Volunteer on a farm in Sichuan province, China

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    Welcome!

    Hi, my name is Lin.
    After graduating from university I have decided to live and work on my uncle's farm since I have always enjoyed my summer and winter holiday time here. The farm belongs to our big family and is located in a small town called Jiuling, an hour drive from Mianyang city, Sichuan province, China.

    The farm is more than 300 hectares, we raise more than 5000 pigs, raise 700 chickens, and cultivate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. We employ more than 100 local workers that help us in the transformation from an industrial farm to an ecological farm. We also do a lot of work on restoring the local environment, because we believe that harmony between humanity and nature is the key to realise sustainable development of both agriculture and the human society. Our goal is to recycle all resources from the farm and give back to the environment to create a healthy and happy ecosystem.

    As we are in the process of transforming the farm into an ecological farm, the pig raising is currently divided into 3 different levels:
    1. By regular industrial processes
    2. In industrial surroundings with "green food"/ecological fodder, and
    3. Free Range pigs, which is our future vision for all the pigs of the farm.

    So what exactly do we wish the place where we live to be like ?
    We wish for the farm to be a place where me and my family try our best to improve the quality of farming, a place where people from the city can get close to nature and realise how important it is to respect nature, a window through which people from other countries can come to know more about this country from a different perspective, a place where cultures, ideas and thoughts meet ! In order to achieve these goals, we try to engage and interact with volunteers to have them share their thoughts about our farm hand in hand with organising activities for culture sharing. We need more people to be aware of our development and join us to together make this countryside more beautiful.

    We are truly fortunate to host volunteers every year from different parts of the world to volunteer on our big family farm. I want to show every volunteer the true Chinese way of life and create an environment where they feel part of my family. I am looking forward to exchanging ideas and culture with each other, and creating a longterm friendship :)

    Volunteer Life on the Farm

    First of all, I highly agree with the opinion on workaway.info's webpage stating that "Workaway.info is NOT set up to provide cheap labor." No, we do not consider the relationship between the volunteers and my family as a regular employment with just accommodation/food in return. We see our volunteers as a part of our family, we work and live together on the farm, and we hope that the volunteers will feel like they are a part of our family.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in joining us, cheers !

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Details:
    (A) TASKS
    There is a lot to do on our vast farm, and you can choose to try any kind of task on the farm. Just feel free to let me know what you want to try.
    The volunteering hours depend on weather. For rainy days we may have indoor activities and have a rest but the average volunteering hours are around 4h per day, because we will spend some days for trips. Volunteers can also choose any day off if you have some other plans like buying tickets, visa arrangements or going on your own trips, etc. We can arrange visa extensions with the local government if needed.

    (B) AS A VOLUNTEER
    As a volunteer you will primarily enjoy your meals in the canteen with us, the local workers of the farm, and the other volunteers. When the opportunity arises, volunteers and my family will dine together in the kitchen. And of course if you would like to learn some Chinese cooking skills, you are more than welcome to join my mum when she cooks for us - she is a good family cook!
    In the kitchen you will find the best Wifi connection. Furthermore, we have a computer, fax, a scanner, and a printer on the farm which can all be used by the volunteers for free.
    From time to time we arrange and organise small trips around the village and town for volunteers. The farm's other Chinese volunteers and I will be very pleased to be your Chinese tutors.
    In short, please make yourself at home here - that is what we expect!

    (C) ACTIVITIES
    At the farm we have our own basketball field located just beside the kitchen. In addition, we have built a pool and our own football field with a big fence and stadium lights.

    After work we usually do some sports like swimming, tennis, basketball, football, tabletennis, camping, boating, biking, fishing, etc. We occasionally have some visitors from the local government, local environment department, schools, and villagers. Some volunteers choose to do some research about local environmental problems to present to these officials.
    These activities aim at helping volunteers get a better view of today's Chinese society, especially in a rural place. Feel free to let me know and choose what you want to join or not. If you have some other good ideas, please share.

    (D) TIME
    We usually suggest our volunteers to stay on the farm no less than 2 weeks, because we do not think the farm is just simply a tourism spot or hostel for a traveler's short stay (and skim). Therefore, no less than 2 weeks time is permitted, especially for the volunteers who wish to know the different aspects of the farm and local society at a relatively deep level.

    (F) TRAFFIC
    For an international flight, Chengdu international airport is the best choice since that is the nearest international airport to our place. Taking a train is the most common way from Chengdu to our place. You need to firstly take a train from Chengdu to Mianyang city (18 for normal; 45 for fast train) then take number 60 city bus (2 yuan) and get off at its final stop, which is a big bus station in Mianyang called Ping Zhen. Then buy a ticket to Jiuling town (7 yuan) and I will pick you up there when you message.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Chinese Mandarin , sichuan dialect, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our volunteers will stay at a traditional straw house close to the main building. The straw house is managed by our volunteers themselves, which means that this is your free space!
    In front of the straw house there is a big pond with fish, and we have made space for outdoor furniture to enjoy when the sun is shining. On the other side of the pond you will see the canteen where volunteers can enjoy their meals.
    Summer time is our most busy time, and we are currently planning to build another straw house. But until then, be ready to share the cozy straw house with the 2 bedrooms (4 beds/room) and a common room with the other volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please check the calendar on our profile to see the hosting information before you send me a message or an email, thanks!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    4h per day at average 5 days a week. Maximum 25 hours a week


Photos

Photos of the farm and volunteers

Photos to show volunteers' life and the farm surroundings . ---------------------------------------------See vedio of volunteers' life on the farm: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTQ5NjQyMzQ2OA==.html?from=s1.8-1-1.2#paction

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Garbage Hunters' Victory !! Trash collection on the farm which make the farm more clean and beautiful
Weeding time is our favourite!
swimming pool on the farm where volunteers enjoy a lot of fun of water here
Volunteers enjoy soccer time on football court on the farm
Volunteers help with grapes harvesting in grapes orchard
Gardening work is part of volunteers tasks
Volunteer works with local farm workers on construction site
Volunteers recycling idea for our old boat - 'Rose Boat'. Do you have any creative skills? Join us!
forest,lake and straw house where the volunteers live space
Barbecue in forest on the farm is a good idea to relax and meet together
Celebrate spring festival(Chinese new year) on the farm in February 2016
volunteers show their cooking skills which we also considered to be part of curtural exchange
A peaceful place on the farm in deep autumn which is one of volunteers' favourite places to enjoy reading and music
Volunteers help with taking care of free range pigs to make them be some of the happiest pigs in the world
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