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Education, awareness and organic farming work in Pondicherry
Pondicherry          January 5 -January 18, 2015
Pondicherry          November 2 - November 15, 2015

Volunteer project: Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is one of the former French Colonies and is located on the East Coast of India. It is one of the most tourist places in the region and has a lot to offer to the visitor. Its laidback atmosphere and amazing beaches give it a very distinctive touch. It is a prime location for learning yoga and meditation in one of its many ashrams. It is also the home of Auroville, the famous international community created by the Guru Sri Auro Bindo.
In the past years, many schools and villages have benefited from the work done by international volunteers in Pondicherry, including the 2004 Tsunami-hit regions.

Increasing importance has been given recently to the organic farming in India. Organic means farming activities without the use of chemicals either pesticides or fertilizers of any kind. Fertilization is achieved with compost, vermicompost and numerous other techniques for maintaining soil fertility and balance. There has been a strong Organic farming movement spearheaded by NGOs across India. During the workcamp, the volunteers will participate in the organic farming activities and get exposure to various methods of organic cultivation.

In addition to organic farming, the volunteers will be involved in various activities ranging from creative and entertainment activities in schools and kindergartens and spreading awareness on issues related to education, environmental protection, health and hygiene awareness, teaching basic English and Math through creative teaching methods like games, art, music, etc. The volunteers will improve the infrastructure in the schools by taking up simple renovation work like painting, tree planting, making a kitchen garden, kitchen renovation, etc.

As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in festivals and cultural programs with the local community. The project in Pondicherry is conducted in January and November, so the volunteers will have the chance to celebrate Pongal in January and Diwali in November. Pongal is a four day harvest festival celebrated at the end of the harvest season in Tamil Nadu state. Diwali – the festival of lights – is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness and hope over despair.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Pondicherry is located approximately 200 km south of Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu State (East Coast). Pondicherry is accessible by bus from Chennai and Bangalore. There are domestic and international airports in Bangalore and Chennai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $195 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Marine turtle protection project on the west coast of Karnataka
Kundapur, Karnataka          January 12 - January 25, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          February 9 - February 22, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          October 5 - October 18, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          November 2 - November 15, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          December 7 - December 20, 2015

Volunteer project: Kundapur is a town situated near the beach on the west coast of Karnataka state, and is very close to the Western Ghats (a mountain ridge). The Western Ghats is India's prime zone for bio-diversity, known for the number of animal and plant species in this region. We have been involved in developing projects in this region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.

In 2004, a Marine Turtle protection project was started here in collaboration with the Forest and Wildlife Department of the State of Karnataka. Over a 60-kilometer stretch of beach, surveys are conducted and turtle nests are protected until the hatching of the eggs. Last year, more than 1500 baby turtles reached the ocean safely thanks to the efforts of our volunteers. This year again we continue these efforts. The project will also focus on spreading awareness to the general public, fishermen community and in the schools about the importance of turtles in the bio-diversity. The awareness programs will involve beach walks, house visits, puppet shows, dramas and plays, mural painting, etc. The volunteers will also be involved in building Turtle Information Center huts along the beach.

In August 2014, a Sustainable Agriculture Project was initiated at the newly constructed Training center in Kundapur. The vision of this project is to evolve a model of sustainable agriculture for sustainable livelihood. This involves integrating different farming systems for efficient use, conservation and management of natural resources. Depending on the season, the volunteers will be engaged in any of the following activities: crop cultivation, composting, azolla cultivation, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management, fruit and forestry planting, etc.

The project also involves teaching basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection to children in the local schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits and interactions with local rural people and as part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Cities near to Kundapur are: Udupi (35 km), Mangalore (95 km) and Bangalore (435 km). People coming to Kundapur fly into Mangalore or Bangalore International Airport. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, around 100 km from Kundapur. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $195 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"Dear CADIP, I wanted to thank you for providing me the opportunity to experience a piece of the Indian Life. I attended workcamp in India during the month of August where our main objectives were to learn about the social and health problems affecting Indians, teach basic knowledge about environmental health, and help paint an elementary school in desperate need of a facelift. I wanted to share some of my memorable moments with the CADIP family.
          Most of the day was spent at either school in Thirineermalai or at the School in Chrombet. In the morning we painted at Thiruneermalai and in the afternoon we taught environmental lessons in Chrombet. The evenings were reserved for cultural events, informal meetings with local government ministers, team meetings, and special dinners where we learned a lot about the inner workings of the culture – such as how Indians serve their guest first, watch you while you eat, then take food after the guests are finished.
          Taking the time to glance from the ground during our hour long walk to the elementary school in Thiruneermalai, one could not help but be amazed at the colorful saris worn by the women. It became easier as days passed to distinguish economic status of a person by the type and quality of the sari – i.e. more expensive saris were made of fine silk and adorned with intricate beading.
          Other great moment was the visit to the village of the students in Thirineermalai, which is a poor town of Chennai. This put a human perspective on the way people deal with their current realities. There was also the trip to Mamalapurium, a touristy location, but not without its insights. For example, for the first time during the work camp I saw a garbage can in India. It was empty. There were many talks, interviews, and discussions concerning cultural habits that may contribute to the waste problems in India, and also how India hopes to change perception of waste management.
          There were many others things to describe as well: the Hindu Temples, the Jain, the unique way in which Indians eat food – they eat everything with their hands, and so did I – from the intricate caste system that was present as we ate our dinner in a minister’s luxury home while the help hid from view and ate scraps in their corridor, to the invisible people who clean the trash in the street and the many, many street vendors selling fruit and everything imaginable.
          My time in Chennai, India was short, but heavily concentrated with rich cultural events. It was not all fun and games, we literally worked. But we learned every step of the way, each day a little more about the Incredible India. Thank you CADIP for making this opportunity possible."

Murphy C.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

 

Teaching children and raising health awareness in the slums of Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal          January 12 - January 25, 2015
Kolkata, West Bengal          December 7 - December 20, 2015

Volunteer project: A city of Joy and Love, Grandeur and Glory, Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, is full of life and bustle, verging on the chaotic as traditional occupations rub shoulders with ultramodern industries. Kolkata is India's second largest city, the capital of West Bengal and the former capital of British India (1772-1912).

While Kolkata is a city with a great deal of charm, it is also greatly affected due to a terrible lack of hygiene; illiteracy and unemployment are rampant, and the first to suffer from these poor living conditions are the children. Most of the schools located near the slums in Kolkata lack basic infrastructure like school building, education material, playground and drinking water. Through this project, volunteers can make a big difference in the daily lives of these children by providing the necessities listed above.

The project will involve teaching basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, and Environmental protection to children from poor and marginalized communities in the formal and non-formal schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits in the slum areas and meetings with local people as part of the inter-cultural learning and to raise awareness on health and hygiene. Volunteers can take the school children to places in the town like picnics and exposure visits. In addition, volunteers will also help with simple renovation work at local schools/orphanages and engage in activities like painting, tree planting, making a kitchen garden, simple kitchen repair work, etc. As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will attend cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Kolkata/Calcutta is located in the state of West Bengal. Accessible by air, Kolkata has a domestic and an international airport. Trains and buses operate on a daily basis from many major towns/cities in India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $195 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project

                                                                                                         

 

 

Rural development, education and awareness projects in Rajastan
Jodhpur, Rajasthan          February 9 - February 22, 2015
Jodhpur, Rajasthan          June 15 - June 28, 2015
Jodhpur, Rajasthan          September 7 - September 20, 2015

Volunteer project: Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination featuring many palaces, forts and temples. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Culture and lifestyle in Jodhpur is quite fascinating. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people.

The volunteer projects here will assist various government schools by creating awareness on relevant issues as well as undertaking simple renovation work to improve the infrastructure in the schools.
The aim of this project is to:
• Organize a multi-purpose project to involve the community and sensitize local people about the environment, health & hygiene problems.
• Educate children to build a better and more conscious society.
• Spread awareness on environmental issues among children and villagers.
• Assist local NGOs in community service projects.

The project involves teaching children from poor and marginalized communities in non-formal schools about basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits and meetings with local people as part of the inter-cultural learning and to raise awareness on health and hygiene. The volunteers will take part in simple renovation work at local schools and engage in activities like painting, making a kitchen garden, tree planting, kitchen renovation, etc. As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Jodhpur is located in the state of Rajasthan and is accessible by domestic airlines. Jodhpur is connected by air to major airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur. The airport is about 5 km from the city center. Trains and buses operate on a daily basis from New Delhi and Mumbai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teaching children through art and games and participating in the Goa Carnival
Goa          February 9 - February 22, 2015

Volunteer project: Situated on the west coast (Arabian Sea), Goa was the former Portuguese colony in India. It is one of India's most cherished and prominent locations for travelers since many years for its remarkable palm-fringed beaches.

The international volunteers will teach basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection to children employing creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. In addition, the volunteers will help improve the infrastructure of a local school by taking up simple renovation work like painting, tree planting, making a kitchen garden, simple kitchen repair work, etc.

As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will participate in the Goa Carnival which is a three day festival. The Carnival was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for four centuries. Huge parades are organized throughout the state including colorful floats and troupes of costumed revelers with live bands, dances and floats on the streets and non-stop festivity. During the Carnival, the volunteers will help the local people in running and managing their food stalls, which is a good opportunity for the volunteers to interact with the locals.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: South Goa. Panjim is the capital of the state of Goa and is accessible by air. Domestic and some international airlines fly directly to Panjim Airport. The nearest international airports are Mumbai and Bangalore. Trains and buses operate on a daily basis from Mumbai and Bangalore to Goa.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Yoga and organic farming experience
Kundapur, Karnataka          March 9 - March 22, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          April 13 - April 26, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          June 1 - June 14, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          July 13 - July 26, 2015

Volunteer project: Kundapur is a town situated near the beach on the west coast of Karnataka state, and is very close to the Western Ghats (a mountain ridge). The Western Ghats is India's prime zone for bio-diversity, known for the number of animal and plant species in this region. We have been involved in developing projects in this region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.

Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing the entire Body, Mind and Spirit. It is the union between a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5000 years. The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together," and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. During the project, the volunteers will learn the basics of Yoga. Every day there will be topics covered by a professional master, which will be practiced by the volunteers.

In August 2014, a Sustainable Agriculture Project was initiated at the newly constructed Training center in Kundapur. The vision of this project is to evolve a model of sustainable agriculture for sustainable livelihood. This involves integrating different farming systems for efficient use of conservation and management of natural resources. Depending on the season, the volunteers will be engaged in any of the following activities:
- Baseline survey and mapping;
- Conservation of natural resources: soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forestry plantation;
- Implementation of sustainable agriculture practices: crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management;
- Maintenance and management: after care, basin making, watering, pruning, protection, etc;
- Post-harvest practices: threshing, cleaning;
- Documentation of local traditional practices.

There will also be house visits and interactions with local rural people and as part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in the cultural programs with local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Cities near to Kundapur are: Udupi (35 km), Mangalore (95 km) and Bangalore (435 km). People coming to Kundapur fly into Mangalore or Bangalore International Airport. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, around 100 km from Kundapur. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Learn about Tibetan culture, support a Horse Welfare program and hike in the Himalayas
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          March 9 - March 29, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          April 6 - April 26, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          August 3 - August 23, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          September 7 - September 27, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          October 6 - October 26, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          November 2 - November 22, 2015

Volunteer project: Valleys of the Himalayas - This small paradise on earth is home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and to a significant Tibetan settlement in India. Dharamshala is set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhaulathar Mountains. It is the capital of the Tibetan Government in exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.
We have been conducting international volunteer projects in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala for almost 7 years now.

In the first two weeks of the project, the volunteers will take part in the Equine (Horses) Welfare project. Horses were the backbone of the Indian and British army. Since horses are reared by local communities in hilly areas for transportation of goods, the Army released the horses and handed them over to retired army personnel for rearing. An evaluation was conducted 10 years later and it was found that the horses were reared in miserable conditions. Therefore, an the Equine Welfare project was started with the main objective of improving the management and welfare of equines by promoting awareness among owners.
In this project, the volunteers will be involved in construction and maintenance of stables for equines, maintenance of pathways, medical care, and maintenance of buildings for the horse rearing community. Through interactions with local families and Women’s Self Help Groups, the volunteers will gain a better understanding of various livelihood generation activities based on natural resource management, like irrigation, vegetation measures, dairy development, fodder production, etc.

The volunteers will also take part in educational activities in a local school and will teach children basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection through creative teaching methods like art, music, games. In addition, the volunteers will improve the infrastructure in the schools by taking up simple renovation work like painting, tree planting, kitchen repair work, etc.

During the project, the volunteers will get the opportunity to learn about Tibetan culture and the different issues related to the exile of its people and their re-settlement in India. There will be cultural activities, daily visits to important cultural sites and exchange with the Tibetan Youth with the support of the Tibetan Welfare Office.

On the third week of the project, the volunteers will take part in a four-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamshala and Triund.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Kangra district in lower Dharamshala. Dharamshala is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 kilometers from Delhi. Dharamshala is accessible by bus on a daily basis from New Delhi and other smaller cities of North India. The nearest railway stations are Pathankot and Kangra Mandir. Delhi is the nearest international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 18,000 Indian Rupees (about $285 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support a Watershed and Sustainable Livelihood program, hike in the Himalayas and discover Tibetan culture
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          June 8 - June 28, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          July 6 - July 26, 2015
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          October 5 - October 25, 2015

Volunteer project: Valleys of the Himalayas - This small paradise on earth is home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and to a significant Tibetan settlement in India. Dharamshala is set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhaulathar Mountains. It is the capital of the Tibetan Government in exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.
We have been conducting international volunteer projects in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala for almost 7 years now.

In the first two weeks of this project, the volunteers will work on a Watershed and Sustainable Mountain Livelihood program. The volunteers will assist in construction of community ponds, cleaning tanks and check-dams, construction of community toilets, maintenance of pathways, tree planting to avoid landslides, maintenance of kitchen gardens and poultry sheds for community livelihood. Through interactions with local families and Women’s Self Help Groups, the volunteers will gain a better understanding of various livelihood generation activities based on natural resource management, like irrigation, vegetation measures, dairy development, fodder production, etc.

The volunteers will also support a local school with educational activities by teaching children basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection through creative methods like art, music, games.

During the project, the volunteers will get the opportunity to learn about the Tibetan culture and the different issues related to the exile of its people and their re-settlement in India. There will be cultural activities, daily visits to important cultural sites and exchange with the Tibetan Youth with the support of the Tibetan Welfare Office.

On the third week of the project, the volunteers will take part in a four-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamsala and Triund.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Kangra district in lower Dharamshala. Dharamshala is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 kilometers from Delhi. Dharamshala is accessible by bus on a daily basis from New Delhi and other smaller cities of North India. The nearest railway stations are Pathankot and Kangra Mandir. Delhi is the nearest international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 18,000 Indian Rupees (about $285 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Raising awareness and promoting the conservation of Hampi World Heritage Site
Hampi, Karnataka          July 6 - July 19, 2015

Volunteer project: Located in the central part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern part of India, Hampi is definitely one of the most interesting travel destinations on the map of India. It is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and monuments are breathtaking. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi speaks of the splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Hampi attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are over 500 monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, basement of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings, etc. Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise - every monument hides more than what they reveal.

The main objective of the project in Hampi is to spark interest among the local community by involving children and international volunteers in activities that promote sensitivity and respect towards the World Heritage site. The workcamp in Hampi will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, tour-guides and tourists.

The international volunteers will organize activities for school children within the boundaries of the World Heritage Site:
- Clean-up activities around the monuments in Hampi, which are most visited by tourists and pilgrims.
- Preparation of a nursery: Planting saplings at the nursery. One child will be appointed to look after each sapling. It would be a good activity to involve the local children in tree planting and teach them to look after the young trees till they can survive.
- Organizing a Drawing competition for the school children and opening it up to the local people by setting up an open gallery. Local authorities, Tour Guide Association, teachers, and other potential local partners will get involved. This would help build partnerships for future work.
- Awareness Walk and Street Play with locals: The volunteers and locals will prepare a skit on heritage conservation and environment issues. The Street Play involves imparting messages on Heritage conservation through acting and miming. The Awareness Walk will be a procession in the main area and we will spread messages on ecology, hygiene and conservation.
- Initiate active participation of youth by encouraging school children to become “Young Guardians / Ambassadors” of the Heritage site. To achieve this, we will form a “Heritage Club” in the school.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Hampi is located in the state of Karnataka, 350 km from Bangalore and 13 km from Hospet. Hampi is accessible by bus from Bangalore and Goa. The nearest railway station is in Hospet. The nearest international airports are Goa, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Improve education and bring better opportunities to disadvantaged communities in Jaipur
Jaipur, Rajasthan          July 13 - July 26, 2015

Volunteer project: Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the City that runs across in pink colour has earned Jaipur the title of "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewelry, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. The growth of the city is also contributed by the rapidly developing social infrastructure with super-speciality hospitals and medical centers, institutions of higher learning and schools.

The volunteer projects here will assist various government schools by creating awareness on relevant issues as well as undertaking simple renovation work to improve the infrastructure in the schools.
The aim of this project is to:
• Organize a multi-purpose project to involve the community and sensitize local people about the environment, health & hygiene problems.
• Educate children to build a better and more conscious society.
• Spread awareness on environmental issues among children and villagers.
• Assist local NGOs in community service projects.

The project involves teaching children from poor and marginalized communities in non-formal schools about basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits and meetings with local people as part of the inter-cultural learning and to raise awareness on health, hygiene and education. The volunteers will take part in simple renovation work at local schools and engage in activities like painting, making a kitchen garden, tree planting, kitchen renovation, etc. As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Jaipur has a close proximity with Delhi, the national capital and is well connected to other parts of the country through air, rail and road. Jaipur International Airport is located 13 km from Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected by bus and trains to most of the major cities in India. Regular deluxe and AC buses are available from Delhi to Jaipur.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Promoting public health dialogue through forum theatre
Mysore          August 3 - August 23, 2015

Volunteer project: Public health dialogue on public health issues is becoming increasingly important for improving the health status of the people in India. The project “Health on Stage” is the continuation and the follow up of global effort to mobilize the local community for public health dialogue. It is a unique model that attempts to pool up international volunteers and engage them in an intensive dialogue with local community by using “forum theatre” as the medium for communication.

Health on stage will be implemented in rural areas in Mysore. Water related issues and water borne diseases will be the important components of Health on Stage programme. Initially, the volunteers will visit slums and interact with the local community to survey and study health related issues. Based on the survey findings, the volunteers with the help of a forum theatre expert will rehearse and design a street play to communicate the message and promote Health on Stage.

After a brief inter-cultural exchange and learning the applications of ‘forum theatre’, the volunteers of “Health on Stage” would perform, focusing on public health with all its social and cultural dimensions. Under the broader framework of Water and Public Health, a wide range of local issues will be taken up for dialogue and seeking solutions. Hygiene and sanitation, waterborne diseases, preventive and curative aspects of health, water and environment, water conservation, indigenous water purification measures will be the issues to be dealt with.

The forum theatre will not be so much language based; it will predominantly be body language and action based communications. Initially the volunteers would spend time in social mapping to identify the local water and health issues and through forum theatre analyze the issues with the community and design locally available solutions. This will trigger the thought of the people and they would realize that it is they who are principally responsible to find out locally available solutions to their numerous water and public health problems. A local person skilled in forum theatre will work with the volunteers throughout the project.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms

Location: Mysore Rural & Urban, South India. Mysore is about 140 kilometers from Bangalore. It is accessible by air, domestic and some international airlines fly directly to Bangalore International Airport. Trains and buses operate on an everyday basis from almost all major towns/cities in South India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 18,000 Indian Rupees (about $285 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Sustainable agriculture, creative teaching and yoga learning
Kundapur, Karnataka          August 10 - August 23, 2015
Kundapur, Karnataka          September 14 - September 27, 2015

Volunteer project: Kundapur is a town situated near the beach on the west coast of Karnataka state, and is very close to the Western Ghats (a mountain ridge). The Western Ghats is India's prime zone for bio-diversity, known for the number of animal and plant species in this region. We have been involved in developing projects in this region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.

Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing the entire Body, Mind and Spirit. It is the union between a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5000 years. The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together," and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience. During the project, the volunteers will learn the basics of Yoga. Every day there will be topics covered by a professional master, which will be practiced by the volunteers.

In August 2014, a Sustainable Agriculture Project was initiated at the newly constructed Training center in Kundapur. The vision of this project is to evolve a model of sustainable agriculture for sustainable livelihood. This involves integrating different farming systems for efficient use of conservation and management of natural resources. Depending on the season, the volunteers will be engaged in any of the following activities:
- Baseline survey and mapping;
- Conservation of natural resources: soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forestry plantation;
- Implementation of sustainable agriculture practices: crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management;
- Maintenance and management: after care, basin making, watering, pruning, protection, etc;
- Post-harvest practices: threshing, cleaning;
- Documentation of local traditional practices.

The project also involves teaching basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection to children in the local schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits and interactions with local rural people and as part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and participate in the cultural programs with local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Cities near to Kundapur are: Udupi (35 km), Mangalore (95 km) and Bangalore (435 km). People coming to Kundapur fly into Mangalore or Bangalore International Airport. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, around 100 km from Kundapur. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Heritage conservation and awareness campaign in the ancient Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu          August 17 - August 30, 2015

Volunteer project: Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is an ancient historic town famous for its stone carvings and cave temples. It was a bustling sea port - ancient Indian traders who went to countries of south-east Asia sailed from the sea port of Mahablipuram. The structures here, mostly carved straight out of granite, are among the oldest existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture. Mahabalipuram was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

The main objective of the project in Mahabalipuram is to spark interest among the local community by involving children and international volunteers in activities that promote sensitivity and respect towards the World Heritage site. The workcamp in Mahabalipuram will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, tour-guides and tourists.

The international volunteers will organize activities for school children within the boundaries of the World Heritage Site:
- Clean-up activities around the monuments in Mahabalipuram, which are most visited by tourists.
- Preparation of a nursery: Planting saplings at the nursery. One child will be appointed to look after each sapling. It would be a good activity to involve the local children in tree planting and teach them to look after the young trees till they can survive.
- Organizing a Drawing competition for the school children and opening it up to the local people by setting up an open gallery. Local authorities, Tour Guide Association, teachers, and other potential local partners will get involved. This would help build partnerships for future work.
- Awareness Walk and Street Play with locals: The volunteers and locals will prepare a skit on heritage conservation and environment issues. The Street Play involves imparting messages on Heritage conservation through acting and miming. The Awareness Walk will be a procession in the main area and we will spread messages on ecology, hygiene and conservation.
- Initiate active participation of youth by encouraging school children to become “Young Guardians / Ambassadors” of the Heritage site. To achieve this, we will form a “Heritage Club” in the school.

Language: English

Accommodation: At a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Mahabalipuram is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, 60 km from Chennai, and 100 km from Pondicherry. Mahabalipuram is accessible by bus from Chennai and Bangalore. There are domestic and international airports in Bangalore and Chennai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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