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Petrichor Farms

Helping with art and handicraft work

Darjeeling, India

The Art & Craft Program consists of helping with handicraft work which is a supplementary program involving design and production of merchandise.

The Art and Craft Volunteer Program requires participants who have experience in any form of the arts like painting, graphic design, paper mache, card making, bead work, screen printing, bamboo craft, jewelry or other craft skills. This program involves the design and production of various merchandise derived from the mentioned art forms which we make in our in-house studio for sale in retail outlets in and around the Darjeeling Hills. The proceeds from the sales serves as a supplementary income to run the farm and its maintenance as well as a means towards the education of some of the small farmers' children in the local schools.

We also outsource some of the merchandise production to local craftsmen who work from their own homes which retains the economy within the local community alongside propagating a sustainable lifestyle for small artisans and marginalized families.

Our Art and Craft Program goes by the name of Soul'd Out and it is truly a tribute to the Hills and its vibrant mix of cultures, celebrating every aspect of it from traditional to contemporary. We try to keep our raw materials as natural as possible and are always open to new ideas and experiments from visitors and volunteers alike.


Typical day

A minimum of 6 Hours of active participation is required from volunteers to receive free meals and subsidized boarding costs. They are free to utilize the rest of their time as they please. The farm is located on a beautiful bio-diverse landscape with various things to see and do.

Free-time activities

Stay with us, explore the farm and the growing food forest, eat delicious, organic local food cooked with fresh produce from our kitchen garden, gorge on wood fired pizzas and fresh homemade bread, enroll for Nepali cooking classes, swim in the river or our in-house pool under the night sky, paint, write, read books from our collection, laze and bask in hammocks under the warm sun,walk through the village, milk a cow, churn butter, pickle jackfruit, pitch a tent or just sleep in all day . It’s not a luxury…it’s an experience!

Attractions in and around Gorubathan are the famous Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary, Fafarkheti, Fagu Tea Garden, the popular destination of Lava, the ancient ruins of Dalim Fort originally built by the Lepcha Kings and the Neora Valley National Park which is 5kms north of the region . The community is placed at a distance of 90 km from Kalimpong, 96 km from Darjeeling and 59 km from Siliguri and 72 kms from the IXB and is accessible by shared taxis, buses and private vehicles.

We also like to have fun, relax, watch movies, play some music and just hang out. So come join us and see what life is like at the Petrichor Community!

Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Relevant work experience or creative bent of mind required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Petrichor Farms are happy to help you.

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Meals, Accommodation, Utilization of all our facilities like Swimming Pool, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Studio, Movies, Library are included in the Fee.

Internet, Transportation, Toiletries are not included.

Accommodation

Our Volunteer tents are located on the farm premises and serve both requirements of being private yet close to all practical considerations. The size of the tent is 10ftx10ft and is fitted with 2 beds to accommodate 2 volunteers. They are warm and cosy and clean.

Camping
Food & Beverages

We serve fresh, organic vegetarian 'farm to table' meals to all volunteers.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) in Bagdogra. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
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 India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$230.00
3 weeks
$340.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$450.00
Average fees
$114.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Darjeeling/India between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Petrichor Farms will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
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 Petrichor Farms during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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