Intern in a sustainable agriculture project with Volunteer Society Nepal to help local farmers and their communities create a sustainable livelihood while benefiting from unique experiences and insights in rural Nepal. Within this internship you will work together with other interns, trainers and employees within an award-winning social enterprise that works with local farmers to grow, process and produce natural and herbal products.
Volunteer Society Nepal will pair you with a local young Nepalese intern in this social enterprise that works alongside local small-scale farmers that practice organic and sustainable land-use. Compared to volunteers, interns receive more support, guidance and are involved in the day-to-day running of the organization. The intern will work closely with the Project Coordinator and their work will be varied working with farmer groups, herbal processing, production, branding design and development and taking a social, yet commercial product to market.
The work can be tailored to the interests and passion of the intern. The role can also involve planting, cultivating and harvesting herbs and crops, landscaping, creating herb features, experimenting with natural building materials such as cob, sand and clay.
In this role interns support the local economy, and more specifically the livelihoods of local farmers and their families. Sustainable agriculture is vital to countless communities around the world, and interns can make a difference by sharing their knowledge and helping nurture agriculturally-dependent economies and offering assistance to small-scale farmers working to get their herbal crops to market. In return you get valuable lessons in sustainable agricultural farming in the challenging conditions of Nepal.
How do interns help and learn?
Interns participating in sustainable agriculture projects do hands-on work but are also part of a program that leaves a lasting impact on yourself and the farming communities. Interns will assist in all activities of this exciting social enterprise. You will be involved in the setting up of a social enterprise, strategic management, marketing and sales, market research and herbal production to name a few elements of the work. This really is an exciting learning opportunity where no two days are the same.
The objectives of this internship are:
- To understand the mission and aims of the social enterprise;
- To gain a deeper understanding of Nepali culture and traditions;
- To understand and appreciate some of the difficulties and challenges faced by rural communities across Nepal;
- To increase your knowledge and awareness of sustainable land-use and organic farming.
Do I need any specific qualifications or skills for this placement?
An internship project in sustainable agriculture is an excellent fit for participants who are graduates, undergraduates in studies such as environmental science, business, herbalism, agriculture, sociology or a related field. This is also a great opportunity for those already active in permaculture farming, agriculture, and sustainable practices and want to learn more. Interns who are curious about sustainable agricultural procedures and how they play a role in communities around the world will find these projects engaging and informative.
As the situation on the ground changes constantly, we ask that interns be flexible and adaptable when applying for this program. This role contributes a great deal to our social enterprise so we ask all interns to be dedicated and responsible to this role.
A positive can-do attitude and the willingness to muck in as and where needed are essential.
Do I need any specific qualifications or skills for this placement
A volunteer project in sustainable agriculture is an excellent fit for participants who are interested in farming, agriculture, and sustainable practices. Volunteers who are curious about agricultural procedures and how they play a role in communities around the world find these projects engaging and informative. Participants with any or no experience with farming or sustainable agriculture can contribute in valuable ways to these projects; the most important qualification is that volunteers are not averse to rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty, and spending time outdoors.
As the situation on the ground changes constantly, we ask that volunteers be flexible and adaptable when applying for this program. A positive attitude, good physical fitness, and willingness to muck in as and where needed are important.
Once you arrive we organize an introduction for you. We deem this to be highly valuable and it’s a program valued by many volunteer in the past. By means of an introduction you can acclimatise and prepare for your volunteering. You can begin at you project rested and prepared. In this way you can be really effective.
Arriving to work in a foreign country can be a nerve-wracking experience, this is why at VSN we provide a friendly and in-depth welcome. The in-depth welcome encompasses basic language training, cultural training and sightseeing through Kathmandu and surrounding. This is what you can expect from the moment when you touch down at Tribhuvan Intl. Airport. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
While you volunteer with Volunteer Society Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. Be part of a Nepali family. Eat together with the family. Play with the children. Experience the rich Nepali culture firsthand. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again.
All our host families have conducted a training regarding hosting volunteers adequately. They know how to ensure hygiene and provide security. They will treat you as a member of the family. To secure the knowledge of the western culture and desires we train our host families yearly.
Although we do not experience it frequently and it can be considered very rare, it could be possible you are not satisfied at your host family. In that case, it’s possible to switch host family. We want to guarantee your happiness and secure the positive experience of Nepal. Hence, we remain contact if every runs properly at your host family during your stay.
When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the VSN representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of our host families have children and it seems many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life. The other way around, we experience volunteers learn a lot from the hosts and children regarding the life in Nepal.
At the host families you will stay with or without fellow volunteers. You can clarify you preference and we will take that into account while arranging your host family. It is always possible to stay as a couple or group of friends in one host family. You should consider the host family as you temporary family in Nepal. As they will treat and value you as a family member. They can even so help you regarding how to discover the neighbourhood, advice on travels and offer you warmth in times of homesickness.
You should not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. However, you will have your own room unless requested otherwise, and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The quality of toilet and washing facilities vary significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better equipped host families.
The electricity supply in all areas is limited. Due to nationwide electricity shortages the government imposes power cuts of around 12-14 hours a day. In the cities some houses have backup batteries that will run low power bulbs in key rooms, but in the rural areas you can expect to use candles. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.
On placement you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10 AM and 6 and 8 PM. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement
Your hosts family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement.
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Why pay for volunteering?
You probably asked yourself on occasion. Why pay for volunteering? After all…you’re offering your services free of charge… and on top of that you have to pay? How ridiculous is that?? The question one should ask though is: “what is it I’m paying for?” In the following points, we will shed light on this question, and hopefully will have answered any misconceptions many people have on volunteering. As a potential intern/volunteer you need to understand that below is a list of reasons why a program fee is required.
Note: In some cases, you may work directly for the organization in need of volunteers and there may be volunteering program with little fee. These organizations may be local or international, and their process for applying generally differs from our organization as it will be more tailored to their requirements and needs and less so on those of the volunteers. But, be aware that they usually are unable or unwilling to provide above mentioned logistics and support like arranging housing, orientation, sight -seeing, language classes, visa Assistance, 24/7 support and social and Cultural activities etc.