Groundskeeping, farming and children's activities for a grassroots NGO based in Tamil Nadu, India




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    We are a non-profit organization located in a rural village in southern India. We started our work in 1993, committed to improving the welfare of society’s most marginalized groups of people.

    We operate a farm that helps feed 30 children onsite. Work is needed to help with preparation of soil, sowing, adding manure and fertilizers, irrigation, harvesting and storage of crops as well as help maintaining the general grounds. Our farm has various animals that need rearing, feeding and produce collection. Our children, all affected by disease in one way or another, love dance parties and organized games as well as learning English and computer literacy. We would love for you to do one or all of these activities with them if you wish during your time with us.

    These are all projects you can choose from please pick one or two and let us know which in your initial email to us!

    We are so excited to have you! Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions we are here to help!

    Best wishes from the team.

  • 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
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be welcomed and enjoy the company of long-term local staff, as well as other short-term foreign volunteers and staff located on the grounds and in Virudhunagar.

    You will have the opportunity to discover beautiful Tamil Nadu and the many Hindu temples that this state is known for. Immerse yourself and learn about southern, rural Indian life and culture here on the farm.

    You have the freedom to choose from a variety of job and project options on the farm and in the home. You will receive support if you choose to create your own interesting and engaging projects.

    We can promise you a tranquil experience in nature filled with authentic cultural exchanges and memories of India that will last you a lifetime.

  • Help


    1) Maintain the grounds: General maintenance, such as gardening, cleaning clutter and maintaining safety standards on the grounds in whatever way is needed at the time of your visit. Maintain the farm by cleaning facilities, and repairing walls, fences and roofs of the barn and chicken coops.

    2) Farming and Animal husbandry: Help on the farm with planting, nurturing and harvesting crops (depending on the season) and necessary labor implements such as building furrows, etc. Helping with the animal rearing and feeding, and collecting animal produce such as milk and egg production.

    3) Administrative Work at the Office : Assisting with administrative tasks, social media, grant writing and fundraising support within the office in Virduhunagar.

    4) Helping our children with English, computer literacy and internet safety. Having organized fun activities such as dance parties, art projects, and games.

    Do not hesitate to contact us, we will are welcome to project suggestions.

  • Languages spoken

    Tamil: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    What we provide our volunteers:

    Accommodation: Volunteers will have a shared or private, very simple room in the house next to the animals which includes: western toilets, mosquito nets, a bed (please bring sheets, a towel and toiletries), free Wi-Fi in the community room and English-speaking staff support at all times. The home has a water purification system, so you will always have access to clean drinking water.

    Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, meals consist of rice, dosa, or idly and a curry. For more variety, additional food options are available in Virudhunagar, the town where our office is located (meals are between Rs. 20-200). You are expected to pay for your bus ride to and from Virudhunagar (Rs. 10-11).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    India has vast amount of holidays and festival celebrations come celebrate them authentically in our village.
    The local train station (Virudhunagar Junction) makes travel easy for day or weekend excursions.
    The government and private bus system also make it easy to travel !
    Our local and international staff love giving tips and ideas on the best ways to take advantage of your time here, where to visit, and what to see!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, no more than 5 days a week.

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    This host charges a fee

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    Volunteers will fund their selected project (Very small budgets – e.g. purchase paint for 500 rupees)

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