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Himalayan Volunteering org.

Assist with Women Empowerment

Rishikesh, India show on map

The program focuses on Integrated development of the community through women and child development. Volunteer in a local handicraft and handloom unit promoting livelihood

ABOUT 

Bhartiya Gramotthan Sanstha is a registered organization working since 28 years in the field of social and rural development. Employment generation is the main objective of the organization. For achieving its target the organization emphasizes on local raw material based employment. 

Apart from this, the other working areas of the organization is handicraft, handloom (wool, cotton, jute), jute carpet, giving commercial training to the women self help group (SHG) for income generation, helping SHG in marketing of their products, imparting technical knowledge, forestation, non formal education, environment related programme, cultivating medicinal plants, implementing various health programme based on Indian medical system with the participation of the mob is the major objective of the organization.

 THE PROJECT 

The importance of the project lies in improving the current management system at the Organization retail outlet. We run a handloom and handicraft retail outlet in the premises itself. The local women don't have access to an integrated management system and lack professional skills.. They also lack basic English speaking skills for a powerful presentation. It is important for them to possess such useful skills. 

Volunteers who will work with them could develop their own ideas for a meaningful and efficient running of the outlet. It could range from sales to marketing segment. We would love to welcome volunteers who have managerial experience at some level but we are as much open for volunteers who are passionate at heart and would like to help us achieve our vision. Also we would highly appreciate volunteers who have good social media skills, can make a website, write blog and help us build an e-commerce website to market local artisan products online. 

This opportunity is also useful for a volunteer who want to have a first hand look at small cottage industry and its way of functioning which supports livelyhood of many, and women in particular our case. Volunteers develop their leadership skills and insipre and get inspired by other members who came against the odd and are successfuly an integral part of this unit. The volunteers would be part of a larger family and they can always share their thoughts where they think they can impact the system in more efficient way. 

THE LOCATION 

 Bhartiya Gramotthan Sanstha is located in Rishikesh- the yoga city. Rishikesh is well known for its yoga studios and adventure related activities. You will be staying in a homestay which is around 10 km away from the premises. The place where you stay is a subburb area and has village outlook with all daily needs groceries. The village is very near to the capital of Uttrakhand state- Dehradun and is well connected with air and land. You get a chance to see the local life. live the local life and be an integral part of it. The rooms are very comfortable, spacious with regular shower and western toilets. Two fullfilling meals, breakfast and dinner is provided. The meals are local Garhwali cuisine consists of local grown vegetables, lentils, pulses, millets, cereals and others. 

VOLUNTEER WORK 

The volunteers will work with Mrs. Vimla who leads the retail outlet and its functions. She speaks basic English and would help you visit the premises and situate you at the place. There are other staff members who would help the volunteer if required.  The help required is general and could range from sales to marketing segment. It could also involve in  helping in inventory at the outlet. Maintaing social media for organization would be helpful as we have regular programs, exhibitions going on throughout the year and we would love someone update it in English on our social media accounts. If you are good at making websites on any platform so we would like to take your help in maintaining/updating  our regular one.

Please note:  Volunteers would be needed to be flexible while choosing to volunteer at our place. Once you are with us take some time to situate and understand the working culture and place. After that you can also suggest us which place or segment your efforts will be valuable. Having a flexible attitude will help you grow your multitasking skills. 

Typical day

Typical day would start at 8:00 am where you take your breakfast and get ready to move to the premises. You cycle through the road leading through forest to the town of Rishikesh. The premises starts at 10:00 am and you say namaste to everyone exchanging morning niceties.  After this you situate at the premises and help with Mrs. Vimla with duties assigned by her in the above stated ones. 

You move at 12:30 back to your premises and take lunch at 1:00 pm and then decide to take rest or do as you like. In the evening time you can visit the village households, farms and other worth seeing places in the village. Evening tea at any of the household you visit. After you return back you take your dinner at 7:00 pm and then can watch some programs, documentaries on the projector or decided to go and rest in your room. 

you can be part of the local culture, get invited for the tea at local houses, and do hike. On weekend you can visit Rishikesh town dotted with ashrams, yog studios, exotic shops, food outlets and many more. you can also choose to do white water rafting, hiking and other adventure related activities. 

Details on Arrival

How to reach us: 

By air : Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is approximately 35 kilometres away. Popular carriers like Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways often have daily flights from New Delhi. Apart from Delhi, there is a flight from Lucknow to Dehradun as well. Once you reach at the airport, you can opt for regular taxi or bus service which is easily available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. The second nearest international airport for Rishikesh is in New Delhi which is well-connected with different cities across the globe.

By bus: Being a popular tourist destination, Rishikesh has a good network of buses connecting it with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi. Buses depart in the morning and late evening from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day. You can choose from a regular, deluxe or a luxurious coach.

By Train: The nearest railhead to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometres away. Haridwar, in turn, is linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Varanasi. Some of the popular trains are Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi, AC Special Express and Mussoorie Express. For those making the journey to Rishikesh, it is advisable to take the train till Haridwar and then either take a bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh. While the bus would take about 45 minutes, the taxi will take you to Rishikesh in about half an hour

Free-time activities

Our village is located on the outskirts of yoga city- Rishikesh. The village is a peaceful location with rural setting and background. The people are welcoming and feliciatiing. They love to interact with other people than their community. You can engage in peaceful activities at village side that is meditate, village walk, small hike to the temple, sit besides the river, watch the birds and animals( not tiger), exploring the village and others but for activites of adventure nature you have option to visit Rishikesh which is around 10 km away from the Village. Other than there are wedding ceremony and other festivals year around which you can be part of depending on the time of your visit and duration.

About Dandi village- Dandi village is situated 10 km away from Rishikesh. It is only 2.5 km away from Dehradun Airport. The village has a rural set up where majority of people are engaged in agricultural activities. The people have migrated from mountain region and kept their place and values intact. There are many famous temples and canal here as it is Agricultural belt. There is a very big festival organized every year in the Temple on the occassion of SHiv ratri( Lord Shiva day). The village is surrounded by Shivalik mountain range which extends all the way to Sikkim in north east. People are very welcoming and warm hearted. They make you part of everyday life with offering of CHAI( indian tea). A great place for social immersion and to know about a different culture its people and practices.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Winter Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Business administartion, marketing, IT, Handicrafts and Handloom at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Social media skills will be highly beneficial
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 12:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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We are  not financially supported by government or any other agency to host projects.  Hence all projects are self funded with a participation fee. Given the remote location and various complexities we have tried our best to make it as affordable as possible for volunteers. Being a non-profit organization we emphasize on transparency, below is how we spend collected participation fee.

  • Food, accommodation and logistics of volunteer during their stay.
  • Project setup costs. (material and logistics cost)
  • Running the management. (wages of professional like mason, carpenter, plumber etc and training local youth supported by us.)
  • Office running/admin expenses. (Internet, photocopy, stationary, electricity, phone, salaries, office equipment, tools and rent etc.)
  • Supporting small community project.

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

Since Dehradun airport is very close to us so we will pick you up from the Airport or Dehradun railway station. Mostly our volunteer arrive from  New Delhi, the capital of India and then you will have to take bus/plane or train either to Haridwar/Rishikesh or Dehradun. We will pick you from these places and bring to our location and project site. There is no additional expenses for it.Once confirmed your place with us we will send you the directions to reach upto these places and then we will get you from Airport or Railway station accordingly.

Accommodation

The rooms are comfortable with regular showers and western toilets. The set up consists of 2 bedroom with king size beds, shared toilet and bathroom with western as well as Indian toilets. There is a big drawing room and shared as well as separate kitchen in case you feel like cooking on your own. The atmosphere is very family and there is no dearth of any basic required amenities and facilities. The list as follows:

  • Spacious room 
  • En-suite toilet and bathroom (fitted with Water Heating System/Geyser). 
  • Fine quality mattresses, Duvets, bed and bath linen- embrace your sleep with comfort under you as you drift off into a dreamless sleep; the environment is bound to make sure of it.
  • Premium toiletries
  • 24 hours hot/cold water according to the temperature
  • Kettle in the room
  • private kitchen, garden and verandah 
  • Complete access to the roof 
  • Private separate entrance
  • Wi-fi access
  • LCD TV with satellite connection(optional)

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We do provide 2 meals that is breakfast and dinner a day. Breakfast consists of Paranthas(Indian stuffed chapati with potato), vegetable, cereal, oatmeal, pancake, fruit and porridge while as dinner would be consisting of 2 different vegetables, with chapati, daal(Indian soup), rice and a sweet item. Please note that since we are vegetarian people so we can't serve you anything related to meat. 

Tea is served 3/4 times a day. You shall experience a different cuisine rather typical North Indian as the ingredient used and dishes preparing methods are different from other parts of India. The water is purified with RO Machine and is absolutely safe to drink. You can also buy water bottles if you want to drink outside. Alcohol/Smoking is strictly prohibited as we are spiritual people with focus on keeping away from all kinds of intoxication.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$315.00
4 weeks
$430.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$862.00
Average fees
$133.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Rishikesh/India between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Himalayan Volunteering org. will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Himalayan Volunteering org. during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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