Volunteer at an off-grid farm in the south western mountains of India




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  • Description


    We are a Indo-Japenese couple seeking to be closer to nature & enjoy the benefits of living in a natural environment.

    We have an off-grid 5 hectare organic farm in the western hill ranges of South India near the town of Madikeri. The farm is 130 km from the heritage town of Mysore & 120 km from the port town of Mangalore which is also the nearest airport.

    The farm is located at the edge of a forest with natural springs and waterfalls and is very secluded. Seasonal visitors are all kinds of wildlife from elephant, boar, small animals like civet cats, rabbits and numerous birds. We have converted a large part of the farm into a private forest santuary.

    We grow coffee & pepper on the farm along with organic vegetables and appreciate anyone who is helpful in any way possible. To become self-sufficient with the food we produce is our goal.

    We have a simple farmers life with enough time to enjoy good company & appreciate what nature provides. We are comfortable with people of all ages & pets of any kind. Our family consists of two Indian Mudhol hounds Sufi & Koi with Kuro our guardian black cat.

    A bit more about ourselves:
    Rajen has lived in India most of his life with a diverse career in corporate, NGO and the UN, but always kept his connect with nature and farm. The current farm is due to his passion for forest and wildlife so he has spent past 8 years converting it into a personal forest sanctuary. Rajen switched off from working for humans a few years ago and divides most of the time to the forest and farm.

    I work as a bureaucrat in the UN and hope to join Rajen permanently in a couple of years when I take early retirement. I was born in France and lived in other countries including Japan. I have been in India for a decade or so before being posted to Indonesia this January. At the moment, shuttling between the current posting in Jakarta and the farm as often as possible is the juggling act.!!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers can reconnect with nature & participate in a farmer's way of life, learn & experience natural farming methods. We are off the beaten track on the edge of a forest. Volunteers can enjoy the natural beauty, wild life and are welcome to use it as a staring point to other places in south India. Volunteers interested in cooking can learn our version of Indian dishes! Our place is an escape from the crowded towns of India, it is perfect for those who seek privacy & peace. This is a place to connect with your inner self.

  • Help


    These are the things that we need help on.

    1. Clearing the forest paths & clearing bush from the stream.
    2. Fence repair .
    3. Dog care & grooming.
    4. Making Water channels.
    5. House maintenance.
    6. Landscaping & garden.
    7. Weeding & pruning (requires using weed cutters and chain saw)
    8. Coffee tree maintenance

    Tentative Daily Schedule: (depending on weather conditions)
    6.30 - 7.00 dog walking
    7.00 – 7.30: Breakfast
    8.00 – 11.00 Farm work
    11.00 – 12.00 Free time
    12.00 – 13.00 Kitchen post
    13.00 – 13.30 Lunch
    13.30 – 14.30 Free time
    14.45 – 16.45 farm work
    17.00 – 17.30 Tea
    17.30 – 18.00 free time
    18.00 – 18.30 kitchen Post
    19.00 – 19.30 Dinner

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, South Indian languages

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will share our home & be part of the family. Accommodation are two guest rooms which have basic comforts. If there are more than two volunteers then it will be a dorm accommodation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Coorg has a few spots for trekking & bird watching. Volunteers can go onward to learn yoga at Mysore town, we are well connected by bus and the nearest airport is 3 hrs by bus in Mangalore town. Madikeri town has interesting sightseeing spots, including an elephant camp. The golden temple of Bylakuppe where his Holiness, the Dalai Lama comes to teach is about 30 km from town.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    35 hrs.one day off

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