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Himalayan Volunteering Organization

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  • Barkot , India
English, Hindi
Organization Description
Himalayan volunteering organization is a registered, secular, non profit voluntary organization founded in response to get local children, youth of the Himalayas a unique learning opportunity with the help of international community.

We are a registered NGO under 1860 society registration act number 2/2013-2014, file; no. 15918 ,India. The NGO was founded in 2001. We work with schools, run a computer literacy center and an after school girls residential center. We started volunteering programs from year 2015 on wards to promote cultural exchange between local and international community. We are situated in Barkot town en route Yamunotri region, Garhwal Himalayas(North India).


The Himalayan volunteering organization purpose is to promote Social, Economic and Cultural advancement of the rural community through Education, Research and Field action programs.

Our specific objectives:

To conduct non-formal and formal educational programs for disadvantaged children in the Himalayas.
To promote cultural exchange between local and International community.
To promote sustainable economic developmental opportunities for the local community.
To provide adolescent girls/youth computer learning programs for better employment opportunities.

Target area and group:

Disadvantaged children, girls and youth of the Himalayan region, economically backward section of the society

Ongoing volunteering programs:


Work with children from 3 years old to 14. These children come from poor households and they can not afford good education in towns or cities, or their village may not have a school at all. We work with 3 schools near the town of Barkot; 2 government schools and 1 private. These schools are inefficient for a variety of reasons. There’s a lack of trained teachers, bad infrastructure, and a lack of teaching resources.

We need your help in the schools with teaching any subjects you are good at, developing teaching and learning materials, having English conversations, building confidence, and various other activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and music. We strongly believe that education needs to be more practical so these activities are really important. This is a great opportunity to work with children who are most in need of your help.

Youth center:

Our youth center is located in Tunalka, near Barkot, and aims to address the problem of unemployment by giving young people aged 18 to 22 practical skills for the workplace. After finishing college, young people in India struggle to get a job because of the lack of practical skills taught at school. We teach basic computer skills, English conversational skills, hotel management training, stitching, beautician training and many others.

You can also create your own program through coming up with some ideas which shall be beneficial for our students.You can help in many ways such as running confidence-building workshops, helping with English conversational skills, or teaching other languages to hotel management students. Learning English is of utmost importance in the context of employment in India, and wider opportunities. This is a great chance to make a change in society working with young people.

After school center:

Our after school program focuses on underprivileged girls who due to various reasons are not able to access quality education or continue their studies at home. The reasons vary from needing to work in the fields, to lack of schools in the villages, family pressure, poor conditions, single parent families, inaccessible villages, caste discrimination and many more. The government of India started these centers in order to address the above problems. (Read more on Wikipedia).

Our center is situated in the village of Gangnani and is a residential center for girls. You can assist our staff in helping girls carry out their day-to-day activities such as cooking, washing, studying, games, sports, tours, arts and crafts, music, co-curricular activities and also practice English with them on a daily basis.

The main focus is not studies but rather developing their sense of confidence through various academic or non academic activities. You can also suggest to us other learning techniques which could be beneficial for the holistic development of these girls.

How can you apply ?
Write us a mail stating 1. The project area you are interested to work in 2. Your intended dates/duration to reach/stay with us and 3. Your short description stating your a) age b) qualification c) country d) skills which you think could be beneficial for our children/youth either at school or computer literacy center. Basically we look forward to volunteers who could speak a fair amount of English and can help either of project sites with learning of English language.
Once we get a mail from you we shall go through it and make a skype call with you. After a skype interview we shall send you a confirmation/acceptance mail, inviting you at our project.
Technology, Education, Women
Skills Needed
Teaching English, Computer skills, Teach play and games
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 3 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$91 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off
Naveen Godiyal
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Himalayan Volunteering Organization Average Ratings
I volunteered with HVO in November 2016 and loved it. Working in Kharadi was amazing, I felt very welcome in the village as I ate my meals with a family and was often invited to other people's houses to play games! A couple of the girls from the school kept me company on a daily basis and I learned some basic Hindi as they learned English. The students were well-behaved and polite and the teachers did their best to help. Naveen as co-ordinator was also great, I learned to love riding on a motorbike with him! :-)