Agricultural volunteer program will give you an opportunity to live together with local host farmer family, learn agricultural practices carried out b
Nepali major economic sector is agriculture. More than 80% of the population in Nepal are depended on agriculture. Nepal is a country of geographical diversity. Diverse types of crops and vegetables are grown here in different seasons ranging from lower land called Terai (60m) to High Himalayan region. Agriculture in Nepal is still done traditionally and it is just enough for surviaval.
Agricultural work in Nepal is taken as celebration and cultural practice. The cultural aspect of Nepali agriculture is so unique. Nepal celebrates different agriculture related festivals among which some are ropai jatra (paddy plantation ceremony), Daai festival ( the paddy harvest ceremony). The nature worship and agricultural worship are part of animism which are still among farmers.
Agricultural volunteer program will give you an opportunity to live together with local host farmer family, learn agricultural practices carried out by them since ages, take part in agricultural work. This program will let you eperience real Nepal being a local like for few days. The research oriented and culture oriented volunteers can take part in this program. If you are born in city and you have no experience of the agricultural life, you will learn a lot and may be you will wonder what life means to these people. The rural parts of Nepal still gives you opportunity to experience medieval time Europe. When you live in a farm house, you will get chance to milk animals in traditional way, eat tree ripened fruits etc.
Learn different native techniques from this agricultural volunteer program. For example learn to make Gundruk ( the dried fermented leafy vegetable product), wave gundri (mat from straw), blankets from wool, churn the curd to produce ghee etc. Learn the ideas and techniques from local Nepali people so when you go back to your country you can grow plants in Nepali way. In this program you will get chance to learn about different medicinal plants and there uses. Ploughing the field using oxen can be matter of fun for you. These small experiences will transform your life and make you more wise. Be a local everywhere to know.
Typical day starts with tea in the morning. Some free time in morning and seasonal works. After Lunch at 10am, go to field for work (roughly 4 hours, includes gardening, planting, harvesting etc based on season.). Then free evening for recreation.Dinner around 7Pm at night.
Beofre or after the program one can trek and choose one day long to several days. The everest Base camp, annapurna base camp and annapurna circuit are famous and most choosen treks that takes about two weeks. The most popular and one week long easy trek is "Ghorepani Trekking".
Besides that Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan are places of attractions.
People interested in more adventure can do paragliding, bungy, mountain flight etc.
Pick up from Kathmandu airport and drive to downtown (Thamel) for 5 KM. After two nights stay in Kathmandu, drive to mountain village in annapurna for 5 hours (200Km) for project.
The homestay accomodation will be basic with tourist standard facilities like like clean bath, clean bed room etc.
Food includes organic food. The food is nepali meals mostly vegetables, fruits, rice, lentils, curry and soups.
The food will be three times a day.