About the local hosting organizationThe l oca l pa rtne r Ga mi Se va Se va na GSS - (She l ter for vi l l a ge rs ) a re e s ta bl i s he d a s a i ntegra ted orga ni c farm in 1977 with the financial support from some international donation agencies . Five years ago al l the funds are terminated suddenly then mos t of the activi ties are col lapsed. After that another group had taken the respons ibi l i ty to development the col lapsed project. GSS cons i s ts with an animal husbandry (cattle and goats ) and bio - gas uni t, vegetable planta tion plots including leafy vegetables , tea planta tion, banana planta tion and cinnamon planta tion. These planta tions are only use organic manure. They had a training center to train local youths as organic farmers too. Volunteers as s i s t to GSS to rehabi l i tate and rebui ld the farm as a complete model farm whi le they experiencing the natural way of agriculture.
About the volunteer workMainly working at the farm while assisting its day today work. Making composts, making beds, planting seeds or seedlings, watering, harvesting are among the regular work. But you have to record your work and its effects are essential. You can visit to villages to assists their home gardening activities. On Saturdays you can join with village children English classes. -- You have to work 5 days per week, at leas t 6 hours per day. You have to work one weekend day according to reques t of s chool chi ldren. Your two free days you can arrange as two consecutive days or di fferent two days . -- Study theme : You can join with GSS group's activities. Micro financing, organic home garden, environment conservation, Children's programs, history and many more you can learn upon your interest.
Local accommodationFarm house. You have a s ingle room. Hos t fami ly wi l l cook for you. No hot water and Wi fi . But internet i s avai lable at the office so you can check your mai l s there. Cloths washing by washing machine.
About the project locationLocated at 130km from Colombo. Thi s i s a mounta inous area and elevation i s 1100m above sea level . Envi ronment i s cool , windy and low humid. Used for tea planta tion by the Bri ti sh people unti l late 19th century. Sti l l some planta tions can be seen. Agriculture, dai ry farming and working at tea planta tion are the main income of the community. -- You can learn how to cook local meal s and ta s te di fferent frui ts . Medi ta tion center i s jus t 3 km away from the center. You can vi s i t there when you free whi le experiencing nature of hi l l country.
Extra info about the projectParticipation fees 800 USD - While feeling the hospitality and environment, share your skills at farm work