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VIN’s environment and agroforestry volunteer program is one that revolves around giving awareness to the local people on the condition of the environment, or placing volunteers into an agroforestry project set up by a German organization called “Kaule-ev” based in Kaule. VIN believes that the current state of the environment directly impacts one’s way of life and general well-being. Therefore, the current environment’s well-being is the people’s well-being.

You as a volunteer may partake in this program by letting VIN place you in one of the rural areas, with a Nepali family. During your stay you will put together various activities, in the hopes of raising awareness on the issue of resources being depleted in the local community much quicker than expected, and the subsequent matter of sustainability. You may carry out this awareness campaign through drama productions, games, etc. If you work within “Kaule-ev” you may work under skilled Nepali farmers’ instructions, cultivating land and basically engaging in agroforestry. If you are an expert in agriculture (preferable,) you may even get a chance to set up a workshop for the farmers, in which you would be assuming authority and teaching essential techniques of agroforestry.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:
Program: Environment and Agroforestry
Project: Environment and Agroforestry
Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali standard at hostel / host family
Key Activities: Working at farm, teaching English to farmers'/ children
Beneficiaries: Disadvantaged farmers, children
Working Hours: 3 to 5 hours a day / 6 days a week
Required Qualifications and Skills: High School Diploma, passion to work for disadvantaged community, flexible

Nepal is full of biodiversity. Due to the lack of awareness matched by a rapid population growth, natural resources have been depleted much more quickly than expected. If this continues, communities may face devastating natural disasters such as soil erosion, landslides and a consequent outbreak of epidemics. VIN therefore mobilizes people from home and abroad as Volunteers and Interns to make the community people aware of these impending issues in association with community based organizations and children clubs. In this program, volunteers / Interns will help to develop village and school profiles organizing meetings with school management committees, students, and community members, in an effort to identify the further needs of the school and the community.
 
Volunteers will identify their needs by using Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) tools i.e. community mapping, Focused Group Discussions, sorting and Ranking. In this way, volunteers are positively contributing because succeeding projects can thus be prioritized and developed through this process and the platform it has set. During their stay in the community, the volunteers can also organize many awareness raising activities to help promote the understanding of various environmental and developmental issues. Awareness campaigns are achieved through drama productions, rallies, stories, games and competitions.
 
This process has strengthened and empowered children's groups, Women Groups and CBOs. These activities cover environmental and sanitation campaigns, conservation campaigns, health issue campaigns, etc.
 
Agroforestry Projects:
 
VIN has been working together with "Kaule-ev", a German Association, working for Agro-Projects in Kaule, Okharpauwa VDC, Kathmandu, Nepal. If you wish to learn more about their projects please visit their website http://en.kauleev.org/kaulenepal. Their goal is to support socially sustainable Agro-Projects. Here, the association alludes to the social, economical and ecological aspects of such projects. If you wish to volunteer through VIN in their projects, you are welcome! Please contact us at info@volunteeringnepal.org
 
The volunteering opportunities with them include: working with farmers in their set farms; renovation of farms; Teaching English to farmers and their children.
 
Possible number of volunteer placements:  maximum 4

Time period of placement:    between April 2009 and May 2011

Length of placement:    3 weeks – 5 month (limitation by visa regulations)

Employment fields:    Working on farm in an agroforestry project, teaching English to farmers and farmer’s children

Description of placement:
 
1. Agroforestry Project

Volunteers can be placed after the agroforestry training has been given to farmers by NAF (Nepal Agroforestry Foundation) and CARD (Center of Agriculture Research and Development). The training will be for 3 weeks from the end of March to the start of April).
After the training, farmers will develop the restructuring plan of their own land. Based on those plans, rebuilding of the project area will be done with the help of volunteers who will follow the instructions of the farmer. 
 
Examples of possible elements included in the rebuilding of the project area are:
 
     nursery
     contour hedgerows of nitrogen-fixing plants
     crop rotation
     cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants
     fruits and spices
     conservation farming
     beekeeping
     home gardening
 
Work areas for volunteers could be in any of the listed areas, depending on what farmers decide to include on their land.

2. Teaching English to farmers, farmers children and in a primary school
 
Evening class:
 
a) Number of children: 30 – 40
The children are between 5 and 18 years old. At least 2 classes should be formed depending on age and knowledge.
Time:  5 – 5:45 pm first class 6 – 6:45 pm second class
Place:  teaching room in the house of Kaule e.V. or in a room of the primary school in Kaule
 
b) Number of farmers: 15 - 20
 
Time: 7 – 7:45 pm
Place:  teaching room in the house of Kaule e.V. or in a room of the primary school in Kaule

Day class:  Teaching in a primary school
Time: approximately 3 hours per day
Place: primary school of Kaule
 
Food and accommodation for volunteers:
 
Accommodation will be in the Kaule e.V. house approximately 10 -15 walking minutes to the primary school.
Volunteers will get Dal Bhat for breakfast and dinner (or a comparable meal) and a snack for lunch.


Program Availibility:
Available
International Volunteer working on Tomato farm
International Volunteer working on Tomato farm

Tomato Farm
Tomato Farm

Our Agrofarm
Our Agrofarm

Our Objective
Our Objective

Beans Cultivation Area
Beans Cultivation Area

Weeding of Chilli
Weeding of Chilli

Weeding of Tomato Tonel
Weeding of Tomato Tonel

Medicine and Vitamine Spraying on the tomato plants
Medicine and Vitamine Spraying on the tomato plants

Tomato Seed Cultivation
Tomato Seed Cultivation

PROGRAM FEES

1 week EUR 345.00
2 weeks EUR 420.00
4 weeks EUR 570.00
6 weeks EUR 700.00
8 weeks EUR 830.00
10 weeks EUR 960.00
12 weeks EUR 1090.00

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