Plant 4 India is a one year long Fellowship in Rural Development, Land Restoration and Environmental Education. The Fellowship aims to support rural communities in India to restore their environment, build climate resilience and create long-term food security.


The Fellowship will begin with a training at Sadhana Forest, Tamil Nadu campus. After this orientation, you will facilitate hands-on training on appropriate water conservation and tree planting techniques for local people in the rural area assigned to you.

You will gain significant knowledge and experience in:

  • Water conservation – design and implementation
  • Reforestation
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem regeneration
  • Long-term rural development
  • Children’s environmental education
  • Sustainable living (renewable energy, composting, etc.)
  • Adapting to different cultural contexts
  • Leadership
  • Effective and compassionate communication
  • Time management


No prior experience in the fields of environmentalism and ecology is required.


The orientation for the Fellowship will start at the campus of Sadhana Forest in Auroville, Tamil Nadu. Upon completion of this stage, you will be assigned to one of the Plant 4 India canters in rural India. Your accommodation in these areas would be in sustainable campuses.

In-Fellowship Support

When posted in rural India, a monthly stipend will be provided to cover for expenses. Fellows will also have the support of a mentor.

More info

For more information visit www.plant4india.org

Fellowship application form: http://plant4india.org/apply


We are now accepting applications for the Winter Batch, which will start on 1 December 2023. Applications for the Summer 2023 Batch have been closed.

About Sadhana Forest

Sadhana Forest is an international water conservation and reforestation organization active in India, Haiti and Kenya. We are a donation-based and volunteer-run community, and we welcome volunteers year round.

Sadhana Forest works on restoring degraded ecosystems and ensuring food security through indigenous food forestry in rural and arid lands. We operate from sustainable off-the-grid campuses where we house our volunteers, conduct trainings and practice a simple, substance-free, vegan community lifestyle, complete with solar energy, compost toilets, biodegradable toiletries, zero waste practices and natural construction.