Volunteering

Volunteers participate in the seasonal and daily rounds of the farm and household and can also engage in community projects.  Here are some possibilities:

  • Organic Farming.  Milk buffaloes, pick pineapples, help design a new project, or just load the biogas chamber with dung.  We welcome guests to participate at all levels.  In return, you’ll learn about integrating animal husbandry with crops, growing food in forest farms, organic pest control, and the crops appropriate to various seasons in this semi-tropical region.
  • Food Processing.  Growing food is only part of the job.  Next comes all the work that gets that food to the table.  In Nepal, that work is often done by women, but in our home, men are encouraged to join in too.  Churn butter, grind turmeric and specialty flours, prepare spicy chutneys, and learn how to make homestyle Nepali dal bhat.
  • Teaching English.  The Parajuli family helped develop a community-run school.  English is an essential part of the curriculum and native English speakers are needed to teach and help the children with conversation.   In return, you can enjoy the smiles and laughter of the children.
  • Community projects.  For those with the initiative, there are opportunities to get involved with various community groups.    For instance, a local women’s group wishes to set up a library.  Udaya and family wish to build a network to encourage other farmers in the area to move to organic farming.  if interested, ask Udaya and Sadhana about the possibilities at any particular time.
  • Microcredit. For anyone with interest in developing local systems for micro-credit, there would probably be interest in the wider community for connecting local entrepeneurs up with lenders such as Kiva.

Interested in Volunteering?  Our partner organization, Volunteering to Learn, can set up your visit.

Recent volunteers:

2010

  • Maria Paz Bernaschina, Chile
  • Andrew Gordon Stowe, USA
  • Elliot Nial Lodge, UK
  • Misha Frederic Affourtit, Holland
  • Chantal Tromp, Holland

2009

  • Emma Sophia Bassner, a Waldorf School graduate from Germany.
  • Travis Heenan, Australia.
  • Santananda, California, USA
  • Tania Zuur, a Waldorf School graduate from New Zealand
  • John Finefrock, Prescott College, USA
  • Ian, Prescott College, USA
  • Chris Miller, UK
  • Judith Noire, France
  • Nathalie Anne Coggins
  • Manabu Sora Takayama, Japan
  • Hiromi Hiro Takayama, Japan

2008

  • Richard Bull, England.  Richard began a blog for the farm and inspired us to develop our own website.  You can find his reflections on staying with the family and volunteering (plus earlier versions of the content featured here) on the site he set up.  He also has some wonderful photographs.
  • Emily Reading and Neal, California, USA.

2007

  • Amalesh Parajuli, a graduate of the Portland Waldorf High School in Portland, OR (he’s a member of the family but grew up mostly in the US and had a lot to learn about farming during the nine months he spent volunteering between high school and college).

Others:

  • Achim Juhl, Germany
  • Valerie Vanhoorenweder, Belgium
  • Judith Noire, France
  • Anne Marie, Canada
  • Noelle Gaudin, France
  • Natalie, California, USA
  • Chris, UK

If you have volunteered at Ajamvari farm and would like to be listed here, please let us know by leaving a comment on the Testimonials page.  Also let us know if you are listed here and would like to provide more information (e.g., last name for some of you, year of visit, etc.). We’d love to hear some reflections on your experiences too.  You can also send email to:  liz AT elizabethenslin.com.  Also, if you have any photos you’d like to share on the website, please upload them on the Testimonials page or email them.