OUR TYPICAL AGRO-INTERNSHIP CURRICULUM
For those who are students of agriculture, the broad areas of study will focus on the following
practices on the farm:

- soil regeneration
- vermicomposting, biodynamic composting, green composting
- pest control
- weed control
- irrigation

A 6 week program can structured as below, with changes made to suit individual needs,

Week 1:
- Orientation to the farm and local customs
- Introduction to arid zone soil regeneration
- Introduction to vermicomposting, biodynamic composting, green composting
- Conduct ecosystem mapping of the farm

Week 2:
- First visit to neighboring villages
- Exploration of socio-economic condition of local
population
- Introduction to education initiative for village girls
- Submit project plan

Weeks 3, 4 & 5:
- Hands-on work on soil regeneration, pest control, weed control, irrigation and other aspects of
organic farming
- Hands-on work on cultural aspect (to be chosen from a list of possible topics, such as education,
health, livelihood, religion, craft, music, etc.)

Week 6:
- Project wrap-up
- Final formal presentation of work completed (this will be an interactive session and we will
invite external experts as well)


In addition there are larger
"management" issues that one could work with, such as ecosystem
mapping and farm information management. The focus, in the technical topics, will be on
traditional Indian methods of organic farming.

If you have a special interest in any topic -- we can then structure your work around that topic. Or
you could work on several topics to arrive at a holistic understanding of organic farming.

Time on the farm will be divided among demonstration of farming practices, self-study, hands-on
work, report writing and socio-cultural work in the neighboring villages.
Our internship programs are designed to share our experiences with students and through their work and research, make improvements
in our existing structure.
The internships can be on various subjects: organic farming, social/rural development, sustainable development, socio-cultural study of
villages etc.

Minimum period:
An intern has to commit a minimum period of one month as that is the least time required to understand the dynamics of a
place and blend with it.

Cost:  We make just enough money to run the project and therefore are unable to pay a stipend. We also cannot offer room and board free of
charge. The rates vary depending upon the duration of your stay. Please write to us for more details.

How to apply: Please download the internship application form. Submit it along with your CV and a letter of introduction from your
institute/college to
kakoli@satya-jyoti.com                                                                .
Do remember that we have limited living quarters and will not be able to accept more than 4 interns at a time, so the sooner you apply, the
better.

For interns from Europe/France: Our partners at AKASH NEEM in Paris, have offered to be the mentors for student interns who wish to come to
us for internship. You can meet Virginia in person and discuss with her. She can be contacted at:
virginia.soukup@akashneem.org
Important Information:

Room
: We have two cottages, one with 4 beds and the
other with 3 beds. These cottages have en suite toilets.
The mud hut has two beds and the shared toilet is not
attached. The rooms are provided with clean bedding.

Food: We serve what we grow at the community kitchen.
Outsiders are encouraged to participate in the cooking
process and teach the residents some of their own
cuisine.

Resources:
electricity: We get only a few hours of electricity each day
and have to learn to live with solar/battery operated lights.
Interns are advised to bring their own flashlights.
water: the underground water is safe to drink  as we
double filter it before drinking. However, if you are unsure,
then you can buy cartons of bottled mineral water at the
nearest town.
telephone: We do not have a telephone connection on the
farm. Some mobile networks do work. You may need to
buy a local sim card so it may be a good idea to bring an
instrument in which you can insert a sim card. However,
your international mobile connections may also work.

Language: The local spoken language is Hindi although
the residents on the farm can understand and speak
basic English. It is a good idea to bring a Hindi dictionary
to help you communicate.

Mosquitoes: During certain seasons, we do get a lot of
mosquitoes. Do take your preventive malaria doses  
before coming. We also suggest you bring a mosquito
net and insect repellents although we do stock some.

Climate:The months of May-June-July are very hot and
the temperature can go up to 45 degrees. We normally
take a four hour break at mid-day. The best way to stay
cool is to keep a wet towel handy. The best period is
Oct-March

Socio-cultural issues: Women are expected to dress
reasonably conservatively (no shorts/ revealing clothes)
other than in your own rooms. Other than that, it is ok to
be who you are. You may also discover a new person
within you.

Nearest town: Basic supplies are available at the
nearest town which is 17km away. There is no public
transport but we do have a motorcycle and a tractor on
the farm so you can ask someone to give you a ride.

Medical help: As of now, we have a basic first aid kit on
the farm. You are advised to bring your own specific
medicines if you think you may need them.

Recreation: We do not have TV on the farm. However,
there are plenty of indoor and outdoor games available.
The residents enjoy singing and dancing together. We do
have books to read but volunteers may bring their own
depending on their taste.
How to get there:
There are no public
transports which go up
to the farm. The best
way is to travel with us
from Gurgaon, which
is a suburb of New
Delhi. Our SUV goes to
the farm (which is
70km away) from the
city every Monday and
Saturday.
The only other
alternative is to hire a
taxi from Gurgaon .

Write to us to organise
the journey to the farm.