Organic Farming volunteer programs


Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik, Iceland       12 projects of 2 wks from August to December


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. 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, such as food wasting, recycling and renewable energy. The volunteers will also create documentaries, posters and brochures related to sustainable living, which will be introduced to children in Reykjavik.

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.

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:
August 28 - September 7, 2017
September 7 - September 17, 2017
September 17 - September 27, 2017
September 27 - October 7, 2017
October 7 - October 17, 2017
October 17 - October 27, 2017
October 27 - November 6, 2017
November 6 - November 16, 2017
November 16 - November 26, 2017
November 26 - December 6, 2017
December 6 - December 16, 2017
December 16 - December 23, 2017

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Developing an eco-farm and training center
Buhug, Mongolia       August 18 - August 31, 2017

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

Volunteers' main tasks will be removing weeds in the field, working in the greenhouse, making water canals for the farm, making compost, etc.

Study theme: Eco-farming methods and know-how from other countries.

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.

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Organic farming and environmental awareness activities in rural Chitwan
Champanager, Chitwan, Nepal       3 projects of 2 wks from July to September

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 fund 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 home countries. In return, the local community will be pleased to give the volunteers an insight 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 needed. 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. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 16 - July 30, 2017
August 16 - August 30, 2017
September 16 - September 30, 2017

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Reforestation and organic gardening in an eco-Village
Grimsnes-og Grafningshreppur, Iceland       4 projects of 2 wks in August and September

Volunteer project: The project takes place in an Eco-Village in the south-western part of Iceland. Founded in 1930, it is the first community in the world where people with or without special needs live and work together. Inspired by the theories of Rudolf Steiner, the eco-village has focused on cultivating both the individual and the environment and it is the first community in Scandinavia to practice organic farming.
It is a charming village of about 130 inhabitants, renowned for its international, artistic and ecological atmosphere, which prides itself on its varied cultural, social and sporting activities. The village is only a one-hour drive from Reykjavik. The volunteers have free access to the swimming pool and the gym.

We will mostly work in the Forestry Centre (the only organic reforestation centre in Iceland) and in the Organic Cultivation Centre. During our stay, other tasks may arise depending on the needs of the community. The work in the Forestry Centre, and in the village as well, will mostly consist in building paths and planting trees in Southern Iceland Farm Forest. In the Organic Cultivation Centre, we will be planting vegetables, eradicating weeds and other gardening work.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in the village. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in a very cosy house in the village. Beds and sheets will be provided and everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. There is free Wi-Fi in the house.

Location: The eco-village is located in the south-western part of the country, in the municipality of Grímsnes- og Grafningshreppur.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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:
August 20 - August 27, 2017
August 27 - September 3, 2017
September 3 - September 10, 2017
September 10 - September 17, 2017

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Food from the nature
Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland       2 projects of 2 wks in August and September

Volunteer project: In the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, the international volunteers will be working on nature oriented tasks, mainly focused on picking blueberries, stone bramble and herbs. Our host has a small 100% organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, the outdoors and have an opinion about nutrition. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area and of course on the weather conditions.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a local house, sharing rooms. It is fully equipped with access to kitchen and bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur is the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on ever since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The tree collection keeps an extensive variety of foreign trees and is renowned by professionals and travellers. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also nice experiences. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.

The project is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populous municipality, 17 km from the largest town in Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaðir (population 2600). It is a young town which has become the largest town of east Iceland and offers a swimming pool, shops and museums among other main services. Egilsstaðir sits on the banks of the Lagarfljót, a large lake and river, believed to be the home of a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljótsormurinn by locals.
The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between three and four thousand animals.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF); domestic airport and bus stop is Egilsstaðir.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 80 to 150 Euro (80 Euro for the project starting August 22; 150 Euro for the project starting September 4;)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
August 22 - September 5, 2017
September 4 - September 18, 2017

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Organic farming and environmental conservation program
Kakamega, Kenya       September 10 - September 29, 2017

Volunteer project: The local self help group in Mumias seeks to provide room for better health education for the local community with the goal of enhancing the health of the community through nutrition and environmental conservation. They do this through production of organic food in order to reduce malnutrition cases among children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the production of organic food, the group members are able to improve their farming techniques, which in turn promotes the income generating activities of the community at large thus boosting food security and discouraging deforestation. The group members are also engaged in environmental conservation, as they plant trees and use the organic fertilizer in farming.

Volunteer activities:
• Farm work which includes horticultural farming, weeding, planting in tree nurseries, clearing of bushes and digging
• Making of bricks which will be used to construct a storage room for farm products
• Making organic fertilizer and biochar which is porous charcoal used in agriculture to help the soil retain its nutrients and water
• Participation in exchange programs in schools: teaching students how to make compost
• Kiswahili lessons and debate lessons in local schools

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City and the Kakamega Rainforest.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Mumias, Kakamega County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
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 living in Magole eco village
Magole, Tanzania       2 projects of 2 wks from September to December

Volunteer project: In Tanzania, as in other countries around the world, sustainable living is a hot topic. Lack of knowledge and exposure has significantly increased lifestyles that cause more environmental damage for future generations to deal with. Sustainable living applies to almost every part of daily life hence there is an importance to be addressed. In responding to the issue of sustainable living, the eco village host of this project was initiated. The Eco Village initiative is a community designed to address challenges to attain sustainable development. Village members are united by shared ecological, socio-economic and cultural values. The village is characterized by efficient energy use, enhanced recreational opportunities, encouraging biogas and local food production, sustainable reliance on local resources and investing in environmental conservation. The overall goal is to build an ecologically balanced society.

The project activities include:
- Establishment and management of tree nursery;
- Management of the herbal and medicinal plant garden for education and demonstration;
- Maintenance of the demonstration organic vegetable garden;
- Composting activities for organic gardening and education;
- Management of free range chickens;
- Organizing educational activities on sustainable living and healthy eating.

Study part: Educational tours and workshops related to the project theme and other development issues will be organized to provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about social, cultural and economic realities of the area. The major topic will be Sustainable Living.

Special requirements: No special or particular expertise/skills required. However a potential participant for this project should be interested in outdoor activities, nature and agriculture.

Leisure activities: The project is organized in a way that provides opportunity for the volunteers to utilize their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. During the first weekend participants will have an opportunity to explore Dar es Salaam’s historical, natural and cultural sites. These include museums, local markets and beach. During the second weekend we will have an opportunity to enjoy a wildlife safari (Mikumi National Park) and a cultural tour at the Maasai village.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated with host families at the eco village. Some participants might be accommodated in the common house or in tents at the same place.

Orientation: On arrival, all volunteers will attend an orientation session in Dar es Salaam. The aim of this session is to help the volunteers build a team and also to share with them some practical information about the country, the host community and their volunteer project.

Location: The project will be hosted in the eco village in Magole community. It is located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, about 40 km south of the city centre. It has a beautiful landscape and natural attractions where some wild animals (monkeys, rabbits and birds) can be seen.

Terminal: Julius Nyerere International Airport (Dar es Salaam)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros
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:
September 14 - September 30, 2017
November 23 - December 9, 2017

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Help a village with farming and education
Shan & Ayeyarwady, Myanmar       4 projects of 2 wks from September to December

Volunteer project: Before the beginning of the international volunteer projects in these villages, the local people had very little or no contact at all with foreigners. The local young people need to improve their knowledge on globalization, English proficiency and cultural exchange. There’s also a need of educating the communities about agriculture and environmental awareness.

The volunteers will take part in the life of a village by helping the community in their field work. There will be various farming tasks such as planting, paddy harvesting, picking fruit and coffee, digging, etc. The volunteers will also teach children from grade 5 to 7, and share knowledge with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: Homestay in a house in the village.

Location: The area is peaceful and calm, with mountains and farms around. There are ancient caves, waterfalls and ancient pagodas nearby.

Terminal: Yangon

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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:
September 15 - September 28, 2017 | Pintaya, Shan
October 12 - October 25, 2017 | Myanaung, Ayeyarwady
November 1 - November 14, 2017 | Mawgyun, Ayeyarwady
November 28 - December 10, 2017 | Ywar Ngan, Shan

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Promote Fair Trade and organic farming in Amarante
Amarante, Porto, Portugal       September 19 - September 30, 2017

Volunteer project: This volunteer project in Amarante is intended to raise awareness among the international participants and the local population on organic farms, organic food and fair trade. The volunteers will develop skills related to agriculture work in organic farms and environment preservation.

The volunteers will be helping on organic farms in the region of Amarante. They will be in direct contact with local organic producers and will work with them The volunteers will also get a training on fair trade and sustainable development (e.g. workshop on Fair Trade and healthy food). The group will run different activities and presentations in order to increase the level of commitment at local level (Amarante) for organic and fair trade products.

Language: English

Free time activities: Visits to some of the main cities and spots in the North of Portugal (Guimarães, Porto, Parque Natural do Alvão).

Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated in shared rooms (4 participants each) in the Youth Center of Amarante. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Amarante is a small town in the North of Portugal, part of Porto district (60 km far from Porto, to the interior) with 12.000 inhabitants. It is quite a famous city for tourism, culture and wine production. Indeed it is very close (18 km) to the Oporto wine region. It is crossed by Tâmega River (one of the rivers ending at Douro River that crosses Porto till the Atlantic ocean) and is in the valley of one of the most important Portuguese mountains, Marão (1450 m). Amarante is well located (nearby passes highway A4 connecting to Oporto and highway A11 connecting to Guimarães) and has a good public transport system (bus station). The city is 40 min away from the nearest airport (Oporto) by car.

Terminal: Porto

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Organic farming with the residents of an alternative community
Sanan, Gyeonggi, South Korea       September 20 - December 8, 2017

Volunteer project: Historically, and even today, human beings have been searching for the true definition of a peaceful, harmonious and happy life. In pursuit of the answer to this question, a group of people gathered in 1984 in what is now Sanan Village, an idealistic community which follows the philosophy of an environment-friendly, non-possessive society.

As of today, around 20 families live in this community, and the residents are encouraged to pay more attention to the preservation and conservation of the environment while also freely sharing public resources. People in the village live together, work together and share together. The volunteers are expected to follow their way of life. The main income of the village is chicken farming. Their organic products, mostly eggs, are sold at the market in the city and are popular among those who prefer organic products.

Those who are interested in a new and alternative way of living, may get some fresh ideas about their life through this program.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will assist the villagers with organic farming, taking care of chickens, and household work such as cooking and cleaning in the village kitchen. Various festivals are taking place often in the village. You will have the chance to meet many people through these events.
In the chicken house, the volunteers will be taking care of the chicks, old chickens, feeding them and giving medicines. They will be also collecting eggs every morning and will be helping in the egg selection facility. In the village kitchen, the volunteers will help prepare meals for the residents.

During the project, volunteers will be able to not only eat healthy and organic food from nature but also experience a different way of life with warm-hearted locals. There will be further cultural exchange through sports, cooking, and various activities.

The volunteers will have one day off per week and one week vacation during the project.

Free time: You can join various festivals in the village and visit historical sites around Hwaseong city and Seoul. Sanan is fairly close to Seoul, so you will have a chance to explore the capital of Korea.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Interested in agriculture and communal life
• Interested in interacting with new people
• Interest in experiencing simple farm life
• Open mind to learn from the villagers
• Flexibility and positive mind
• Not allergic to chicken, eggs and nuts

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: A private room in the village dormitory.

Location: Sanan Village in Hwaseong Gun, GyeongGi Province, about 1,5 hour south-west of Seoul by bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euro
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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Building community vegetable gardens in Mabopane
Mabopane, Gauteng, South Africa       November 7 - November 20, 2017

Volunteer project: The aim of this international volunteer project is to contribute to the improvement of the well-being of the community of Mabopane through increasing the access of its residents to food by establishing productive vegetable gardens.

The activities include digging up and making food gardens for the local community. We will clear up marked arable land and plant food plants such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, etc. The gardens will benefit disadvantaged members of the community such as orphans and old peoples’ homes.
The work will be conducted in groups and proper training will be given from qualified people.

Volunteer profile: No previous experience needed. Volunteers are expected to be open minded, ready to interact with other people of different cultural backgrounds; positive and willing to share their experiences; flexible to live/stay in simple living conditions and eat local food; ready to do manual work on the project.

Leisure time: Weekends are meant for free tours that the group can organize by themselves. There will be also cultural nights when each volunteer can present their country and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in dorms at the project center. Participants are required to bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: Mabopane. The community is multi-cultural and English is mostly spoken along with local languages such as Sotho, Zulu and Tshwana to name a few.

Terminal: Pretoria

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
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 for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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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 for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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