Off grid coffee estate volunteering opportunities in Karnataka, India

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Require only the serious coffee, organic farming, wildlife /jungle enthusiast, Yoga lovers .
    We just opened a homestay on the farm so we need help looking after some homestay activities.
    CURRENT PROJECT. COFFEE grading, yoga workshops,
    Carpentry, earthwork landscaping, painting wall and artwork, kitchen Help, homestay guest coordinating.
    Can accommodate up-to 8 this season.
    Food and gas contribution 500rs per day.
    Food, clean shared dorm, unlimited coffee to drink. Though we don't recommend you overdose.

    Our plantations/farm is a completely off the grid project. The farm is located at an altitude of 1400 mts ASL surrounded by shola forest and vast grasslands. We are in a highly eco endemic and sensitive zone and we endure to respect that.Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary attained greater significance as it is identified as one of the two ecological and biological hot spots in India and covers an area of 492.30 Sq. Kms. Similarly ornithologists spotted 300 varieties of resident and migratory bird species in the BWS. Some of the species found in the BWS includes Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Painted Bush Quail, Emerald Dove, Southern Green Imperial Pigeon, Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Parakeet, Hill Myna, Ruby-throated Bulbul, Shama, Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, four species of Hornbill and Racquet-tailed Drongo etc.

    While our Remote location creates a lot of challenges for us it also provides long lasting sustainable alternatives for us to adopt. We completely source our electricity from mini hydro power turbine. We are trying to be as food sustainable as possible by growing over 25 different types of veggies and herbs(edible & medicinal) and hoping to include pulses in the coming season.
    We have a lot of activities at the farm as any farm would but especially since we are converting into organic. We follow traditional polyculture system of agriculture with permaculture principles at the heart of it.

    We grow coffee, cardamom, wild pepper, jamun and experimenting with a lot more fruiting trees. Our current projects are apiary , refurbishing antique furniture, soil healing through terracing, composting mulching(all year round), making liquid manure , Food forestry and reforestation(all year round), veggie garden(all year round), Micro hydel project(Apr-May), seed bank and many more.

    We encourage our volunteer to innovate on some new creative projects that might add to what we are already doing or jump on any of the above projects as there is always work to be done on the farm.
    We are located in Bhadra tiger reserve and the closest town is chikmangalur (Karnataka) is 23 km away. We are accessible by private bus going to Attigundi . Kindly intimate us prior to your arrival.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn more about a quite life in a coffee estate in a tiger reserve. Our simple way of life completely off grid, where electricity is produced by water and food by land. Learn and experience Indian cusine and Also coffee tasting sessions held on request.

  • Help


    We understand that only labour of love can bring in real results and true satisfaction. So we encourage volunteers to participate in activities they love the most.
    But if you are a novice then one can always help in the current projects.
    We carry out work on all the five elements which is mostly hands on job.
    Our Current And Future Projects:
    Kitchen garden, Edible Landscaping, Bee Keeping, COFFEE PICKING.
    Composting, Liquid manuring, Fruit Harvesting, Antique furniture refurbishing, Dam Rebuilding for hydro power etc.
    Future Projects:
    Painting and Interior of guest house(Apr -june)
    Informal Permaculture introductory course(may end).
    Coffee Harvest(nov-jan)
    Harvesting Wild lemons(feb-apr).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Bengali (Bangla): Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Gujarati: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Punjabi (Eastern): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation is clean and spacious(With indoor bath) flower garden , Since the location is quite remote internet connectivity is minimal. We have moved to the farm early 2016. The food is always Fresh and Mostly Organic.

    We do have the basic amenities like hot food, hot water. We do encourage the volunteers to take up cooking and cleaning as part of our daily farm activities.

    We have a humble home with kitchen garden and willing to share with like minded volunteers of up to 6-8. We have 1 private room with bath and a dorm with attached bathroom with 4beds clean sheets and blankets. We have board games and plenty of books and musical instrument to keep one busy.
    We are avid stargazers and on clear night skies do bring out our telescope to peer into the starlight from past.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Time off can be spent over a cup of hot brew but wisely or lazily depends on whatever makes u happy.
    There are treks around one can take onto the highest peak in karnataka from the farm or just chill by the stream, head into the town for knik knacks even head to belur the ancient temple town from hoysala dynasty, Safari in the bhadra wildlife sanctuary to spot deer,bison,maybe even a tiger or read a book.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum, max 25 hours/week

  • ...

    This host charges a fee

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    500 rupees per day to cover food costs
Host ref number: 159298568561

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