Help on village organic farm and nursery of coffee, hibiscus and citrus in Sindhupalchok, Nepal

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Dear volunteers.

    We are a group of motivated people, Deepa and Thomas, Beemal, Dinesh, Ramesh (4 nepalese and 1 norwegian) who love farming and want to make positive change in our village areas.

    The priority of our work is to support the community to generate income in the village through farming. Many people leave the village these days for work, and we would like to provide opportunities; be an example on how to grow profitable permaculture crops, like coffee.

    We’re trying out a lot of new projects, new crops, prossesing methods and we are looking for volunteers to help us with the work and to exchange ideas.

    The farm is situated in a less touristic and beautiful part of the Himalayas. We are surrounded by fields, forests, birds and wildlife.

    We provide a friendly environment to learn about farming and permaculture while immersed in traditional nepali village lifestyle.

    There are plenty of chances to contribute and share your skills in interesting development projects around the farm.

    Located 2,5 km from nearest town and main village. The town provides acess to goods and has regular bus service to kathmandu.

    Our specialty crop is coffee. But we also grow hibiscus, different species of Citrus fruits, Guava fruit, Nepali hug plum, Sichuan pepper, Cardamom, Mulberry, Strawberry, herbs, Chilly and many more. Vegetables for kitchen.

    On the land you will also find a good variety of native and non native trees, including Buddha chitta, Rudraksya and Ginkgo tree.

    Many of the trees are only 1-3 years old and lot of care is needed.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    You will be working with Nepalese and living closely with us during your stay.
    There’s lots of opportunity to watch the way we work, to try engaging with language and communicating in other ways, and you can see the general lifestyle of village members as you walk around and explore. You may find yourself eating with local families, working with Nepalis in the field, and going for walks around the village with local people.

    Volunteers who like to learn nepali has great opportunities here, we love to help you and to practice together.

    The community here is mixed with different ethnic groups, the Tamang tribe beeing in majority.

    As far as learning experiences, you will see our organic methods for increasing soil fertility, managing pests and diseases. We have planted our trees to suit local microclimates and you can learn about these Nepali crops, black cardamom, Szechuan pepper, citrus, medicinal herbs, as well as coffee and Western orchard crops.

    We do all the steps of coffee at the farm and you can learn about coffee from planting seeds to prossesing, roasting and cupping.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for volunteers that have experience, knowledge or intress related to organic farming, permaculture, village development.

    That are very independent, self-motivated, and interested in learning about a range of skills and topics. That are willing and capable to put in the required 25 hours a week of work.

    Work from day to day may vary a lot, depending on the time of year.

    We love when volunteers take charge. If you see something that needs to be done or you have your own project.

    We also recommend that volunteers be very proactive to have the experience they seek during their time here. If you want to apprentice someone, learn a specific skill, if you want to try something new…..please ask any of us and don’t be shy!

    Otherwise, tasks that my be given to volunteers include: weeding, helping with tree care (we will direct), coffee processing, tree planting, cutting grass with sickle, help with projects around living quarters, watering, nursery work, mulching and compost making.

    Days will be active, but to the degree that is comfortable for each volunteer. Please let us know if there is a specific type of work you are interested in.

    Because It takes time to fully experience our place and local area, to travel here, get into the farm routine etc, we do recommend and give priority to longer stays. Our earlier experiences shows that 2 weeks or more, gives the workawayer and us, time to have a great mutual learning and cultural exchange.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Nepali: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    All of us likes languages and to learn new words in any language. We all speak Nepali, one of us speaks Tamang as well. We all like to practice English.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have 4 rooms, double and twin in our farmhouse. Wifi. One common bathroom w/Hot water.
    We have space for 5-6 volunteers.

    Volunteers makes breakfast themselves and together with us. Typically beaten rice, bread, rice, egg, porridge, fruits.

    At noon and in evening we make Daalbhat. Rice, lentils, vegetables. Sometimes other dishes like Thukpa, Dhilo, local and international dishes.
    In between meals we serve snacks, biscuit, fruits, tea, coffee etc.

    Meals are mainly organic, sourced from our local area or own field.
    Seasonal fruits and vegetables.

    Basically vegetarian. But we do have meat occasionally too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    BUS DIRECTIONS from Kathmandu:

    Go to Chuchepate, Helambu buspark, on main way to Baoda from Chabil, near hotel Hyatt. Bus from 06.00 to 09.00. To Nawalpur Via Melamchi. (no prepaid ticket)

    You can catch a bus in the morning from 06.00 to 08.00 am from Tinkune bus Park that goes to Nawalpur via Chatutara or Shivaghat. Via Chautara is longer way. (prepaid ticket system available)

    The bus from Kathmandu to Nawalpur will arrive in the afternoon between 1 and 3 pm. (around 5 hours) .

    The Farm is 2, 5km / 40 min walk from Nawalpur. Some of us will meet you in Nawalpur.

    In Kathmandu, Thamel, we have relatives that runs a travel office and a small family hotel.

    Some of our volunteers are in contact with them. For a touch base, information, directions to bus.

    You may contact ahead for airport pickup / accommodation.

    The temperatures in our area are similar to Kathmandu. Winter is cool, especially at night. Summer rainy and warm. Bring warm clothes, socks, hat etc., raincoat and gumboots accordingly.

    We recommend you bring a head-torch light, flip-flops or other easy to wear house sandals (you don’t want to wear your hiking boots the whole time), clothes you are okay with getting dirty.

    Volunteers are kindly requested to contribute to our evolving farm, by contributing $5 dollars per day per person for your food.

  • 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

    The wifi works well most of the time but we do have occasional power break. Specially during monsoon season.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    US$5 per day to help host with food costs

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