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The Culture Factory


The Culture Factory

Voluntary Service International


At a Glance

  • Start Date:23/06/2019
  • End Date:06/06/2019
  • Closing date:16/06/2019
  • Post Updated:17/04/2019
  • Min Hours:10+ hr/ week
  • Role Type:Other

Requirements:Physically fit and able to work in construction, manual, restoration,and renovation


Voluntary Service International (VSI)& is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding. We do this through volunteering activities internationally and in Ireland. VSI is a registered charity in Ireland (Charity Number: CHY 9220).

Description: The Culture Factory Wetzikon (or "Kulti" as locals call it) is a place for all to experience and create culture. It aims to be independent and autonomous to the greatest extent possible. Formerly a foundry, people started living in the factory 1980. They rebuilt most buildings to make the place suitable for living. At the moment 40 people aged between 1 and 66 years are living there. Culture, art, music and various ateliers have been an element of the Kulti since its very beginning. Now, after so many years, the Culture Factory is in strong need of renovation, for which it needs your help.

Type of Work: In 2020 the culture factory will be 40 years old, so our factory is continuously in need of a little care. We would like to do the following work: Gardening (maintenance of shrubs, trees, meadows or paths); in our “Beiz” (Restaurant) we will renovate the ceiling, install a ventilation system, and carry out various repairs in the kitchen; in order to help promote our events we intend to make different signs (wood / metal) and paint these beautifully (here there are no limits to your creativity); general maintenance work - painting, repairs at entrances, roofs and furniture.

Accommodation: There is a guest room with 6 + 2 additional beds as well as a shared flat with 4 -6 more beds. Showers and toilets are separate from your living quarters and used by all people living there. Please be aware that the hygienic standard could be lower than your expectations and depends also on your (/ the group’s) effort. You can use the dining room to stay in during your free time. Some of the common rooms are not smoke-free. Breakfast will be prepared by the volunteer group, lunch and dinner – will be prepared by Leo and others from the Culture Factory, who will also be buying the food.

Language: The local language is Swiss German but people also speak other languages.

Is training provided?: Yes

Details of time commitment needed for role:
This is a two week volunteer program in Switzerland, however Swiss nor German are required.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Mateja Jakšić

Address: Voluntary Service International, 30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1


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