Volunteer in India

Learn about Tibetan culture, support a school and promote eco-friendly practices
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh       3 projects of 3 wks from June to August

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.

The project aims to provide sanitation and safety wall facilities for a local school and a cleaner environment for the community which is being affected by tourist influx and lack of waste management and watershed management systems. The project also wants to create awareness on the Tibetan migrants and their culture.
We have been conducting international volunteer projects in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala for the last 11 years with the purpose of bringing a sustainable model for development of the region in partnership with school management committees, the Tibetan Welfare Office and the local municipality.

In the first two weeks of the project, the volunteers will work on the renovation of school buildings and walls, wall painting, educational murals, teaching basic English to children. There will be also cleanup activities in the area of the waterfalls, creating awareness among the community and tourists to support responsible tourism, Health and Hygiene awareness and tree planting to avoid landslides. Through their work in the community, the volunteers will promote eco-friendly practices.

Leisure activities: 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, visits to important cultural sites and various Tibetan institutes, meetings with Tibetan monks and the local community.

During the first week of the project, the volunteers will participate in Yoga classes with a professional instructor.
On the third week, the volunteers can take part in a four-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamsala and Triund. The cost of the trekking is 3,000 Indian Rupees (about $47 US) per person.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district. 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: 20,000 Indian Rupees (about $315 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 11 - July 1, 2018
July 2 - July 22, 2018
August 6 - August 26, 2018

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Biodiversity conservation in the Great Himalayan National Park
Sai Ropa, Himachal Pradesh       2 projects of 2 wks from July to September

Volunteer project: The Great Himalayan National Park is located in the western part of the Himalayan Mountains in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 1,171 km2 at an altitude of between 1500 and 6000 m. It is characterized by high alpine peaks, alpine meadows and riverine forests. The park includes the upper mountain glacial and snow meltwater sources of several rivers, and the catchments of water supplies that are vital to millions of downstream users. It is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species. In 2014, the Great Himalayan National Park was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area protects the monsoon-affected forests and alpine meadows of the Himalayan front ranges. It is part of the Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and includes twenty-five forest types along with a rich assemblage of fauna species, several of which are threatened by extinction. This gives the site outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation.

The project will focus on conserving the biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park. It will be implemented in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Archaeological Survey of India and the Great Himalayan National Park.

The volunteers will be in contact with conservancy and park officials and will attend learning sessions with them. Volunteers' main duties involve biodiversity conservation, tree planting, awareness rally on conserving natural resources and the environment, conservation education in schools in buffer villages, creating educational murals to promote biodiversity.

Leisure activities: Visits to different bird sanctuaries, tribal villages and cattle farms. Interaction with the local community on development issues.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house or hostel, in shared rooms with bunk beds. South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safe, filtered water is available for drinking.

Location: Sai Ropa, in Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 km north-west of Delhi. The nearest international airport is Delhi. The nearest railway station is Chandigarh. Buses travel from New Delhi and other smaller cities of North India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 16,000 Indian Rupees (about $250 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 16 - July 29, 2018
August 20 - September 2, 2018

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Education and awareness projects in Rajastan
Jodhpur, Rajasthan       August 6 - August 19, 2018

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 throughout the 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 focus of this project is to spread awareness on environmental issues, health and hygiene among children and the community, and to teach and introduce the school children to creative learning methods.

The volunteers will organise meetings and activities with the local community to promote health and hygiene, and raise awareness on environmental issues. They will help the community with tree planting. In the project, the volunteers will also teach basic English to children in non-formal schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. The team will help improve the school environment by painting walls, drawing educational murals and creating a kitchen garden.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural, historic and religious sites; Cultural exchange with the community; Interaction with slum kids.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Jodhpur is located in the state of Rajasthan, 560 km south west of Delhi, 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: 16,000 Indian Rupees (about $250 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching, raising environmental awareness and renovating schools in Jaipur
Jaipur, Rajasthan       August 20 - September 2, 2018

Volunteer project: Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the best planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the city, all in the colour pink, has earned Jaipur the title of "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, tourists flock to the city attracted by its fine jewelry, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.

The purpose of the volunteer project is to create awareness on environmental issues affecting this city, to create better learning facilities for school kids, and to provide community service to slum dwellers and poor children.

The project involves teaching basic English to children from poor and marginalized communities in non-formal schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. The volunteers will undertake simple renovation work to improve school infrastructure including renovation of a school kitchen, wall painting and making a kitchen garden. The group will hold meetings with the local community to promote health, hygiene, and awareness on environmental issues. Volunteers will also plant trees along with community members.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural, historic and religious sites; Cultural exchange with the community; Interaction with children from the slums.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house or hostel, in shared rooms with bunk beds. South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safe, filtered water is available for drinking.

Location: Jaipur is located 268 km south of 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 buses are available from Delhi and other cities in North India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 16,000 Indian Rupees (about $250 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Supporting schools, local culture and sustainable farming
Goa & Kundapur, Karnataka       September 10 - September 23, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will take place in Goa in the first week and in Kundapur in the second week.

1st week: Situated on the west coast of India, on the shore of the Arabian Sea, Goa was the former Portuguese colony in India. It has been and still remains one of India’s most popular travel destinations, noted for its remarkable palm-fringed beaches and laid-back lifestyle.

The aim of this project is to assist in schools and orphanages and to try to create a safer, cleaner, more creative and environmentally friendly atmosphere for the children. The volunteers will also support local festivals with their active participation and creativity.

The international volunteers will teach Health and Hygiene awareness to children employing creative teaching methods through play, art and music. In addition, the volunteers will help improve the infrastructure of a local school or an orphanage by taking up simple renovation work like wall painting.
The volunteers will take part in a carnival celebration, helping the local people in installing and managing their food stalls, which is a good opportunity for the volunteers to interact with the locals.

2nd week: 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 range). 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 the region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.

The focus of the project is providing field-based knowledge on sustainable agriculture and its impact, and introducing creative learning methods in schools. The group will work with farmers, women groups and schools in different villages in the region.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, Indian family visits, intercultural exchange with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Canacona, a seaside village in Goa, 650 km south of Mumbai. The nearest international airports are Mumbai, Bangalore and Panjim. The nearest railway station is Madgaon. Buses operate on a daily basis from Mumbai, Bangalore, Panjim and Madgaon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 16,000 Indian Rupees (about $250 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in India