Summer Volunteering in Ladakh
Ladakh is our most popular destination for summer volunteering owing to its pleasant summer weather. Ladakh is the highest plateau of Jammu and Kashmir, the northern most state of the Republic of India. It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. For summer volunteer abroad, it is among the best places in India. Part fantasy, part reality, Ladakh, is where, the forces of nature conspired to render a magical unrealistic landscape,a landscape of extremes, desert and blue waters, burning sun and freezing winds, glaciers and sand dunes. A primeval battleground of the titanic forces, which gave birth to the Himalayas.
Ladakh is a region in India totally isolated from the modern world, it was opened to tourists in the last decade. Authentic land, it is faithful to ancestral customs where life is characterized by intense spirituality. Even an Indian traveler will probably find no similarities in the land and people between the ones he leaves behind and those he encounters in Ladakh. Rich traditions of Mahayana Buddhism still flourish in the purest form in this region,which has often been referred to as Little Tibet. It is one of the last civilizations to come in contact with the modern world, making it perfect for a summer volunteer abroad project. It is the perfect place to experience the Buddhist culture and traditions persevered in its most raw form.
Ladakh is a high altitude desert as the Himalayas create a rain shadow, denying entry to monsoon clouds. The weather is thus dry, cool and free from rains even during peak monsoon season of July – August. The prefect summer weather combined with the Arid Himalayan landscape and the preserved Buddhist culture makes Ladakh the best location in India to volunteer during the summer months.
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Depending upon project requirements accommodation in Leh is either typical Home stay in Leh city or Hostel/Guest House at Project location. Home stay gives the volunteers a chance to experience the local culture, traditions and Indian way of life. Home cooked delicious India food is a bonus. Home stays are very basic unlike what volunteers are used to and volunteers generally share room/bathroom with fellow volunteers. Toilets may be open pit (Eco Toilets). Host families are carefully selected by us on the basis of their ability to handle and host international volunteers but because of the cultural difference settling in needs some adjustments. It is a wonderful experience for anyone who really wishes to enjoy and explore India on a deeper level than the general tourist.
Accommodation at Project site is with the Girls/Boys Hostel where volunteers have a private room to themselves. Rooms are very basic with a private or shared bathroom. Female volunteers have an option of staying at the nunnery at project site with a private room where as male volunteers can stay at the Monastery for Child monks.
Ladakh is famous for its preserved Buddhist traditions and volunteers are encouraged to learn and experience the same. Our program in Ladakh includes Local sightseeing, orientation to the life, greetings and customs to help volunteers settle in. We have also included into our program 4 – 5 times a week Yoga and Meditation lessons. These are specially included to give our volunteers a chance learn and experience the rich culture of India. Yoga classes are beginner level. Apart from our program inclusive activities Volunteers can take part in meditation camps/retreats, yoga course, Tibetan cooking, Ayurveda etc. Leh is flooded with people from all across India offering various courses and programs for volunteers to participate in.
Volunteers generally spend the weekends relaxing, shopping and exploring the city of Leh and its nearby sights. Some of the famous tourist spots are Leh Palace, Thiksey Gompa, Khardungla Pass, Shey, Hemis. Ladakh has plenty of options for adventure lovers. White Water Rafting and Trekking : Ladakh is also one of the most famous destinations for for White water rafting and trekking in India. Volunteers are also encouraged to visit the nearby cities which are of great cultural and Spiritual Importance : Lamayuru, Alchi, Hundar, Likir, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri etc. Volunteers who are spiritually inclined can participate in weekend Meditation camps. Our program coordinators are always willing to help, plan and organize your weekends.
Start dates and Program fee:
Our projects in Ladakh are available from May – Mid September, with no have fixed start dates, Volunteers can start on any date of their preference. Though we do not have fixed start dates but we prefer volunteers to arrive in India on Thursday or Friday, this provides the volunteers with an opportunity to relax, acclimatize and adjust to the new environment, weathers time zone etc before starting work on Mondays.
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- Note : Apart from the above Program fee, a registration fee of $250 is required at the time of application to book your placement.
- Domestic Airfare : The above costs do not include transfer from New Delhi to Leh. Please get in touch with us if you would like to us to arrange for the same
What does this program fee include?
Our programs are all inclusive they include everything from arrival till departure.
- Pre Departure information and support
- Airport pick in Delhi upon arrival
- Overnight stay in Hotel/Guest House in Delhi upon arrival (If required)
- Drop at New Delhi Airport for onward flight to Leh
- Airport pickup in Leh
- Home Stay accommodation
- 2 or 3 meals per day while volunteering
- Orientation about Local life, customs, greetings etc.
- Yoga lessons 4-5 times per week
- In country support 24-7, emergency contact
- Drop at Leh airport
What is NOT included?
- International Airfares
- Travel Insurance
- Visa and Visa extension fee
- Local transportation
- Personal expenses : Bottled water, Toiletries etc
- Weekend Trips