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international volunteers thatching at Felin Uchaf eco museum site on the Llyn Peninsula,  North Wales
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young volunteers on a course at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
international young volunteers on a thatching course at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
International volunteers on a building course at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Aberdaron, North West Wales
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volunteers sitting on the oak frame they raised by hand at the Felin Uchaf Centre, eco museum site in North West Wales

 

Information about Residential Volunteering at The Felin Uchaf Centre

 

Helo 'na!          Hi there

 

This year we are especially looking for practical, well-motivated and hardworking people with previous eco or traditional building, carpentry experience, to help on an eco- construction project. For more information about the projects please download our volunteer information pack and complete our application form below to email it back to me.

 

There are currently still places for volunteers in 2017 with relevant experience

 

We provide basic vegetarian food and accommodation.  The accommodation is in un-heated, thatched Celtic roundhouses and the old stone farmhouse (please see the website information for details of the roundhouses). We have a maximum capacity during winter time for 16 residential volunteers. The facilities are very basic and the rooms are small and shared. You'd need a very good quality, warm sleeping bag and spare warm clothes as the Llŷn Peninsula gets – cold, wet, windy and wild weather at any time of year!

 

To get a idea of volunteer life and projects here at Felin Uchaf please take a look at : https://youtu.be/jj08ed6Wvrwjj08ed6Wvrw

 

You can follow this link for a preview of the volunteer accommodation... thatched Celtic style roundhouses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EleHH3CoBWg

 

Please ensure you read through the 2017 Essential Volunteering Information thoroughly to understand what work we'll be doing and what facilities to expect at the centre and the Volunteering Policy to understand the Centre’s volunteering terms and conditions

 

IMPORTANT : Please note that all the work is physically demanding and you'll need to be fit and have a strong back, and if you are currently suffering from any kind of strains or injuries this work will be unsuitable for you.

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  • The main project this summer will be building the new Eco-Designed Visitor centre called

    ..CAMAS..The Centre for Archaeology, Mythology and Storytelling

       

      • laying a stone floor on our new eco-visitor centre
      • con walling, ime plastering and limewashing
      • stone walling
      • internal carpentry ...windows, doors, fixings and furniture
      • making a cob fireplace and oven
      • organic gardening and creating access paths
      • green oak framing
      • woodcarving

For volunteers applying from other countries please note : the kind of work and training we are doing this year requires a good understanding of the English language.

 

The education centre is frequented by schools and community groups and has a strict policy of no smoking in or around the buildings and dining areas and strictly no drugs/illegal substances . By applying to volunteer you are agreeing to abide by the organisations terms and conditions.

 

Dafydd Davies-Hughes, Project manager

 

 Felin Uchaf Centre, Rhoshirwaun, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales, LL53 8HS, UK 

Office telephone number (between 9am - 5pm Monday to Fridays): 01758 780280

 

 

Please click on the following for....

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Testimonial:

 

"Dear Dafydd and all at Felin Uchaf,

 

I have had one of the best weeks of my life and I don't say that lightly.  I decided to volunteer with you to use my creative skills in a different way to how I use them as an art therapist within mental health.  I wanted to get in touch with the land, the ground and work my body hard, learning new skills to create something with others.  I also wanted to have some mental space away from London and time to reflect on where I am in my life.  Felin Uchaf gave me all of this and more than I could have expected.  

 

Firstly, the people who work and volunteer there are very special people; kind, warm, soulful and generous with the capacity to give and share a lot of love and laughter with people and the community.  

 

This provided a wonderful back drop for me to develop and build confidence in tackling tasks that I have never had experience in such as carving wood and raising timber frames.  I was quickly made to feel valued and given the confidence to build skills and own the tasks I was doing.  I felt empowered to ask questions and was always met with very helpful answers from everyone that meant I could fully get involved for the short week that I was there. 

 

As a result of this experience, I have decided to leave London and develop more carpentry skills with my cousin in Sweden and to continue to volunteer on similar projects.  I feel this experience supported me to make some changes in my life that mean I can grow and move forward, happier.

 

The community of volunteers and the passers-by bring a lovely energy to the place.  I loved communal eating and living and tea and lunch time was always so nice to share stories and ideas about life and learn more about Wales and the Welsh culture.  I am excited to see how Felin Uchaf develops and would love to volunteer with you again.  

 

Thank you so much for everything,

Lots of love

Rose "

 

                                          young volunters from all over the world helped rasie a new oak framed visitor centre at the Felin Uchaf Centre in North West Wales this May

 

 

 

Alice Midmore wins the Wales' Volunteer of the Year Award !

 

   

 

 

Here are some photos of our volunteers building the New Visitor Centre......

 

 

Javier putting the finishing touches on the cedar lath walls prior to plastering them

 

 

Amy and Rob packing in the raw sheeps woool fleeces to nsulate the walls

 

 

Rob Thomson lime plastering the straw bale walls

 

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international volunteers cob building on the new roundhouse at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Aberdaron, North Wales

volunteers thatching the earthhouse at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Aberdaron, North West Wales

Will Willams,volunteer, making oak pegs on a building course at Menter Y Felin Uchaf, Aberdaron, North West Wales

Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula

 

The Celtic roundhouse

interior of the roundhouse accommodation

 

the interior of the residential roundhouses

 

some examples of the commisioned public works we have craeated....

 

 

oak waymarker

 

 

oak and boulder bench

 

 

carved bird hed on ano oak gate

 

 

Celtic motiff carvings on oak footpath gates for Ynys Llanddwyn Nature reserve on Ynys Mon

 

 

an oak bench ap Gwilym's poetry at Ynyss Llanddwyn

 

Amy Simmonds drilling one of the 640 oak peg holes

 

Mickael driving home the last fastening oak pegs


 

Xiaolin making safe the bracing during the roof raising

 

 

 

the thatching team on the massive new boatbuilding workshop roof