: 10 Voluntourism Getaways in the Mountains Where Youll Actually Make a Difference #IndiaNEWS #Travel The rich mountain ranges of the country welcome tourists all year round. But even with its scenic
10 Voluntourism Getaways in the Mountains Where Youll Actually Make a Difference #IndiaNEWS #Travel
The rich mountain ranges of the country welcome tourists all year round. But even with its scenic beauty and call to adventure, the best part of these travels is to witness locals in their element.
And for those of us who aren’t quite ready to splurge on a luxurious trip to the summits, a sustainable and pocket-friendly way is to partake in voluntourism.
Here one can join hands with non-governmental organisations, social enterprises and other local groups, to explore the mountainscapes as well as give back to the community.
1. WWOOF India, Uttarakhand
The organisation has an extensive network of organic sector contacts. They provide volunteering travel in India which is an opportunity to learn about organic food, farming and different types of lives. It will also encourage one to take up an organic way of living just like the village farmers.
Nature of work: Volunteers have to work for 4-6 hours daily to help an organic farm family. In exchange for it, food and accommodation will be provided by the host. Travel expenses are to be borne by the volunteer.
To join, fill out the membership form and submit the membership fees on their website.
2. Fertile Ground, Assam
The organisation works with several visionary organic farmers, small-scale tea growers, NGOs, extension workers and other individuals in the North East. They lend a helping hand to farmers who are looking to incorporate organic agricultural practices including composting, natural pest control and mulching thereby moving away from traditional farming practices.
Nature of work: Help farmers daily to implement new techniques in organic farming. To protect local and traditional varieties of rice, vegetables, pulses and other grains, seed-saving is also done.
Join the volunteer program through their website.
3. LHA, Dharamsala
This is a non-governmental and non-profit social organisation for the Tibetan refugees and the local Indian population including the people from the Himalayan regions. Supplying vital resources in the form of materials and services is the team’s major activity.
Nature of work: Volunteering opportunities in teaching foreign languages like English, French, German and Chinese, Yoga/ therapy sessions, creative writing, journalism, copy editing and video editing.
Fill out the application form on their website to join.
4. CHIRAG, Uttarakhand
Central Himalayan Rural Action Group is a rural development organisation based in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand.
Nature of work: Volunteers will get an opportunity to work closely with the local communities residing in Kumaon on several issues, such as primary education, health care, agriculture, animal husbandry, community forestry, soil and water conservation and by supporting the development of youth.
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