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We are a group of like- minded people working hand- in- hand to make a change in our society. We offer volunteering projects at our place for the benefit of local community. This includes running a school, working with an after school girls residential center and a youth center. Also we can offer regular trek in the mountains giving the local youth an employment opportunity.
Make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged kids and youth in the Himalayas! Join any of our 4 volunteer programs in these sectors:
1.*️️️Rishikesh slum school- Participate in the project designed to bring education to the slum children in Rishikesh town. Rishikesh is known as world yoga capital. We run a playschool for these children which is free of cost. You can participate with our local teachers helping children learn alphabets, counting, rhymes, prayers, yoga, dance, drawing, arts and crafts and many other play activities. The school duration is 4 hours approximate. Rest of the time you can explore RIshikesh.
2. Primary school: Work with government and non government primary schools in the Higher Himalayas. The age group is from 3-14 years old.
3. Youth center: You will be assigned to a center based in Tunalka, helping address the issue of youth unemployment by providing workshops and practical skills training to young people ages 18-22. You will help prepare them for work in the professional world.
4. After-school residential center: You will be assigned to an after-school program aimed at underprivileged girls. Most - if not, all - of them don’t have access to quality education or cannot continue their studies due to different reasons. Only female volunteers are accepted for this program.
Please note that except Rishikesh slum school program rest of the programs are based in rural part of the Himalayas.
Daily tasks and responsibilities vary according to the placement. But common duties include engaging in English (or another language) conversations with kids and young people, building their confidence, and doing arts and crafts activities. You can be a part of our activities 5/6 days a week for 4-5 hours a day.
Our town Barkot is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan mountain range of Yamunotri. The town is en route Yamunotri, a major pilgrimage center famous for Yamuna temple and its glaciers. The place does offer breathtaking mountain view trekking opportunities along with a chance to fully immerse into the local life.
How to reach us: Rishikesh or Dehradun is your starting point. We are 4-5 hours away from Rishikesh/Dehradun and there are ample transportation means available to reach us.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Basic teaching experience is desirable but we would also welcome enthusiastic, open-minded people to help inspire the children to improve their English and practical skills.
Expected hours and stay: To make a meaningful change we expect the volunteers to help 4 to 5 hours a day. Saturday and Sundays are off for volunteers so that they can go for local sightseeing, trekking or any other adventure activity they would like to pursue or opt for.
Code of conduct: we feel that every person has a common sense to understand to how to behave in a new country, culture and people. We will have a short orientation program where we shall discuss with you in which way you can help us. We don't support any kind of intoxication, drugs or any other substances which makes you feel high. In fact we suggest that you can join us in mindful living providing you the highest high:)
How to reach us: Rishikesh/Dehradun is your starting point. We are 4-5 hours away from Rishikesh/Dehradun and there are ample transportation means available to reach us.
Special note: While coming to help and stay with us in developmental programs please don't expect things in a orderly/professional structure as per your standards as the 'concept of time' and 'working culture' is practiced in different way. People are very much away from modern technology, modern outlook, and modern ways of living. Relations are valued over other personal/professional aspects of life. Also please come with an open and adaptable mind without any preconceived notions as it could hamper your objective of experiencing a different life perspective and cultural exchange.
English, hindi, garhwali
accommodation : We provide simple and clean accommodation accordingly. The rooms are on sharing basis. On maximum two volunteers will be adjusted in the room. Toilets depends on the host family house type but basically its Indian squat. we could help arrange nice and comfortable stay in guest house/hotel on your requirement. Accommodation is provided free of cost.
meals : We provide meals i.e. lunch and dinner. Experience Indian food with its distinct characteristic not found elsewhere in other part of the world. The food is absolutely healthy and tasty with unique flavor and less masala:) You can also learn to cook Indian food while we are with us. We have a small contribution of $5 a day towards your two meal a day. You can also opt for other meals as breakfast, local snacks on an additional cost.
Volunteers can do a lot in their time off as our place offers wide range of adventure related activities. You can visit temples, heritage sights, mountains. You can opt for trekking as we have trekking places and regular treks are offered. you also get chance to attend local fair, festival, wedding and other activities happening all year around. You can visit nearby villages, temples and many other worth seeing places.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Volunteers would experience local culture, get invited into marriages, festivals, and local gathering. You can learn about local culture, custom and tradition. There are so many things which we can't describe as it can only be experienced.
Come and join us for a life enriching experience in the Himalayas!
Maximum 4-5hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteers stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
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