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India India: Natural farming (RC-MTV-AGR-8/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Agricultural
Social
Manual Work
2
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Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

With this initiative we aim to educate and train farmers in nearby communities by acting as a resource and demonstration centre for sharing good practices among farmers.
The volunteers are required to assist us in following areas:
• daily maintenance of farm and make natural/organic sprays, pesticide and produce chemical free products.
• Actively assist our team to realise our dream to be self sufficient by producing majority of fruits, vegetable that we consume.
• Introduce or reinforce good farming practices and grow off season and low water consuming vegetable.
• Assist in installing a low cost hydroponics system at campus.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous area where the economy is pre-dominantly agriculture based. However, due to shortage of water and small terraces on sloppy land the agriculture is unsustainable and farm output is not sufficient keeping in mind economic value it gets. Also due to steep terrain and small terraces automated machines have limited usage here. As a result we fear food security problem in the future as many people are losing interest in agriculture.

In order to sustain interest of people not only in agriculture but to enhance their farm production through natural faming, we give high importance to this project. At our campus, we have already demonstrated successfully making and uses of various form of natural composting, Kitchen Gardening, Agroforestry, floriculture, off season vegetables, orchard development here. At present we are preparing to install hydroponics system at our campus for demonstration, training and self sufficiency. In due course we would like to serve as demonstration centre for farmers.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Health and Sanitation (WASH) (RC-MTV-Health-5/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Tags

Educational
Social
Environmental
2
Place(s)
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Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 85
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

The volunteers will help to educate and create awareness involving youth and rural people on water, sanitation, hygiene and health standards(WASH) as well as future pandemic management. The volunteers are expected to be innovative so that they can design and use their own tools in consultation with RUCHI team with regard to their appropriateness and local needs.

The volunteers are expected to:
• Educate people on safe water and water borne diseases.
• Create awareness on WASH components at schools and community level.
• Organise cleanliness drives at school and community level.
• Research and explore waste management solutions at individual and community level.
• Volunteers can use creative mediums like charts, slogans, posters, banners, t-shirts, quotes, videos, films, photographs and discussions to educate villagers about WASH elements.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food: Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

Adequate sanitation, together with good hygiene and safe water, are fundamental to good health and as well as social and economic development. The Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2 calls for adequate and equitable sanitation for all. Sanitation and hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development. Lack of these facilities leave people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases. Garbage disposal is another serious problem and adversely impacts environment and their health. A movement through education and campaigning on WASH needs to be built up.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred,

India India: Water Conservation (NRM) (RC-MTV-ENV-2/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Social
1
Place(s)
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Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
1
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

The volunteers will work closely with local community members and perform following tasks:
• Protection & conservation of our natural resources.
• Devise methodology to protect and replenish these fresh water sources using traditional methods and locally available resources.
• Create awareness on conserving every drop of water through all possible means for drinking, household uses, agriculture and overall environment.
• Join RUCHI team and communities in cleaning these fresh water sources
• Plant trees around the sources.
• Perform the most difficult task of sustaining interest of communities in their maintenance.
• Make short video clips for education

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

The project area gets ample rainfall but still there is a perpetual shortage of water in dry months. The problem is more of management and not availability. Every drop of water needs to be conserved.

Since ages, the mountain people depend on natural spring to meet their fresh water requirements. The area has abundance of fresh water natural springs. These resources are under tremendous pressure due to environmental degradation, human negligence paired with his rapid thirst for urbanisation.

RUCHI has worked towards protection and development of these fresh water springs for more than 20 years, but still a lot has to be done.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Stop Climate Change (RC-MTV-ENV-4/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Social
Educational
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

With this initiative we at RUCHI want to create awareness regarding carbon emission and seek practical solutions to reduce it within our capacity and with limited available resources.

Working closely with local communities Volunteers will undertake following tasks:
• Take up tree plantation or growing plant nurseries where ever possible.
• Remove weeds and feed compost to trees.
• Soil working and watering plants for their higher survival rate.
• Educate communities and schools about carbon dioxide emission and its effects on lives.
• Critically evaluate alternative sources of renewable energy. (Solar, Hydro, coal, Nuclear, wind)
• Recommending energy efficient solutions depending upon local lifestyle.
• Promote sustainable lifestyle among youth and community residents.
• Exploring on micro initiatives to reduce carbon foot print.
• Conserve water and stop water wastage.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

Stop Climate Change is an ambitious initiative started by our partner organization (NICE Japan) in 2015 with the aim to find solutions and reduce carbon footprint on environment. At RUCHI we have now incorporated it into our yearly activity as we have since incorporation believed in community development with environmentally sustainability actions.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Environmental Education & Waste upcycling (RC-MTV-ENV-1/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Social
Manual Work
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

The project aims to educate local communities, both formal and non-formal, on environmental concerns like Global warming, floods, droughts, depletion of natural resources, lack of waste management etc. and take up protective measures with a possibility of organizing micro community actions.

In specific work will include:
• Creating Environmental awareness to preserve biodiversity among kids and other community based groups.
• Promoting sustainable lifestyle changes to have minimum green house gas emission on our environment. (eg. Reducing usage of plastics, choosing energy efficient devices etc)
• Up-cycling of waste and other discarded items into something meaningful and usable.
• Promote Upcycled products as a entrepreneurial activity among local community.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

The project site is Ruchi campus and the nearby Bandh village (1 km) in Solan district. It is 30 km from Kalka and 70 km from Chandigarh. The village is small with 35 families.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist
attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to
see high Himalayan Mountains

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a non-profit organisation working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

The existence of life on planet is possible only because of the suitable environment we live in.

Over the past few decades our human thirst for development has taken its toll on environment and its effect has been seen and felt by us all in recent past. Through this project we want to emphasize on importance of environmentally sustainable action that are needed to be incorporated in our lives on daily basis to reduce further damage. We would also like to take this opportunity and target waste material as it is one of the biggest environmental challenge that we face today.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Women Power (RC-MTV-CD-6/24)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Social
Educational
Study
1
Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 85
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
1
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

This projects aims to empower individual women and groups from rural communities we work with by understanding and identifying their needs and assisting them to overcome them. Most importantly encouraging them to start being an earning member of family and achieve social status she rightfully deserves.

Working closely with our community youth worker they will undertake following tasks:
• Actively participate in women self help group meetings and understand their functioning & activities.
• Evaluate current needs of groups and individuals in SHG and organise capacity building training for them.
• Promoting women entrepreneurship, business building at individual or group level.
• Educate on digital literacy, personal hygiene, good parenting, sanitary pads, domestic violence etc.
Resourceful volunteers with new ideas, strong determination and high motivation level are highly desired.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

RUCHI believes ”community development” cannot be achieved until women in our society are empowered and are respected within our society. A women plays many roles within Indian society; a daughter, a wife, a mother, a home maker and even labourer to earn wages if need arises. Surprisingly after supporting her family in various ways she is mostly not consulted and involved in household decision making.

RUCHI always recognised women’s efforts and believes that, educating a women educates whole family & therefore keeping that in mind RUCHI has initiated voluntary project facilitating cultural exposure and assisting women to overcome these odds.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Non-formal / Digital Education (RC-MTV-EDU-3/24)

Dates

01/02/2024   -   31/12/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Educational
Children
Social
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 13400 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 400 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 85
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Chandigarh (IXC)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

The volunteers are required to educate not only children but rural communities on various issues like:
• Basic reading, writing and speaking English lessons.
• Proper pronunciation of English words and improve on their grammer.
• Personality development,

communication skills, creative interests.
• Child rights protection policy, Good touch, Bad touch, Gender equality, Respecting women, active
citizenship etc.
• Teenage life, adulthood, puberty, drug abuse, Violence, student life career guidance.
• Importance of digital education and responsible use of gadgets.
• Handling smart phones for productive uses and learn of their full functionality.

Accomodation and food

Basic, simple, safe & clean accommodation will be provided either at host family or RUCHI campus on sharing basis (Twin or triple) with common toilets and bath.

Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired and self cooking can be organized by volunteers.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI, a not-for-profit organization working since 1983, is affiliated with international and national voluntary service networks. RUCHI is a member of Network of Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA), full member of Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) and a candidate member of Alliance of European Voluntary service Organization (ALLIANCE).

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

In rural areas quality education is still a distant dream. We have government schools and other institutions catering to various age group but they strictly lack infrastructure and staff required to provide quality learning for students. We regularly cooperate with various educational institutions in our close proximity and deliver need based lessons for their kids with assistance from our participants. Our aim with this project is to reduce rural, urban education divide in order for kids to have an equal start in their career.

Requirements

Volunteers with openness to accept challenging life, flexibility to adapt and adjust and get used to slow pace of work are preferred

India India: Special Asian Voluntary Services project (RC-MT-SPL/AVS-24)

Dates

28/07/2024   -   13/09/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Social
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 15925 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 3300 to be paid now.
EUR 500 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka
Wi-Fi
Yes

Work

Depending on the weather, volunteers would plant new trees, take care of already planted ones, remove dead saplings, chop firewood, do soil working, composting, clearing weeds and bushes, preparing holes for future plantation and make polythene green house fully operational. Since environmental education and protection is the focus of the camp they will be expected to create awareness on issues like global warming, climate hange, Carbon emission, sustainable lifestyle etc. while visiting local communities.

Besides tree plantation, volunteers will be given an exposure of other humanitarian projects, meeting with women groups, physical activity in RUCHI campus and work in communities or slums.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in the RUCHI campus in shared accommodation. All minimum basic amenities will be available with library facilities. Vegetarian food will be served. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required. Sleeping bags are not necessary but required for personal hygiene.

Location and leisure

Location & Leisure time: Ruchi campus which is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka town and 60 km from Chandigarh city. The area offers a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment.

Background: With this project we aim to do our bit to reverse climate change and preserve biodiversity of our surrounding through education and actions. Overtime we have assisted in planting more than 10,000 trees in last 5 years. Along with plantation we also educate local community about carbon emission and environmentally sustainable actions which we could apply. The project relates to SDG-13 (Climate Action) and SDG-15 (Life on Land).

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town, a hill station, is a major tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla, the state capital, will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

Project hosted by

RUCHI is a not for profit registered organisation commited to integrfated rural development since 1983 and has been involved in IVS activities since 2000.

Directions to meeting point

Kalka railway station

Additional comments

No specialised skills are required. Anyone with a commitment to work in areas of climate change and under challenging conditions is welcome to join the project.

Requirements

Any one with an interest in environmental concerns and having full mobility is welcome

India India: Climate Justice - Be a climate hero (RC-07/24)

Dates

29/07/2024   -   10/08/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Manual Work
Social

Fee

CZK 8308 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 230 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 75
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

Depending on the weather, volunteers would plant new trees, take care of already planted ones, remove dead saplings, chop firewood, do soil working, composting, clearing weeds and bushes, preparing holes for future plantation and make polythene green house fully operational.

Since environmental education and protection is the focus of the camp they will be expected to create awareness on issues like global warming, climate change, Carbon emission, sustainable lifestyle etc. while visiting local communities.

Besides tree plantation, volunteers will be given an exposure of other humanitarian projects, meeting with women groups, physical activity in RUCHI campus and work in communities or slums.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in the RUCHI campus in shared accommodation. All minimum basic amenities will be available with library facilities. Vegetarian food will be served. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required. Sleeping bags are not necessary but required for personal hygiene.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus which is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka town and 60 km from Chandigarh city. The area offers a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment.
Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town, a hill station, is a major tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla, the state capital, will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

Project hosted by

RUCHI in partnership with Forest Department

Directions to meeting point

kalka

Additional comments

With this project we aim to do our bit to reverse climate change and preserve biodiversity of our surrounding through education and actions. Overtime we have assisted in planting more than 10,000 trees in last 5 years. Along with plantation we also educate local community about carbon emission and environmentally sustainable actions which we could apply. The project relates to SDG-13 (Climate Action) and SDG-15 (Life on Land).

Requirements

Interest in environment and climate changing issues. Physical fitness, Flexibility and High level of motivation.

India India: Tibetan Culture & Social Development (RC-08/24)

Dates

05/08/2024   -   17/08/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Cultural
Social

Already accepted volunteers from

Italy Spain + more

Fee

CZK 9065 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 260 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 75
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
4 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

During 1st week volunteers would join us in our headquarter which is based at a rural location where they have opportunity to live & experience a typical mountain village culture, their lifestyle and during process join our ongoing initiatives like NFE, women empowerment, NRM (Protection of fresh water sources), organic farming etc.

During 2nd week the group would move to Mcloedganj in Dharamshala which is a touristic town and also Secretariat of Tibetan Government in exile. Over here they would visit Tibetan, monasteries, museum, schools and join language classes with Tibetan monks. There is a likelihood that we may take up some cleanliness work or some other activity. Otherwise, this week will be more of touristic and culture sharing.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in shared accommodation in both places. The minimum basic amenities will be available. Vegetarian food will be served but in the town you will have access to non-vegetarian meals as well. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required.

Location and leisure

(1st week) RUCHI Campus at village, Bandh of Solan district and (2nd week) in the town of Mcloedganj in Dharamshala, a tourist hub.

In the first week, Nearby Kasauli town is a major attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

During 2nd week, the volunteers will visit Dharamshala, the headquarters of Tibetan Government in exile. Opportunities will be there for short and long treks in the mountains. After the camp, if they like, volunteers may visit Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

Project hosted by

RUCHINGO in collaboration with Tibetan organisations

Directions to meeting point

Exit Gate of Kalka station

Additional comments

Through this project we aim to provide volunteers with an enriching (rural & urban) experience where they would participate in our ongoing rural community development initiatives aimed at uplift of marginalized people and later move to McLeodganj, Dharamshala where Tibetan Government in exile has its head quarters. Volunteers here would get chance to increase their understanding about Tibetan Culture, their movement and their ongoing struggle to keep their identity alive. Relates to SDG-11 (Sustainable cities and communities)

Requirements

Interest in understanding different life styles and issues with a sharing and learning ability, High motivation & open mindedness is a must.

India India: Climate Justice-Be a climate hero (RC-09/24)

Dates

12/08/2024   -   24/08/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Manual Work
Social

Fee

CZK 8308 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 230 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 75
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

Depending on the weather, volunteers would plant new trees, take care of already planted ones, remove dead saplings, chop firewood, do soil working, composting, clearing weeds and bushes, preparing holes for future plantation and make polythene green house fully operational.

Since environmental education and protection is the focus of the camp they will be expected to create awareness on issues like global warming, climate change, Carbon emission, sustainable lifestyle etc. while visiting local communities.

Besides tree plantation, volunteers will be given an exposure of other humanitarian projects, meeting with women groups, physical activity in RUCHI campus and work in communities or slums.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in the RUCHI campus in shared accommodation. All minimum basic amenities will be available with library facilities. Vegetarian food will be served. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required. Sleeping bags are not necessary but required for personal hygiene.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus which is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka town and 60 km from Chandigarh city. The area offers a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town, a hill station, is a major tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla, the state capital, will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

Project hosted by

RUCHI in collaboration with Forest Department

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

With this project we aim to do our bit to reverse climate change and preserve biodiversity of our surrounding through education and actions. Overtime we have assisted in planting more than 10,000 trees in last 5 years. Along with plantation we also educate local community about carbon emission and environmentally sustainable actions which we could apply. The project relates to SDG-13 (Climate Action) and SDG-15 (Life on Land).

Requirements

Interest in environment and climate changing issues. Physical fitness, Flexibility and High level of motivation.

India India: Tibetan Culture & Social Development (RC-10/24)

Dates

19/08/2024   -   31/08/2024

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Tags

Cultural
Social
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Place(s)
left

Fee

CZK 9065 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 260 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 75
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
2 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

During 1st week volunteers would join us in our headquarter which is based at a rural location where they have opportunity to live & experience a typical mountain village culture, their lifestyle and during process join our ongoing initiatives like NFE, women empowerment, NRM (Protection of fresh water sources), organic farming etc.

During 2nd week the group would move to Mcloedganj in Dharamshala which is a touristic town and also Secretariat of Tibetan Government in exile. Over here they would visit Tibetan, monasteries, museum, schools and join language classes with Tibetan monks. There is a likelihood that we may take up some cleanliness work or some other activity. Otherwise, this week will be more of touristic and culture sharing.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in shared accommodation in both places. The minimum basic amenities will be available. Vegetarian food will be served but in the town you will have access to non-vegetarian meals as well. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required.

Location and leisure

(1st week) RUCHI Campus at village, Bandh of Solan district and (2nd week) in the town of Mcloedganj in Dharamshala, a tourist hub.

In the first week, Nearby Kasauli town is a major attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

During 2nd week, the volunteers will visit Dharamshala, the headquarters of Tibetan Government in exile. Opportunities will be there for short and long treks in the mountains. After the camp, if they like, volunteers may visit Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

Project hosted by

RUCHI NGO in collaboration with Tibetan organisations

Directions to meeting point

Exit gate of Kalka station

Additional comments

Through this project we aim to provide volunteers with an enriching (rural & urban) experience where they would participate in our ongoing rural community development initiatives aimed at uplift of marginalized people and later move to McLeodganj, Dharamshala where Tibetan Government in exile has its head quarters. Volunteers here would get chance to increase their understanding about Tibetan Culture, their movement and their ongoing struggle to keep their identity alive. Relates to SDG-11 (Sustainable cities and communities)

Requirements

Interest in understanding different life styles and issues with a sharing and learning ability, High motivation & open mindedness is a must.

India India: Create your MURAL (RC-11/24)

Dates

26/08/2024   -   07/09/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Art
Social

Fee

CZK 8308 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 230 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 80
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

Volunteers will be working with oil and water based permanent paint in Ruchi campus or adjoining schools. We would like you to bring brushes and unleash your creativity by leaving a mark on our walls sending a social message for youth and public. In between you will also be participating in our ongoing humanitarian actions like Non formal education, women empowerment initiatives, environment conservation, waste upcycling, organic farming etc and interacting with local people on daily basis

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in the RUCHI campus. All basic amenities will be available with library facilities. Asian squat type toilet and English WC will be available. Vegetarian food will be served. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals. Self-management is required. Meantime volunteer can learn Indian cuisine (cooking). Sleeping bag is required.

Location and leisure

Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment. RUCHI campus is one km. from the village.

Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.

Project hosted by

RUCHI NGO in collaboration with local councils

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

We think of art in form of Mural as instrument of liberation, freedom of speech, educational, revolution for a social change.

Through this project we want to turn all common spaces within our campus into a open gallery with each wall signifying freedom of expression with a social message. Post covid organizing this camp we wish to bring interested art lover’s together to collectively/individually demonstrate their creativity and transform our walls.

Requirements

Interest in Art and willingness to use their creative skills to practice preferred.

India India: Tibetan Culture & Social Development (RC-12/24)

Dates

09/09/2024   -   21/09/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Cultural
Social

Fee

CZK 9065 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 260 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 75
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

During 1st week volunteers would join us in our headquarter which is based at a rural location where they have opportunity to live & experience a typical mountain village culture, their lifestyle and during process join our ongoing initiatives like NFE, women empowerment, NRM (Protection of fresh water sources), organic farming etc.

During 2nd week the group would move to Mcloedganj in Dharamshala which is a touristic town and also Secretariat of Tibetan Government in exile. Over here they would visit Tibetan, monasteries, museum, schools and join language classes with Tibetan monks. There is a likelihood that we may take up some cleanliness work or some other activity. Otherwise, this week will be more of touristic and culture sharing.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live in shared accommodation in both places. The minimum basic amenities will be available. Vegetarian food will be served but in the town you will have access to non-vegetarian meals as well. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals and self-management is required.

Location and leisure

(1st week) RUCHI Campus at village, Bandh of Solan district and (2nd week) in the town of Mcloedganj in Dharamshala, a tourist hub.

In the first week, Nearby Kasauli town is a major attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains and British architecture.

During 2nd week, the volunteers will visit Dharamshala, the headquarters of Tibetan Government in exile. Opportunities will be there for short and long treks in the mountains. After the camp, if they like, volunteers may visit Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

Project hosted by

RUCHI NGO in collaboration with Tibetan organisations

Directions to meeting point

Kalka station Exit Gate

Additional comments

Through this project we aim to provide volunteers with an enriching (rural & urban) experience where they would participate in our ongoing rural community development initiatives aimed at uplift of marginalized people and later move to McLeodganj, Dharamshala where Tibetan Government in exile has its head quarters. Volunteers here would get chance to increase their understanding about Tibetan Culture, their movement and their ongoing struggle to keep their identity alive. Relates to SDG-11 (Sustainable cities and communities)

Requirements

Interest in understanding different life styles and issues with a sharing and learning ability, High motivation & open mindedness is a must.

India India: Diwali-Festivalof Lights (RC-13/24)

Dates

28/10/2024   -   09/11/2024

Feedback from 10 volunteers

Tags

Festival
Social

Fee

CZK 8308 i Fee is paid in two installments:

CZK 2500 to be paid now.
EUR 230 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 85
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
5 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Delhi (DEL)
Nearest bus/train station
Kalka

Work

This camp is a great opportunity to learn and experience Indian culture and understand the diversity and unity it stands for. You shall be participating in our ongoing humanitarian actions like Non formal education, women empowerment initiatives, environment conservation, waste upcycling, organic farming etc and interacting with local people on daily basis leading to the festival.

With this project we aim to encourage cross cultural exchanges and provide a deeper insight of our culture. Months of October and November host two prominent Indian festivals of national importance. The dates are decided on yearly basis as per Hindu calendar. These camps are specially organized for those who are interested in Indian history and culture. This period is also supposed to be auspicious for marriages. Besides local festivals, volunteers will have an opportunity to learn of Hindu traditions.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay at RUCHI campus on twin/triple sharing basis. Bed and beddings are provided. Simple basic amenities will be available; bringing personal sleeping bag is desirable. Asian squat type toilet & English WC with hot and cold showers are available. Our cook will serve authentic Indian vegetarian meals.

Location and leisure

Baddi is a fast growing largest industrial hub in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is 30 km north of Chandigarh city and 100 kms from Shimla town. Baddi offers a number of treks to tourists and a good majestic view of Kasauli range of mountains. The economy of the area depends on agriculture and industries.

The volunteers will have opportunity to visit Hanuman Temple in Shimla, the Naldehra Golf Club and a local zoo or the Rock Garden in Chandigarh.

Project hosted by

RUCHI with localhosts

Directions to meeting point

Kalka

Additional comments

Diwali or Festival of Lights is a national festival celebrated throughout the country with lot of zeal for 5 days. This main festival, falling on 1st November, 2024, is celebrated with a great fervor just like Christmas and goes on for 5 days. Diwali is followed by other local events like Budi Diwali, viswakarma puja, Bhaiya Dooj etc. In North India, as it is believed that it was on Diwali that Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya after killing the Demon king Ravana in Lanka.

Requirements

Interest in experiencing other cultures and participate with local communities in local/national festivals.