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Volunteering Experiences with TVD Korea

He hosted our volunteer, Mr. Edi, this summer. He got the chance to go abroad to learn and explore new things. He joined one of TVD Korea workcamp last month. The theme of the work was farming issues. Our program called Eco-Smart Xchange would give you many chances to explore this world through volunteering.

Working as a farmer in Indonesia is facing many negative perceptions. One of the thoughts is “narrow-minded”. Many people think that being a farmer will reduce your possibility to get empowered. In fact, We offer you, since you work as an urban farmer with Teman Berkebun, you can still able to travel and learn new things. And when you return, we expect you to share your experiences and find the best way to improve your work as a farmer or farm assistant.

We are a growing organization that is open to any kind of change or future progressive cooperation. That’s why we never burden ourselves with our own space. We encourage more and more young people to be part of our movement and to have more impact on society.

Voluntalk #01: More Deeds, Not Words

On Saturday last week (25/05) in ¾ Co-Working Place in Tembalang, Semarang we organized our very first Voluntalk. In cooperation with the Indonesian Volunteer for Peace (IVP Indonesia/Yayasan Kanal Perdamaian), Voluntalk this time explained to our future local or overseas volunteers about the International Voluntary Service movement’s impact on society and SCI as the oldest volunteering-themed organization in the world based on changing perspective research in 2016.

Our facilitators are Sany Mardlotillah (founder of temanberkebun.com) and Edi Gunawan (Outgoing Volunteer in Korea). They shared their volunteering experience around the world. Most of the participants are university students who came from several universities around Semarang.

This activity aimed to encourage especially young people to participate in international workcamp or join middle or long-term volunteering programs inbound or outbound. This forum also would provide young people know that there is another method of traveling called volunteering which is considered a more impactful deed to create world peace.

This activity will be held monthly based on the Bhumi Horta Foundation program calendar. The next Voluntalk activity could be held in your nearest co-working place, campus, or community base camp. For more information for progressive collaboration as a future exchange group, event host, or another else please send us an e-mail to: ad.bhumihorta@gmail.com.

Our Volunteer Group Goes to Vietnam

In cooperation with the Indonesian Volunteer for Peace (IVP/Yayasan Kanal Perdamaian) we are promoting an outgoing volunteering program called “Eco-Smart Xchange” with some local universities in Semarang. We aligned with existing field trip program such as PKL (Praktek Kerja Lapangan). We find around 7 – 15 university students to be in a group and send them abroad to have volunteering activities on several themes.

They consist of 7 university students from the Farming Faculty of Wahid Hasyim University, Semarang. They are going to join a two-week volunteering program or well known as a work camp. They are hosted by STEP Forward Vietnam (Local Contact of SCI International).

They are going to do 2 weeks program in Vietnam focusing on farming issues. They will stay in a local family house with daily farm work. They will have a chance to visit a local school and university to have an exchange experience. They are obligated to make a report about what they see about the farming industry in Vietnam.

If you are an institution or university and willing to cooperate with us please feel free to contact us or E-mail ad.bhumihorta@gmail.com  or check further information on this link: temanberkebun.com/bhumihorta

Three Days Training for future Farm Leaders

Bhumi Horta Foundation organized 3 days training at Kebun Pojok Space Semarang. This training aimed to create young people who are willing to be our farm assistants in the near future along with the food security office and farming office of Semarang City. There are 12 students from the farming faculty of Wahid Hasyim University who joined this 3 days session.

This training was conducted by Master of trainer Yoyon who ever participated in the Erasmus Program 2014 in Lithuania and Ifa our Finance Manager at Teman Berkebun (farming themed digital start-up). Our co-trainers were Masdar (Youth Learning Center Program Co.) & Fijay (UFarm Learning Center Program Co.). They cooperated together to succeed in this activity.

On the first day of the training, the participants were asked to share their motivation, expectation, fear, and contribution in facing this training. Afterward, they had a chance to visit three urban farms in Semarang: Kelompok Tani Kelina Pandean, Lamper Tengah, KWT Purwosari, & KWT Mekarsari. They are obligated to create a one-day activity with locals on the next day. The participants got coaching from mentors or trainers to plan their activity based on existing problems that they found during the survey.

During the last day of our leadership training, the participants gained their capacity building and have an open space for sharing their idea and feedback about the training. The trainers’ members will find the top 5 trainers to be prioritized to be farm leaders that will be placed in several places in Semarang City.

Three Days Training for future Farm Leaders

Bhumi Horta Foundation organized 3 days training at Kebun Pojok Space Semarang. This training aimed to create young people who are willing to be farm leaders in the near future along with the food security office and farming office of Semarang City. There are 12 students from the farming faculty of Wahid Hasyim University who joined this 3 days session.

This training was conducted by Master of trainer Yoyon who ever participated in the Erasmus Program 2014 in Lithuania and Ifa our Finance Manager at Teman Berkebun (farming themed digital start-up). Our co-trainers were Masdar (Youth Learning Center Program Co.) & Fijay (UFarm Learning Center Program Co.). They cooperated together to succeed in this activity.

On the first day of the training, the participants were asked to share their motivation, expectation, fear, and contribution in facing this training. Afterward, they had a chance to visit three urban farms in Semarang: Kelompok Tani Kelina Pandean, Lamper Tengah, KWT Purwosari, & KWT Mekarsari. They are obligated to create a one-day activity with locals on the next day. The participants got coaching from mentors or trainers to plan their activity based on existing problems that they found during the survey.

During the last day of our leadership training, the participants gained their capacity building and have an open space for sharing their idea and feedback about the training. The trainers’ members will find the top 5 trainers to be prioritized to be farm leaders that will be placed in several places in Semarang City.

Farming Themed Workcamp in Malaysia

On February 1-17 2017, the Faculty of Agriculture Unwahas in collaboration with the BhumiHorta Foundation (Sending Organization) will hold a Field Work Practice (PKL) activity with the concept of a work camp for the first time abroad. This project is a collaboration between the Indonesian Bhumi Horta Foundation and the Malaysian Service Civil International (SCI). PKL activities will later be held in a 100-hectare garden in Dusun Matahari, Permanent Food Production Park, Lanchang, Pahang, Malaysia. There were 8 students who participated in this activity consisting of 4 sons and 4 daughters and 1 companion from Bhumi Horta. This activity will not only be attended by Faperta Unwahas students but also participants from other countries, namely Germany and Japan.

Students will have activities in the orchard for 6 hours every day such as pruning, maintenance, harvesting, post-harvest, and marketing. Commodities grown in the area are kaffir lime, kedondong, yellow lemon, jackfruit, kalamansi orange, durian and many more. Some fruit products are even sent to the factory to be made into packaged juices.

With so many types of commodities and activities, it is hoped that agricultural students can develop their knowledge and potential, especially in the field of agriculture, while exchanging experiences and cultures with participants from other countries. In addition, it is also hoped that all the knowledge and experience gained from the PKL project locations can be shared and applied in Indonesia.