About the local hosting organizationNepal is an agricultural country. About 80% of the people’s occupation is agriculture. Trade is also mainly of agricultural products. Agriculture provides raw materials for the industries. With the help of good manure, seeds, equipment and irrigation the growth of crops is increased in large quantity. Agriculture is known as the backbone of economy of Nepal. Agriculture occupation consists of three types: food crops, cash crops and mixed crops. Beside this, there are Livestock, Horticulture and Fishery. VIN’s Multi-Purpose Farm (MPF) concept is based on low-external inputs and sustainable farming practices, which allow farmers to integrate different technical elements into the MPF system. It will support to produce crops for both, home consumption and cash income generation. Adopting diversified agricultural activities, mono-cropping (rice or maize or wheat or millet) fields converts into integrated farms, which included fish ponds, fruit trees, cash crops, vegetable gardens and domestic animal husbandry. It is a five-year plan in Taluwa community, and is in partnership with local youths, which we aim to develop as a teaching farm to the villagers. Modern technologies will be used and it will be developed and become a complete Multi –purpose farm in five years. Modern and proved agricultural techniques will be adapted to the particular situation of the project site and specific farm layouts, species composition, cropping patterns and cultivation techniques will be introduced and monitored following the technical advice of agricultural technicians. In Nepal agriculture is the main source of income of the people. However farmers are unaware about modern technology and multiple farms. A group of youth and women are migrating to other countries for labour. There is a big force of unemployed youth in the country. The main aim of the multiple farming is to provide opportunity to youth to get involved into the project. It will enhance the entrepreneurship skills among youth and women on agriculture.
About the volunteer workObjectives To train local people in the fields of agricultural management, entomology, disease control, organic farming, marketing, farming techniques, irrigation and plant nutrition etc. To establish a model MPF in Taluwa, Okhaldhunga To develop social entrepreneurs and run enterprises in rural Nepal To reduce youth migration for Labour to other countries To support earthquake victims. Work/activities Train local people in the fields of agricultural management, entomology, disease control, organic farming, marketing, farming techniques, irrigation and plant nutrition etc. Create mass awareness about the hazards of chemical pesticides so as to aware other farmers in the community into organic production. Involve and work with Multi-purpose Farming group or the local women's/farmer’s group in food crops, cash crops, mixed crops, livestock, horticulture and fishery etc. Train/work with the local communities on Vermi composting and composting; Low cost irrigation; Fodder cultivation and management; Organic farming etc.
Local accommodationPlacement Support Process: Each volunteer is greeted and received by VIN local staff from the airport and dropped to local host family. The first day is the arrival day. The second day volunteers will receive a full day orientation at VIN office in Kathmandu. The placement orientation will cover, cultural tips, survival phrases on Nepali language, health tips, project activities preparation and about VIN. Then actual workcamp starts on from the day third. You will be always guided by a Nepali camp leader and VIN supervisors will visit you time to time for follow up support. Should you have any concerns on the workcamp, you may always call us for immediate help. During or after the workcamp, our staff will take you a half day sight-seeing to cultural heritage sites. On the last day of the workcamp, you will submit a detailed work report, fill up an exit form and sit with VIN executives for exit interview and feedback session. Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in Kathmandu for two nights until orientation. They have to cover the accommodation for 2 nights themselves (around 10-12Euro per night). VIN provides lunch in its office. Then they will be with the host family/hostel identified by VIN in Okhaldhhunga. The living facilities are simple and basic. Male and female Volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms. There will be 2-4 persons in one room. Volunteers are required to sleep on the simple beds. Please bring your sleeping bag.
About the project locationLocation: Taluwa Village Development Committee of Okhaldhunga district which is 250 km from Kathmandu. It takes one day travel by bus. A hilly and mountainous region (Everest Region) surrounded by woods and fields. Leisure Activities: Either before or after your workcamp, there exists the option to undertake a short VIN-organized tour to one of Nepal’s nearby attractions.
RequirementsParticipation Fee: The participation fee 230 +60 (for transportation) Euros is to be paid on your arrivals at VIN Office or upon booking the placement by Paypal or bank transfer. Why Taluwa, Okhaldhunga and extra transportation fee: Beautiful Himalayan region close to Mt. Everest. Lacks development and basic infrastructure. Very needy local area waiting for development. Welcoming community and rich in culture. Simple life style and smiling people. Lovely environment and up and down hills. Takes one day (250 km) car/bus rough and paved drive from Kathmandu. Good and enough support from local staff and community people. Volunteers will fill they have really contributed for needy and poor community. The Participation Fee Covers: Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at a local host family – 3 meals a day Transportation: Airport pick- up and pick up and drop to the working community site A half day guided sight-seeing for the world heritage site of Kathmandu Materials for the work-camp, community development projects support Local volunteer support cost VIN T-shirt and certificate of participation 24 hours emergency support VIN admin cost, What’s Excluded? Airfare, VISA, Travel medical insurance, return airport transfer, entrance fees on the world heritage sights, Personal travel and weekend activities expenses etc
Extra info about the projectNote: We will organize this Workcamp to another community close to Kathmandu if we receive less than 10 participants. (The detail info sheet and acceptance letter will be sent from VIN after we receive your Complete Volunteer Exchange Form from the sending organization)