VPVS - ENV 3: ORGANIC FARM 2
- VPVS - ENV 3
270 EUR for first 2 weeks, 360 EUR for 4 weeks, and 290 EUR from 2nd month Lisez les informations spécifiques
- Code : VPVS - ENV 3
- Dispo : / 5F (Total Part 9)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 50
Volunteer for Peace Vietnam – The South Program – International Cultural Youth Exchange
THEME/TYPE OF PROJECT: Working at Organic Farm AIMS OF THE PROJECT: The aim of the program is to provide Friendly environment for Volunteer and having the chance for cultural exchange with local people while learning about techniques to operate a professional organic farm. PROJECT’S ACTIVITIES: This organic farm was established in 2013 in out-skirt of Ho Chi Minh city. Organic farming is a cultivation system based on the natural biological cycle of the ecosystem, biodiversity that suit climatic conditions and local soil, combined with traditional farming science and technology; without the usage of synthetic chemicals (such as plant protection products, growth regulators, chemical fertilizers ) in order to create products that are suitable to the benefit of people and the environment, protecting the well-being of man, land and ecosystems. In order to bring healthy product to customer, the core members of this project has been working strenuously to reach their dream. After 4 years of effort doing research, investment, and standardizing the process of growing vegetables organically, the current vegetable garden is now nearly 5000 m2, in Tan Binh district, has become reach a stable output of over 10 kinds of leaf vegetables and some kind of fruits. The farm’s products are grown in natural harmony by re-balancing the ecological environment for cultivation of crops. Pest control by using natural traditional methods (which are empirically proven in the scientific assessment to be effective) and in particular, absolute compliance to the "6 NOs": NO pesticides &herbicides NO planting on soil and water contaminated with agricultural chemicals (*) NO growth regulators NO chemical fertilizers NO of genetically modified seeds (GM seeds) NO preservatives In this farm, the worker use a high standard technology based on software to ensure about the quality and capacity of the products. The routine tasks on this farm: 1. Check plants regularly to find ecosystem pattern of the land 2. Field sanitation and plants healthy 3. Planning the seasonal crops 4. Use many species for intercropping, crop rotation as needed 5. Create environment for development of beneficial insects (predators) 6. Crops trap, pheromones trap 7. Measures for expelling insects (done synchronously and before the pests lay eggs) 8. Shielding vegetables in rows, or a greenhouse, membrane 9. Use resistant varieties 10. Apply insecticides of biological origin Beside the main activities about farming, The owners of this farm also operate Education activities for children: On weekends, instead of going to the places of entertainment, parents can also add a fresh, educational attraction for children at Happy vegi’s organic garden. The children will have fun activities in the garden, learning about beneficial insects and harmful ones, how farmersplant and care for vegetables With kindergartens, the children’s visit is a way to help them aquire more knowledge outside of books, helping them to understand the value of the product and the labor of the farmer. In addition, children will learn through experiencing work of farmer themselves by taking care of a potted organic plant through the instruction given by us. COMMUNITY CONTEXT: The organic Farm is located in a venue belong to military area near Tan Son Nhat Airport. Travelling by bus, the journey from volunteer house is around 1 hour depends on the traffic. VOLUNTEER’S TASKS: Volunteers will be responsible for completing tasks assigned by the manager of the farm. The general tasks would be: – seeding the new vegetable on the farm – spraying the farm with special kind of water – weeding the un-useful weed. – plan the soil to expand the farm, creating new vegetable beds Moreover, the volunteers can have the chance to communicate with Vietnamese kids for showing the the works when they come for education about organic farm Volunteers are also encouraged to try and establish new ideas for improving the quality of the product on this farm. The timetable will be given on arrival with volunteers working 5 days per week. Working hours from 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:30pm to 4:00 pm. Volunteers will work around 30 hours per week on the farm
Volunteers will stay in a dormitory, sharing rooms with volunteers of other nationalities joining the same program. Normally, rooms are arranged with about 2-6 volunteers per room. During peak season, the maximum can go up to 7 or 9 volunteers per room, in 5 bunk beds (9 beds in total). Western toilets and showers are available. Air-conditioner at night time (9PM – 6AM), hot water is also available. The house has TV, PC, free WIFI, fridges, cooking facilities, and a common room &terrace. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the dorm. Food is typical Vietnamese meal, prepared by a local cook. The main types of food will be rice, meat, fish, and vegetables. For vegetarians, the choice is usually limited to rice, bread, vegetables, egg, and tofu. During the working day, volunteers will stay at the project site for lunch and for taking a lunch-break. The lunch will be vegetarian food.
The dormitory is located in an urban area of Ho Chi Minh City. It is 5 minutes away from ATMs, two local markets, multiple convenient stores, 20-30 minutes from the nearest supermarket and Banks. Laundry services are 3 minutes away, and cost $0.50 to $1.00 per kilogram. Various choices of restaurants ranging from BBQs, Vietnamese local foods, to other foreign foods such as Korean foods, or Thailand foods. Bowling alleys and Karaoke stores available within 2 kilometers radius.
Minimum age required for participation: 18 Maximum age required for participation: 99 First Language: English Description of specific requirements: Volunteers must be 18 years old minimum. Volunteers must show eagerness, the ability to maintain motivation and reliability. Related to this, volunteers need to show assiduous attitude and initiative when working on the farm. Most importantly, volunteers need to be friendly and patient, making the good relationship with the local workers. Documents the applicants have to provide: Travel information, Medical information, Motivation letter, Criminal Record