in the Agro Farm program is operated under the women’s empowerment division set
up by VIN. This program is suitable for those who study the environment and
climate change, sustainable agriculture and livelihood, women’s studies,
international relations, social work, development studies, Nepal studies, and cultural
studies. The Women’s empowerment program may equally interest people who are
simply taking a gap year, or are on a career break, or are on vacation. Agriculture is a major sector of the Nepalese economy. It provides employment
opportunities to 66 percent of the total population and contributes about 36
percent to the country’s total GDP.
the development of this agricultural sector is extremely crucial for the
development of the national economy. Nepalese Agriculture is mainly the subsistence
type. People practice integrated agriculture. We can find livestock, crops and
other enterprises being set up side by side. This is a very sustainable concept
and works without deteriorating nature. However, it does need some
commercialization and output maximization.
If you, as a volunteer are fond of Nepalese rural life then you must see how
people are involved in farming. Once you observe the Nepalese rural agriculture
you will begin to understand how exactly the farming is “sustainable.” Volunteering
in Agriculture would be a great opportunity for you to learn local knowledge,
culture and the way of living. Volunteers interested in sustainable
agriculture, low external input sustainable agriculture or traditional type of
agriculture can have real life experiences with such practices in the farms in
villages where VIN has been working.
VIN offers packages for volunteers, enabling them to learn about the Agro-farm
of different indigenous tribes in Nepal such as Balami, Tamang, Newar
etc. By volunteering with such races of people you will be able to
compare what you already know about farming, with what new material you are
acquiring, and maybe even come up with new techniques.
• To give volunteers the experience of working within the
system of traditional Nepalese Agriculture.
• To raise awareness within our targeted community about
dignity of labor and motivate them to start income generating agricultural
• To generate income from our farm and use that income to help
improve the conditions of the rural communities we work with.
• To bring some visible changes to the livelihood of very
vulnerable farmers within the local area.
• To study the locals who engage in indigenous agricultural
practices that one rarely finds anywhere else in the world.
• Empower socially discriminated, vulnerable, marginalized
communities of Nepal
• Provide technical know-how to the farmers without
negatively affecting/disturbing their traditional knowledge and authentic
• Work towards Livelihood improvement for targeted
• Raise funds for the community development work.
Why Volunteer in the Agro Farm?
As an organic / non organic farming volunteer, you will learn how to grow your
own food without pesticides, be exposed to many new and alternative learning
experiences, and will be given a chance to give something back to the
environment. During your stay, you will be living together with the farm family
where you will all work, learn, cook, and eat together as one. It is a great
opportunity for you to fully immerse yourself into the Nepalese culture and
Required Qualifications and Expertise
Volunteers for program must: - Be 18 years or older, have no major health problems,
be flexible about plans and be committed.
No previous experience is required to apply for a volunteer or internship
position; however VIN greatly appreciates volunteers who possess:
• Expertise in a related subject area, such as economics, agriculture,
micro-enterprise, accounting, business or entrepreneurship.
• Writing and documentation skills.
• Experience in a relevant workshop topic, such as, having
previously worked in an agro farm/ organic farm
• Flexibility and patience (volunteer work is tough, often
frustrating but ultimately rewarding, especially in Nepal.)
• A passionate desire to change lives positively.
Developing sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to
transform communities. Nepal produces incredibly resourceful entrepreneurs,
mentors and leaders. All they need is the right tools, encouragement and
As a volunteer it is important to remember that:
• Cultural barriers can make activities difficult. This is
normal. It takes time to build relationships and adjust to a new work
environment. By the time you leave, you will have new friends and great
• Even small efforts can change lives. If you feel you are
not contributing, remember, that results take time. An intervention may not
bear fruit for many years, but without help, these women will remain trapped in
a cycle of oppression and poverty.
• Volunteering changes you. Have fun and learn as much as you
We welcome all people, of different backgrounds and walks of life to volunteer
or intern with us!
A. Skilled and Corporate Volunteers
B. Short term: driven volunteers
Make sure that you receive the following documents from VIN before you leave for
• For a General Volunteer
pack, which includes a general description of the Income generation and agro
farm skills programs and the role of volunteers within the program. You should
receive this immediately after you book your placement.
• For a Specific Volunteer
pack with a detailed description of the project and your specific roles and
responsibilities. You should receive this at least 15 days before departure
from your home country.
Make sure that you go through the above mentioned documents
thoroughly and understand your roles and responsibilities in this program. If
you have any queries or need further clarification, you are always welcome to
can start your volunteer work today by raising materials and donations in your
country for VIN’s projects. A list of materials that you can bring, as well as
tips for fund raising, are provided in the General Volunteer and arrival pack.