About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with Green Volunteers for Green Future (GV4GF) since 2012 (since 2016 in this place). GV4GF is a NGO to promote voluntary service, environmental protection and improve rural life. Forests occupied 50% of the national land 2 years ago, but now only 30%. The farmland in this area was abondoned since the financial support from an International Organisation suddenly stopped 5 years ago. But the Women’s group has been reviving it, a part of which is a natural forest with lots of herbs and local various trees. They are planning to cover other parts also by trees and established a nursery with with forest plants and cash crops for minor export such as pepper, fruits, etc.
About the volunteer workIn the 1st week, we will work in a plant nursery such as making composts/ beds, planting seeds/ branches in the pots, collecting necessary plants and seeds from the forest etc. with youth and women groups. In the 2nd week, we will do various community work such as supporting the children society’s work and villagers' home garden activities.
Local accommodationVillage house with a host family with 2 children. No hot water, but electricity is available. Meals will be cooked by the host while dishes should be washed by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is not necessary. Let's enjoy the life wihout internet!
About the project location150km from Colombo, a mountainous area of 1,150 m a.s.l. Environment is cool, windy and low humid. Agriculture, dairy farming and working at tea plantation are the main income of the community.
RequirementsHigh motivation to work and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization!
Extra info about the projectOne week participantion is possible only in 06/08-06/14. Please write this period on the application form if you want to join only for one week. For one week participants, extra fee would be 175 USD.