If you love variety in your work, being outdoors, learning and sharing a wide range of practical skills and big projects that challenge you, then Odiyan is the place for you!
The work falls into two categories: Development and Maintenance.
Development: We build new buildings, libraries, roads, waterworks, gardens, storage facilities, structures for animal care and more. We create new sacred monuments, statuary, Buddhist texts and other sacred art forms for Odiyan, our sister organizations and for our affiliated projects in Asia.
Maintenance: We manage and beautify Odiyan gardens, temples, buildings, parks, open land and forests. We work 80 acres of intensely landscaped grounds including eight orchards and over two acres of vegetable gardens. We maintain all the supporting systems. To name a few: irrigation, water supply, security, garbage and recycling, vehicle and machines, IT, care of residents, care of animals, food production and preservation,
Hands-On Work includes but is not limited to:
- gardening (flower, ornamental, vegetable)
- foundry (bronze casting, metal work)
- vegetarian cooking
We are also very interested in people with skills who can assist and support Odiyan in IT, programming, web development, marketing and fundraising.
The work schedule runs Monday through Saturday.
The work day begins at 7:00 am with a morning meeting and finishes at 7 pm. There are thirty minute breaks morning and afternoon, and a lunch hour. New volunteers ease into this work schedule for the first month with shorter work hours.
Sundays are dedicated to personal time for classes, reading, study, exploring the land or a side- project of personal interest. Occasionally we will work together on a Sunday afternoon on a particular large project with a short deadline.
We bake our own bread; cook meals using our garden produce and preserve fruits and vegetables from our orchards and gardens. We are engaged in ongoing efforts to reduce waste, conserve resources and do our own repairs. We troubleshoot problems of every sort and design and implement solutions.
Want to know more details on the work and daily schedule? Use our Be in Touch form on the right or call our office at 510-981-1987.