Volunteering opportunities for everyone

Volunteering

Volunteering is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a rewarding break where you can quickly feel part of our thriving community. The volunteer work on offer is varied and provides a perfect opportunity to experience the Buddhist way of life first hand for a week.

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Bodhisattva Centre is a Grade 2* Listed Building located in the city of Brighton & Hove in East Sussex, just south of London. It is situated in 2 acres of gardens several kilometres from the shores of the English Channel. It provides a quiet and reflective environment for a meaningful break.

The work is varied and could include cooking and/or serving in our café. gardening, office work, decorating etc. We also have various building projects on the go at any one time that you could get involved in. We are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer. Although the work is not always strenuous you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a working visit.

Sundays and Mondays are free days, so an ideal time to explore the city and beach of Brighton & Hove which are within walking distance; as well as the surrounding countryside of the South Downs and coastline.  London is an hour’s train journey away.  Or just relax in the friendly atmosphere of the Centre and Peace Garden.

The Spiritual Programme

DSC_0435As a working visitor you are welcome to take part in the spiritual activities at Bodhisattva Centre. In the evenings you can attend General Programme classes on Buddhist thought and meditation or you can attend daily morning prayers. These classes are all free to working visitors.  We also hold regular weekend courses which can be attended by arrangement. Please note  there are no classes during our term breaks.

Costs

We will provide seven days free dormitory accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 35 hours of work (usually spread over five days). Working visits are usually offered for one week but can be extended for special projects. Working visits MUST be booked in advance.

Food and accommodation

All meals are vegetarian including eggs and dairy products or vegan. We offer comfortable dormitory accommodation – all you need to do is bring a sleeping bag, and if possible, work clothes and boots.

Please note: Since Bodhisattva Centre is a Buddhist Centre, visitors are asked not to drink alcohol or smoke on the premises. We also ask the visitors not to play musical instruments or sound systems on the property.

To apply for a working visit, please contact us.

Longer term working visits for our World Peace Cafe

We will also consider longer term working visits for our World Peace Cafe where we will provide accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 35 hours of work a week (usually spread over five days). Working visits can be from one week to several months in duration. As a working visitor we will offer you comfortable dormitory accommodation – all you need to do is bring a sleeping bag. You would be welcome to take part in the spiritual activities at Bodhisattva Centre. In the evenings you can attend our meditation classes on Buddhist thought and meditation or you can attend daily prayers in one of our two beautiful meditation rooms.

Thank-you all very much for making me a feel so welcome.  I have gained so much from my visit and volunteering and have been truly inspired by the peace and compassion that everyone I have spoken to holds in their hearts and shows in their good deeds.

Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre is a member of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union (IKBU) and is a Registerd Charity No. 1016354.