Hi, my name is Jalam!
We run a family-owned camel safari tour company in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan (recommended by Lonely Planet), and a small hotel. There's a variety of tasks you can help us with: primarily we need assistance with answering emails from potential safari and hotel customers and assisting in the office, but there are also opportunities to help out in the guesthouse, in the villages for those with special skills, and on the camel safari.
Most of the time we provide you with your own room at our hotel, a comfortable double bed to sleep in and your own bathroom (hot shower and western style toilet). During periods of high demand you may be required to stay in a tent on the roof (bedding provided) and to share a common bathroom (pictures of tents provided). Three meals per day are provided. We will also endeavour to give each volunteer one free overnight safari, though this is dependent on jeep availability.
We ask our volunteers to stay for a minimum of two weeks, though we are prepared to be flexible in individual cases. We are especially interested in volunteers who can stay with us for extended periods (from one month to six months) to help out in a customer service capacity in the office and hotel.
Fluency in written and spoken English is a must.
Feel free to contact us with any further questions.
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You can learn Hindi and Marwari
Can expect to learn how to make indian, rajasthani food.
Explore the city and the surroundings.
Might learn about camels & how to care for them...
We do a lot of business with English-speaking tourists. Though we can communicate with them in person, it can be difficult to communicate via e-mail. We need people to help us with this task - it's essential for our business to function. We also require support in the office.
We also run a small hotel that we use for departing and returning safari customers. We would appreciate help in cleaning the rooms: this is a daily task in the high season.
We endeavour to enable all our volunteers to go out on at least one camel safari, where, as well as being able to experience camel riding and sleeping at our beautiful dunes, you'll be able to help out with all aspects of the tour from food preparation to cleaning up the campsite to chatting with the tourists. Working in nearby villages is also a potential option. Let us know if you have any specialist skills (eg. healthcare, teaching, web design) that you think might benefit our company and community - we're always open to innovative suggestions.
Food, water and accommodation are provided for free. Duties are varied and your work schedule is usually pretty flexible. Email if you are interested or have any further questions!
Hindi, Marwari and English
Simple, homestay-style accommodation will be provided - usually a room in the hotel. During exceptionally busy periods you might be required to sleep on the covered roofspace with the staff, and to use a shared bathroom. Plenty of bedding will be provided.
On your free time you can explore the city, see how desert people live, enjoy the markets.
You can also learn marwari if you'd like, it would be a pleasure to teach you. If you like we can teach you about our culture as well :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4 hours to 5 hours per day