Farming Assistant Volunteer

Kevin Rohan Eco-Foundation - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-461 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Agriculture Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 16 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

the KRMEF Village was created with the objective of building an eco-friendly village that would employ disabled and underprivileged individuals.

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation,(KRMEF), strives to find different sustainable practices that focus on using eco-friendly methods to develop community initiatives that are 100 percent self sustaining. Their aim is to use resources, waste and materials that are prevalent in Nepal.

A farming and agriculture volunteer will be able to enjoy some of the beauty of Nepal at this location. Away from the noise of the city and situated at the bottom of a hill you can see the spectacular mountains and on a clear day parts of Kathmandu.

A farming and agriculture volunteer, at this placement, may be asked to work in various aspects of farming be it: helping to plow the fields, make organic fertilizer, work in the planting and maintaining of organic products, make briquettes or assist in the care of the bee hives etc.

At times, as a break from farming tasks, volunteers may enjoy assisting at the orphanage or helping at the library.

A farming and agriculture volunteer does not need to have previous experience in the field but must be able to do manual labor in the hot climate of Nepal and a willingness to work in all farming and agriculture sectors.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Farming Tasks

Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation has their own field where a farming and agriculture volunteer can help out by doing various farming tasks like plowing the field, landscaping, doing organic farming, making organic fertilizer etc.

Briquettes

A farming and agriculture volunteer may be asked to help KRMEF by making briquettes. It is a kind of fuel produced from sawdust and wood chips. It is a income generating task that helps support KRMEF with their numerous projects.

Organic Farming

A farming and agriculture volunteer may be asked to assist in the organic farming fields by: plowing the fields, pulling out all the unwanted grasses, putting water on the vegetables, keeping all products fertilized and once ripe getting them prepared to sell in the markets.

Compost Maintenance

A farming and agriculture volunteer would work with the people of the community who would teach the volunteer their method of compost maintenance for their gardens. This is a very important aspect of their farming techniques because it provides strong and healthy plants. If you provide compost to the plants they will grow with their own natural resistance to pests and diseases. Compost is the natural, home grown method of achieving this. Good compost added regularly to gardens will support healthy and rich soil.

Host Organization Details

Kevin Rohan Eco-Foundation

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation,(KRMEF), is a Nepali non-profit organization that strives to find different sustainable practices that focus on using eco-friendly methods to develop community initiatives that are 100 percent self sustaining. They want to achieve this goal by integrating a number of different environmental projects from various parts of the world and adapting them to be used with the resources, waste and materials that are prevalent in Nepal.

Their aim is to create the first sustainable eco-friendly community in a village called Khahare. This village, once it has completed its goals and the community is 100 percent self sustaining, will then be used as a model community for others to adapt the practices that have been successful in Khahare.

Since the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation has started their programs many other environmental organizations and community leaders have expressed interest in learning how they can make their communities more self sustainable. The goal of this organization is to test out each of the different practices to ensure that they are sustainable and then to help other communities throughout Nepal develop the same strategies.

The founder, Krishna Gung, decided that he wanted to start an organization that was primarily based on eco-friendly initiatives and to promote communities to strive to be self sustainable. His interest in these areas stemmed from the realization that the population rate in and around the Kathmandu region was growing and that in order for the land to sustain this growth environmental initiatives and eco-friendly projects needed to be implement in order to preserve their resources and improve the standard quality of life for everyone in the cities and surrounding areas.

Mr. Krishna Gung also wanted to ensure that the organization develop policies that promote an inclusive environment especially for those who are generally marginalized or stigmatized by many people throughout Nepal. His goal was to provide training and employment to individuals who were unable to find work due to their disabilities. In addition to providing employment opportunities, Krishna wanted to create an inclusive community where everyone is accepted and given the opportunity to be a productive member of society. As he started creating the KRMEF Village he decided that he wanted to name the community after his late son, Kevin Rohan.

Disabled Nepali people, (including those with leprosy), are part of a marginalized group that are often pushed out of the workforce and subjected to economic, social and emotional hardships. It is often difficult for disabled people to find sources of income which means that they are usually unable to provide for themselves or their families. Their disabilities also means more economic strain put on their families. After identifying these issues, the KRMEF Village was created with the objective of building an eco-friendly village that would employ disabled and underprivileged individuals.

The village provides a variety of services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Nepal. Everyone lives in the community and there are a number of work projects that are available for people to participate in. The staff at Kevin Rohan Memorial Village have created a number of work projects for the individuals who need assistance. Individuals with disabilities are trained to work in the following areas: at a school, local health clinic, solar cooking, making briquettes, planting fruit trees, developing ecological awareness, maintaining the guest house, bio-dynamic agriculture, building houses out of recycled material, making detergent and creating jewelry.

The services provided at Kevin Rohan Memorial Village not only benefits the village but the environment as well. An example is: by promoting solar cooking practices and the use of briquettes, ( hand made in the village from paper and sawdust), that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, decreases the amount of wood that needs to be burned which in turn contributes to conserving local forests. MOTTO: " We built the foundation of the community with the following values: respect, integrity, dignity, productivity, trust, and inclusiveness. From there we applied a number of innovative and environmentally aligned practices into our daily living and have attracted a local and international community excited to work and prosper together. We believe everyone has something to offer. Creativity and participation make the community thrive. Our hope is to demonstrate a fundamental kinship with the environment and with each other to offer an inspirational living model to anyone wishing for a healthy and balanced existence".

Currently KRMEF provides scholarships for four girls to attend school full time. This is excellent because it provides these girls with access to an education that they otherwise would not be able to have.

When They Were Founded

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF) was established in 2008 in the village of Khahare, near Khokana, in the southwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

The founder, Krishna Gung, realized that Nepal is densely populated throughout the Kathmandu area and the surrounding small villages. As a result, he saw the environmental impact of waste, pollution and deforestation. He decided to start an organization that was primarily based on eco-friendly initiatives and to promote communities to strive to be self sustainable. He also wanted to ensure that the organization develop policies that promote an inclusive environment especially for those who are generally marginalized or stigmatized by many people throughout Nepal. His goal was to provide training and employment to individuals who were unable to find work due to their disabilities.

Who They Work With

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation provides sustainable services that support the vulnerable, under-privileged, disabled and marginalized community members from Khahare, which is a small town. Currently, this organization employs individuals who have been afflicted by leprosy, disability, victims of substance abuse or family tragedies.

Nepal remains one of six countries in which leprosy is still a public health problem and where the goal of leprosy elimination (prevalence less than 1 in 10,000 population) is yet to be reached.

Individuals who are fighting with mental and physical disabilities do not only have to overcome the everyday obstacles of providing for and taking care of themselves, but also the negative cultural stigma surrounding them. Some people in Nepali society view disabilities as a punishment for sins committed in previous births.

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation works to assist many people so they may provide for themselves and their families and feel like productive members of their society.

How Are They Funded

This foundation is able to raise a small amount of funds by selling homemade handicrafts and by renting out the rooms in the guest house to foreign volunteers and visitors. In addition, there are some local and international donors.

Donation Requests

KRMEF would appreciate donations of:

books of bio-dynamics, equipment and tools for agriculture, lined paper, blank paper, colored paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, colored markers, erasers, notebooks, calculators, educational games, clothing, shoes, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

At their clinic they would appreciate donations of: latex gloves, antiseptics, bandages, thermometers, cotton balls, bed sheets, nurses scrubs and medical tape.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Khahare, where the eco-village is located, is situated in the southern part of Kathmandu, on the way to the famous temple of Dakshinkali.

With a population around 4,500, the majority of the people in Khahare depend upon farming for subsistence. There are also a few government jobs within the village that provide income to some families. The houses of Khahare are very traditional with old clay walls and straw roofs which keep the rain out.

KRMEF village lies at the foot of a typical Nepali Hill. The environment is extremely calm in comparison to bustling Kathmandu city, and the view from the top of the roof is spectacular. There is a nearby pond, Taudaha Pokhari, which can be reached in 10 minutes by walking. It is a peaceful place where one can feed the fish or merely interact with the locals. KRMEF village can best be described as an authentic taste of Nepal. The hills loom large over the spacious valley, and everywhere you look you see terrace after terrace of farm land. Furthermore, the placement lies only a few minutes from the main road from which it is easy to find a bus heading to Kathmandu or nearby Lalitpur.

The Community Clinic has been established in an old local hall that was not being used by the community. A joint effort between locals and volunteers turned the unused building into a small medical clinic with a reception area and two rooms. The first of the two rooms is used to conduct check-ups on the patients of the clinic. The second room is used for medical distribution. Due to a significant lack of resources and manpower, this clinic can currently only provide general check-ups.

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Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, catch any micro bus heading to Ratna Park from Sorhakhutte. Get off at Saheed Gate and take another bus heading to Dakshinkali. Get off at Khahare Village Center about 1 km from Taudaha Pokhari (pond).

Alternative route: Take the bus which travels around Ring Road from Balaju to Balkhu. From Balkhu, catch the bus heading to Dakshinkali. Get off at Khahare and from the Khahare bus stop, cross the road and walk south for two minutes. Here you will find the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Friendly Village.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 9 kms
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:10

Weather in the Area

The Kathmandu valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for short periods of time, it then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to about one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. In the winter you can see the Himalayas peaking over the hills first thing in the morning before the smog sets in.

There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. The city can be a shock to travelers with a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Then there is Thamel...the world famous backpackers area...a home away from home for many travelers who need some extra comfort and a reminder of the western world, where you can find everything from fresh baked croissants to wireless internet.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently moved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarchy to a republic and Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history.

Kathmandu is considered to be the economic, spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal and also serves as the administrative capital with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Star Hospital
Sanepa Chowk
Kathmandu
TEL 1: 977-1-5550197

Placement Address

Kevin Rohan Eco-Foundation
Khahare
Kathmandu
Nepal

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
295
 
  2 Weeks
400
 
  3 Weeks
505
 
  4 Weeks
610
 
  5 Weeks
715
 
  6 Weeks
820
 
  7 Weeks
925
 
  8 Weeks
1,030
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
95
 
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 16 USD / week

Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021
Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021
Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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