Volunteer Abroad For Agriculture, Reforestation, And GardeningDecember 24, 2012
Today’s topic is volunteering for agriculture, reforestation, and gardening—this is a great outdoor workout that improves your health and the community you’re working in. Let’s get started!
What’s Involved In Volunteering for Agriculture, Reforestation, and Gardening?
Agriculture: You can expect to help with farming (planting, removing invasive species, and harvesting) and irrigation techniques. The two most popular agriculture-focused volunteer trips involve organic farms and new, community-wide plots—the latter program usually falls under sustainable development. With sustainable development projects, you might educate locals on new techniques for farming, or you might just work day to day with the intensive labor of the project.
Reforestation: Volunteers usually remove invasive species and plant new ones in order to repopulate the area. Groups usually start these projects due to urban development or deforestation for lumber. Volunteers might cut down trees that are diseased or broken, and plant new ones in their place.
Gardening: This work is usually light, and can be coupled with others such as education or working with children. Volunteers’ duties usually include pruning, landscaping, and taking care of tools.
What’s Needed From Volunteers?
Reforestation and gardening projects usually are designed for volunteers with little to no experience. They’re often short-term and can be built onto other, larger initiatives.
Agricultural programs, on the other hand, usually request volunteers who have experience with farming or irrigation practices, though it’s possible to find a few groups that take short-term volunteers with little background in the area. As with any outdoor project, volunteers should be in good health—though gardening projects usually are available to those with physical disabilities, as work tends to be light.
Who Can I Volunteer With?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Photo credit: Gabriel Kamener, Sown Together.