Swap Help in Greece
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Organisation: The Olive Farm
Location: Kato Samiko, Peloponnese, Greece
We tend to have volunteers for large projects, rather than just the day-to-day running of the farm, as the idea that we would rely permanently on “free” labour to run our business seems a little unethical. The olive harvest itself is our only relaxation to this rule; whilst we could pick all our olives ourselves, it would take us about 3 months. With help we can get it done in three or four weeks. Besides, as the culmination of the year’s work, it seems uncharitable not to give people the chance to see the finished article first hand.