Interesting voluntary opportunities in India this summer

Voluntary, while you travel, is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way. If you’ve resolved to travel and make a difference to the society in 2017, there’s no shortage of amazing volunteer and contribution programs awaiting you.

Following are a few great places and programs to volunteer in India this summer.

Little Local, New Delhi

Location: Ladakh
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image © littlelocal.in

A responsible travel enterprise, Little Local ties up with local partners to create impact and help with sustainable development of local communities via travel. This summer, the company is running a week-long project in Hinaskot, to document their oral folklore, culture and help restore abandoned villages for the community. It is looking for artists, photographers and researchers.
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Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar

Location: Lugnak valley
Phuktal Monastery
image © phuktalmonastery.com

Situated in the very remote Lungnak valley, students of the Phuktal Monastery School come from local farming communities and have little exposure to the outside world. In 2015, the Phuktal River flooded, washing away the entire school campus and all its resources. The monastery has since been rebuilding the institution and is open to help in any form—especially short-term residencies (to teach English) and assistance with the construction of the new school.
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Manav Sadhna, Ahmedabad

Location: Sabarmati
Manav Sadhna
image © manavsadhna.org

Dedicated to serving and uplifting marginalised communities, Manav Sadhna helps educate young children, gives them vocational training and runs health camps for them. Volunteers can pitch in with any of these activities.
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Aarohi, Nainital

Location: Nainital
Aarohi
image © aarohi.org

A grassroots-level organisation, Aarohi strives to empower ordinary mountain families by running educational and vocational programs that allow them to lead sustainable livelihoods, have access to medical facilities and develop sustainably. The organisation is currently looking for nurses, teachers, musicians and rural development professionals.
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Human Wave, West Bengal

Location: Kolkata
Human Wave
image © humanwaveindia.org

Human Wave works to develop mother and child health, promote local businesses and organise educational courses that help improve their overall standard of living. The NGO is accepting volunteers for a period of two weeks to three months to help with ongoing projects.
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Druk Padma Karpo School, Ladakh

Location: Shey
Druk Padma Karpo School
image © dwls.org

Popularly known as Rancho’s school from the film 3 Idiots, DPKS provides a holistic education to students by teaching them regular subjects from their curriculum as well as equipping them with soft skills to understand and interpret the world around them. The school receives no public funding and runs on well-wisher donations. Offer your time and expertise by teaching English, basic mathematics or even music.
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Homestay – best way to experience the Place, People and the Culture

Homestay is a popular form of hospitality and lodging whereby visitors stay in a house or apartment of a local resident of the place they are traveling. Homestays are becoming increasingly popular, allowing you to experience the place, people and the culture around, and too at a much affordable prices.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose homestays over Hotels.

Stay with local people

When you stay in a homestay you experience something that you won’t in other forms of accommodation. Not only do you meet the local people, you get to live with them too. It’s a way to live a destination, not just visit it.
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savour home-cooked local delicacies

The best part about staying in a homestay is undoubtedly the delicious home-cooked food. It allows you to understand local cuisine and even learn what goes into the preparation as most hosts willing share secret recipes with you.

Homestays generates income for locals

Homestays are simple establishments run by local families to augment their family income. These families tend to open their homes to travelers for want of company or for the sheer passion for hospitality. By staying in these homestays, you contribute to their income.

Ease of moving into a new city

If you are moving to a new destination then it is both daunting and exciting. On arrival, you’re in unfamiliar surroundings, and it takes time to get used to the place. Stay in a homestay and straight away you’ll have met some local people, in their home, who will quickly help you to feel more comfortable, secure and generally at ease in your new destination.

Homestays are spacious

Homestay is just like a home away from your home. It is anytime more spacious as comparable to hotel rooms. Some Homestays have private gardens, lawns, drawing rooms too.
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Listen to 100 stories of the place

You can sit with the family and talk with them for hours. They can tell you the stories associated with the destination and hence u can actually know more about the culture of the people. Besides this, if you are lucky, you will be able to attend any of their family functions and in turn experience their culture.

Homestay people are your local guide

Nobody knows a place better than someone who was born and raised there. Whether it be the contact number of a reliable auto driver, closing time of a local museum, good entertainmaint places or the info about the good places to buy local stuff, everything can be guided by the homestay people.

See beyond the tourist trail

It would be great to see the parts of a destination that only the locals know about. Stay in a homestay, and your hosts will be able to tell you about those hidden secrets.

Learn local language and local craft

If you want to stay a little longer at certain destination, It would be great to learn the local language to interact with the local communities. Homestay people will help you to do so.You will lso get an opportunity to learn some local craft of the place.
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Best for solo traveler

If you are travelling alone, then this option works out the best . You will never feel lonely and as you are always with a family. You will feel more safer and warm.

Places to visit… Before they disappear from the face of the Earth

We may think over it or choose to ignore it completely, the Earth is in danger. Does not matter whether we blame it on global warming, uncontrollable blast of human population, air pollution, so-called modernization, rising sea levels, greenhouse affect, deforestation – the bottom line is the undeniable fact that our planet is getting hurt in many irreversible ways. Landscapes are changing, islands are shrinking, national parks are shriveling, glaciers are evaporating, rain-forests are dying out, hundreds of plants and animal species are getting extinct day by day. Here are some of those stunning places which you should visit before they disappear from the face of the Earth, and more importantly, do something about them.

Greenland

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Greenland’s ice sheet is one of the largest contributors to sea level rise around the globe, and the country experienced its highest average summer temperature on record and an early melt last year. You can see calving glaciers, giant icebergs.

Rwanda

Rwanda
A study released this year shows that 75 percent of primate species have shrinking populations and 60 percent are threatened with extinction, with their decline being attributed to hunting, farming, ranching, logging, mining and oil drilling. Encounter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas, as well as chimpanzees and golden monkeys, on a trek in the forests of Rwanda.

Antarctica

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Major ices shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula have broken apart, retreated or lost volume in recent decades, and the trend continues today with a crack in the Larsen C shelf growing this year. All the arctic species are in grave danger, and many of them are already extinct.

Venice, Italy

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As the city of canals, gondolas and hundreds of bridges, Venice, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, is known for its waterways. But, as it turns out, the water could be exactly what is ruining the historic and one of the most romantic cities in the world. Venice has been sinking for centuries, but some evidence suggests the process is speeding up—possibly even sinking five times as fast as previously thought.

Galapagos Islands

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In addition to global warming and air pollution, tourism and overuse is killing the beautiful biodiverse islands. With an extremely unique and diverse wildlife population, a dive into the waters of the Galapagos offers the chance to encounter several species of sharks. But the rise in ocean temperatures has caused loss of species, reef die-offs and algae blooms. Ecuador has been getting ready to build a “penguin condos” island and to impose restrictions on tourism.

The Alps

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The iconic European Alps are beloved by snow sports enthusiasts, but climate change is bringing challenges for the mountain range. Alpine glaciers are retreating and temperatures are increasing at an alarming rate, according to the European Environment Agency. The Alps are at a lower altitude than many other mountains which is why these changes are so worrying.

The Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s natural wonder. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. It is set off Australia’s east coast and sprawls out over 133,000 square miles. The lavishness of the reef’s marine life is being hurt by climate change, according to theWorldWildlife.org. Sediment, nutrient and pesticide pollution have increased. Urban and industrial developments continue; illegal fishing is hurting the ecosystem. By some estimates the reef could be irreparably changed in the next 20 years.

Lake Baikal, Russia

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Russia’s Lake Baikal, one of the most spectacular on the planet, holds about 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen freshwater – making it the largest freshwater lake by volume – but it faces threats from pollution and hydroelectric projects.

Solomon Islands

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Research published last year showed that rising sea levels resulted in the disappearance of five of the Solomon Islands, while erosion on others has forced the relocation of beautiful villages.

The Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea is famous for its salinity that makes swimmers especially buoyant. You should go on a trip there while you still can because it is on the verge of extinction. The sea that is said to have healing properties has been losing more than three feet per year, because neighboring countries are taking from the River Jordan, which is the Dead Sea’s only major water source. The sea has lost a third of its water already and there is no solution in sight.

The list of the places that are on the verge of extinction unfortunately does not end here. Few of others include Kiribati Islands, Glacier National Park Montana, Borneo rainforest, Tropical Andes, The Himalayas, Madagascar and many more.

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to appreciate the beauty and value of these places. Across the globe, changes in climate, human interaction, and other environmental factors are altering the natural habitats that created these havens of biodiversity and wonder. You should visit these places before they are just gone from the face of the planet. As after few years these will only survive in photographs and textbooks.

And do something about them, to help protect these endangered places and their inhabitants.