EVS at 8thLife

3 Participating countries:
Start: 01-02-2016 - End: 30-04-2017
Project Reference: 2015-3-ES02-KA105-007134
EC Grant: 16044.66 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Learning Mobility of Individuals
Action Type: Youth mobility


The EVS project "EVS at 8thLife" involved three volunteers, from the UK, Slovakia and Poland, and is the result of the cooperation between 'Change Agents UK', 'Mladiinfo Slovensko' (Slovakia), 'FRSP' (Poland) and 'Asociación Gaia Tasiri' (Spain).
The project activities took place in the municipality of Garafía, in the Canary Islands, over the period of 12 months (15/02/2016-1/03/2017).

Project Objectives:

Our primary objective was to provide the volunteers with opportunities to learn basic entrepreneurship skills, how to increase inclusion and participation, as well as acquire knowledge of design, building and all aspects of the eco-technologies and living structures essential for any sustainability project, whilst living and working in community on the site of the 8thLife EcoVillage Project, plus thinking of how to contribute to an ethical and sustainable bioregional economy, and trying various approaches, like promoting complementary currencies, connections between local farmers, etc.

Documentation & Dissemination:

This project was also set up to document their process and key insights and achievements, in order to share them with other practitioners worldwide through their design portfolios (which also helps to increase their credibility and future chances of employment, by serving as proof of their capabilities in design, implementation and especially leadership and teamwork skills), through newsletters in our website, which included text interviews and articles, photos and videos showing different aspects of their life and experiences here, in order to help to inspire and inform others so they can make positive changes in their lives and communities.

Daily Activities:

The activities of the volunteers included helping the organization with the daily tasks of living in a farm, and also administrative tasks (like accounting, team coordination, budgeting, mentoring and support of others, etc.), which helped them develop the necessary skills for leading their own projects.
Their work helped to develop the infrastructure of the ecovillage project through their design projects, and their skills and produce grown in the farm contributed to various exchange networks that helped enrich local collaboration networks, in turn giving them also a wider range of experiences and skills.

Learning & Support:

And apart from the physical farm work, we also included into the schedule some Study Time, where we offered the volunteers support and materials to deepen and broaden their learning, like:

1) audiovisual classes on project design, management and implementation, covering the different aspects of Permaculture Design (People Care, Design Techniques, Earth Care, Energy & Technology and EcoEconomics).

2) workshops on different skills necessary to live in a farm (like how to identify wild and cultivated plant species, harvest, process and preserve foods, work with different materials and build different kinds of structures, etc.)

3) wiki platforms for documenting their process, studies and practical experiences and results, and spaces to share that with other practitioners and get feedback and support

4) regular evaluation meetings with the tutors, residents of the eco-village, external supporters and facilitators, in order to share feedback and course-correct


The project has succeeded in helping the volunteers gain new skills, knowledge and experience will help increase their chances at the labour market (one has in fact created her own eco-business pilot during her placement) and provide good opportunities for career growth, and thus help them grow into effective change agents in the world that are equipped to contribute to any place, community or environment they find themselves in.

And the experiences we gained with these volunteers also served to help us refine our teaching methods, and bring us closer to our goal of developing a Master's degree in Permaculture, by improving the curriculum, support structures and teaching methods we have set in place.
We also learned a great deal about how to carry this kind of project more effectively so we can keep offering this possibility to more underprivileged volunteers in the future, thanks to the support of the EVS program and the European Commission.


Results for this project are not available.


Asociación Gaia Tasiri

C/ Brezal 1, Las Tricias, 38788

Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise


Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire
Organisation type: Other
Bratislavský kraj
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise


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