summer volunteers

looking to gain hands-on experience in maintaining an organic garden and work with children? enhancing your architectural and design skills? interacting with young students about learning from the great outdoors?
you are the volunteers we are looking for!
to work on the Abruzzi School Garden project in the spectacular Shigar valley in Baltistan. The village of Siankhor, where the school is located, is nestled at the foot of the Karakorams, seven kilometers from Shigar town and a ten minute drive from the historic Shigar Fort.
Aside from playing an active role in supporting students health, nutrition and environmental consciousness, the goal of the teaching garden is to become a place from which young girls and boys from Pakistan’s furthest reaches strive to become stewards of their own future, by integrating their rich agricultural heritage with their classroom curriculum.
How to apply
The Abruzzi School Garden project is an unpaid internship position from july to oct, for students and graduates of any field.  Please send an email to Tahereh Sheerazie ( about yourself and what it is about the project that interests you. A work schedule will then be designed according to your individual skills and area of interest.
Interns can work from three to six weeks at a stretch through the

summer, to implement the following:

  • english and urdu language enhancement workshops for students from 5  to 10th grade, and young adults 18 and above.
  • supervision with plantation (trees, shrubs, grass, vegetables, flowers, soil) and environment related exercises
  • compost building and organic farming/permaculture methods of agriculture
  • build outdoor compost toilet
  • build a cob outdoor oven
  • architectural/construction/engineering/design back ground (see separate list )
  • assist teachers in developing garden based curriculum in all subjects from 5 to 10  grade
  • supervise community volunteer workdays in the garden
  • strategies to work with students,parents, community members to support the implementation of the school garden
  • surveys and research – statistical record keeping
  • finding and writing grants/advertising events at the school
  • fundraising with the school children and connecting them to other area as well as out of area school children
  • computer literacy enhancement workshops
  • food/nutrition/exercise related activity
  • rock climbing/badminton/volleyball/cricket/football professional level teaching skills workshops and activities
  • connecting the garden through art, photography, film making, music and theater workshops
  • astronomy (they have a fabulous telescope on hand)
  • accounting/record keeping
  • improving present website and blogging regularly
lead volunteer architect is required to oversee the implementation of the garden’s existing master plan and to incorporate any ideas as they develop and finances allow:
  • 3 wooden Arbors over stage, badminton court seating, and school entrance steps
  • outdoor kitchen, seating area and greenhouse.
  • mulch/compost bins, 
  • wooden tool shed,
  • shaq (woven willow) fence around kitchen garden, and waste baskets
  • bicycle stand, bicycle path,
  • garden benches
  • canteen,
  • pond (excavation, pump and plants)
  • bridge (march-past), 
  • bridge (entrance)
  • contours (terracing) small hillock
  • stone walkway from school entrance steps to bridge, curb
  • stone paving at entrance,
  • guard/construction room
  • solar panel installation and maintenance
  • irrigation System set up
  • rock climbing wall and general play area

For background about the project, please see the links below

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