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We are a group of people with one goal; doing good work. We believe in "alleviating physical pain" as an objective net good. So for us, good work is helping alleviate suffering of those who can't help themselves.
Our farm is the home we have built in Himalayan Foothills to accommodate recovering injured stray animals, people who want to do good work, and an organic garden to provide a little bit for for all of us. The farm also supplies our product line which in turn supports our recovering animals. This is a karma yoga center, meaning "The Yoga of Work". Our focus is on the work we do.
We believe that every action for survival has a suffering footprint, especially any consumption. So, we believe in mindful consumption and making our survival purposeful by alleviating suffering.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are looking for people who will help care for animals at our stray animal recovery center. There is also an opportunity to participate in the farm. The work is very physical and involves a lot of manual labor.
Volunteers have the opportunity to bring their skills to the table while they are here. This can include (but certainly isn't limited to) art, farming, carpentry, sustainable building, video editing, writing, culture jamming, etc.
We require a minimum of one week for volunteering. Please allow up to one week for us to reply to messages. There is a Rs 350 charge per night for a shared room to cover the cost of locally grown, vegan meals.
We are friendly, open, and interested in everyone who comes through the farm. We love to have discussions and learn from others. However, if you refuse to respect the work, the space, the people on the farm, our rules, or our intentions for the farm, you will be asked to leave.
We are not a guesthouse. We do not guarantee access to all our facilities, continuous wifi, or any other services. We expect you to act like a guest in our house.
We are a karma yoga center. We do not demand silence but we expect you to respect the intention of the place and keep your focus on why we are here. This means loud, frivolous discussions or "noise for the sake of noise" are not welcome. This is especially true at meal times. We expect you to respect this you and if you cannot, you should rethink your decision to apply.
Poop is part of it. If you are unwilling to pick up dog poop, cow poop, or horse poop then this may not be a fit for you :)
We live in rural India. This means that you will not be able to dress in whichever clothes you wish. If you feel entitled to wear tank tops, tight clothing, see-through clothing, shorts above the knee, or low-cut tops despite local custom then please do not apply.
We have rules. We have the responsibility for many lives on the farm, and we also live here full time. The rules all have a reason, but if you are the type of person that does not like to follow rules then please do not apply.
What you can expect from us:
Respect and open-mindedness.
An opportunity to help animals.
Thoughtful discussion and insight.
Clear instruction and direction.
If it isn't working out for you, you are free to leave. If it isn't working out for us, we are free to ask you to leave.
We have a large mud and stone house built in traditional Himachal style. You may be asked to share a room with other people and bathrooms are shared. Meals are provided. Plan on arriving between 9:30 am - 12:30 pm on your first day.
Our village, Dhanotu, is a typical rural Indian village. There are two small shops and a handful of houses surrounded by fields with stunning views of the Himalayan mountains! Life here is simple and quiet.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 hours a day
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.