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Learn about self-sufficient farming and natural building at our vegan farm near Phayao, Thailand

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    **IMPORTANT : THE FARM WILL BE CLOSED FROM 15TH MARCH UNTIL 2ND OF APRIL, please do not apply for these dates**

    Hello everybody! My name is Pure and I am from Thailand. I was working in animation for many years but then decided to become a farmer and create a vegan permaculture farm in 2015.

    The main goal is to become a self-sufficient vegan farm. Our inspiration comes from Thai traditional agriculture but as vegans, we mix traditions with our own values. For example, we are very interested in different phases and positions of the moon before planting and harvesting. We also try to build mostly from natural materials like bamboo, earth and straw.

    In addition to farming, we give a few hours of our time on Saturday and Sunday to teach English (basics lessons) to students in the village. It is our way to share with local people our values and the benefits of interacting with so many different cultures.

    We are located 6km south of Phayao between the mountains and rice fields. The farm is set on 3 acres of land with food forests and we have vegetable gardens on contour, rice paddies and ponds.

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    FOOD:
We provide 3 vegan meals per day for 240 baht per day. The meals will be made from vegan whole foods, most of the food comes from the farm. Normally we cook lunch and dinners together (around 11:30am and 6pm respectively). With our food, you will learn a lot about Thai-vegan cuisine.

    If you don't want to pay, you can buy everything at the market and cook for yourself (but please only bring vegan food onto the land. There are also restaurants around the village.

    ACCOMMODATION:
As a volunteer, you will have a simple accommodation around our beautiful farm (some of houses can be seen in the pictures). They include mosquito nets and bedding that are provided for free. Please bring your own towel, toiletries, and torch (phone flash can also be used).

    WORK: We don't have a minimum hours of work but on average, volunteers do 3-4 hours a day. For example, in the morning you can work 1-2 hours, then continue in the afternoon and choose when to take a rest, go for a walk/bicycle ride or do some handcrafts, read, whatever you want.



    BOOKING:
We have switched to the "first-come-first-served" policy because unfortunately a lot of volunteers book in advance and then change their plans last minute. You still can send your request early but please follow up to confirm your interest/exact dates 1-2 weeks before coming and then a couple of days before. We also accept last minute requests if there's any space available, feel free to send us a message.



    If you confirm a date of arrival much in advance (2-3+ weeks), please do so only if you are sure you can come, and * please send a message of confirmation again a week before, otherwise we will need to cancel your spot. *
    Several people to this day have confirmed early - because they need to make plans and it is understandable - but then did not show up. This means someone else has lost the chance to experience life at the farm.

    COURSES:
We sometimes have guests staying at the farm to do courses. We also host a permaculture farming course (5 days) if there’s enough interest.

    INTERNET:
We do not provide internet but there is a good access via mobile.

    GETTING THERE: If you come from Chiang Mai, the easiest is to take a bus in the direction of Phayao with Greenbus company. There is a stop about 10 km before Phayao, which is close to the farm and we can pick you up there.
    If you come from Chiang Rai or Bangkok and arrive to the central bus terminal, you can take a scooter taxi. The price will be around 200 bhat.

    WASTE MANAGEMENT: We would like the volunteers to be conscious and responsible for their own plastic, bottles and trash because there is no recycling system around here. We appreciate if you can collect your non-biodegradable waste during the stay and take it with when you leave.

    
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    Please note, that we are not a tourist attraction. We are a functioning farm and would like volunteers to be committed and interested in our philosophy.



    To give the volunteers the best experience we are currently taking a maximum of 7-8 people at the same time. 



    We would prefer to have vegan volunteers at the farm, due to the number of emails we receive and the limited space we have. However, all are welcome so long as you can respect our vegan values whilst on the land.



    For many years I have been living this way, I can create, play with everything around, learn by making mistakes, meet many people around the world, and take a rest at any time. It is a nice way to live and I am looking forward to sharing this experience and philosophy with you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Volunteers could learn:

    - traditional Thai agriculture

    - to build from local and natural materials

    - from immersion in the countryside of thailand (far from tourism)

    - to grow​ mushroom​s

    - about the local community by interacting with local students

    - to make our natural soap

    - to use plants for medicine

    - to make bamboo waving/craft and
    furniture

    - to make pottery

    - to cook vegan meals

    - to do meditation

    - to do tatoo

  • Help

    Help

    The volunteers could help in various ways:

    To plant trees and vegetables and practice seed saving. (Papaya, banana, jackfruit, soybean, eggplant, cabbage, and many more).

    To build community spaces like the kitchen and bungalows from the earth, bamboo and straws. Volunteers will learn to use a machete and saw to cut and build. No experience is necessary.

    To teach English to local students in the village.

    To create a project for the community. We are open to new ideas and ways of caring for the earth. We are especially looking for volunteers to create a recycling system for our community. If you are interested please message us with your ideas.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Looking for English teacher, I can teach you Thai.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Simple private bungalow or private room with electricity, bedding, and mosquito nets. There is no washing machine, you will need to wash and dry your clothes yourself. Also please bring your own towel and toiletries. There are shared bathrooms with simple toilet and shower (cold and warm). Three vegan meals a day are provided. There is no wifi, so you need your own mobile SIM but the signal is good. We have many shared spaces to enjoy and relax in nature. There is also a pond to cool off on hot days.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We provide exposure to the simple life with organic vegan food.

    Other highlights of this experience include trekking in the mountains, waterfalls and visiting local temples.

    We can provide a bike for cycling/biking in the area.

  • 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

    You would need to have a mobile SIM in order to have your own connection but the signal is good. It's a great place to work from, very relaxing and healthy.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There are some spaces you can park on the land.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours per day

Host ref number: 553415593766

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