We believe that our volunteer programs should respect and benefit local people and the environment in the regions in which we operate.
Whether it’s Leh, Dharamshala or Patiala we aim to minimize our impact on the environment and maximize respectful interaction with the local people and culture.
We ensure that the local community benefits financially from your volunteering experience with them. For our volunteers it’s about being culturally and environmentally sensitive in a way that gives them a deeper understanding of Indian diversity. We want your time in India to be enjoyable and pleasant not only for you but also for everyone whom you come in contact with.
Some tips for responsible volunteering
Research: Read as much about the place as you can. Whether this is researching through through the Internet, TV, Newspapers or Brochures. The more you know about the place especially the cultural aspects much more easier will it be for you to settle in the place itself.
Local Language: Try and learn as many words of the local language. Even a few stumbling words in the local language will be appreciated, and will help open doors to conversations and friendships. Learn the lingo!
Be aware of the local customs and norms: Any culture has its ‘norms’ – and they may be very different to what you’re used to. As a visitor, it is respectful to observe things like appropriate dress and behaviour. Pre Departure kits are a good starting point to learn about the cultural side of your destination. We will supply you with one.
Minimize your impact on the local landscape: If you’re trekking, stick to the trails to avoid erosion and if you’re camping, please don’t leave any rubbish there and be sure your campsite leaves no permanent impact. (Our volunteer leaders will advise you!).
Buy Local: If you want to buy souvenirs we advise that you buy local. This helps the communities in the region and also leaves you with something much more genuine. If possible refrain from buying Animal products and Wooden Products.