Frequently Asked Questions
What should I carry?
We suggest you bring your own toiletries (preferably bio-degradable), toilet paper, a towel, a flash light, a pair of CLOSED TOE work shoes, slippers for the kitchen, a rain jacket, a sweater or jacket, water bottle, bug spray, mosquito net, and a sleeping sack. Bring clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and sweaty! We provide blankets but if you are not used to cold winters, bring a sleeping bag.
Do you have internet?
Yes. Usually it's good enough for WhatsApp, E-mail, and Facebook but we can't guarantee its availability. If you desperately need internet, bring your own 4G data stick. Jio and Airtel seem to work best here.
Where is the farm?
Check out directions to the farm and hours for arrival.
Do you provide a pick-up?
Sorry, no. However, you can get taxis and buses from the bus station in Dharamsala, and if you are coming via flight you can arrange a pickup from a taxi service or take two local buses. We can provide you a few phone numbers.
Do you charge for the volunteering?
There is no charge for volunteering, but if you are staying at the farmstay, we charge Rs. 350 to cover the cost of your stay and meals. We expect you to take seriously the commitment of 24 hours per week for two weeks. If for any reason you can't commit to it, and want a flexible schedule you will need to pay Rs. 500 per night to cover your accomodation and meals. If you are sick and unable to work on days scheduled to work, you may consider the day as your day off. If you have no days off available for the remainder of your stay, you will need to pay Rs. 500 per night.
How many people volunteer at one time?
It varies depending on the season. We usually have 1 - 3 people volunteering at one time. Housing is shared. Sometimes you may be the only one, so please be prepared to get to know staff, locals, volunteers, and visitors!
Should I bring anything for the animals and the farm?
Thanks for asking! Here is our list of needed supplies.
Not So Frequently Asked Questions
Are there snakes at the farm?
We don't have permanent resident snakes, but we have seen a few on and around the farm. Himachal does boast some of India's most venemous snakes.
Are there bugs at the farm?
There are large bugs, spiders, mosquitos, and more. If you are terrified of them or cannot restrain yourself from hurting them, then this might not be the place for you.
Do you have hot showers?
We have bucket showers in the community bathroom. There is a water heater and you can fill up a bucket of hot water.
How is the cellphone signal?
The nearest cell phone tower is still pretty far, so the signal is spotty but not too horrible. The walls are 18" thick and it's hard to get signal inside the rooms.
Do you have western toilets?
How will I do laundry?
You will need to do your laundry by hand (soap not provided) in our bucket.
Are we allowed to cook our own food?
No. We do have an electric kettle available to you for boiling water.
Please read our Rules before coming!