Aranya Agricultural Alternatives welcomes volunteers who are able to make a long term commitment of a minimum of 1-3 months.  Aranya is a busy, active NGO who does not have the personnel resources to host volunteers for shorter terms; as the projects they need help with require training and follow through with implementation.  Short term volunteers unfortunately are more work for Aranya then is helpful.   India has plenty of laborers for jobs requiring digging, planting etc.  So volunteering for 1 or 2 days or a week is not needed for help with such things.  Aranya involves the villagers in such activities so there is connection and knowledge of the work implemented.


Options for volunteering for 3 or more months are implementing garden programs in local schools, social and environmental data collection for the village permaculture watershed project, and administrative assistance (highly valuable help), and social service projects.

Long term work opportunities.

Volunteers are also needed to help in hosting  the 2016 National Permaculture Conference, as well as the 2017 International Permaculture Conference which is expected to have 8-10 000 participants.  For those events, there is currently work networking with sponsors and other collaborators, advertising and writing welcome material for participants.

Please contact us at and narsanna_koppula about these opportunities.

The Internship Program is set up to help Aranya create demonstration farms and sites in local villages that teach and spread permaculture techniques throughout rural India.  Aranya gets many requests from local farmers for assistance in designing and implementing permaculture on their land.  The internship gives permaculture students and practitioners the opportunity to be mentored by an extraordinary Indian permaculture elder in creating an integrated design in rural India.  There will also be mentorship in the cross over skills of how to assess the needs of a local community and  create a successful aid project in other places in the world.   By implementing their design, interns will leave behind a long term self sustaining gift to a community and gain practical application tools.

To learn more about this program visit

Aranya is interested to synergize with people and organizations in the fields of rural community development, women and child welfare, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and reforestation.

Aranya welcomes involvement with educational institutions and corporates.  Corporates can approach us as a part of their corporate social responsibility projects. Email us at