This is a place of contemplation, meditation and spiritual thought. It is also a thriving part of the local community, throbbing with life! Children, elders, caretakers, staff members, gardeners, volunteers from all over the world, cows, dogs, squirrels, crows and peacocks, all of them will make you feel the life, love and care prevalent in this place, where around 100 people have their permanent residency.
Since the inception in 1996, we have given utmost importance to maintain a family-like atmosphere in our place, keeping the children happy and content and providing them with a warm, caring home. Children, elders, volunteers and staff members, as well as animals, all are treated like family members. The ashram is fully vegetarian. Smoking and the consummation of alcohol are not permitted on site or the surrounding area.
Volunteers will be asked to contribute 4 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week to helping us with the tasks chosen by them. These tasks include helping us with works in the children’s home/kitchen/old-age home/cowshed or fields. All voluntary activities contribute to the ashram community and are purely non-profit.
The ashram offers many opportunities of cultural and social exchange. It is a perfect spot for volunteering in an authentic local setting. If WE are your choice, you will receive an application form in which you can specify your volunteering preferences.
We are now looking for our next group of volunteers to come and live with us! We are looking for people to work in several different parts of the ashram, more details below.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Our ashram is truly a part of rural Tamil life, and so volunteers will learn a lot about local customs and the culture – including Hindu rituals and festivals. They can learn about South Indian cooking methods and recipes, agricultural practices, children’s schooling and education. Volunteers may even learn some Tamil words and phrases too!
The place is a balm for body and soul and sometimes helps people with family or psychological issues. We also give them a lot of time, space and tacit support to learn about themselves, to deepen their own yoga or spiritual practices, or to work out some emotional or psychological issues.
We are looking for volunteers to work in several different areas. These can be combined, or work can be done in just one area.
• The cowshed:
Tasks here include cleaning out the shed 2-3 times a day, feeding, milking and washing the cows. The work is physically demanding, but very rewarding! Not for those squeamish of cows and their various bodily functions!
• The paddy fields and grounds:
Tasks include heavy lifting, pruning palm trees, weeding, watering.
This is the most physically strenuous work in the ashram, so be prepared for heavy manual labour, most often in the heat and direct sun. Only for the physically strong and tough! We would especially appreciate people who know about waste management and the transition to organic farming.
• Supervising the children in the evenings and weekends:
Tasks involve helping the children with their school projects, supervising their quiet study sessions, helping them to study for class exams, reading English with them, and initiating creative work (mainly at weekends).
• Social media and website maintenance
We are looking for someone to regularly update our website and social media channels who has both excellent communication skills but also a sensitivity and appreciation for the spirit and community of the ashram, in order to best reflect life here!
English, German, Tamil and a little Hindi
Volunteers have their own rooms and bathrooms, with mosquito netting on the door and windows, and a ceiling fan. There are shelves for clothes, and buckets given for washing clothes in. Volunteers clean their own rooms and the surrounding porch and steps.
At busy times, volunteers might be asked to share their rooms with another volunteer of the same gender.The ashram's busy kitchen provides three meals a day for everyone in the ashram, and this includes volunteers. Food is fresh and healthy, and portions are large!
We can arrange a taxi to pick up volunteers from nearby airports, which costs around 3000R. The ashram is served by a bus stop a 5-10 minute walk away, which takes them into the nearest town. There are several waterfalls and temples nearby for volunteers to visit. Sometimes we will take volunteers along with us if we are making a trip to a further away town, but we expect volunteers to plan their own free time, and we do not organize any formal excursions.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week