Live-in Volunteers / Volunteers

Live-in Volunteers

Live-in volunteers at The Camphill School are welcomed into homes with community members practicing extended family living. Homes are shared by people from all around the world, of all ages and abilities. Live-in volunteers and Camphill School students alike are integrated into house communities where meals, chores, and downtime are shared, just as they would be in a traditional family setting. 

As a live-in volunteer, you will spend your days accompanying children, adolescents, or young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through daily activities, including supporting them with personal care routines, communication skills, functional and academic learning, recreational activities, social time, and all aspects of life. At The Camphill School, relationships form the basis of our approach to education and daily living. 

If you are interested in trying a different way of living—one that will support you as you grow in empathy and creativity and discovery of new strengths—then this is the right place for you! 

The Camphill School makes sure that all Live-in Volunteers’ basic living needs are taken care of. Upon joining our community, you are provided with room and board in one of our on-campus homes, medical insurance, access to a car, and money for incidental costs. 

If you are a US Citizen and need help paying off your student debt, The Camphill School offers a College Loan Assistance Program.

If you are interested in pursuing higher education, our school is also a site of the Camphill Academy.

Volunteers 

Individual volunteers typically commit to a regular schedule with a consistent assignment in our classrooms, houses, craft and handwork activities, or office. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and obtain required clearances and pass background checks. 

Volunteer groups of a variety of sizes are welcome for outdoor projects such as path maintenance, gardening, mulching, and painting.  

Please contact Sarah Downs, Development Coordinator, regarding individual and group volunteer opportunities. sdowns@camphillschool.org or 610-469-9236 x133


Current Volunteer Opportunities

LOVE TO COOK? We need your help! As our house parents, live-in volunteers, and employees focus their time and attention on the children, we need the help of local volunteers. One of our most fulfilling volunteer opportunities is cooking lunch for one of the children’s homes. This is a weekly commitment from September through June from 9:30-12:00.

LOVE TO SEW? Each year the Senior class performs a spring play. This year they’re performing a few scenes from The Sound of Music and need someone to donate their time and talent to making costumes.

LOVE TO GARDEN? Foxfield Flowers needs help with weeding, mowing, garden maintenance, and composting. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, we would love your help!

Outdoor Projects Spring 2023

Groups are needed for a variety of outdoor projects, including painting, clearing paths, and more!