Volunteer to Support People with Developmental Disabilities


-Multi-Country Locations: North America Region
Canada: Vancouver, Victoria
United States: Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia and 2 other cities

Program Duration

Multiple Year, 1-2 Year


rolling admissions


Applicants need to be physically healthy and have mental and emotional stamina. To be a coworker in Camphill, you need flexibility, enthusiasm and interest in being with people in relationships of mutual respect.

Generally, applicants should be at least 20 years old. You must be able to speak English fluently. We desire our coworkers to be mature, responsible, and personally flexible. There is no minimum education level, and you do not need to have any previous experience working with individuals with disabilities.


  • English

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support

Program Fees Include:

All volunteers are responsible for all travel costs to and from the community.


Living Stipend + Benefits

Experience Required


    Applicants should have previous experience supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Cooking
  • Disability Issues
  • Education
  • Festivals
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Organic Farming
  • Seniors
  • Teaching
  • Tree Planting

Typical Volunteer

Camphill communities are "staffed" by people who choose the tasks and the lifestyle for a short time or for a life time. Called "co-workers" to acknowledge their role of working alongside people with disabilities or with other social needs, these staff are volunteers who make a commitment to the Camphill work. Although financial arrangements vary from country to country and community to community, Camphill co-workers are not jobholders in the traditional sense. They are people who have decided to live, however briefly, in a world where the dominant values are learning from others, practicing awareness, and appreciating and protecting the natural world.

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 2-200

Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Letters of Reference
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

3 months

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network