Short term Apprenticeship programs are for periods from one month to three months.

Cost

The apprentice has to pay a monthly fee of Rs. 16000/-. This amount has to be paid in advance at the beginning of the month and is not refundable even if the apprentice leaves without completing the full month.

Commitment Period

No minimum commitment.

Accommodation

Rustic accommodation in shared camping type of cottages is provided. Apprentices are requested to bring their own sleeping bags. However, they may rent or buy the sleeping bags at the farm. Depending on the weather, many apprentices love to sleep under the open sky. Cots with mosquito nets are available for this purpose. Clean, common, western toilets are available.

Food

Apprentices have to cook their own food. A gobar gas unit provides the energy needs of the common kitchen. They may take 1/2 liter milk per day (evenings only) and reasonable farm produce free of cost. The rest, they will have to buy from the Organic Hut (the Farm's organic outlet near the entrance) or from the shops in the nearby town of Vidyanagar. When workshops or conferences are held at the Gurukul, the apprentices can eat with the attendees.

Housekeeping & Other Common Chores

All the apprentices will take turns cleaning the common areas like the kitchen, dining and toilets. They will need to keep the gobar gas operational using the cow dung produced in the Heifer housing in the Gurukul. Additionally, they have to take care of the heifer area, flower and kitchen garden in the Gurukul area. There will be other season specific tasks like collecting and feeding the wood to the Gujarat boiler for the hot water, burning the Neem leaves in the evenings to control the mosquitoes in the summer etc. The tents and the surroundings need to be kept clean. Also in keeping with the tenets of the Guru-Shishya style of learning, it is nice if the the apprentices volunteer to do other chores like looking after the farmer's pets etc.

Code of Conduct

Boisterous partying, smoking, drinking and drugs are strictly prohibited. The local cultural sensitivities are always to be respected.

Timings

Boisterous partying, smoking, drinking and drugs are strictly prohibited. The local cultural sensitivities are always to be respected.

Timings

The apprentices are expected to put in a minimum of six hours of hard labor everyday on the farm. They also need to spend about an hour everyday updating their diary, recording their observations, making notes of the work done and planning for the next day. These will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis by the senior apprentices and occasionally by the farmer. The farmer takes a walk around the farm every morning and this is something not to be missed because you will learn a lot from the farmer's observations and comments. Tuesdays are off but sometimes you may have to take some other day off instead. The farm timings are different for the Dairy and the non-Dairy activities and different in Summer and Winter. The start and close of each session is heralded by the sounding of the farm bell. The timings are as follows -

Dairy

Morning 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Evening 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Summer (Non-Dairy)

Morning 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Evening 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Winter (Non-Dairy)

Morning 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Evening 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Holidays

The Apprentices can take a holiday on Tuesdays. The day-off may need to be adjusted sometimes based on the requirements at the farm. If you do take additional holidays, these will be discounted from the calculations of the period of stay. Please inform the farmer well in advance if you have any such holiday plans.

Internet Services

There are no internet services currently on the farm. You will have to go to the internet cafe in the nearby town to avail any such facilities. Also, there are no unnecessary distractions like TV but you are sure not to miss these city necessities or have even have time for them.

Safe Keeping

A small personal locker is available for keeping important documents, cash and valuables. Apprentices are advised not to come with many valuable items. No responsibility will be taken for loss of any item.

Best Months To Be On The Farm

Each month on the farm presents its own experiences, challenges and joys and you can choose any period for the apprenticeship. However, if you start the apprenticeship on the following dates - August 20th, Nov. 20th or Feb. 20th you can start off with a formal 15 day training program on Organic and Biodynamic farming conducted by one of the senior apprentices.

Evaluation Period

There will be a 15 day evaluation period at the beginning of the apprenticeship. The farmer and his senior apprentices will evaluate the new apprentice for his/her fitness, eagerness, commitment, punctuality and overall suitability during this 15 day trial period. If not found fit, the apprenticeship will be terminated at the end of the 15 day period.

Short Term Apprenticeship
Voluntary Nature Conservancy,
Vallabh Vidyanagar, Distt. Anand, Gujarat, India
Phone: +91 9898 142 170
Email: info@organichutbkk.com

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