Learn about traditional Agriculture in Taiwan!

Company : Concordia International Volunteers
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Building & Construction Projects / Career Break / Farm Work / Community Volunteer Projects / Summer Volunteer Programs / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: Taiwan
Location : Taiwan
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 0 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

HYDROPONICS is not a new technology, but a new IDEA. Meet the pioneers changing the way of city farming! 

Project Location: TAICHUNG CITY

The social enterprise HYDROVEGE comes from the words Hydroponic and Vegetables. Hydroponics is a method to grow plants without soil but water reaches as nutrients directly. Unlike other Hydroponics farms, our vegetables are grown in towers in order to deal with the limited farming areas in TaiwanSince 2009, Meishan Christian Church has taken care of kids from underprivileged families free of charge.

Now there are 30 kids in total from elementary school to high school. In 2016, HYDROVEGE, a new social enterprise, with an economic point of view, got involved. With new farming ideas and techniques, HYDROVEGE was established a social purposes towards a financially sustainable way.In each project, there will be some high school students take the leadership for helping and leading the group. The profits from the project will be used part as their part-time allowances and support their families.

Part of the profits will be used for supporting Meishan Christian Church organizing the after school project for local kids. Join us and take a look at how we share these values to our kids and see how these values influence their future.

Work : 1.Traditional agriculture work such as planting, weeding, harvesting, watering and etc. 2.Hydroponic agriculture area maintenance such as planting and harvesting and etc. 3.Building chicken coop/ ecological pool/ herb garden/ Black Soldier Fly device 4.Eco enzyme composting 5.After school, cultural and educational activity for children (Remind: Every team will have different types of voluntary works based on local/season status.)

Location & Leisure: HYDROVEGE center, a small farm in Hou-li, Taichung City where located in the middle of Taiwan.

Google Map: https://goo.gl/ZI5ElsLeisure activities:1.Excursion, culture exchange events with local people, etc.

Volunteers should cover all the expenses by themselves of their free time/free day.

Special remarks: 1. Strong motivation for learning and respects to local culture.2. HYDROVEGE keeps the right to refuse late application.3. Number of Volunteer: 10 foreign volunteers with and 10-14 local participants.4. Things to Bring: towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, tissue, slippers, clothes, working clothes, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, umbrella, pens or notebook and etc.

Accommodation: At HYDROVEGE center. Sleep in shared room with wooden bed and mattress, no need to bring your own blanket and pillow, unless you have personal needs. Showers and toilets are available. 2.Paid Telephone for international call is available in 7-11 where is just nearby the accommodation in 5 minutes by walk. 3.First Aid: Local Hospital is nearby accommodation in 10 minutes by walk. 4.Accommodation is about 10 minutes drive distance from Hou-li Train Station. 5.Emergency local call for 24 hours: Manwife, 886-975-668365 or Klaus Ding, 886-935-461760.

Notes: 1.Strong motivation for learning and respects to local culture. 2.HYDROVEGE keeps the right to refuse late application. 3.Number of Volunteer: 10 foreign volunteers with and 10-14 local participants. 4.Things to Bring: towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, tissue, slippers, clothes, working clothes, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, umbrella, pens or notebook and etc.

Costs / Benefits

Volunteers pay a registration fee of £270 to Concordia, and fund their own travel and insurance. Board and accommodation is free of charge for most projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa, volunteers may pay an extra fee on arrival of approximately £100 to £200, which covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the host country.

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