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Get dirty


Volunteer Opportunities. Live-In Volunteers. Intern.

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Get dirty


Volunteer Opportunities. Live-In Volunteers. Intern.

 

There are always opportunities for groups and individuals to volunteer on the farm. We welcome one-time volunteers, casual drop-ins, and more committed individuals. 

 

sign up to volunteer!

types of volunteers


drop-in volunteering

We accept volunteers dropping in to the farm any morning between 8am and 12pm, Monday through Saturday. Please wear close-toed shoes and long pants, and bring a water bottle. Feel free to pack a sack lunch to enjoy a picnic on the lawn!

farm partners

Do you have a desire to learn about sustainable gardening, landscaping, vegetable production, harvesting, chickens, pigs, goats, or rabbits? Volunteer as a Farm Partner and gain experience in a variety of areas. Potential jobs include clearing garden beds, planting, harvesting, maintaining and improving our Texas-native landscape, moving and feeding animals, and other fun farm jobs!

Farm Partners are asked to commit to 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. We are flexible to your schedule.

farm day partners

Take charge of one of our many activities, events, or services on Farm Day. Training is required.

Farm Day Partners will receive a free farm-fresh lunch in exchange for their services.

office volunteers

Do you have computer skills? Organizational skills? Are you able to make a regular commitment for a period of at least three months? Our office volunteer position is great for those who desire to do indoor work.

WEEKEND WORK PARTIES

We have weekend hours available from 8am to noon on Saturdays. This is a great one-time opportunity for your church group, book club, fraternity, or volunteer organization to serve WHRI. Pack a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic on the lawn!

world hunger relief, inc. ambassador

Share our mission and vision with the community of Waco! Attend community meetings on food policy, urban gardening, and the farmer’s market; meet other members of the Waco community; lead service projects at local community gardens and at WHRI. Help us post fliers around town and publicize for our Fall and Spring Farm Days.

Ambassadors are asked to commit to 2 events per month for 3 months (about 5-10 hours per month).

community service partners

Work alongside kids and teens completing community service hours. We are one of several Waco locations to serve court-ordered community service hours, and the only location for kids under age 16 to perform their service. We are looking for individuals to work alongside these kids at the farm, provide oversight, and be a positive influence. Training required and provided by WHRI. We accept community service workers from 4-6pm on Wednesdays.

Community Service Partners are asked to commit a minimum of 2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

special skills

Do you have special skills you’d like to contribute to the farm such as photography, painting, carpentry, mechanics, mowing, or graphic design? We'd love to hear from you!

 

For more information about an, please contact the Service Learning Coordinator at localeducation@worldhungerrelief.org.

* Volunteers 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 
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Intern at the Farm


If you feel called to improve international or domestic food systems through learning sustainable agriculture techniques, cultivating relationships, and building communities, please check out our internship opportunities.  

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Intern at the Farm


If you feel called to improve international or domestic food systems through learning sustainable agriculture techniques, cultivating relationships, and building communities, please check out our internship opportunities.  

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

 

WHRI's internship program is designed for individuals who wish to acquire skills in sustainable agriculture, community development, and missions. Interns work and study for 10-months on our 40-acre farm in central Texas. Interns are not required to have experience in our areas of focus but we ask they come willing to learn and work hard.

 

GOALS OF THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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  • Learn sustainable agriculture principles and skills that can be applied in a variety of contexts and settings.

  • Learn approaches to community development, cross-cultural communication, and education.

  • Understand the social and political realities of poverty, malnutrition, and food insecurity in a variety of contexts and develop an ethical Christian response.


Internship Elements

  • Comprehensive agriculture training: Interns are training on a combination of our produce and livestock enterprises.

  • Cohort model: Interns begin and complete the internship with a cohort of individuals.

  • Start date: The start date is Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.  Interns have from Wednesday, August 30th  - Sunday, September 3rd to move to the farm.

  • Length of internship: Internships lasts for 10 months, from September to June.  

  • Development of individual study focus: Interns are required to choose a topic of individual study that they focus on throughout their internship. Interns focus on their chosen topic through research and shadowing of staff. Staff help interns select their study focus. We want to hear about your interests during the interview process so please be prepared to discuss this.

  • Classes: Interns are required to attend class twice a week. Class curriculum is intentionally developed to cover a broad range of topics that prepare interns for work in our three areas of focus.

  • Unpaid Internship: The 10-month internship is unpaid however there is an opportunity to apply for scholarships that fit the needs of an individual or family.

  • Option for 3-month international trip: Upon completion of the 10-month internship, interns have the option to participate in a 3-month international service learning trip. WHRI will connect interns with one of our international partners and help plan fundraising for the trip.

  • Option for 2nd year apprenticeship: Upon completion of the 10-month internship, interns have the option to apply for a farm apprentice position. This position is paid, has increased responsibility, and apprentices develop and implement their own farm project.

what to expect

HOW INTERNS LEARN

The WHRI farm produces vegetable, milk, eggs, meat, honey, and a variety of value-added products like pickles and soap for sale in the local market. Interns play a large role in the production of our farm products while receiving hands-on training about what it takes to run a farm. Our livestock enterprise is made up of chickens, goats, cattle, sheep, pigs, rabbits, and bees. Our produce is grown in either our 2-acre market garden or our smaller, experimental permaculture garden. Our products are sold at The Waco Downtown Farmers Market, through our whole-farm CSA, our meat CSA, and in our small store located on the farm. We also provide produce boxes to a federally-qualified community health center in town, The Family Health Center, for a vegetable prescription program.

 

Throughout the year, interns will learn a variety of skills and techniques; everything from driving a tractor to butchering animals to laying drip irrigation. We recognize, however, that every environment, village, and farm presents its own unique set of challenges. So, beyond specific skills, interns will also develop a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture principles as well as assessment and problem solving so they will be better equipped to apply their training to a variety of circumstances and scenarios around the world.


In addition to farm work, interns have the opportunity to participate in various community development initiatives, lead school tours, teach classes, and speak to church and community groups. Interns also attend classroom lessons. Curriculum for these lessons covers a broad range of topics but centers on sustainable agriculture, food policy, community development, business management, and Christian missions.

WHAT INTERNS RECEIVE

WHRI provides interns with housing, utilities and staple foods. We try as much as possible to consume food produced on the farm including vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, and eggs. Since some of this production is seasonal, it is supplemented by purchased staples. Non-staple foods must be purchased at the intern’s expense. We are located about a mile from a grocery store and post office, and approximately seven miles from downtown Waco.


In keeping with our emphasis on sustainable living, intern housing is simple but adequate. Our dormitory houses up to fifteen single interns and volunteers, and we have limited housing for families. There is a communal kitchen and laundry room which residents are required to keep clean.

Individuals who wish to work on the farm for a brief time without attending classes may wish to apply to for our Live-In Volunteer Program.

DAILY SCHEDULE

6:30am — Farm chores

7:00am — Devotions

7:30am — Field work

12:30pm — Lunch

2:00pm — Classroom Lessons or individual responsibilities 

4:30pm — Farm Chores

INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

Due to the challenges of acquiring visas for our international applicants, we will be creating a separate international intern position with a rolling start date. More information coming soon!

HOW TO APPLY

Download this Intern Application and email your completed application to our Training Manager

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

We are currently accepting applications for our September 1st start date. Please submit your application by July 1st. 

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Live-In Volunteer


Provide 25 hours of work per week in exchange for basic room and board.

Download an Application

Live-In Volunteer


Provide 25 hours of work per week in exchange for basic room and board.

Download an Application

 

WHRI trains individuals who feel called to service in developing countries and wish to acquire skills in sustainable farming, community development, and Christian missions.

 

Our Live-In Volunteer program is for persons who need more flexibility than an internship allows, or are discerning a call to a life of service through sustainable agriculture. This program allows people to work for 25 hours per week in exchange for room and board, including basic food staples, on-site laundry facilities, computers available for use, and wifi in all of our housing facilities. Live-In Volunteers may stay for as short as two weeks and up to about eighteen months, depending on housing availability. Live-In Volunteers are involved in the daily tasks of keeping the farm running and are invited to be a part of class, do independent study, or conduct on-farm trials. Many Live-In Volunteers get part-time jobs in town; our Education Director can give you a list of places former Live-In Volunteers have been employed.

Live-In Volunteers are an important part of our community. They are encouraged to participate in all aspects of farm life, including devotions, class time, and field trips. WHRI accepts Live-In Volunteers on a competitive basis as space becomes available.


Expectations

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  • Morning fieldwork 8:30-12:30 on weekdays.
  • The work of Live-in Volunteers is crucial to the success of the farm and is how the farm is able to support itself. It is important that Live-in Volunteers treat this responsibility like they would any other job. Time off must be approved by the Farm Operations Director.
  • Lunch preparation (on a rotating basis) and post-lunch clean-up.
  • Weekend duty on rotation, about once every 4-6 weeks as needed.
  • Farmer’s Market Duty (on rotation, about once every 4-6 weeks as needed).
  • Lead tour groups and be involved with community education, such as our Living on the Other Side (LOTOS) experiences.
  • Participate in Farm Day and other special events.
  • Maintain dorm cleanliness.
  • Attend community meeting weekly.
  • Take responsibility for morning chores.
  • Live-In Volunteers are encouraged to participate in morning devotions and community lunches. as these are important times for community building.

other opportunities

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  • Participate in field trips, conferences and afternoon classes.
  • Serve on WHRI committees.
  • Complete reading assignments to accompany class, or develop a reading list with WHRI staff.
  • Conduct independent research projects.
  • Local church involvement is recommended.
  • Live-In Volunteers who are here long-term may wish to consider having a host family assigned to them.

Email our Training Manager for more information, or to turn in an application.