As a volunteer on the Sustainable Agriculture project in Nepal, your focus is on providing support to small-scale local farmers, resulting in improved livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable agriculture practices.
This project is well suited to all volunteers, particularly if you have an interest in organic farming, climate change, sustainable agriculture and livelihood, international relations, social work, development studies, and cultural studies. Volunteers with previous experience on an agricultural farm or organic farm are highly appreciated by the local community for the knowledge and skills they bring to the project.
Volunteers are placed with a local family to provide assistance on a farm, learning traditional Nepalese agricultural techniques and practices while also introducing knowledge of newer farming methods and market opportunities. You can expect to be involved in tasks such as clearing land, cultivating and harvesting crops, caring for and moving livestock, and general farm maintenance. If you’re someone who loves the outdoors and you’re looking for hands-on volunteer work, this is a great option for you.
There is also scope for volunteers to assist the farmers and local community with ideas on how to manage their farms from a business standpoint, with the aim of providing support to increase their financial security.
Nepalis major economic sector is agriculture. More than 80% of the population in Nepal are depended on agriculture. Nepal is a country of geographical diversity. Diverse types of crops and vegetables are grown here in different seasons ranging from lower land called Terai (60m) to High Himalayan region. Agriculture in Nepal is still done traditionally and it is just enough for survival.
Agricultural work in Nepal is taken as celebration and cultural practice. The cultural aspect of Nepali agriculture is so unique. Nepal celebrates different agriculture related festivals like ropai jatra (paddy plantation ceremony), Daai festival ( the paddy harvest ceremony). The nature worship and agricultural worship are part of animism which is still among farmers.
About the Program
Agricultural volunteer program will give you an opportunity to live together with local host farmer families, learning agricultural practices carried out by them since ages, and taking part in agricultural work. This program will let you experience the local life in Nepal.The research orientated and culture orientated volunteers can take part in this program. If you are born in a city and have no experience of the agricultural life, you will learn a lot and may be you will wonder what life means to these people. The rural parts of Nepal still gives you the opportunity to experience medieval time. When you live in a farm house, you will get the chance to milk animals in the traditional way, eat tree ripened fruits and much more.
Learn different native techniques from this agricultural volunteer program. For example learn to make Gundruk ( the dried fermented leafy vegetable product), wave gundri (mat from straw), make blankets from wool, churn the curd to produce ghee etc. Learn the ideas and techniques from local Nepali people so when you go back to your country you can grow plants in Nepali way. In this program you will get chance to learn about different medicinal plants and there use. Ploughing the field and using oxen can be matter of fun for you. These small experiences will transform your life and make you more wise. Be a local everywhere to know.
A Typical day starts with tea in the morning. Some free time in morning and seasonal work. After Lunch at 10 AM the field work starts (roughly 4 hours) including typical tasks like: