Tauton - Royaume-Uni - Chantier court terme


  • Chantier International
  • 05-09-2018 - 20-09-2018
  • 7 volontaires
  • 18-99 ans
  • 80 GBP de frais de participation
  • VAP UK-06


Buddhafield ( is an English Buddhist collective that is part of the international Buddhist movement, the Triratna Buddhist Community ( Buddhafield emerged out of the coming together of Buddhism and ecological awareness in the 1990s. Buddhafield is inspired by the ideal of living and working more simply and kindly in a community informed by awareness of our interconnections with each other and with nature. Buddhafield runs a programme of camping activities in England and owns two beautiful pieces of land, which they are committed to managing sustainably and which they use for several events each year. THE EVENT: Buddhafield's Green Earth Awakening Camp is held over a period of five days, on a beautiful site in the Blackdown Hills, in Somerset, England. The event brings together Buddhists, activists and environmentalists for celebration, joy, and exploring how we might live more in harmony with each other and the environment. There will be workshops, talks, music, crafts, traditional skills and dance. There will also be meditation, environmental discussion, healing area and social change themes together with community attractions such as singing, dance, yoga, drumming, live music, saunas, hot tubs and forest school activities for children. The event is for 500 people. The feedback we get is that for many the event is a reminder that a more positive and compassionate alternative to conventional competitive and environmentally damaging ways of living is possible. In keeping with the Camp's Buddhist ethos the event is a drug and alcohol-free zone.



Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) is a UK based charity organisation which works towards creating and preserving international peace, justice and human solidarity for people and their communities. Through a range of working projects both in the United Kingdom and around the world, VAP provides volunteers with opportunities to work together with people from around the globe and in partnership with local groups to enhance and empower communities.


Volunteers will be assisting in setting up the event working in teams with experienced people. Helping put up tents and other structures, decorate and make the site beautiful. Alternatively people might work in the café team helping with the catering or other manual jobs around the site or a variety of task. The event itself will take place from 12th to 16th September. During the camp, volunteers can help in the café and cooking teams or site crew or aid with recycling and after the event help with sorting and collecting recycling and taking the camp down. The work is very team-based. The whole enterprise runs on goodwill, awareness of each others' needs, good communication and mutual support. During set-up and take-down there will be organised events around Buddhist themes, attendance at which is completely voluntary. There are generally also alternatives such as spontaneous musical gatherings, often around a fire.

Logement & Nourriture

Buddhafield will provide food (vegan) and hot drinks are available throughout the day. Volunteers should provide their own tents and their own sleeping gear such as sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Showers and toilet facilities are outdoors and though cleaner and better cared for than other festivals they are outdoors and basic.

Emplacement & Temps libre

TRAVEL TO BUDDHAFIELD/GREEN EARTH AWAKENING: We will meet volunteers at Taunton Train station which will save them making the complicate trip to the site by bus and taxi. We are therefore asking all VAP volunteers to arrive in time to travel to the site together on Sept 5th. A member of the Buddhafield team will meet people at the train station. We recommend arriving in Taunton by about 4.30pm to make sure you meet the Buddhafield crew member Trains: The nearest town is Taunton in Somerset which has good train and coach services to London, and Bristol. Train journeys take about 2 hours from London or Birmingham, 1 hour from Bristol and 30 minutes from Exeter. Book via Coaches: Taunton is about 4 hours from London and 1 hour from Bristol. National Express run regular services to Taunton. See Or Megabus Local transport: Once in Taunton there are buses which take you to Wellington from where you would need to catch a taxi to the site.


The site is in remote countryside, and would require a bus and a taxi from Taunton. The volunteers should expect that they won’t be able to visit shops easily. Once on site it takes a long time to leave and go shopping. Essential things can be added to a shopping list as needed. It would be good if volunteers had a back up power pack such as Anker Powercore as power charging phones etc is by solar power and so not always available.

Notes Supplémentaires

Volunteers will be asked to pay a fee of £80 GBP upon arrival. VAP charges this fee as without it we would be virtually unable to organise any projects in the UK.