Help on our farm, part of an organisation that encourages sustainable living in Lanchang, Malaysia

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  • Description

    Description

    My name is Simheswara dasa and I am the General Secretary of a religious, welfare and social work organisation in Malaysia. We have a 200 acres farm of about 130KM from Kuala Lumpur and about 1hr 30mins drive. Our organisation encourages agrarian society and especially cow protection. We have about 50 cows in our farm. Around ten to fifteen workers. At our farm only vegetarian food is served and volunteers can help in farming or in any other way.
    At the time, our farm is a quiet place where you can have lot of time for yourself. You can also get really involved in the farm project if you like too as there are plenty of things to do. No meat eating, smoking, intoxication and immoral activities are allowed in our farm. However one can step outside the farm if one wants to have a smoke or eat non vegetarian meals. This farm is located in the State of Pahang and district of Temerloh in the town of Lanchang. It is part of a and Orchard Park.
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  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Some of our staffs are practicing Bhakti Yoga principles and know the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and many other Vedic scriptures. Some are of Indian origin. So Indian culture can be known from them. And we have workers who are from Cambodia, Indonesia and Nepal.

  • Help

    Help

    There are a variety of services such as:
    1. making organic fertilisers
    2. preparing food
    3. pruning trees
    4. cutting grass
    5. mechanical & electrical works
    6. harvesting fruits
    7. Office work
    And if you are interested to help, this is the place since we need lots of help to put things together especially to make it work to further help our charitable work.

    And for those who like working with animals, we have
    1. a bull sanctuary and cow sanctuary.
    Cows & bulls that were supposed to have been killed and those who are older are living in our farm where we care for them. After all their dung are valuable matter for preparing organic fertilizers. So if you are a Veterinary doctor or a cow lover this is a nice place for you as well.

    So it will be a pleasure to have you here and assist us in our project as we are also a non-profit organisation with aims and objectives related to charity, welfare, spiritual and benevolent work. Dress code will be best if shirts and T-shirts have sleeves and trousers to be knee length. Shoes are not to be worn inside guest house. Local culture does not encourage one to point anything with his feet. It is deemed offensive. Always encouraged to utilise hands to move things or for pointing, etc. It is always appreciated and respectful to always use the right hand for giving or accepting things from others. Our belief is to engage persons according to their nature as much as possible.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Tamil & Bahasa Malaysia.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation
    We have dormitory rooms. Wifi is not available but if you have some data, CELCOM is the best operator here for Internet. Rooms are with bed and mattresses. Ladies and men will be in separate rooms. We only have two rooms at the present for couples. More to come. Clean water is available. Electricity also available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What else ...
    Arrival and transport to our farm:

    How to get to our farm:
    1. Arrive at the airport and take a bus to the KL Sentral Station at Brickfields, Jalan Tun Sambanthan.
    2. From KL Sentral Station you need to go to the Pekeliling Bus Station by RED BUS and get down at Chow Kit. And from there it is a 9 minutes (approx 820 metres) walk to the Pekeliling Bus Station.
    or
    You can take the the Monorail Train which is every 10 minutes to Chow Kit and walk for about 9 minutes to the Pekeliling Bus Station.
    3. At the Pekeliling Bus Station you have choices of which Buses to take. I am appending the choices below.

    BUDAYA BUS COMPANY
    Kuala Lumpur to Lanchang
    0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, 1600 (Friday & Sunday only)
    RM6.80

    KKKL BUS COMPANY
    Kuala Lumpur to Lanchang
    0700, 0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
    RM6.80

    4. It will be about 1hr 45mins bus ride from the Pekeliling Bus Station to Lanchang Town. Just before boarding the bus please give a call to Murali or Magen so that they can be prepared to pick you up a the Lanchang Town Bus Stand. 

    5. From Lanchang Bus stand our manager will drive you to the farm directly which will be about 30 minutes. If you need to get any personal items better to inform the manager so that he can take you to a shop a Lanchang since once you are at the farm there are no shopping facilities. So all personal items best to get at Lanchang town when you arrive.

    However at times we may be in Kuala Lumpur and if it works out we can pick you up from the KL Sentral Station at Brickfields and take you to the farm directly. But for this you need to keep in touch with us through our phones by WhatsApp or even just call us.



    Meals and Morals:
    ONLY vegetarian meals are served in our farm and we observe principles such as no gambling, no meat eating and no intoxication while in the farm. We also don't cook onions and garlic. Vegans may have to choose those preparations which are Vegan or we allow them to use the kitchen to make their own preparations. Anyway most of our cooking is actually vegan.

    Nearby Interesting Places:
    Workawayers at our farm can also take advantage of visiting the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Sanctuary which is a mere 30 minutes’ drive away. As our reciprocation to workawayers we may be able to drive them free to the National Elephant Sanctuary and Deerland. And if a sizeable group we can even take them to other places of interest - Negotiable. At times we also do trips to the National park.

    Entertainment at farm:
    Workawayers who like philosophical discussion will benefit a lot. We have a library with lots of book you can enjoy.
    The environment is full of nature and you can enjoy walking around the farm.
    We allow any form of yoga programmes at our farm.
    We are always happy with workawayers who may like to sing, play musical instruments, play games, boating, able to inspire our workers, etc.

    Work Schedule and Preferable length of stay:
    Work schedule can be negotiated to workawayers preferable time since Malaysian climate can be hot at times. As such one may want to avoid the heat and work during the cooler time. Or work under roof, etc. No worry, there are lots of ponds to dive into. Work is negotiable as we have lots to do. We prefer that volunteers spend a minimum of 1 month at our farm.

    Nearby Attractions
    We have nearby attractions of about 30 minutes away such places as the Elephant Sanctuary, Deerland & Seladang (wild ox sanctuary). About hours away we have the beautiful National Park (Taman Negara) and 3 hours away, for those who like climbing mountains, we have the Cameron Highlands and quiet Frasers Hill. Apart from that we have the Cherating Beach in the East Coast, just two hours away.

    Not attached to the fruits of labour:
    Our holy book, the Bhagavad-gita teaches us not to be attached to the results of work but to just do our duty. And as a non-profit organisation all our results are channelled towards spiritual, cultural and charitable causes. As such workawayers helping us will also be benefiting spiritual merits of their hard dedicated work.
    Our welfare work includes handing out free vegetarian food and fruits to the needy especially to school children.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours - Sunday is off day max 25 hours a week

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    This host has been visited by a member of the Workaway team

    "As Workaway ambassadors, what we loved at the farm was the warmth of the team! They welcomed us with nice curiosity, some fun and a great pleasure. Any help is welcome, whatever your capacities, the tasks are varied and everything is flexible. While the farm is not 100% organic, the upside is you are really involved in the reality of their daily life: the tasks, their smiles, their happiness, the pleasure of fresh fruits and the amazing food !!"

    Aline and Guillaume (Workaway Ambassadors)
Guava fruit bagging a pleasing service
Yummy tapioca chips making at food factory.
German volunteers get a hand on our honey Jackfruits
Volunteers help with some art work for a cultural festival
Another type of a volunteer house
Main bungalow for volunteers. Has 4 rooms with each with attached bathrooms and toilets. Preference for couples and ladies.
Inside room at bungalow.
Common sitting hall at main bungalow.
Nikolai & Wolf try our cultural clothing and also take part in a skit, "Boatman & Scholar"
Farm-ily nite with lots of cultural songs, dance and vegetarian preparations. Simply wonderful!!! The real family is a farm-ily :)).
Campfire on Farm-ily nite. Tapioca BBQ and soya satay grilled for all. Simply delicious preparation.
Taman Negara was established at the Titiwangsa Mountains, Malaysia, in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after independence, which literally means "national park" in Malay. This is a 2 hours drive from our farm.
Located in a natural rainforest just a stone throw away from Kuala gandah Eplephant Sanctuary and Krau Wildlife Reserve at Bukit Rengit Lanchang, Pahang, it is about 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur and just a 30 minutes drive from our farm.
Lanchang is a small village where you can find an elephant sanctuary named Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre or the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. The elephant sanctuary was established in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve, and is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Here many orphaned elephants are raised and given shelter. Not long after tourists found out about the elephant shelter the town quickly evolved into a popular tourist attraction. Kuala Gandah (Lanchang) is probably the best place on Peninsular Malaysia to come face to face with an elephant. This sanctuary is a 30 minutes drive from our farm.
A happy meeting of east and west, together they work on our farm.
Initiating the Jivamrta, organic fertiliser plant. We use all materials from our own farm such as sugar cane bagasse, cow dung, cow urine, tapioca waste, fruit waste and water :)).
Just after working on the guava trees
And now workawayers Nikolai and Wolfgang from Austria have joined us. They will be helping repair damaged gauava tree branches and provide support for weak branches.
Our farm team are of Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Phillipines.
Sugar cane plantation
I would say this is the tastiest and friendliest fruit in our farm. It is called Golden fruit and we call it Gauranga fruit. Very juicy and easy to eat.
Guava orchard.
Ram Hari from Nepal takes care of the Jackfruit orchard.
Starfruit bagging to keep away pests
Plant tree campaign.
Boating team on their maiden ride
In the month of October we have a very nice festival for the cows called Govardhana Puja. A hill of vegenetarian food will be prepared and cultural programme will be held in respect of mother cow and all guests and cows will be fed sumptuously.




























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