Make a Bicycle Washing Machine

Support Environment in Dharamsala, India

Construction Management, Design (Product or Industrial), Mechanical Engineering
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2 weeks to 4 weeks
Must Speak: 
Helpful if Speaks: 
Learning Opportunity

We think this is a fun project for the young engineer or product designer professional to support the environment in Dharamsala, India in exchange for housing and food.

Opportunity Details


We give injured stray animals a place to heal before they are released back to the street. We also have an organic farm and vegan community house. Work exchange participants and volunteers are vital to making sure that the animals stay healthy and happy, the farm is tended to, and make our community programs thrive.  We have a need for an experteer to help with a simple problem:

Have you ever made a washing machine out of a bicycle?

We haven't.

That's why we need your help! If you have built one before, we need a man-powered laundry machine to do the animal laundry here at Peepal Farm. It is getting too much to do by hand and it takes hours of our volunteers' time.

It should be something like THIS.

This is a great project to do on a short experteering trip or in collaboration with one of the other projects we have posted.


Great for people with mechanical skills! Interested but not the right length? Like our organization and have an idea how your skills can help us? Message us at:


We will know it's a success when our volunteers can use pedal-clean laundry every day!


  • Construction Management
  • Design (Product or Industrial)
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • English


  • Hindi

We Provide These Local Benefits


If you are experienced but up to the challenge of working with local constraints then this would be a great learning experience! You will also be able to work side by side with villagers and learn about Indian culture.


We can provide information about local sights and attractions.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

Dear, I am Yashodhan Joshi, recent Mechanical Engineer from VIT, Pune. I am really interested in the project of making washing machine using bicycle. I am confident that I have expertise to successfully complete this project. However, being a recent graduate, I don't have money to become your member. So, I am requesting you to please consider my case and try your best to let me experteer without paying fees. I would be extremely grateful to you if you can help me in this regard. Looking forward for positive reply. Yours faithfully, Yashodhan Joshi
Yashodhan, Jun 14th, 2017
Hello Yashodhan! If you could join us and complete the cycle-run washing machine we would be able to waive our volunteer fee. Please request an introduction if you are interested in joining. Thank you, Jo
Representative of this opportunity, Jun 14th, 2017

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Industry: Non-Profit

Mission: Environment

Size: Startup: 2 - 5 persons

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