Come and help develop my Kalaripayattu school and small organic, family farm in Wayanad, Kerala, India



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    I am a Kalaripayattu practitioner, trainer Kalari massage for the past 20 years. I run the kalaripayattu training school, here on my small organic family farm. I am developing accomodation here for students to be able to stay and need help with preparing the accommodation. Work will include finishing the kitchen dining space, terrace area, clearing cow shed to make ready for new building. I will also need help with some farm jobs. I grow coffee, spices, cocoa and vegetables so need help with watering, harvesting and cultivating. I also have 2 horses which i need help feeding and looking after.

    This is a unique opportunity to help the school of an ancient martial art grow, as well as learn about organic farming in Kerala.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Kerala is rightly called god's own country with such a rich cultural heritage. Staying with a Malayali family itself teaches so many different aspects of Kerala culture and society. The volunteers will stay with my family and will be a part of my family for the period they are here. They will have many opportunities to learn our Kerala culture through interaction with us. They can learn about authentic Kerala cuisine, can learn about vegetation in Kerala, can learn about various traditional ayurvedic plants and herbs and also learn a lot about animal care and in turn they can help us learn about their culture.

  • Help


    Since I am the only one managing everything on my farm as well as school, I want people to assist me in different tasks. I want some help in managing my Kalaripayattu school in terms of interacting with foreigner students and taking care of them as well as helping me with computer and internet work and handling the queries. I also need some help in maintaining my farm through some plantation work, weeding, digging, constructing sheds and tree huts and also building a new organic garden with fencing and a horse riding track. Any volunteers interested in language exchange are also welcome wherein they teach us their language and we teach them ours.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Malayalam: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a big dormitory for our kalaripayatttu students which we can also provide for the workaway volunteers. It has all basic amenities and a kitchen as well to prepare their own food. However, we provide an option for free food and accommodation with no wages and the food will be authentic Kerala cuisine cooked at home.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We treat the volunteers as part of our family and during the off-times we interact as family members about life and other activities and skills we can exchange with each other. Since there are other students also staying from different places, it is a good opportunity for the volunteers to spend time with them and each other. Once a week, we also arrange a trip to nearby villages to experience the local village life of Kerala and some touristy places of Wayanad.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

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    • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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