What does permaculture mean?
Permaculture is a set of design principles that holistically copy what we see in natural ecosystems. While many principles apply to farming and how we consume food, every aspect of life is covered by permaculture and the principles that Mother Earth gives us. Read more about how we implement permaculture principles.
Why do some volunteers pay?
Gaarawe is a not-for-profit village. Everything that we make and do is invested back into the project. That’s why we can’t offer free food and training to all who visit us. If you have one of the skills we need (or have a skill you think we need) Gaarawe will invest in you if you invest in us!
How do I get to Gaarawe?
Gaarawé Village is next to a main road but quite cut off from tourism infrastructure, for details click here.
What will I learn?
Anyone who visits Gaarawé will need to take some time to get to know the garden and learn about key plants and processes. On future projects there will be a chance to learn about traditional Thai building techniques and how to blend knowledge from east and west. Check out our Instagram or Facebook page too see what we get up to on a daily basis!
What should I bring with me?
There is no way to reach an ATM without a car or motorbike so we recommend you take out any money you need beforehand. You should also bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty but we can provide wellington boots for garden work.
What can I do at Gaarawe?
There are many long-term projects planned for Gaarawé, but, like any village, we have daily chores that need to be done. In the garden there is plenty of basic work such as weeding and general maintenance. We also ask everyone at the village to contribute to the housework: keeping the kitchen and bathrooms clean, fixing up the bungalows, helping make products for the café etc.
When you arrive you will have time to find the place that your skills are most useful, and we will guide you until you can work independently.