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Julley! Please read the below section for timing and details on each of the four positions for which we are seeking help. Please note that we expect a commitment of at least a month from all positions.
We are a Luxury Eco Retreat in Nubra Valley - a boutique resort in the center of stunning mountain views and stark Ladakhi landscapes. Our property, a lush 20 acres of beautiful trees and greenery with 17 cottages, incorporates elements of traditional Ladakhi culture with a commitment to sustainability eco-friendly tourism. For example, our property is almost entirely run on solar power and offers filtered glacial snowmelt for drinking to reduce our reliance on single use plastics. We also source much of our produce from our own organic garden and from nearby villages.
Integral to our concept is guest experience - in addition to comfortable cottages for guests, we offer a host of complimentary activities including daily yoga classes, a nightly bonfire, stargazing with our telescope from our roof (we see the milky way on clear nights), and guided walks through our garden and the small village nearby. Volunteers are expected to help run these activities as well as improve our offerings, keeping in mind the upscale nature of our property.
The region of Ladakh is very unique compared to the rest of India, we have our own language, cuisine, music, architecture and social habits. Come and discover the ancient secrets of the people of the Himalayas!
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
This work exchange will give you a lot of freedom to be creative and develop your own style, while also exposing you to the inner workings of a luxury eco resort. Since we are situated in one of the most authentic villages of Ladakh (not on the busy tourist side of Hunder, but on the other side of Nubra Valley), you will learn a lot about the local culture. The job also requires you to learn about our valley, so we will make sure that you build a solid understanding of local culture and customs. We are a creative, collaborative team that wants to build a positive experience not only for guests, but also for our staff and volunteers.
We look for volunteers who are responsible, creative, and friendly. As we are an upscale property, we expect professional presentation from all of our volunteers as well. Ideally, workawayers can both adopt and improve an established system, as well as launch projects from concept to implementation. For example, one of our star volunteers imagined an Alice in Wonderland- themed tea station and built it on our property using materials from the local village. There is a lot of room for creativity, collaboration, and fun here, and we also expect hard work from all of our team.
We are seeking individuals for four roles on different timelines. Please note that we expect a one month minimum commitment from our volunteers. Please review the details for each role below, as well as the expectations in addition to primary role. If you are interested in any of the positions, please write us a message titled "Eco Resort Work Exchange - [Interested Role]" and include which position you are interested in, any relevant work experience, and your available dates of service.
Immediate Start: Massage Therapist (compensated)
We are seeking a Massage Therapist to join our team for a commission-based work exchange. We have a functional spa room with attached bathroom and many guests who love to book treatments after the exciting journey over Khardung La. Our wellness services pair wonderfully with our daily yoga classes (which you can, of course, attend!) and can be expanded beyond massage. This individual will have the opportunity to design their own service offerings and will also have support to creatively develop a product line (for example, we have long considered producing essential oils using the abundance of natural resources in our area). If you are interested, please let us know your specialities and more information about your ideal work exchange.
August 15 Start: Permaculturist and Exterior Maintenance
We are seeking an individual who has knowledge and experience in permaculture and can help us to lead improvement projects around the property. We currently have an organic garden, compost system, and 25 acres of lush green land that we would love your creative help with. This volunteer must be a self-starter, preferably with experience in building, gardening, etc. The individual should also be comfortable hosting occasional activities, such as guided walks, and interacting with guests. If you are interested, please send us a message with your experience and the kind of projects you would ideally be working on in the beautiful summer of Nubra Valley.
September 1 Start: Yoga Instructor, Garden Support, and Host
In the first week of September we will need a Yoga Instructor to host twice daily Asana classes, plus any additional classes you would like to design (e.g. morning Pranayama). We have a sun room and yoga mats (and a few props) that serves as a studio, and if guests like we also host classes outside in the beautiful evening sunshine. In addition to the primary responsibility of teaching daily classes, we ask our Yoga Instructor to help us keep the property looking like a garden, rather than a wild forest. This role is also expected to collaborate with our Permaculturist and Social Media Manager/Photographer to host daily activities and work on additional creative projects, as outlined below. If interested, please share your teaching credentials, your preferred style of yoga, and an overview of your experience.
September 1 Start: Social Media Manager, Photographer, and Host
In the first week of September we will need a Social Media Manager and Photographer to help us continue to develop and amplify our social media presence, marketing collateral, and other communications. You will be blown away by the views here, the abundant nature, and the variety of fun experiences we offer guests. We are also currently setting up a gallery on our property where you may have the opportunity to sell some of your prints. In addition to digital responsibilities, this role is expected to collaborate with our Permaculturist and Yoga Instructor to host daily activities and work on additional creative projects, as outlined below. If interested, please share details regarding your experience and approach as well as an outline of your ideal working experience.
Expectations in Addition to Primary Role:
Please note that in addition to these primary responsibilities, we ask all of our volunteers to help with guest experience and creative projects around the property. Some of the guest experiences include guided village walks, garden tours, management of our fireside bar and entertainment at our nightly bonfire (musical talent is a plus, and we have a guitar onsite). All positions are asked to be flexible and sometimes do some all-round help. (NOT cleaning or housekeeping or doing the dishes, more in the spirit of: creating flower arrangements when needed, or writing activity boards, organizing a picnic spot for our guests etc). Our retreat offers a vast amount of activities and we are always looking for a pair of extra hands wherever needed. We can assure you that all interaction with the local community will be fulfilling and all work done in the footsteps of the great mountains of the Himalayan Range will be captivating.
Are you ready to come on board?
English, Hindi, Ladakhi, Tibetan
We host workawayers in a shared room with attached bathroom, and the Massage Therapist has the option to stay in the spa room. Meals in our staff kitchen are included, and when we have enough guests to set up the buffet, you can typically join us in our main dining hall for additional breakfast and dinner options.
Nubra Valley is situated around 4-5 hours drive from the nearest town Leh. There are lot of local sights to visit which includes some of the oldest monasteries, sand dunes, hot springs, forts, lakes, villages etc!
We will help organize transportation from Leh to the location in Nubra Valley for you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Approximately 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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