Organic Farming volunteer programs


Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik, Iceland       13 projects of 2 wks from February to June


Volunteer project: In the sustainable living project, we are renovating an old farmhouse in the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation in the house and on the property, and will take care of the work on the farm. We have chickens, a cat, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. All the vegetables grown on the farm are consumed by the volunteers living on the farm.
The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

We will also have special topics to discuss in the project. The volunteers will do some researches and share the knowledge related to the topics. Sustainable Living is a good, useful and practical way to learn and use actions which reduce your environmental footprint. It gives you better living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to make better consumer choices. The main topics that we will explore are: growing food in your home, smart food shopping, food wasting, recycling, eco-building design, water efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals and lower carbon transport options.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located in the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city, so you can enjoy pure nature and the city life of the capital at the same time. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Arrive at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
February 20 - March 2, 2017
March 2 - March 12, 2017
March 12 - March 22, 2017
March 22 - April 1, 2017
April 1 - April 11, 2017
April 11 - April 21, 2017
April 21 - May 1, 2017
May 1 - May 11, 2017
May 11 - May 21, 2017
May 21 - May 31, 2017
May 31 - June 10, 2017
June 10 - June 20, 2017
June 20 - June 30, 2017

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Organic farming and environmental awareness activities in rural Chitwan
Chitwan, Nepal       February 16 - February 28, 2017


Volunteer project: The Chitwan National park is one of the major tourist attractions in Nepal. You can spot wildlife and enjoy the nature there. Away from the tourist center, Sourha, a lot of local villages share a border with the national park. In one of them we try to establish a farm on several hectares of land.

In cooperation with an experienced team and local villagers, volunteers will cultivate many different plants on a big farmland. The land also contains a fish farm and is planned to be run in a way that provides organic products. Afterwards the villagers sell the produce. The profit is meant to help the local community with their everyday challenges. Houses could be repaired, schools improved and emergency funds established.

In addition to that, an important part of this project will be the interaction between the international volunteers and the villagers. Volunteers can come up with creative ideas to raise environmental awareness among the locals. They can play sports with the local school children and teach them about their homes. Vice Versa the local community will be pleased to give the volunteers an insight view into the Nepalese culture.

Language: English

Free time activities: Trekking of Sinchang Gadhi (about 1500 m), Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park, rafting in the Himalayan rivers.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a camp house or with a local family. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and sleeping bag are required. Showers with cold water are available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. The volunteers travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Bhorle. It is easily accessible from Kathmandu within 5 hours.

Location: Champanager, a village situated on the borders of Chitwan National Park.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Developing a summer farm camp for orphans
Buhug, Mongolia       2 projects of 2 wks in May and June

Volunteer project: The project site is a vegetable farm that hosts summer camps for orphan children. International volunteer groups have been involved in the development of the site since 2001. In the past years, volunteers have built houses and planted trees for the orphan kids. This year, we are planning to continue our work to develop the children's camp site.

The volunteers will work on construction tasks at the camp. This will most probably involve building a greenhouse for vegetables or a block fence around the camp site to protect the trees and plants from animals. Because of unsuitable weather conditions, it is hard to grow many types of vegetables in Mongolia. So greenhouses are needed to grow and provide fresh vegetables for the orphan kids.
Some other repair work may be needed inside the houses for the children and the volunteers. Volunteers are expected to be ready for different kinds of construction or agricultural work.

Special requirements: Participants should like construction work and simple nomadic life.

Language: English

Leisure time: Cultural exchange program, excursions, etc.

Accommodation: Ger (traditional Mongolian tent) and Youth hostel.

Location: Ulaanbaatar. One third of the population of the country (2.8 million) live in the capital city. The temperature is about 15-25 C, but sudden changes of weather can be expected. It's mostly sunny, sometimes rainy and windy.
The project site is located 40 km from Ulaanbaatar. It's a beautiful hilly area where one can experience the real nomadic lifestyle.

Terminal: Ulaanbaatar, Chinggis Khaan International airport or International train station of Ulaanbaatar

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 19 - June 1, 2017
June 1 - June 14, 2017

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Eco-farm and training center for orphan kids
Buhug, Mongolia       6 projects of 2 wks in June, July, August

Volunteer project: Since 2000, volunteers from all over the world have been participating in summer programs designed to improve an orphanage's vegetable farm at Buhug River. During the last years, we focused more on improving the facilities for kids and volunteers, and not much on the farming methods. The way it's done at the moment, farming and cultivating is not really productive and eco-friendly. Farmers in the area also face the same challenges. Despite the hard work farmers and children put in, the crop yields are low.

The aim of this project is to develop the farm as a training center for eco-farming, where local people and children can learn basic but important eco-farming methods and practices. The goal is to achieve the biggest harvest with the most effective methods for using the limited land. Volunteers will work in the vegetable eco-farm and develop the eco-farming training center. Vegetables from the eco-farm will be donated to the orphanage and local families.

Volunteers' main tasks are removing weeds in the field, working in the greenhouse, making water canals for the farm, making compost, preparing study materials for the children and locals, etc.

Study theme: Eco-farming methods and know-how from other countries. The future of the orphanage and the volunteer movement in Mongolia.

Special requirements: Participants are expected to like farming/physical work and be flexible and adaptable.

Language: English

Leisure time: Cultural exchange program, excursions, etc.

Accommodation: Ger (traditional Mongolian tent). Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location: Buhug is 45 km from Ulaanbaatar. The site is just unbelievably beautiful, typical Mongolian plain.

Terminal: Ulaanbaatar, Chinggis Khaan International airport or International train station of Ulaanbaatar

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 14 - June 27, 2017
June 27 - July 10, 2017
July 10 - July 23, 2017
July 23 - August 4, 2017
August 5 - August 18, 2017
August 18 - August 31, 2017

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Volunteer on a farm in Southern France
Galinagues, Languedoc-Roussillon, France       6 to 12 months

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will support an educational farm in the quiet village of Galinagues, in the department of Aude, on the plateau of Sault. It is a place for professional training, discovery and experimentation. Its purpose is to enliven this place where the respect for ecology, biodiversity and human development are a daily reality. The farm has 50 hectares, a herd of cattle, goats, as well as a backyard, a livestock building, a multipurpose room, an office, a kitchen and a cheese factory. It is also equipped to receive people with physical disabilities. There is also a small “bakery” in the farm, where the baker who grows his own wheat, makes bread two times a week.

Participants in this project will have the opportunity to participate in trainings, experiments and discovery of cultural and agricultural activities such as: farming, breeding, gardening, botany, landscape arts, green building, theatre, modeling, arts and other activities related to personal development and protection of the environment. The farm offers a good setting for different audiences interested in different themes: agricultural settlement projects, school groups, social gardens, disabled people, etc. In general, anyone who wants to learn how to live on a farm, to learn different organic and/or biodynamic techniques, or who wants to connect with a well-defined project (botany, gardening, herbs, breeding, animal traction, land art) is welcome on the farm.

Volunteer work: The volunteer will work in the farm, will help with the animals e.g. feeding the goats, will go to the market to sell the products and will also help sometimes in crafts activities.
The volunteer can also receive training in different workshops such as: dairy, gardening, bakery. The work hours are 5 hours per day, 35 hours per week.

Profile of the volunteer:
• To be ready to face living in a remote area
• To be friendly, sociable and to love to work in a team
• To be fond of animals and to appreciate the contact with them
• To be in a good physical condition and prepared to work on a farm for several months in a cool climate (altitude 1.000 meters)
• To love hiking and not to be afraid to get dirty
• Must have insurance and driving license

Number of participants: 1 at a time

Language: French, English

Duration of the project: Minimum stay of 6 months is required. Shorter stays are not considered, as a period of adjustment is necessary to adapt and live the experience completely. The volunteer will have free time on weekends or any other day of the week.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live in the house of a local family, in an individual room. Food is almost entirely vegetarian.

Location: Galinagues is a village in the Aude department in southern France. Carcassone is 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the village, and there are two small cities called Lavelanet and Quillan 30 minutes away.

Age range: 18 - 28 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

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Developing organic farming practices and educating the local people
Embu, Eastern province & Nakuru, Rift Valley province, Kenya        1 - 6 months

Volunteer project: This is a farming program, organized in cooperation with several farmers groups in Eastern and Rift Valley province. It aims to educate the farmers living in the area to use organic farming techniques (organic-fertilizer) that will increase the crops' quality and productivity.

The volunteers will be involved in various activities:
- Farming different types of crops, such as Tomatoes, Onions, Blue Gum tree and Amaranth;
- Source or look for markets outside Kenya for the products;
- Organic farming and teaching the local farmers on organic farming concepts;
- Promoting bio-intensive planting, crop diversification and water harvesting;
- Environment conservation;
- Animal husbandry;
- Start to liaise with Fair trade organizations that can assist in marketing the products;
- Collecting information on fair trade regulations and rules, becoming members, clinical services.

The volunteers will work 5 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sundays are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursion to Mwea (rice) irrigation scheme, Kiajakoma tea plant, Lake Nakuru National park and Lake Victoria. The trips are done during the weekends.

Special requirements: Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as agronomy, horticulture, agriculture, environment and background knowledge of giving extension services to farmers and fair trade concept) will be used accordingly.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The program is running from February to November. Minimum stay is 1 month and maximum is 6 months.

Orientation: Orientation meeting will take place in Nairobi before proceeding to the project.

Accommodation: At a host family. Please note that you will share the typical living conditions of a Kenyan family. There will be no electricity, shower and pipe water/taps at the accommodation. Volunteers will be using buckets for bathing. Water will be boiled for drinking purposes and those who prefer can buy bottled water.

Location: Embu is located in the Eastern part of Kenya, approximately 2 hours drive from Nairobi. Public transport is available. The closest hospital is 30 minutes drive. Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Embu, 30 minutes drive from the project site. This is a cool area, cold at night and with hilly terrain. Nakuru is towards west, 2 and half hours drive from Nairobi.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 320 Euro per month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the local fish farming and teach English to villagers in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta, Java Island, Indonesia       1 - 2 months

Volunteer project: The area of Kulonprogo is located in the south west of Yogyakarta province which is famous as a Cultural City and for its traditionalism. The project takes place in the area of fisheries especially raising fish and shrimps. The volunteer will help the local people and staff doing daily activities in the farm.

The volunteer will help the local staff and villagers in the fish and shrimp farm (such as feeding, cleaning the ponds, etc.). Interaction with the local staff and villagers as well as teaching them some basic English is also part of the volunteer's tasks. The volunteer will have many opportunities to join other local activities.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist spots near the project site.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 1 to 2 months.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Yogyakarta, Java Island

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 200 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community development program in Wakiso
Wakiso, Uganda       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This is a community based initiative in Mau village, Nabweru Sub-county Wakiso district. The aim is to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene in Maganjo parish by creating, developing awareness materials and other relevant initiatives which will help in mobilizing communities to get involved. Local people are also running a primary/nursery school for children and income generating activities like handcrafts, coffee making, juice packing, knitting and tailoring to improve on their livelihood.

Volunteers' tasks: Promotion of community work and preparing and support for outreach programs, training in apprenticeship and organic farming.

Study theme: Improving livelihood through community involvement and strengthening income generation for sustainable development.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Nabweru Subcounty, Wakiso District, 14 Km from Kampala in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming program
India       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The challenge of food security, especially in the face of rising food prices, places a serious responsibility before the country. Despite immense advances in the agriculture sector, many people still sleep hungry or live under the threat of food shortage. The degradation of natural resources is also a major concern as it severely impacts the livelihoods of poor and backward communities in rural areas. In this backdrop, sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to respond to the challenges of the rural community. In essence, Sustainable Agriculture refers to a set of practices adopted for cultivation that are least harmful to the environment while also ensuring a good crop. It involves crop production methods that support sustainable natural resource management to increase crop productivity, maintain biodiversity, and also are economically viable and socially acceptable. Organic farming is generally sustainable; however, organic produce can also be cultivated on large scale industrial farms that are not sustainable. Soil and water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management are common practices promoted under sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agricultural development, as well as employing organic farming methods, seeks food and nutritional security, improved livelihoods for the people, safe ecosystems, and sustainable economies of agriculture.

As a volunteer in this field of work you will
- Work with the farming community and the associated organisations that assist in sustainable agriculture and/or organic farming.
- Conduct community awareness on the importance of sustainable agriculture.
- Facilitate training and capacity building on crop productivity, how to maintain biodiversity, water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, and integrated nutrient management, surveys, documentations etc.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required. This information assists us to match you to the project as accurately as possible.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in the project who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Developing an organic garden in a Buddhist pagoda
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       2 - 3 weeks

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to provide an opportunity for volunteers to experience organic farming in Vietnam.
This organic farm is inside a Buddhist pagoda in the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh City. The monks who live in the pagoda take care of about 10 orphan children and 20 homeless elderly people. The project aims at making use of uncultivated land in the pagoda to grow vegetables which are an important source of food for the monks, children, and seniors living here. Usually, almost all of their food is donated, and they only buy tofu for the meals. Having an organic vegetable garden, they can provide themselves with healthier and more diverse foods. More importantly, this garden lessens their food expenses.

The farm in the pagoda is new, yet full of potential. Two kinds of farming can be carried out here: organic vegetable farming and herb farming.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Organic farming program
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       2 - 3 weeks

Volunteer project: This organic farming program takes place in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The farm works to promote eco lifestyle, as well as to provide real organic fruits and vegetables to the community. The farm is about 5000m2 and they use technology based on software to ensure the quality and capacity of the products.
There are 6 No’s on this farm: No pesticides and herbicides; No planting on soil and water contaminated with agricultural chemicals; No growth regulators; No chemical fertilizers; No genetically modified seeds; No preservatives.

Volunteers will help with the routine tasks on the farm:
- Checking plants regularly to find ecosystem patterns of the land
- Field sanitation and plants health
- Planning the seasonal crops
- Using different plants for intercropping and crop rotation as needed
- Creating favourable environment for the development of beneficial insects
- Trap cropping and setting pheromone traps
- Measures for expelling insects
- Shielding vegetables in rows or in a greenhouse
- Using resistant varieties
- Applying insecticides of biological origin

The organic farm also plays an educational role. Children can come to visit and learn about organic farming, eco-lifestyle and environmental issues.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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