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Agriculture is the backbone of India and 80% of the population depend on it. India has introduced modern farming techniques of mass production. Traditional agricultural methods are being practised by marginal farmers and tribal people in remote villages.
India is an amazing destiny for anyone with a passion to gain new experience and travel adventure. To know India's culture, community and natural biodiversity you need a lifetime go around it. Many opportunities exists for career breaks, gap year students and for people who wish to gain meaningful travel experience. You share and learn by volunteering in one of our agriculture and organic farming projects in Madurai. In addition you will have the opportunity to see some of the ancient world heritages and architectures in the temple city of Madurai. You can also visit other places of interest – hill stations, nature resorts, beaches, temples and many more places of historical importance and tourist destinations.What is in Agriculture and Farming:
Agriculture and farming projects offers rich experience in knowing the agricultural practices in India and to contribute towards modern techiques in reducing the manual labour, the traditional farming expects manual labour in digging, ploughing, watering, laying, transplanting, manuring, weeding, pest protection and harvesting.
Agriculture and farming activities mostly dependent on rainfalls. Rich farmers invest in tapping ground water resources. Droughts are common occurrences and farmers switch to water resistant crop practices.
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|Project||Agriculture and Farming|
|Duration||Minimum 2 weeks - Maximum 8 weeks|
|Support||Provide support in crop cultivation, weeding, and feeding farm animals.|
|Age||16 - 70|
|Visas||Once you apply you will receive the VISA information pack.|
|Prices||Refer our price list|
|Terms and Conditions||Click here to view(Terms and Conditions)|
|Accommodation||Shared rooms in guest houses or host families.|
|Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments|
|Support||Local staff team with 24hrs emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included for arrival and departures|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent after your registration|
|Orientation||Two days introduction to Madurai and on Indian culture|
|Flights, Insurance, personal expenses, personal tour travels and visa expenses.|
India is a great adventurous destination to travel and to live. One has to adapt to different lifestyle and culture totally different from the west. India is colorful, rich in culture and at some time chaotic but the same becomes adventurous. The cultural heritages and architectures are 5000 years old and vibrate ancient wisdom and science. Modern developments like roads and infrastructures are shown as priorities for developments. Most of the cities have well developed modern airports connected with metros and transport system.
India is the second most populated country in the world. Cities have good infrastructure when compared to the rural areas. The economy is dependent on agriculture. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and the marginalized are the tribal and migrants who move to the cities for mundane job opportunities.Your Contribution in Agriculture and Farming Project:
You can chose to work with NGO managed farm activities or to help the poor villagers in agriculture. Some NGO manage farming lands as a source of income for their children residential care programmes. You can help in the farming as well as support the activities in the residential care places. You must be ready to dirty your hands. Around three to four hours of work in the morning and two hours of work in the evening is required in the farming activities.
Being in an agriculture project will give more hands on experience to know various agricultural practices in India. You will also participate in natural farming techniques like organic fertilizers, natural pest control techniques and drip irrigation techniques.
Living with the children is also to observe the child individually to provide personal attention to improve their learning abilities, health habits and personalities. Some of the residential care institutions have their own schools or send children to the nearby schools. You could also help in teaching lessons, arts and crafts or in sports. At times it can be challenging but the children will inspire you to be proactive. Your interaction and conversations will improve their knowledge in English and communication skills.Typical Day: Village Exposures and Outreaches:
Weekly village exposures will be part of the agriculture and farming programme. You will be taken to nearby villages to interact and to learn from their daily farm work. You may also participate in the village renovation and reconstruction programmes.Living: Accommodation:
The residential care and community programme will expect you to live within the guest houses provided by them or in a host family accommodation. The host families are carefully selected to provide you the experience of living in an Indian family atmosphere.Food
Basically you will be given Indian breakfast, lunch and dinner. During your placement you may be served with tea and snacks by the respective institutions. The families will provide you with packed lunch for people who travel to other institutions.Laundry
Hand Wash is the norm in all our centers and families.Important Notes:
Participants coming for casual visit can obtain tourist visa. Interns have to obtain appropriate visa and we request you to begin your application process one or two months before your start date.
Projects are located in the temple city of Madurai, in Tamil Nadu, South India. Madurai is one of the oldest and historical cities dates back to 3rd century BC. The world heritage monuments, the Meenakshi Temple is the most prominent one frequently visited by tourists from all over the world. It has an international airport and access to modern facilities are located in the heart of the city.
People are welcoming and exceed in hospitality in the living in guest houses or families in Madurai. You will be treated as one additional member in the family.Project Location:
Project location is Madurai.