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Farmwork at Sholai School, Kodaikanal

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22 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    This must have been a fantastic experience and a great way to see and experience a different culture!

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Yes it was and one of the great things about India is the way you can hop over to neighboring states and experience so many distinct cultures 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    I know some fellow travelers who have volunteered on shoalis. Two weeks is a major commitment especially for people from Canada and/or North America!

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Indeed a big commitment, but I guess that’s the rule because it does take a couple weeks to get a hang of the skills on the farm and in the kitchen as well, if one is new to either of them or both. For a shorter stay, going as a paying visitor is a great idea and not expensive (about 11 usd a night). Either ways, a unique and wild experience 🙂

  3. This looks like such a cool experience! Really simple living, away from the busyness of typical western life. It sounds hard but really good!

  4. I love the commitment here, well done. It seems like this could be something that could end of being a transformative experience! Thanks for taking part in this and sharing your thoughts!

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Thank you Christopher 🙂 It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for sure and glad you enjoyed reading!

  5. Theresa says:

    This seems like an amazing way to spend a few weeks. Time outdoors is well spent, especially if combined with volunteering for an excellent cause.

  6. Gina Race says:

    This looks like a really cool volunteering experience. The sustainable living in such a small community is so special!

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Special for sure! And all those bright kids ensure there’s never a dull moment – even if you’d really like one 😀

  7. Chloe says:

    This is amazing. I have always been environmentally conscious, this seems amazing! I would love to start focusing my travels and trips on more environmental efforts.

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      That’s something I’ve been looking at doing too Chloe! Sounds about time, doesn’t it? 🙂

  8. Eden says:

    This looks like such a unique experience. I’ve been looking for cool volunteer opportunities and I like how this one involves immersing yourself in nature a bit and disconnecting from the rest of the world for a while. Seems like a lot of positive elements put together making for a great idea.

  9. Pubali says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience Namita. This reminded me of all the beautiful homestays we had stayed at in different parts of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu. 🙂

  10. Darla says:

    What a great way to give back to the Earth! That sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll remember forever! I’m sure you appreciate farming and agriculture more now that you’ve done it.

    • Namita Kulkarni says:

      Oh yes I do have a renewed respect for farmers and the importance of growing food! Love that the kids are taught farming from such a young age here

  11. Ramu says:

    Wow….What a beautiful experience it was. By reading your post, it sparkled a thought in me to go there and volunteer.

    So do we need to pay any money if we wish to volunteer for 2 weeks?

  12. kids must enjoying it 🙂

  13. Dear Namita,
    We need one or two teachers as soon as possible …. They need to be fairly fluent in English….. Ready to work hard and multi-task….

    Brian Jenkins spent 14 years at the J.Krishnamurti School in UK, hence Sholai is inspired by K’s approach to education and life.
    It is not an ideology, but the school is vegetarian, there are no rewards and punishments and we learn together in our relationships.

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