European Volunteer Service

EVS Overview

6 month placements available.

Through the European Volunteer Service, Ambios offers the Conservation and Rural Employability programme (CARE). This programme aims to increase the employment prospects of two long-term volunteers through non-formal learning about managing nature conservation and biodiversity. This is a joint venture between Ambios and our Portuguese partners, Check IN-Cooperation and Development. Check-IN will select two Portuguese volunteers to work at Lower Sharpham Farm for a period of 6 months. They will gain valuable practical conservation skills, sector-specific  English language skills and insight into career opportunities within the nature conservation sector. In addition they will be expected to assume a day-to day leadership role within the Ambios community, involving tasks which build a range of transferable skills, such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving.

EVS Programme

Volunteers will be involved in a wide range of activities as part of their personally tailored 6 month programme, some of which are detailed below;

– Participation in a programme of nature conservation activities which including wildlife surveys (for birds, plants and mammals), practical habitat management (such as hedge-laying, fencing and moving livestock) and live interpretation (walks and talks).

– Undertaking specific nature conservation tasks including gathering scientific data. Learning and practicing the discipline of natural system data gathering assists with problem solving (working at night, in poor weather etc.).

– Working with adults with learning disabilities who regularly visit Lower Sharpham Farm, offering supportive interactions, mentoring and co-adventuring whilst tackling nature conservation projects.

– Assisting in the running of at least 3 public events, including  a 24 hour wildlife survey open to the public. Volunteers will learn important event planning and management skills, whilst at the same time engaging people with nature conservation.

– Supporting the local volunteer group, motivating a small team of local volunteers to complete practical tasks, thus developing communication, leadership and people management skills.


Our ‘cabin’ has 8 single bedrooms with 2 toilet/shower rooms and a kitchen with a large comfortable lounge and woodstove.  Our Yurt is fully insulated with carpets and a woodstove.  The accommodation is part of our working farm, managed for biodiversity and learning.  It is comfortable and sits amongst the trees, hedgerows and spectacular views of the River Dart and is surrounded by idyllic countryside.  This is a secure and tranquil place for relaxing between learning sessions.  All meals are provided from local produce (direct from our farm where possible) with special dietary requirements catered for on request.  Free Wi-Fi is available within the training spaces.

How To Apply

Applications for the CARE volunteer programme will be made via our partner Check-IN Cooperation and Development. Please visit their site for details.