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Barkot town uttrakhand
Himalayan volunteering opportunities

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  • Barkot town uttrakhand, India
English, Hindi
Organization Description
Himalayan volunteering opportunities offers personalized social and cultural immersive programs for the travelers, students and professionals of all age group to experience a different perspective in the Himalayas. Our vision is to foster understanding between people and cultures through inter-personal exchange of ideas and perspectives(volunteer programs). Through our volunteer program you experience an amazing opportunity to learn, share and live the different facets of Life. We run a teach English volunteer program which is run in a primary school where the level of spoken English is absolutely dismal owing to many reasons.

Importance of the teach English project: Our program is about creating new learning opportunities for the children at our school. It focuses on developing English learning strategies, methods, new materials and different resources for a mindful learning. The role of the volunteer is to help provide a new way of thinking and promote English learning skills.

Location and school: The school is located in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas, north India. The name of the town is Barkot where the locals live a basic life and the village has a strong sense of community. The school is a primary school, with the number of students always fluctuating. However, on average each class has about 8-10 students. There are 10 classes, from lower kindergarten to grade 8, 4-14 years old. The school building is basic, and differs between each school we work with. In general, up to grade 5 the students learn 6-7 subjects, and after grade 5 they learn 8-10 subjects including English as a compulsory subject, science, math, social studies, environmental science, Sanskrit, general knowledge, drawing, arts and crafts, and of course Hindi.

Activities/hours and shift: Usually we follow two timings which is 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the summer time and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the winter time. There is break for 45 minutes. Usually 4-5 hours of volunteering a day from Monday to Friday is required. Weekends are off or you can choose to work on Saturdays too.The volunteers can go on trek, visit local interesting places, temples, attend weddings, parties to keep them rejuvenated.

Volunteer role: Volunteers will assist the children speak basic English. You could teach them Alphabets, Counting, Days of weeks, Months of the year, Manners, etiquette, introduction, body parts, play spelling games and many others. You can also help the children learn some music, dance and other extra activities for their personality development. The volunteers are expected to be proactive and talk to the teachers, lead a lesson once they have understood the system, create a positive environment for learning.

Code of conduct: we feel that every person has a common sense to understand to how to behave in a new country, culture and people. We will have a short orientation program where we shall discuss in which way you can help us.

We offer: Accommodation at a local home stay with 2 vegetarian meals per day. The rooms would be basic in nature with Indian squat toilets and bucket showers. The rooms are quite spacious, neat and clean. Rooms would be on sharing basis as we accommodate 2 people in one room. The food is vegetarian in nature . The food consists of various local grown vegetables, pulses, lentils, grains. The food is absolutely healthy and hygienic as it is cooked.

Extra activities: Our community is known for having many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. There are picturesque treks to hike. Also you can visit a popular pilgrim temple Yamunotri, located 10,000 feet above the sea level and a 12th century old Shiva temple. The people at our place are welcoming and they do invite you to visit their homes over a meal or a cup of tea.

How to reach us: Most of our volunteers reach us from New Delhi, the capital of India. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is 262 k.m and from Airplane it takes approximately 50 minutes, by train approximately 6 hours and by bus 6.5 hours. We highly recommend taking an airplane or train as these modes of transportation are quite comfortable and hassle-free. You can take an airplane from Delhi to Dehradun city, the capital of our state(Uttrakhand). There are regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun. There is ample number of trains available from Delhi to Dehradun city, You can book an online ticket. For details on train to Dehradun, you can log onto Indian government official website- https://indiarailinfo.com or https://etrain.info Once you have confirmed your stay with us we will coordinate for your travel plans accordingly till you reach us safely.
Childcare / Children, Education, Environment
Skills Needed
Ability to adjust to basic living conditions, Ability to work with people different from you, Basic knowledge of English language ., Assisting teachers
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 week
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$70 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 2 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 3-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off
Naveen Godiyal
Himalayan volunteering opportunities 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! :-)