ARI strives to create an environment in which each participant cannot only gain skills, but can also engage in deep personal analysis and growth. It has been the experience of ARI, demonstrated by graduates over the past 40 years, that one of the most valuable aspects of  the training has been the sense of personal development and empowerment that has given them inspiration and motivation to carry out their promise to return to their own communities to apply their training for the good of their people.


The ARI curriculum is based on the training program which was created through 39 years of experience of living out ARI’s mission. It also links this experience with the current needs of the world. The basis of our training and life at ARI consists of the three pillars of the ARI Rural Leaders Training. These conceptual pillars include: servant leadership, foodlife work, and community building.

The curriculum includes classroom sessions, Foodlife work (morning and evening), Field Management Activities, Practical Field Study, farm work, reflection paper writing, observation trips, home stay programs, self-study, oral presentations, consultation and reflection days, community events, community work and special events. However, all aspects of community life and activities are valuable time and resources for training.

In order to meet both ARI requirements and government standards for organized training hours, the Asian Rural Institute provides 1,760 hours of training. Because time is limited, training is tightly scheduled from April until December. Full participation in all curriculum activities and submission of all necessary reports is required for the successful completion of the training program.

The ARI curriculum can be roughly divided into three categories:

Hands-on training

Classroom lectures

Observation trips & study tours