A large part of the population in Myanmar depends on agriculture for their livelihood. However, due to the years of economic isolation, many agricultural techniques in Myanmar are outdated and even harmful to the environment. At an eco farm and agricultural school located around 2 hours from Yangon, young farmers can learn about sustainable agricultural techniques and ecologically sound cultivation.
As a volunteer you can work on the farm and learn everything you need to know about farming in tropical climate zones! The farm includes various fruit and vegetable patches (e.g. lemongrass, ginger, eggplant, chili), a mushroom grower and a rice mill. Rice is cultivated on a further 20 hectares. Depending on the season, you will help to plant seedlings, irrigate the plants, harvest crops, create new beds, or carry out repair works. The entire farm is operated using solar energy.
Teaching at the Agricultural School
Moreover, you will assist the local teachers at the agricultural school. You will help the students with their group work and can – depending on your previous knowledge and interests – even teach lessons yourself. Possible topics are permaculture, renewable energies, resource management, English and computer basics.
Become a volunteer and encourage the local students to pass on their newly acquired knowledge about organic farming to their village communities and help them implement their own ecological farm projects.
If you have experience in marketing or fundraising you can also help to translate reports to English, find sponsors and do social media updates.