VOLUNTEER REQUEST - INDIA, Sadhana Forest, Tamilnadu


Sadhana Forest India

We are working to re-create the tropical dry evergreen forest indigenous to our area.
 Auroville, India, South Asia

We are a local non-profit located in the unique village of Auroville. Our main projects revolve around the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land and the creation of a tropical dry evergreen forest that is unique to this part of the world.

Volunteering Activities

 Agriculture, Animal Care, Childcare, Conservation Work

Closest City: Auroville (7.0KM)

What We Need

Volunteers mainly plant, mulch, and water trees during the season, work on water conservation in the forest and around the community, cook, clean, maintain the community area, and spend time with local and community kids.

Other ways to help

When & Who
When we need volunteers
We warmly welcome volunteers any time of the year, and always have available space for them. We are fully committed to accepting everyone who wishes to volunteer here and help us create the forest. Please plan your trip so that you arrive on any day between 9 am and 5 pm.

Do we require a minimum duration?

Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Month
The minimum stay is 4 weeks from December 1st to March 31st and 2 weeks from April 1st to November 30th. We are also very interested in long term volunteers/interns staying with us for a period of six months or longer.

Volunteering with us is suitable for

Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups, Retirees, Disabled

What we Provide


 Volunteer House

Accommodation for volunteers is in exchange for a 25 hour work week, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Meals Vegan

This is a 100% vegan environment, so we ask volunteers not to bring or eat any non-vegan food in the forest. A vegan is a person who does not consume any animal products as food. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy (milk) products, honey, or any other animal products.

Additional stuff

Wifi & Satellite Electricity Swimming Pool

Daily fee

This is a nonprofit ecological project that does not generate any income. Therefore, we cannot provide free food for volunteers.
We have communal vegan organic meals. We all equally share the cost of the organic food ingredients we purchase.

 Pick Up/Drop Off Orientation Social Activities

Free facilities for volunteers include a small swimming pool, free 24/7 unlimited access to the Internet with your own device, four hours each day of AC power to charge electrical equipment, a small collection of books, the use of several bicycles, and a playground for children. There are also daily workshops offered that are run by our volunteers and vary each week and can be anything from yoga, to Capoeira, to non-violent communication, to arts and crafts, and much much more!

Come at 6AM or 8.30AM and volunteer with us for one day.
 Accommodation is not provided for one day volunteers.

Additional Info about Us

Average number of onsite staff
10 to 20 people
Average number of onsite volunteers
We look forward to welcoming you to Sadhana Forest soon!

More about us

Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the tropical dry evergreen forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The tropical dry evergreen forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful forest on earth. As part of our reforestation effort we are also working on water conservation and soil management.

We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets.

Volunteers mainly plant, mulch and water trees, according to season.

Volunteers should not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol during the entire time of their stay. Only come when this is a realistic lifestyle for you.

Looking forward to welcoming you!

A description of two days in the forest (from a volunteer that was there)

[...]You can not smoke anywhere.
Alarm clock at five in the morning.
Greeting to the sun with attached stretching.

Breakfast with fruit and careful not to throw the peel that should be reused as fertilizer.
Prepare the bins to collect rainwater and keep it sheltered and make sure it is reused for the dishes and for washing.
Go to the bathroom and use correctly the two wells that you find, pay attention to divide "your waste" in their respective holes ... everything is reused!
Check if it's your turn to the kitchen.
Throw water from the well to fill the amphorae.
Switch from the toolhouse to get the one that's right for your job.
Reach the jungle.
Cover your head with a hat and start planting trees ... when the lunch is ready, a bell will ring.

If you want a smoothie you have to do it with a pedal system, then get on a bike and ride until all the fruit does not become thick ... what a scene!
The kitchen is only vegan, you have no choices.
The panels are not enough and you want the light? ... ride!
A hut with four bicycles connected to a dynamo system, "the more we ride, the more light we have at night"

Hours 21 and 30 to remain in the dark.

Prohibited multimedia systems, only living there for years can occasionally access a room to control their computer.
Cameras prohibited.
Prohibited video cameras.
A space of three square meters has a recharge point for nightlights.

Writing and reading makes me think how the hell has succeeded, I would like to say "I prefer to break stones for 8 hours a day". And instead NO!

It was a wonderful experience.

I am proud and happy with myself for contributing - even if in small part - to expand this beautiful forest and carry on this project totally GREEN

I joined a German and a French for two days, spending only one night there, from December I will open the seats for the volunteers for a minimum of two weeks, I would recommend it to everyone, a wonderful experience that develops your creativity, develops the management of a group, develops openness and curiosity towards another culture, develops the sense of union and the simplicity of team building and carrying out a project.

All characteristics that should be sought by our companies and all the workplaces of our country ... unfortunately it is not always the case.

* cameras are forbidden so I added a video of an English boy who lived in the second area - I had no cameras with me - so as to give a complete and clear vision of the whole village that populates this forest




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