Join our Summer Volunteers!
The Guild depends on the service of short-term volunteers to sustain its programs. Short-term volunteers commit to a minimum of three consecutive weeks; some stay for the whole summer program. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
Summer volunteers work 25-30 hours per week and receive room and board. Work involves assisting core staff in maintaining the physical aspects of the Guild:
- Kitchen Work (dish team, table set-up and clearing, cooking)
- Housekeeping (laundry, room cleaning and preparation)
- Outdoor Needs (gardening, weeding)
- Maintenance (painting or light construction)
Our distinguished art programming provides an opportunity for a work/study arrangement. Art classes are available to volunteers for $150+materials fee. Classes are subject to space availability.
Volunteers arrive on Sunday afternoon or early evening before the program week begins. Monday begins with a morning meeting to become acquainted and receive work assignments. The rest of the day is focused on cleaning and preparing for the arrival of guests and faculty. Guests arrive mid to late afternoon and the week’s program kicks off with dinner. Volunteers are asked to participate in welcoming guests and faculty and continue the role of hospitality throughout the week.
The size of the weekly summer community ranges from 30 to 50 people, including guests, faculty, volunteers, interns and staff. Following dinner on Monday, there is a brief orientation and introduction for the community. Classes begin Tuesday morning after Matins (morning prayer). Everyone shares the same meal schedule and all are encouraged to participate in Vespers (evening prayer) and other community times.