Far from an exhaustive list, although we did an extensive preliminary research on places in all directions of the country, we’re happy to have you inform us of the many more places that incentivise the purpose of travel larger than leisure and beyond ‘the self’. Minimum period of commitment: 4 days to 1 week, depending on the project. This goal is realized through a programme which brings tourist volunteers to Kanda to live with the Verma family, experience local Kumaoni culture and assist financially (opportunity fee, rent, boarding / lodging & optional donation) and manually, in the rural development activities of R. Nature of volunteering opportunities – doctors (general physicians and specialists) – community health managers – nurses – physiotherapists – teachers – art & craft and theatre persons – sports people – musicians – rural development professionals – managers – marketing persons Good for: – Professionals – Mountain lovers Costs: Boarding & travel not covered. Location: Garhwal region, Uttarakhand, India Website: Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA) is an independent entrepreneurial non-profit that works for conservation and sustainable development in the mighty Garhwal Himalayas.Nature of volunteering opportunities – Physical building of greenhouses & solar passive structures. – Volunteering with Ecosphere’s day-to-day office work. RACHNA is developing Home in the Himalayas (HITH) — a professionally-managed rural eco-tourism initiative, diversified and innovative green businesses, community based conservation plans and a green constituency for policy advocacy. Website: Breswana is a prototype of the average, remote, inaccessible village in the mountains of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir.In the first ever chat on Twitter conducted by The Alternative along with India Untravelled (@India Untravelled on Twitter), we discussed the prospects and popularity of ‘voluntourism’ or volunteer travel in India, especially those undertaken by Indians in the country or overseas.
Location: Kumaon, Uttarakhand Website: Chirag is a rural development organization based in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand They work closely with communities on issues relating to forestry, soil and water conservation, agriculture, animal husbandry, drinking water, health care, education and skill and knowledge development of young people, in 200 villages in Nainital, Bageshwar and Almora districts.
Nature of volunteering opportunities Volunteers interested and/or trained in – health – hydro-geology – marketing – agriculture – education – teaching English – Information technology. Location: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh Website: Lha is a grassroots, non-governmental and non-profit social work organization based in Dharamsala, India.