Volunteer at a Progressive Heritage Organic Farm with a Swim/Surf/Yoga twist in Karnataka, India



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    Our family farm has been handed down by over six generations — 300+ years! — and is certified organic since 1993.
    It is cultivated on a 50-acre property, 70% of which is made up of a lush natural forest that we maintain without interfering with it.

    Among the main crops we harvest are cacao, areca nut, nutmeg, rice, and pepper — as well as a variety of delicious exotic fruit. Water harvesting projects help irrigate our farmland and conserve water. In the research centre created by my grandfather, we identify and grow microorganisms that support our organic farming practices, and conduct plant research.

    Grafting, composting, rainwater harvesting, and crop rotation are some of the tasks we can always use additional hands for.

    Along with farming, we are passionate about all things WATER. We have built multiple ponds and pools on our property, which offer fun water activities like standup paddleboarding, diving, and zip lining.
    We are also into Swim Training, Surfing, Surf Life Saving, and Adventure Sports. Drowning is endemic to India, causing the death of nearly 100,000 people each year — only Aquatic Education can change this! Each year we do our part by running swimming summer and winter camps.

    Were you a mermaid in your past life? Does the geek inside you get excited about effective microorganisms and fermentation? Do you want to experience a thriving self-sustaining eco-friendly organic farm in action and help it flourish even more? Are you a fan of delicious, home-cooked Indian food?

    Our mission is to spread the seed of organic farming and community living to anyone keen to learn and be hands-on — and have mad fun in the process. If this rings true, we are excited to hear from you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers who decide to join us at the farm will be learning a lot about organic farming practices, eco-friendly farming methods & experience authentic Indian village life. There will be interactions between volunteers and the locals on a daily basis. They will be able to witness a huge part of Hindu culture and festivals.

    Things are not very formal and strict with the volunteers here at the farm. We love meeting new people and cultural exchange. We are happy to take your interests into account when assigning tasks. Do contact us for more information.

    An added benefit would also be that volunteers will get to eat scrumptious farm-fresh food everyday :)

  • Help


    Volunteers need to be able to adapt to the natural surrounding that you will be living in. Being physically fit will definitely help. You have to be ready to work and help out with the task assigned to you as well as treat everyone at the farm with courtesy and respect on a humane level. We have our local farmers who live on the property with their families and some of them who live in the village nearby, who will be doing their job while you are living with us. We do not want to disturb them while they are carrying out their daily duties unless we have assigned you to work with or learn from them.

    Volunteers will be expected to help out in different areas, according to what you are comfortable with. Volunteers could do farm work like grafting, packing compost, weeding, planting seeds, etc. and learn about organic methods of keeping crops healthy as well as maintain them until harvest season.
    Volunteers can also opt to help out at the veggie patch and learn about planting and maintaining various vegetables as well as helping out for up to 5 hours per day during the week.

    The weekends are holidays, volunteers are free to explore the farm, the surrounding forest, and the village which is close to the farm. There are excellent water sports activities like swimming, stand up paddle, etc on the farm as well.
    Things are not very formal and strict with the volunteers here at the farm. We love meeting new people and sharing culturally. Tasks will be assigned according to your interest. Do contact us for more information.

    We are also located very close to beautiful and scenic places like Coorg, Hampi, Udupi, Gokarna, Kerala, etc. which are just a few hours/an overnight bus ride away from the farm. People who would like to surf are spoilt for choice of spots in Mangalore, Udupi, Goa and Kerala.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil.

  • Accommodation


    We have a dormitory with bunk beds & volunteer homes for the stay. The fresh and home-cooked meals are served at the main house, all food is strictly vegetarian and seasonal, based on what is grown at the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is also located in the middle of the western ghats, so, volunteers will find it easy to travel to Bangalore, Kerala, Mangalore, Coorg and other beautiful places.

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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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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