Agriculture Helper

Africa Startup MyFarm
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Coordinator | lucas
Coordinator | lucas
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High­lights

Help maintain and improve our beautiful gardens. We aim to be the very best example of permaculture in practice in the whole of Gambia.
Help out in our specialised agricultural training programs. We teach anyone and everyone about innovative agricultural techniques and teach locals "how to make money" using agriculture.
Be a part of the fantastic garden team and enjoy using techniques that you will be able to take home and practice yourself.
Join us in our mission to improve livelihoods through agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship.
MyFarm is an "educational journey from seed to business".
Volunteer in our beautiful gardens. You will help the garden team maintain the vast gardens and even help out in our garden and entrepreneurship training programs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
Our mission is to improve livelihoods through agricultural innovation and environmental protection. This is exactly what being a garden volunteer at MyFarm is all about.

In The Gambia, and Africa as a whole, we are facing a critical period. Food security is a major concern over the coming decades, deforestation is accelerating, putting even more of a strain on the poorest continent on the planet. We believe that through education, training, and showcasing what is possible, we can be a part of the change to help ensure the food security of the country and the wider world.

Our permaculture gardens sustain not only ourselves but also provide us all we need to produce the huge array of food and beauty products we make. This direct link from garden to production is one of the things that makes MyFarm so special and our garden so important. We run innovative seed to business training programs where trainees will learn how to improve their land, therefore improving their yield, and then are taught the skills and given the confidence to turn what they produce into a business...improving their livelihood.

We showcase good organic agricultural practices by using them every day at MyFarm. You will not find a drop of fertilizer or pesticides on the farm, and our productivity has increased year on year since we were founded. This knowledge is then shared with anyone who visits the farm, and through our specialised education technology, we test on-site.

Your Role As A Garden Volunteer
A MyFarm garden volunteer will actively get involved with all aspects of the garden. Our vast gardens make it possible for experienced agriculturalists and the completely inexperienced to both learn and thrive, with various projects suitable for different levels all over the site. 

You will get involved with
  • Making compost
  • Making biochar
  • Making and using mulch 
  • Building and maintaining raised beds
  • Using our many on-site animals to help improve our land
  • Creating micro garden tables to help recycle our waste
  • Building permaculture techniques
  • Day to day activities such as watering and weeding

Optional projects you may want to get involved with
  • Linking the education sector with the garden
  • Leading the children in activities in the garden
  • Taking part of one of our agriculture training programs
If you have a particular area of expertise please let us know. We are happy to discuss different areas for people to get involved with. 

Who will you be working with?
  • As a garden volunteer you will mainly be with our Garden team
  • This team is very proactive, friendly and hard-working, and have extensive knowledge of local agricultural techniques
  • You will have a direct link with our production team and will sometimes work with them to produce certain products, depending on the time of year
What we expect
  • We expect you to come and work to help push forward the activities at MyFarm
  • We are dedicated to improving livelihoods and expect the same from our volunteers
  • The management at MyFarm will begin working with you well before you actually arrive and will set about making a plan dedicated for you
  • Some people like having specific programs in the garden, which is perfect for short stays, for longer stays we tend to have weekly meetings with all our volunteers and discuss the plans in the garden for that wee
  • We have everything you could possibly need in the garden already available on site and you would not need to bring any special equipment

At MyFarm you will live and work in our beautiful one-hectare farm. We have newly built on-site accommodation that has all the amenities including your own en suite room, a brand new kitchen with everything you could possibly need, and loads of comfy seating and wifi. The working and living environment is all under a canopy of huge mango trees, and it is a pleasure to work in.

Typical day

Wake Up Its A Beautiful Morning 


You will wake up in the tranquility of our gardens in the canopy of mango trees to the sound of birds chirping.

Take a stroll around the beautiful farm, if you choose to you can help feed the many animals we have on site or help out in the gardens.

At 9am you will have your breakfast with the garden team and discuss the days activities...there is always something to do in the garden. Even seasoned gardeners learn so much at MyFarm.

After breakfast, you will get to work.

Garden activities vary so much, it is hard to pin down exactly what you will be doing. Here's just some of the things you will be getting involved with:
  • Sowing seeds
  • building raised beds
  • feeding animals
  • making compost
  • building keyhole garden beds
  • weeding
  • watering
  • transplanting
  • building permaculture patterns
  • activities with the children
Every day you will be served a fantastic local lunch including local favorites domoda and palm oil. The food is delicious and we eat as a family in our banataba.

We are a creative hub and training center so we are always looking to exchange ideas and share knowledge. we welcome beginner and seasoned gardeners at MyFarm. During your stay, you will almost certainly help out with one of our many training programs. These are all designed to help locals learn agricultural techniques and relate everything to how to make money to help improve livelihoods across the Gambia.

Typical Day At MyFarm
  • 7.30 am - Wake Up
  • 8.30 am - Daily morning activities
  • 9.am - Breakfast
  • 9.45 am - Start of work
  • 11.30am - Break
  • 12 pm - Back to work
  • 2 pm - Lunch
  • 3 pm - Back to work
  • 5 pm - End of day
  • 5.30 pm-late - Free time

Free-time activities

Experience The Real Africa
Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, that doesn't mean that there is not much going on. Gambia has so much to offer.

Spend time upcountry (rural Gambia) for a true African experience. Upcountry is beautiful and our team know all the tips to make you have the most wonderful time. Highlights include Wassu stone circles, take a boat ride with Gambia's wild hippos or visit the incredible chimpanzee rehabilitation project. Upcountry you will find all sorts of amazing wildlife, including crocodiles, baboons, hippos, red colubus monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Bird Watching 
Gambia is famous for its birds, in face there are over 700 resident species in the country...amazing for such a small place. The thick mangroves forests hugging the coastal and river regions is just the perfect sanctuary, you will get to experience all of this during your stay

Spend Your Weekends In Gambia's Many Eco Lodges
Gambia has so many amazing eco lodges. Most of them are set in thick jungle, use composting toilet and all have their own vegetable gardens. These eco lodges are beautiful places to be and we have great contacts with all of them, many will even offer discounts to Myfarm volunteers so you will get the best deals too. Footsteps eco lodge and Nemasu are particular highlights in the coastal region. At Bintang Bolong lodge you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins more than 60 miles in land.

Other Highlights
  • Kayaking through the mangroves at Tanji
  • Crocodile pool in Bakau
  • Beautiful beaches
  • quad biking through the jungle
  • Bird watching in Gunjur
  • Boat trip to Senegal 
  • Coastal festivals in March
  • Many restaurants with cuisene from around the world
Gambia really does have so much to offer for such a small country so you will not be disappointed :)
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV, A statement of why you want to volunteer with us and Or a video telling us a bit about you and why you want to volunteers at MyFarm
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
All you need to be a success at MyFarm is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Africa Startup MyFarm

Everything is included at this price, accommodation, lunch 6 days a week, and airport pickup. On Sundays you will have to make your own lunch

Airport Pickup at Yundum International Airport
Just let us know your arrival time and we will come and pick you up...free of charge
Accommodation

We have a few different options for volunteer accommodation.

You will either stay in the beautiful new volunteers house or one of the traditional huts around the farm. 

All accommodation is on site in our beautiful gardens.

All accommodation has showers and toilets and you will have your own privacy too.

All accommodation has cooking facilities

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Monday-Saturday you will be served a traditonal lunch cooked by our amazing chef. You will have all the local favourites including domoda, and benichin. The food is fantastic.

Dinner is your responsibility, but in the accommodation you have everything you need to make whatever you fancy.

On Sundays we do not have a chef in and you will have to sort your own lunch out. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Yundum International Airport (BJL) in Banjul. We assist you to find cheap flights to Gambia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Gambia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Gambia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Gambia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers can arrive at any time of the year. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to the farm.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$420
5 weeks
$525
6 weeks
$630
7 weeks
$735
8 weeks
$840
9 weeks
$945
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,260
Average fees
$105 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Africa Startup MyFarm will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Africa Startup MyFarm during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Agriculture Helper

Volunteer in our beautiful gardens. You will help the garden team maintain the vast gardens and even help out in our garden and entrepreneurship training programs.

$105/week

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