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
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. Learn More…
Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar
Location: Lugnak valley
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. Learn More…
Manav Sadhna, Ahmedabad
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. Learn More…
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. Learn More…
Human Wave, West Bengal
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. Learn More…
Druk Padma Karpo School, Ladakh
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. Learn More…
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So you are contemplating where to go this summer - Himachal, Uttarakhand, Kashmir, even in far east at Sikkim, Arunachal etc. And you don't want to stay in a regular touristy hotel or resort.
Presenting a few offbeat places to stay in Uttarakhand in this issue. Be it himalayan homestay, or boutique resort, or luxury hotels, or private cottages - whatever your preference this time is, Uttarakhand offers you all.
Many of us living in urban areas long for travel for brief escape from deadlines, pollutions, traffic jams, inhuman daily routines and expectations. Mountains are almost perfect for these kind of respites, and more so in the summers like this.
We long for a place where we can sit back, relax, with our favourite book, or a canvas with our brushes, or simply free time with our dearest ones... along with a hot cup of coffee, while boundless green woods and snow capped mountains tranquillize our eyes.
But unfortunately most of the places on the hills cannot offer you such a retreat. After all, most of the popular hill stations, including the likes of Shimla, Nainital and Manali, have become highly commercialised and are often crowded with hordes of tourists. If you want to enjoy the real charm of being in a hill station, choose to stay in some offbeat destinations - far from the maddening crowd, are surrounded with the nature's best which is actually the soul of the Himalayas.
Here's a collection of some of the most serene and secret stays that are perched within the mountains of Himachal Pradesh that can treat you in a way you truly want to spend your holidays on the mountains.
A volunteer travel program allows you to completely immerse yourself in a different environment and culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the world in a way that isn't possible through ordinary travel.
While all of our programs will give you the opportunity to travel India and give back, here are some more options that are particularly good for volunteer travel, specially this Summer.