"Volunteer in Makaibari is an independent self-help group managed by a group of Makaibari’s youth wing.

"Volunteer in Makaibari" facilitates the up gradation of the village houses to accommodate visitors from all over the world, who are interested in long or short or even a day visit to Makaibari.

Tourists and Visitors have been coming to Makaibari from years, so the establishment of "Volunteer in Makaibari" (VIM) in 2008 was a natural evolution. VIM was established by a group of Western visitors who were frustrated at how vast amounts of money were paid to tour organizations in the Western world and how little reached the targeted villages. The intent from the start was to hand the responsibility for change back to the local people, as this is the only real way to manifest real change.

Some educated but unemployed youths of the Tea Estate were employed and together they were responsible for coordinating the village tourism. The result has been stupendous. Enthusiastic youths have pioneered projects in all six villages that will enable all visitors to feel they have contributed to improving the conditions of so many people, whatever their skill level or however long they stay.

Nayan Lama – the focalizer – and his group have organized an initiative that provides additional income away from the tea for the village ladies.

This the foundational stone of Makaibari’s futuristic mantra: Partnership not Ownership.

"Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life