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Volunteer opportunities in INDIA

Learn about Tibetan culture, support a local school and hike in the Himalayas
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          October 6 - October 26, 2014
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          November 3 - November 23, 2014

Volunteer project: Valleys of the Himalayas - where the heaven meets the earth. This small paradise is home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to a significant Tibetan settlement in India. Dharamsala is set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhauladhar 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 6 years now.

In the first two weeks of the project, the volunteers will take part in the construction of a school building and a children's center. There will be skilled laborers hired to work along with the volunteers. Furthermore, the volunteers will have the chance to support a local Indian/Tibetan school in need of simple renovation work and interact with the school children. The project will also include an awareness campaign for the protection of the environment and solid waste management in cooperation with the Tibetan welfare office. Volunteers will also teach children basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, and Environmental protection through creative learning methods like art, music, games, etc.

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: Dharamsala is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 km from Delhi. Dharamsala 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Marine turtle protection project on the west coast of Karnataka
Kundapur, Karnataka          October 13 - October 26, 2014
Kundapur, Karnataka          November 10 - November 23, 2014
Kundapur, Karnataka          December 8 - December 21, 2014

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, puppet shows, dramas and plays, mural painting, etc. The volunteers will also be involved in building Turtle Information Center huts along the beach.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, 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 Kundapura. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus. Kundapura is well connected to other parts of the country by National Highway -17. Kundapura is also connected by the Konkan Railway, which runs from Mumbai to Mangalore. Kundapura railway station is about 4 km from the town.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 11,000 Indian Rupees (about $175 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Various community service projects in rural and urban Bangalore
Bangalore          November 17 - November 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Due to rapid development in recent years, Bangalore has to deal with environmental problems such as water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, solid waste management, etc. Recognising these concerns, we are organising this volunteer project so as to address these environmental issues.

In this project, volunteers will work with different organizations involved in the development of the underprivileged. Our aim is to create awareness among the people and to give them more instruments to feel confident and free to decide for their future, and for the future of a new generation. Previous volunteer groups have assisted various governmental schools by spreading awareness about the environment and health and hygiene; working with local schools in teaching basic English and Math through creative learning methods; helped with some renovations like building playgrounds, painting, tree planting etc.

The mission of this project is to:
• Organize a multi-purpose project to involve the community and sensitize local people about the Health & Hygiene problems.
• Educate the children to build a better and more conscious society.
• Spreading awareness of environmental issues among children and villagers.
• Working with other NGOs in community service projects.

The schedule and the focus of the project will be adapted to the possibilities and the needs at the moment, with the aim to improve the achievements in a long term plan.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Bangalore rural & urban, South India. Bangalore 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: 11,000 Indian Rupees (about $175 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

 

 

Education, awareness and organic farming work in Pondicherry
Pondicherry          December 1 - December 14, 2014

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.

The volunteer project is organized in cooperation with local NGOs, active in the field of education and renovation. In the past years, many schools and villages have benefited from the work done by international volunteers, including the 2004 Tsunami-hit regions.

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 learning methods, simple renovation work like painting, tree planting, making a kitchen garden, etc. There will also be house visits and meetings with local people as a way to intercultural learning and to raise awareness on health, education and hygiene. Volunteers can take the school children to places in the town like picnics and exposure visits. As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will witness and take part in cultural programs with the local community.

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, vermi-compost 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.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Pondicherry is located approx. 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: 11,000 Indian Rupees (about $175 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          December 8 - December 21, 2014

Volunteer project: Rajasthan was inhabited long before 2500 BC and the Indus Valley Civilization had its foundation here in north Rajasthan itself. Around 1400 BC the Aryans paid a visit and settled forever in the area. The local population was pushed down south and towards the east. Afghans, Turks, Persians and Mughals followed in mixing their blood, first in war then in peace, with the existing original inhabitants. This blend gave the martial lineage to the Rajputs (member of any of several powerful Hindu landowning and military lineages).

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 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 desert people are quite affable. The famous Marwar festival brings out the festive spirits of the people of this city.

The volunteer projects here will be organised with the cooperation of local community for rural development and watershed management, environmental education and working together with local villages in rural development projects. Most of the schools around Jodhpur lack basic infrastructure like a school building, education materials, playgrounds and drinking water. Volunteers can make a big difference in the daily lives of these children by spending time with them and working to provide the necessities listed above.

The project will also involve teaching children from poor and marginalized communities in formal and non-formal schools about basic English and Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, and Environmental protection through creative learning methods like art, music, games, etc. There will also be house visits and meetings with local people to facilitate the inter-cultural exchange and to raise awareness on health and hygiene. The volunteers will take the school children to different places in town for picnics and exposure visits. In addition, the volunteers will take part in simple renovation works at local schools and orphanages: painting, tree planting, promoting rainwater harvesting, etc. As part of the cultural exchange, the volunteers will take part in cultural programs along with the local people.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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