SMILE Society, India

Urban Organic Farming Assistant

Kolkata, India show on map

Non-profit | SMILE Society, India

This program is for the youth group to teach and train about organic farming in cities. International student groups are most welcome .

About the Program

Organic farming in urban areas through Green House and alternative methods are the main target of this program. International youth have chance to work together with SMILE local volunteers in the program. A complete cultural exchange platform would be there while working in a family type environment.

It is a program to learn how one can grow organic vegetable and fruits in apartment, roof, lawn with the help of limited resources. Volunteers can be a big part of the project .Students group can learn the process and gather first hand knowledge from this program.This is one of unique project of recent days when urban population suffering from pollution and shortage of oxygen in Air . Every volunteer can learn and spread the knowledge around.

SMILE volunteer would work inside of SMILE House with local coordinator. Volunteers will get all sorts of assistance during program hour and they are supposed to follow instruction of the program coordinator.Every volunteers are advised to bring a pair of farming gloves bring with them.Volunteer will have a chance to learn about organic farming in urban areas and it importance of this program for environmental control in cities.

There would be local coordinator who lead the group ,so volunteers have a chance to learn and explore.Volunteers are requested to bring a pair of hand gloves for their use during farming activities.Other materials are avilable at project site.

Typical day

Work Schedule

Field service Work Hour: 3/4  hr./day (Monday to Friday early morning)

Work shop: 1:30 hrs per day (afternoon)

Example Daily Schedule

Wake up early morning: 6 am

Breakfast: 6:30 am ( self service)

Work : 3-4 hours during week days,Exact work schedule would be delivered with infosheet.

Late afternoon:3pm - 5 pm workshop 

Dinner : 7 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )

After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.

9:30 bed time

** Please remember that  program schedule or program site can be changed or altered by the Program In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute  **

Details on Arrival

Anytime 

Free-time activities

An amazing country with full of culture and tradition .Interesting people ! Explore the country with exciting diversity .Kolkata ,the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. 

More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller .It helps to learn the culture, tradition, language while staying within the normal people of the society.Living on any hotel can never give any traveller such wide scope to know the society and communities as a whole. Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends ...

 Darjeeling ( most famous hill station,Toy Train, Tea Garden in India )

*kalimpong ( famous Buddhist place and hill station)

*kurshiang ( lash green tea garden)

*Sikkim ( hill station with beautiful valley )

*puri ( the famous Hindu religious place and sea beach )

*Digha ( sea beach )*Bodh Gaya ( Famous Buddhist temple )

*varanashi ( famous Hindu temple and Ganges )

*shantiniketan ( one of the university established by great Nobel laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagor)

*Bishnupur ( ancient Bengali history, tera cotta ( clay made item ) ,sari etc.

Any of these places can be covered during weekends by train by self organise !!

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organised Package trip at the end of the camp can be organised......

* Taj Mahal ,Jaipur,Delhi etc. trip can also organise for the interested groups against extra cost ( minimum 2 person)

* weekends exciting city ( kolkata ) and around trip can also be organised against extra cost.

Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
N.A at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
SMILE Society, India (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by SMILE Society, India
3 times local food
shared dorm room at local host family
public transportation (train/bus ) to and from project and  accommodation
airport pickup on arrival
drinking water 
local coordinator support at every project
2 days orientation 
work shop training ( Mon-Fri) 
pre departure orientation 
emergency support
local language training
Airport Pickup at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport

On arrival between 6 am-6 pm  is available on same day. if any volunteer arrives after this time then she/he should wait inside the airport lounge for that night .All pickup arrangements are subject to prior confirmation.

Accommodation
Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male & female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. 
Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km .on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon. 
 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will get 3 times local veg food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (CCU) in Kolkata. 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$550.00
5 weeks
$663.00
6 weeks
$775.00
7 weeks
$888.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1,000.00
Average fees
$131.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kolkata/India between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SMILE Society, India 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 SMILE Society, India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia India  Kolkata, Madhyamgram

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