Information about NGO's volunteering jobs for this summer in himalayas

#1 Feb 20th, 2014, 00:24
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can anyone tell me provide me details where can i find volunteering jobs in himalayas this summer 2014?
i would like to spend the summer in himalayas and work up to keep myself busy but i dont want to sign in a volunteering where i have to pay something. I wont charge anything for my services just food and shelter would do , i am looking for that kind of job. If anyone has any information please inform. its very crucial and will be grateful for your help
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Hi, I volunteered a few years ago with the Jamyang Foundation - I won't be exaggerating if I said it completely altered the course of my life. Here's their link:

http://www.jamyang.org/pages/forvolu...lunteering.pdf

How long are you planning to volunteer for? if you go to Ladakh/Zanskar I hope you have at least two to three months on hand. It takes a while to settle in as language is a problem in most nunneries. But its possible that they also take short term volunteers, for the non educational activities, so do write to them and all the best.
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Originally Posted by solitary soul View Post I wont charge anything for my services just food and shelter would do , i am looking for that kind of job.
Many poor Indians consider themselves lucky to find exactly this kind of work (ie they earn their food and shelter), and they consider it work, not volunteering. Why would an organisation provide you free food and shelter (doubtless of higher quality than what poor Indians consider sufficient) without knowing anything about your skills and willingness to work enough to be useful?

Do you think organisations have a staff member writing grant applications to provide free food and housing to unknown volunteers? Who should provide the funding to feed you, even if the organisation has housing available? It's like hiring someone sight unseen.
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NonIndianResident, there's a procedure that most organisations follow - I doubt if anyone would accept a walk in volunteer.

But I'd disagree with you about the food and board part - I don't know if many Indians can afford to volunteer for six months or a year, which is the minimum time required I'd say for some jobs, such as teaching language to small children in remote ares like zanskar and spiti. These are difficult places to live in and the work's not easy - seven to eight hours a day, six days a week, with unreal phone and internet connections. It all depends on the individual - what their motivations are. I see many 'volunteers' slacking off, but that's probably because of some twisted understanding of volunteering as not work.
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When I used to do this when I was young(er??... no. Young), I would contact a setup (usually in the Himalayas) and tell them I would pay for food etc for a week. After that, the choice was theirs- let me stay and eat for free or let me go.

It always worked for both of us.
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Nonresident ,
All these NGO's do different type of works , and hence they need people with different skills. they need special skills - doctors , paramedic, teacher, constructor, psychologist etc. at the same time they also need people with common skills. From my experience NGO's can find people with very common skill who would agree to work for food and shelter. But NGO's are always short of people who have special skill or good education.


Solitary Soul,
Appreciate your idea to volunteer.
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But NGO's are always short of people who have special skill or good education.
I second that. A few years ago I tried to post something on this site on behalf of an organisation from Mussoorie that was looking for long term volunteers, but couldn't due to forum rules.

There is a dearth of skilled long term volunteers especially in places that are not on the tourist map. Usually even the travelers who stay long term prefer to be in places with facilities like wi-fi, hot water, where there's a traveller/expat network in place..understandably so..but what this means is that there's a glut of people in dharamsala, for instance, and none in places that are less than three hours away, not to mention the more outbound regions of the himalayas.

When I first volunteered, in 2009, I spent a year looking for places and wrote to a few before I was accepted. I've volunteered thrice since.

Last year, at the end of a six month stay in a monastery, the monks literally pleaded with me to ask my friends to volunteer. I'll be happy to provide the details of this place too, if you're interested.

But I should point out again that my working hours at the monastery were from 10 am to 8 pm, five days a week, including a short trek in the mid day sun.

I enjoyed every bit of it, but your hours needn't be so taxing. Capt. mahajan's suggestion seems sound - take a week to see if you like the place and they like you.
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There is a difference between summer volunteering for a couple of months that OP wants, and long term volunteering. And I would go with NIR on the subject, free food and shelter in lieu of volunteer work for a month or so is rare, exception being those that go around spreading religious beliefs and other such non productive stuff.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post There is a difference between summer volunteering for a couple of months that OP wants, and long term volunteering. And I would go with NIR on the subject, free food and shelter in lieu of volunteer work for a month or so is rare, exception being those that go around spreading religious beliefs and other such non productive stuff.
Please go through the link I posted. There's a reason I posted only that one and not the others where I volunteered. Not all the activities listed need a year long commitment. My point is, there's no harm asking..who knows, it may lead to a deeper commitment in future.

During my stay in these places I've come across travelers who are trusted by organisations to do very specific tasks like carrying out basic surveys or undertaking photography, writing reports.

I volunteered the first time for three and a half months in a nunnery school, the second time for a month in a government school, and the third time in two monastery schools for six months. I'm an atheist but its never come in the way of my interactions with people.
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Originally Posted by solitary soul View Post Hi,

can anyone tell me provide me details where can i find volunteering jobs in himalayas this summer 2014?
i would like to spend the summer in himalayas and work up to keep myself busy but i dont want to sign in a volunteering where i have to pay something. I wont charge anything for my services just food and shelter would do , i am looking for that kind of job. If anyone has any information please inform. its very crucial and will be grateful for your help
Hi,

I have researched painstakingly Volunteering opportunity in India and I have ended up working closely with Himalayan Media Welfare Society - a guy called Pawan.

http://volunteerhmws.wix.com/hmws

I very much doubt that you will be able to find anywhere that is completely free, I did look myself for a few months but found nothing. What I have agreed when I visit in July is $6 a day which includes accommodation and 3 meals per day.

This is a new organisation, created in 2007 and from speaking with Pawan regularly, he very much needs the help of Volunteers so maybe the price is negotiable or maybe speak to him about your plans and limitations?

He has been extremely flexible with me and I have lots of plans to explore the local area.

Anything I can help you with just ask - or email Pawan from the website
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david can you please forward me the contact details of pawan ?? would be very helpful if you could at the earliest
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doksanamo may i have the contact details of how to apply to the monastry too
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My original post was about a nunnery, solitary soul.

The monastery is at Tashijong, near Palampur, roughly two and a half hours from Dharamsala. Its a quiet, sleepy place and they don't solicit volunteers through their website, unlike Jamyang. Please tell me how long you plan to stay and what kind of work you see yourself doing, so that I can put you in touch with the right person.

They have two schools for little monks, as well as a college for the older monks - you can teach at one or all of them, depending on your interest.

The last time I was there I heard there were a couple of volunteers teaching gardening to the kids. And every year they get a group of American(?) students who lay out paths and carry out small construction activities.

You might want to stay there a week and check it out, as capt. had suggested. Its very affordable as their rooms cost only Rs.250-Rs.350 per day.
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Well I am just 22 and a graduate so i guess i would be eligible to teach the younger monks i.e in school. I can teach english , social studies and am good at physical education and sports too. I would intend to stay there for the month of may. I am Indian too. I can help out in any other services if required. So please forward me the right contacts
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Originally Posted by solitary soul View Post david can you please forward me the contact details of pawan ?? would be very helpful if you could at the earliest
I believe you are best to get him on...

Volunteerhmws@gmail.com

Any problems let me know, I speak to him on Facebook also, his full name is Pawan Thapa
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