I am traveling to India soon, I would like to live and work in a local community (for no pay) I am interested in alternative technology (solar, wind, water), organic veg growing and working with children. I would prefer a village situation in the mountains rather than a city. I have managed large projects for pumping water and effluent in the UK, worked in outward bound and in social services. I have also recently worked as a volunteer on a couple of straw bale building projects. I am currently travelling through europe living and working as a willing worker on organic farms (wwoofer). I would be onterested in any advice or suggestions. I look forwaed to your replies.
Hi Bill... Nice to hear from somebody willing to help for no money.... One suggestion! why don't you go to northren pakistan.There has been devastating earthquake there last october destroying all the infrastructure. Your skills can be of particular help to the victims. There are a lot of NGO's working in that area, plus it is mountainous area with mildly europe-like weather. You will like it.
Greetings. I am writing to introduce you to a noble effort in village ecotourism in rural India. It is called the Rural Organization for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.)and was founded in 1981 by local residents concerned about the plight of the poor in the Kanda area of Uttaranchal, India. In 1988 it began accepting international volunteers, eco tourists and students. Since then it has accepted over 300 people from all over the world to work and live immersed in village life and the local culture for anywhere from 1 week to six months. It is a unique approach to tourism that supports and uplifts the local community .R.O.S.E. is currently trying to reach out like-minded individuals and organizations in order to form a network to share information and bring awareness to its existence. To find out more about R.O.S.E., the work it does, and the opportunities it provides for tourists please visit http://www.rosekanda.info & www.bageshwar.nic.in/excursions.htm
First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2005 Best Volunteering programme sponsored by The Imaginative traveler, Winner-Rural Organization For Social Elevation (ROSE) from The World Travel market (WTM) London on 16th November 2005 http://www.presspicture.net/p247t-login.htm
Thank you for your kind attention. Please write if you have an questions or if you have any suggestions on other ways to promote this project.
Jeevan Lal Verma
I recently visited Rajasthan and stayed at the Mandore Guesthouse in Jodhpur. It is a very nice family-run guesthouse, where the family serves you your meals in the lovely garden but there are lots of mosquitoes so you need to take lots of mosquito repellant, if you go there.
The Proprietor has been working in several community projects. He said that he had been invited to present at the Conference for Responsible Tourism by ILO last year.
The projects Mandore Guesthouse carries out amongst the Bishnoi Village Community ranges from drug addict rehabilitation to empowerment of women and children. They are flexible based on the volunteer skills.
You just have to send an email to the proprietor and let him know that you are interested and what your specific skills for contribution are and your expectations etc. The contact details are on their webpage.