Education and Learning Centre – introducing a new way of learning
·    Skills development of local community – woodwork, metal work, building with natural materials.
·    Arts & Crafts Studio and Center – For exhibition & teaching.
·    Natural building workshops
·    Implementation of free energy
·    Digging well for fresh mountain spring water
·    Dairy, fishery and bakery
·    Beautifying the town.

A large percentage of the population here is unemployed and unskilled. It is our plan to bring a large number of highly skilled and talented individuals in every conceivable field through here that will share their information and teach local people how to live the highest Art of Life.
This is our first attempt at implementing the philosophies of Ubuntu into a community that has been left ravaged by incompetent municipal services and the governmental closure of the local railways. Unemployment and social problems are rife. This will be our first attempt to move from a money driven society to a society driven by people, their talents and their passion for life. Where everyone contributes their natural talents or acquired skills to the greatest benefit of all in their community. Step by step, we plan to get there. Please send all applications to Louise – contact@ubuntuparty.org.za

We require the following skilled volunteers:

2 Restaurateurs (or a couple) – This is probably the most critical part of our own sustainability – the restaurant can generate a good income to fund many of our intended projects and building expansion. There is no decent restaurant in the town. Applicants must be experienced in all aspects of running a restaurant and catering for groups of up to 60 people; cooking healthy and organic food; being involved in the growing of the food for the kitchen; taking care of the food requirements of the other volunteers and guests; working with the organic farmers to ensure we can sustain the restaurant from our kitchen garden. Possess a friendly manner to interact with customers and share the information of our mission.
2 Barmen / Women – This too can help fund many of our intended community projects. Able to effectively run the bar, manage stock and be able to talk to people. The people holding this space should be gracious hosts well versed in every aspect of our work and philosophy in order to communicate everything we do here at the Ubuntu Village to those that visit. The bar operators will overlap to help the kitchen and restaurant in times of need.
2 Organic Farmers – The vision is to create enough food and medicine for our restaurant and the local community. We have access to a large area of land across the river that has been abandoned by the local municipality, and a failed food growing project, so it is our intention to rehabilitate it and start growing food for our community as soon as possible.  We are looking for people well skilled in this area of expertise, and that are able to manage and initiate other volunteers into the art of growing food sustainably. This will include teaching children to grow seedlings and people from the community to participate for their own benefit, and more.
2 Natural Builders & Handymen – The accommodation we have now at our disposal is barely enough to house the volunteers.  In order to create awareness of what we do, we need to be able to accommodate our many visitors on site.  Guest cottages and more backpacker accommodation is in the pipeline. We wish to use natural building techniques with as little impact on the local environment as possible.  Our builders must be able to work with others and hold workshops where we can share skills while building and expanding our guest accommodation.
1 Tourism coordinator / tour guide – This volunteer will hold all aspects of organising tours to Adam's Calendar and the local Stone ruins, assisting with building awareness of what we do here and marketing the Village and tours locally and abroad.  Highly administrative task, we require someone who is well organised with admin skills and a good communicator.  The tourism focus will be split in terms of people visiting because of my own research into the origins of humankind, and other work to do with Ubuntu and communities.  Both aspects require activation and administration, and in essence, are deeply connected. Will assist in organising the maintenance and clearing of the ruins for access to tourists.
1 Museum Curator / Tour guide / Maintenance of Ruins  – This candidate should be well read in terms of Michael's work into the origins of humankind and familiar with his books and the latest developments of his research to do with Adam's Calendar and the stone circles.  The museum needs maintenance, upgrading and expansion, this will fall under the responsibility of this person. Cataloguing the artefacts and ensuring their safety. Also, a good communicator and gracious with guests who will take groups on tours to visit the stone circle ruins in the area.  The management of the upkeep and clearing of the ruins will also need to be held by this person.
2 Artists / Crafters  Talented and multi-skilled contributors needed to assist with the building and beautifying of our space, as well as initiating community projects that will teach local residents skills that will enable them to sustain their families and community through the Ubuntu Movement. Assist in adding an artistic flair to the building initiatives and help and in assisting such activity.
1 IT / Graphic Designer  - Someone able to assist us with IT, live-streaming broadcasts, skype conferences and websites, and who can also design and create road signs and other signs and great looking web pages. Social networking and general publicity and PR online – keeping the world abreast of our activity.

Period of Involvement:
Each volunteer will sign up for a period of 2 months, after which this can be extended based on the agreement by all parties. There will be an option to opt out after 12 days. As much as we would like to provide all the food and accommodation for free to everyone, it is simply not possible. So we propose the bare minimum fees payable to help make this a reality and provide abundance for all in the initial phase.

For international volunteers staying up to 2 months, all living expenses and food will be covered for a contribution of $20 per day.  This will include 3 meals a day; coffees, teas, and any other beverages or foods made by the people on the property. This does not include alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
Local and long term volunteers: will need to contribute a proportional percentage toward the rent of a shared house in town, depending how many volunteers move to the area. They must be able to sustain themselves for the first 6 months on site – after which we trust that their meals and other basic costs will be covered from the eventual income from the entire Ubuntu Village.
Time Input: Volunteers will be expected to contribute 6 hours daily, for six consecutive days, for two weeks after which they can take an additional break of  2 full days. This will be flexible without exploiting the goodwill of others.
This is a short intro to the terms and conditions – we will send the full terms and conditions to those who apply. I hope that you are inspired by this insight into planting the seeds for the creation of the first model Ubuntu community. We welcome everyone in sharing and growing this vision with us.

Please send all applications to Louise – contact@ubuntuparty.org.za
In Unity,
Michael of the family tellinger

POINTS OF INTEREST:
·    Waterval Boven is one of the top 10 rock climbing destinations in the world with more than 700 climbing routes in the immediate area.
·    Great mountain biking and hiking routes.
·    Mpumalanga has much to offer the tourist – the Kruger National Park, Echo Caves, God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon, and much more.
·    Visits to the stone circles and Adam's Calendar with Michael Tellinger, will be part of the volunteer experience.
·    The awesome coastline of Mozambique is a short 2 hours away...