Himalayan Volunteering opportunities offer personalized social and cultural immersive programs for the travelers, students, and professionals of all age group to experience a different perspective in the Himalayas. Experience an amazing opportunity to learn, share and live the different facets of Life.
Known for it’s majestic mountains, Uttarakhand is one of the greatest gifts of nature signifying nature’s beauty, splendor and power. It is also a state of pilgrimage, temples and mountain tourism. Nested in the Himalayan range is Barkot town, a remote town which never disappoints it’s visitors with it’s scenic beauty and hospitable locals who make sure your stay in their native place is one that you will cherish forever. But because of the region being remote, the local community is disconnected from many privileges that the people from the well known cities and towns in the state enjoy. With the aim to provide quality education to the young generation of the village, the program Himalayan Cultural Exchange was born. It is true that-“With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains” and with this in mind, the program seeks the help of the volunteers from all over the world who believe in making a change in the lives of these kids through a simple act of kindness and knowledge sharing. One of the important highlights of the program is the “Teach English Project”. The project aims at imparting communication skills in English through interaction with the volunteers and other fun filled activities which not only help them learn the basics of the language but also make them confident enough to speak and interact making them ready for the professional world. The project does not limit them just to learning a language but also gives them the exposure because of involvement of volunteers from all over the world which arouses the much needed curiosity in them for their dreams to take flight. The program is not like any other volunteering program. Not only do the volunteers get to make a difference in someone’s life, they also get to experience the culture of the region like a local rather than a tourist. The hospitable locals treat the volunteers as a part of their own family and it isn’t rare for volunteers to get invited to their homes every now and then to grab a cup of chai and learn more about their traditions and values. The volunteers are in awe of the scenic beauty of the place and the treks and hikes in the mountains add the thrill and adventure to their experience. With such a peaceful backdrop that the place has to offer, it is the perfect way for volunteers to discover more about themselves by losing themselves in the service of others. The program now hopes to take a step forward by combining tourism with volunteering opportunities. It aims at marketing the village and its nearby areas as a tourist destination by showing the magic and spirit of the place to the entire world. This will benefit the region in many ways in the long run-generating employment and providing the locals more exposure to the world outside their home. On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain-either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers to climb higher tomorrow. Step by step, we hope to climb the mountains in the path of success to make our dream a reality and what a better teammate to have in this journey than you. The mountains are calling and we must go…………
Working with Naveen was an experience far better then I’ve ever could imagine. He is a very enthusiastic, persuasive and passionate person and did everything to provide me the best days in community. We did some trekking, I could live a total immersive experience with the local community and also help in school. Also, I had plenty freedom to do what I would like to do during my days. You have to be very open minded to go to this place, once this is a very humble community - but it totally worth every single second spent there.
about 3 years ago
Was a great experience! The school is located in Barkot, a small village 6 hours by bus from Rishikesh (even the bus experience in Himalaias is great!).
The kids are amazing! Very respectful, efforts and they really appreciate have English lessons. The family who host me is very very special! Friendly, kindness, they made everything for I felt like home. Naveen is responsible and flexible, your projects are to much interesting.
Thanks for everything, beautiful people! I hope back soon!
about 4 years ago
The host family -Mr.Sameer & family is so friendly and they treat is one in their family. The host and coordinator Mr.Naveen is such interesting and help you take over the travel hassles or anything you feel about in a good way and gets to enjoy your travel.
about 4 years ago