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Apply to Volunteer at Odiyan! 

To get started on the application process, email us your resume, a short statement about why this opportunity interests you and clear photo of yourself. We’ll be in touch asap, and will email you more details and the application.
If you have any questions or just want to chat about living and working at Odiyan, don’t hesitate to call us! 
510-981-1987
Minimum commitment is six months.  We are currently taking applications from people who can start
between August 20 and Sept. 25, 2019.

Application Process

1. Applications are reviewed by the Volunteer Committee. If we are interested in pursuing your application, you will be contacted within 1 week.

2. Schedule an interview

3. Check references

4. Acceptance to program

5. Arrival to Odiyan

The application process can take up to 2-3 weeks.

Minimum age 23

Guidelines for Applying

We are seeking applicants with the following attributes:

  • Financial resources for travel to and from Odiyan, and to maintain personal bills ( car, phone, etc.)  for six months.
  • Physical, mental, emotional health and stability.
  • Willingness to commit to the community’s rigorous schedule, community guidelines and policies.
  • Physical strength to engage manual labor all day,.
  • Positive attitude toward taking direction and flexibility toward changing daily tasks.
  •  Capacity to manage the stress of living in a busy and productive environment.
  • Sincere interest in inner development and being a member of an intentional community
  • Not dependent on a lot of socializing either personally or online
  • Proven history of dependability including punctuality

Volunteering at Odiyan is challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. Applicants must be in good physical health with no major or ongoing health concerns. Please do not apply if you are coping with major unresolved emotional issues, withdrawal,  diagnosed psychological disorders; or if you have recently quit smoking or using drugs, recently begun a regimen of medications, or have recently begun or have recently been released from a recovery program.

Trial Period: There is a one month period, which is included in the six month commitment. The purpose of trial period is to confirm to our mutual agreement that the program is a good fit for the applicant.

We welcome volunteers from around the world; however please be aware that if you do not hold a United States passport or green card we cannot by law assist you in obtaining a visa for entry, visiting or residing in the United States. We cannot issue any letters of invitation or confirmation for volunteering at Odiyan.

Interested but have some questions?

By Email: Fill out the form below for more details and the application.  By Phone: 510-981-1987






We would like to hear from you! Send us a message using form below with your questions, interests or anything else. If you are interested in applying, send your resume and photo to volunteer@odiyan.org