A Life-changing, Rewarding and Affordable Indian/Himalayan Experience!
Volunteer in the Himalayan region of India and begin an unforgettable experience at the feet of the Himalaya Mountains. You can immerse yourself into Indian culture, enrich the lives of others and surround yourself with the majestically breathtaking Himalayan Mountains.
Rustic Volunteer's Himalaya volunteer programs in India allow you to live in a small Himalayan town and work in a project that fit your skills and interests. You'll have the opportunity to explore all India has to offer as well as the Himalaya Mountains. Whether you teach English or work with at-risk children, you will undoubtedly have a life-changing experience as you help others and enjoy the indescribable beauty.
Email us now and we'll be more than happy to send you more details about our India—Himalaya projects. Begin this adventurous and meaningful journey today!get more information
All volunteer programs start on the first and third Monday of each month.
If you are tired of expensive volunteer programs but want to make a positive contribution in the world, look no further! Rustic is dedicated to offering high quality, well-organized and meaningful programs at the most affordable price in the United States. We work hard to keep costs as low as possible, focusing on the effectiveness of our projects, the safety of our volunteers and the quality of participant experiences. We currently offer the most competitive price possible in today's market including an application fee (of $299) AND a small weekly fee as follows:
Airport Pickup & Transfer (Dharamshala- 9 hours) $100
Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
Volunteer teaching English in the Himalaya region of India! English is one of the official languages of India. Despite this, many people struggle to read, write and speak proper English. This is especially true in rural and poorer areas where schools lack adequately trained teachers and efficient resources. Without strong English skills, locals have a hard time procuring high-paying employment. With increased international trade and tourism, it’s become even more important to learn English at an early age in India. Volunteer in India-Himalaya region teaching English and help these students in the mountains broaden their future opportunities. Your time, dedication and effort will pay off greatly as you enrich the lives of others and immerse yourself into an enchanting and beautiful culture.
As a volunteer in the orphanage in India, responsibilities will vary depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the orphanage, but may include:
There are no skills or qualifications required to volunteer in the orphanage project in India. However, you should have a passion to help the children and be flexible, responsible, open minded, caring and patient.
Volunteer in the India Himalayan Region in the Street Children/At-Risk Youth Program and help to provide love, friendship, shelter, education and stability in children’s lives. Many children in the Himalayan region of India are orphaned due to abuse, neglect, poverty, disease and other unfortunate reasons. Rustic Volunteer partners with local organizations that work hard to provide support, care and treatment for these children. As a volunteer working with street and at-risk children in the India Himalayan region, you can directly make a difference by helping to provide them with the basic necessities every child deserves. Volunteer in this project for the unique opportunity to help these children have brighter, more successful and safer futures. Volunteering in this project will not only allow you the chance to live amongst a unique culture and beautiful mountainous views, but will drastically improve personal and professional opportunities for your students.
There are a wide variety of activities that volunteers can participate in to improve the lives of these children. Daily activities may vary widely depending on the individual interests of the volunteer as well as the momentary needs of the partner organizations. Sample activities include:
There are no specific skills or qualifications needed to volunteer in the street children/at-risk youth project in India. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patience. You should also have passion and love for children/orphans. You should also be open-minded and flexible during the project as working condition and people’s mentality will be very different from what you’re used to back home.
Rustic Volunteer arranges volunteer meals, accommodations and strong field supervision for the duration of projects and optional travel packages. In India, most volunteers stay in our home base, a permanent home established for our international volunteers. Our home base in India is located in a pretty community, in a very safe and clean neighborhood. There are internet cafés, restaurants, local bus stations, a police station and supermarkets near our home base. The home base provides is a comfortable place to relax after a long day. There are several bedrooms (which may be shared with a same-gender volunteer) and community areas. There is a shared kitchen, television and shared bathrooms, which have running water and "western-style" toilets. Orphanage volunteers may stay at their project as many orphanages have special rooms set aside for international and these accommodations are normally shared with a same-gender volunteer.
Depending on the project locations (some part of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Rajasthan, and Palampur), accommodations could be with a host family. Host family accommodations are simple and clean homes in safe neighborhoods. Volunteers usually have a private bedroom, but occasionally rooms will be shared with a same-gender volunteer. Our host families are well screened and are respected members of their communities who live in affluent neighborhoods. Most of our host families have experience with hosting international volunteers. Host family stays are a great chance for cultural immersion and exchange.
Volunteers receive three local meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). We can provide vegetarian meal options, but needs must be detailed in a volunteer's application. Snacks and beverages outside of mealtimes are not provided; however, there are local restaurants and grocery stores near the residences in which we place volunteers.
Rustic offers unparalleled field support to volunteers to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. There are many layers of support for you. The most important support comes from our country coordinator/field staff. The secondary support comes from the host project staff and members of host families and/or a home base staff. Volunteers will have access to our country coordinator's mobile number and they are available 24/7. Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Our field staff will visit regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to make sure things are going well and as planned. However, if placement is far from our local offices, staff members will stay in touch via email/ phone. Volunteers are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time.
Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.get more information
Rustic Volunteer projects are available in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Delhi is the capital city of India and known as the "Royal City," home to Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Lodhi Gardens. Jaipur is renowned as the "Pink City" of India and home to the Nahargarh Fort and City Palace Museum. Both the cities have great shopping, exquisite cuisine, banks & internet cafes nearby. India is the seventh largest country by geographical area and the second most populous country in the world. Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism arrived in the first millennium and shaped the region's diverse culture. As a pluralistic, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic society, India is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. It has managed to preserve established traditions while absorbing new customs, traditions and ideas from the Western world and immigrants.
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