Every summer, we arrange various work exchanges, longer stays, jobs, and internships for people at Ponderosa. Part of the reason for this is to try to make it possible for people to spend time here in an accessible and affordable way, and to allow people to stay for a longer amount of time and become familiar with the place, while also striving to keep Ponderosa sustainable, as much as we can.
Generally speaking, there are two different categories in which people can undertake work exchanges at Ponderosa:
These options are not available as a method for P.O.R.C.H. participants to gain a reduction in the costs of P.O.R.C.H. modules. For work exchange options for the P.O.R.C.H. program, please see here.
Apart from these, the only paid work available is for cooks. There are currently no other paid jobs available.
We outline all three below.
Work exchanges during shorter stays are for people who are interested in participating in events and workshops at Ponderosa, and who would like to undertake a work exchange to cover the costs of food and accommodation during the time spent here.
Details. Work exchanges during shorter stays usually operate as follows:
The work. The work undertaken as participation in work exchanges during shorter stays is mainly kitchen work, organised around meals. It involves prepping meals, cleaning up after meals, and related tasks. There is also occasionally work involving cleaning studios and work outdoors. However, these tasks are not ones that we can know with any precision before time, and although participants can request particular sorts of work, we cannot guarantee that any specific sort of work is available.
Apply. If you would like to propose that you would undertake a work exchange for a shorter stay, please email us with the following information:
Work exchanges during longer stays are for people who are interested in spending an extended amount of time in Stolzenhagen, and who are not participating in events and workshops at Ponderosa.
Details. These longer stays are not organised directly by Ponderosa. Rather, they are organised by Seminarhaus Stolzenhagen (see here for more details about this). These stays are organised on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the work that needs to be completed, the skills and availability of particular volunteers, the time of year, and any other relevant points.
The work. Much of the work is undertaken at Seminarhaus Stolzenhagen, also known as Taubenblau, which is just down the road from the main Ponderosa guest house. This work often involves preparing and maintaining the house for guests — kitchen and garden work, cleaning work, and more.
However, the work undertaken by people during longer stays can also occasionally vary considerably. In the past, it has ranged from construction and clearing work to painting, tiling, moving, shovelling — all kinds of stuff.
Apply. In order to undertake a longer stay, please register through Workaway, the website for volunteering, working and cultural exchange. Ponderosa’s profile on the site is here.
Through workaway, we organise and get in touch with people about the possibility of spending time working in Stolzenhagen.
We occasionally need cooks during the summer months.
Details. You need to be able to cook healthy, delicious, vegetarian meals for large groups of people, on time, including variations during each meal for allergens and other dietary requirements.
The work. Work as a cook usually lasts for one or two weeks, and involves preparing full meals in the Ponderosa kitchen for large groups of people. The meals are cooked according to a strict schedule, and the work involves supervising a team of helpers.
Apply. We have a team of cooks that we often ask to work, and we do not regularly need new additions to this team. However, it occasionally is the case. If you would like to be in consideration for this work, please get in touch with us.
Generally, you need:
To apply, please email us, including your CV or website.