Experience the benefits of macrobiotics
you contribute your time and energy as a Kushi Institute Volunteer!
is a rewarding and economical way to live and learn the health-promoting macrobiotic
way of life at Kushi Institute.
a nonprofit educational center, we depend on the help our volunteers provide in
our kitchen, offices, housekeeping, and other areas. We appreciate volunteers
who bring a mature, motivated attitude, and a commitment to helping us achieve
smooth and effective operation of our center and excellent service for participants
in all Kushi Institute programs.
daily meals freshly prepared from delicious organic whole foods
through observing selected classes and activities in off-duty hours
accommodations on or nearby our 600 acre Berkshire Mountain Campus, with
views; pure, fresh deep mountain well water; and sparkling fresh air
enjoyed my short time here very much and am glad I had this opportunity...I feel
that the educational programs presented are a big step toward the mission of the
Kushi Institute and it's staff. I'm especially thankful for the meals...I loved
working in the Kitchen and watching the 'magic' happen...healthy food can be delicious
and really can change the world."
Raymond, Kitchen Volunteer
great gratitude I have for the opportunity to volunteer at Kushi Institute.
To be in the 'spirit' of this place while working here is so supportive; I've
enjoyed the atmosphere of many people from around the globe. I especially want
to thank all of the teachers...and staff who work so hard and are patient and
kind. A BIG thank you!"
Woodward, Housekeeping Volunteer
at Kushi Institute continually inspired me, as I had the blessing to know my work
directly helped others in their healing journeys and in their pursuit of macrobiotic
knowledge. On a personal level, I experienced noticeable improvements in my health,
as I benefited from the healthy food, morning exercise classes, and the overall
atmosphere of good spirits and friendly company."
Bench, Front Office Volunteer
has been an irreplaceable learning experience for me. Not only have I learned
an infinite amount about macrobiotics, but I have also been allowed to reach deeper
parts of myself that I could not (or would not) face before. The campus is quaint
and the landscape is grand and gorgeous, allowing for this kind of self-reflection.
I thoroughly enjoyed working in the kitchen...This experience has changed my life."
Witiuk, Kitchen Volunteer
options for volunteering - which one works for you?
Resident Volunteer (CRV)
consecutive weeks (approx. 4 months) commitment (1CRV session) required
hrs work per week.
Standard volunteer benefits
extra CRV benefit of a one-month long level of the Macrobiotic
Leadership Program - also known as The Levels,
(approx. $4,000 value for program and meals*) after the completion of the 17 week
commitment. Many of our Community Resident Volunteers have extended their volunteer
time to a full year (3 CRV sessions) and qualified for attending all three month-long
levels (approx. $12,000 value)
Note: Housing is a separate fee for each month long level. Please click here
to download PDF file for details.
accepted into any department are required to work at least 3.5 hours/week in housekeeping,
and these hours are included in the 40 hrs/week.
there are a limited number of volunteer positions, we regret we will not be able
to accept all applicants.
to US Government regulations, volunteers must be U.S. Citizens or have a U.S.
work visa or green card.
to the active nature of the Volunteer Programs, all applicants must be in good
physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are facing health issues, we encourage
you to participate in our week-long Way to Health program. If you have a serious
health problem and limited funds, Tuition Assistance is available for the Way
to Health program according to individual need.
Volunteer openings in the following departments:
IMMEDIATE OPENING! click
here for job description.
IMMEDIATE OPENING! click
here for job description.
here for job description. (Opening
September 1, 2013)
information about other possible volunteer opportunities please call our volunteer
413-623-5741 ext. 141.
here to view the volunteer application form. You may submit the application
online and scan all necessary documents and email to email@example.com.
You may also print the appIication and mail to address below with needed documents.
If you can not print the form, please contact us and we will mail an application
include (via mail or email) the following items with your signed application:
of U.S. passport, or copy of driver's license and birth certificate or social
security card (non-US citizens send copy of green card or work visa)
detailing why you are interested in volunteering at Kushi Institute
or work history
nonrefundable application fee (may be paid by credit card by contacting our front
to: Volunteer Opportunities, Kushi Institute, 198 Leland Rd., Becket, MA 01223
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee goes toward your stay as a Kushi Institute volunteer. You are required to
pay the full amount for your term of acceptance (up to 4 months) one month prior
to the commencement of your Volunteer Program.
you cancel at least 24 hours prior to your arrival date, with the exception of
the nonrefundable application fee, all other payments you have made for the volunteer
program will be refunded to you. In the event you cancel less than 24 hours prior
to your arrival date, no refund is available. Likewise there is no refund if you
are a no-show, or if you leave the program for any reason.
I volunteer for less than one month?
A minimum one-month commitment is
I apply my volunteer time towards the cost of the Way to Health or other programs?
only program which you earn as a benefit for volunteering is a 1-month long Level
for each 17 weeks CRV volunteer session completed. However, if you have a serious
health condition, the Kushi Institute's Way to Health program is the program that
would best serve your goals for improving your health. If you cannot afford the
full Way to Health program fee, we encourage you to apply for Tuition Assistance,
which is only available for the Way to Health program.
the volunteer programs open to citizens of countries other than the U.S.?
as long as you have a U.S. green card or work permit to volunteer with us.
I fill out the application online?
Yes. You may also mail or fax in your
method of payment do you accept for the application fee and volunteer program
We accept all major credit cards, checks and money orders.
happens when I mail in my application?
When we receive your application,
we will call you within a few days. During this call we will talk to you about
the volunteer program to verify you understand what being here a volunteer entails.
After this call we check with your references. The time needed to check references
varies according to the availability of your references to speak with us. From
the time we receive your application to the completion of the application review
process usually takes about one week, and upon completion we will contact you
to confirm whether or not you have been accepted into a volunteer program, and
to which department you have been assigned.
are work assignments and schedules decided?
We determine which department
volunteers are placed in based on our departmental needs as well as your experience,
interests, and the months you are available. Some departments do not accept volunteers
for less than an 8 months or year-long commitment. Your department manager will
give you a schedule each week. Though your hours will not exceed 40 hours per
week, as we are open 7 days per week, your weekly schedule will change according
to departmental needs, including possible evening and weekend hours or split shifts.
Volunteers receive at least 1 full day off each week.
are the living accommodations like?
Volunteers live either in our dormitory-style
building or in off-campus accommodations within 1 mile of the campus. North Hall
accommodations are single beds in either triple, double, or single rooms. The
North Hall was formerly a Franciscan seminary, so rooms are generally small and
Spartan. Single rooms are often not available for volunteers. Bathrooms are shared
along the hallway. Rooms do not have air conditioning, but generally do not get
overly warm in the summer.
should I bring?
If you are accepted as a volunteer, we will send you information
about what to bring and other important details.
is the area like and what activities are available in the local area?
Kushi Institute is located in western Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshire
mountains. Becket is a small town with a general store, post office, library,
and arts center. Participants enjoy walking on the country roads, swimming in
lakes, or hiking on trails. State forests are located within a 20-minute drive.
Malls, movie theaters, museums, horseback riding, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,
Tanglewood Music Festival, skiing, and other activities are within a 30-45 minute
if I do not have a car?
There is no public transportation to nearby towns.
Volunteers without cars can arrange carpooling with other volunteers or staff
members for shopping or entertainment.
is the weather like?
The Berkshire Mountains offer lovely Spring, Summer
and Autumn seasons where it is warm during the day and unusual to get overly hot,
and evenings are generally cool but not freezing. Winters can be very cold and
snowy (in the teens and colder), and participants should be prepared with appropriate
clothing. Multiple layers are a good idea for wintertime.
I have any expenses during my stay?
need to have adequate funds to cover basic expenses while they are here, such
as coin-operated laundry, personal items, entertainment, and phone calls.