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RC-MTV-AGR-08/21 INDIA RUCHI (Solan) organic Agriculture 01/07/2021 31/12/2021

Project No.: RC-MTV-AGR-08/21: Organic farming
Period: Open July 2021 onward
Age: 18+
Location: RUCHI (Solan)
Placement: Placement is offered for 3 to 6 months.
Joining dates: Any Monday (preferable) during project cycle.
Background: Himachal Pradesh is a
mountainous area where people are highly
dependent on agriculture to complement
their living in addition to their daily work.
However, due to shortage of water and
small terraces on sloppy land the agriculture
is unsustainable and farm output is not
sufficient keeping in mind economic value it
gets. Also due to steep terrain and small
terraces automated machines have limited
usage here. As a result we fear food
security in the future as many people are or
about to leave agriculture.
RUCHI campus is spread over an area of 3
hectares and has good fertile soil. We at
present are using our campus for exploring
options of pesticide free scientific farming
using natural materials. We have
successfully demonstrated, Wormicompost,
NADEP compost, Kitchen Gardening,
Agroforestry, floriculture, organic farming,
orchard development here. At present we
are gearing to install hydroponics system at
our campus for demonstration, training and
self sufficiency. In due course we would
like to serve as demonstration centre for
farmers.
Work: With this initiative we aim to
educate and train farmers in nearby
communities by acting as a resource and
demonstration centre for sharing good
practices among farmers. Our focus is to
encourage farmers to reduce usage of
chemical fertilizers and still increase their
agriculture income & output.

Below are the few tasks which could be
undertaken by volunteers to assist us:
 Assist our agriculture specialist in
daily maintenance of farm and
produce pesticide and chemical free
products.
 Actively assist our team to realise
our dream to be self sufficient by
producing majority of fruits,
vegetable that we consume.
 Exchange and educate our team
about good farming practices.
 Assist in networking of farmers so
they can connect and share
technical know how.
Accommodation: Basic, simple, safe &
clean. RUCHI campus on sharing basis(Twin
or triple) with common toilets and bath.
Food: Food offered will be simple
authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly
cooked. Three meals a day will be served.
Assistance while cooking is desired and self
cooking can be organized by volunteers.

PARTICIPATION FEE: The participation fees are as follows:
Per month - Euro 400/- (Fee has to be paid in advance. The fee is worked out on
monthly basis and not daily or weekly basis and hence it remains same even if one leaves the
project a day or week earlier)
The participants are required to pay the fee in cash on the first day of their arrival at site, Bank transfer
service & transferwise details available upon request. The contribution covers all basic expenses, e.g.
accommodation, gas, water, electricity, food, staff salaries and for materials used in projects/activities.
Alcoholic drinks are not included. Alcohol drinking and smoking is not encouraged in public and villages.
Project related travel expenses shall be reimbursed to volunteer each month with a maximum cap of
rupees 800. Leisure travel and personal expenses during free time are not covered in participation fee.
Why the extra fee?
RUCHI, like other NGO’s in India, is not financially supported by government to host projects related to
IVS. Hence all projects are self funded with a participation fee. Given the remote location and various
complexities we have tried our best to make it as affordable as possible for volunteers. Being a non-profit
organization we emphasize on transparency, below is how we spend collected participation fee.
 Food, accommodation and logistics of volunteer during workcamp.
 Project setup costs. (material and logistics cost)
 Running the camp. (wages of professional like mason, carpenter, plumber etc and training local
youth supported by us.)
 Office running/admin expenses. (Internet, photocopy, stationary, electricity, phone, salaries,
office equipments, tools and rent etc.)
 Supporting small community project.
 International travel costs to annual global conferences and membership fee for networking.
Visa:
All volunteers are required to get Indian visa to enter the country. As per the new regulations an
employment visa is required for their placement with Indian NGOs. For details kindly refer to
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa. RUCHI will be happy to assist you with required documents.