Volunteer at a permaculture project in Jirisan Mountains


South Korea

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  • Description


    The long-term goal is to design and build an inspiring permaculture project that demonstrates on a small scale how to create a resilient life style coexisting with nature. Aspirations include demonstration gardens, outdoor kitchen, earth oven, compost toilet, outdoor shower, green house nursery, and eventually a tiny earthen house with kudul floor [traditional korean heating system]. Slowly the dream is being manifested.
    The masterplan design for the land is still in progress. Recently just started seedlings and new garden beds for planting in May. hoping to grow salad greens and herbs to use for the cafe restaurant. Construction for the outdoor kitchen and earth oven will start in May.
    If you’re curious about permaculture and want to learn together and experiment with ideas, this place is waiting for you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Travelers can learn about permaculture in the local korea context. esp about the wild mountains greens foraged in these high mountains which is why the regional Cholla-nam-do food is famous. they can experience the local life and famous history of the jirisan mountains. There are many beautiful temples, hikes and scenic sunset viewpoints high in the mountains overlooking the samjigang river.
    The manager of the project is Korean-American, born in Cholla-nam-do, Korea and raised in the US. She is a fellow wanderluster herself, curious about other cultures and ways of life. Her extensive travels around the world have often been more an inner journey to expand deeper understandings and shared connections into our humanity.

  • Help


    If you have interests in sustainable living, natural farming, natural building, alternative energy, permaculture design, handcrafts, cooking from the garden, alternative education, local community building initiatives then this might be a good fit for you!
    Please keep in mind, we are not an established project, this one is in progress.

    Depending on volunteers interests and our needs at the time you visit, we would like to request max 4 hrs in the morning or afternoon to help with one or more of the following:
    1. farming - design-build gardens and connecting paths, making new raised beds, making compost, planting seedlings, maintenance
    2. bio-construction - outdoor kitchen, earth oven, outdoor shower, compost toilet
    *️️️️️️️involves working with bamboo, wood, earthen plaster, and possibly welding steel

    In exchange for the help on the project, we provide homemade [mostly vegetarian] lunches and occasional dinners for volunteers, but in general breakfast and dinner is up to volunteers as we found this is easier for everyone. To be clear, at this time we can not provide all meals as some other projects are able to do. volunteers can pick up groceries at a nearby market to suit their preferences, harvest local greens from the garden, and cook individually or together or eat out.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Korean: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The 2nd floor is a modern style guesthouse that can be used by volunteers when there are no guests. there are 3 rooms and shared kitchen with a spacious living area. It is traditional korean style sleeping on the floor so there are no beds, just floor futons with blankets. Facilities are modern with hot water and even a bathtub! But if you prefer the outdoors and have your own tent, there is space to camp out under the stars.
    *️️️️️️️wifi is only available through hotspot

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The landscape is stunning and there is much to explore if you are a nature mountain lover. Depending on the work at the time, volunteers will have afternoons or mornings free and certain free days to explore as they wish. There is a local bus nearby that runs hourly. If we have time, we can also see some other projects or sites by car!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 719226263759