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Volunteer travel at a women's empowerment project in India

Collaborate in this project that works with the most deprived girls and women and supports organic agriculture in northern India.

Volunteer travel at a women's empowerment project in India

from 550€ por persona
Open throughout the year although it is not recommended in December, January and February due to the cold

This solidarity project works along two main lines:

  1. With girls, adolescents and women from the slums in Rakkar in the Himachal Pradesh area (India):
    Women in India are seen and treated as second-class people. As a result, from the time they are young, they suffer a great deal from discrimination and are not valued as they are considered inferior to men. They are also very restricted and have little freedom as they depend on their fathers and husbands to do the talking for them. Many of them cannot study as they have to take care of their families and children, maintain the house, etc. They are pressured to be good daughters and wives who are submissive and obedient. Because of this, women often do not talk about the problems they suffer in their homes such as abuse, violence, etc.
  2. With men and women farmers from Rakkar in the Himachal Pradesh area (India):
    India is considered the world's fourth largest agricultural power. The agriculture is one of the great pillars of India's economy. Hence, the importance of using techniques and practices that respect the environment and that do not cause long-term damage such as stopping the use of pesticides, fertilisers and other chemicals that can affect soil and crops. The project works on the farmer education so that they can learn and gain knowledge about organic and sustainable agriculture and work with a market that favours organic farming.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 End poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    Rakkar, India
  • Volunteer hours
    3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays are off
  • Volunteer activities
    Education for girls and adolescents, training for women, education for farmers
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Hot water
    Lunch
    Accommodation
    Dinner
    Kitchen
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Breakfast
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
    WIFI
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Travel insurance
    Flight

Volunteer Program

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Voluntary activities
  • Help in the organization of events related to the emotional area of girls, adolescents and women of the project. In this activity it is preferable that the volunteers are women.
  • Participate in the workshops and campaigns that they organize related to the area of health for women. Here men and women can collaborate.
  • Sustainable and organic agriculture classes for male and female farmers: Men and women can participate in this activity.
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Profiles required
To participate in this solidarity trip it is not necessary to have a specific profile except in the activities that are required to be women. The only requirements are:
  • Level of English (intermediate level equivalent to B1, no diploma required).
  • Be of legal age.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • People interested in women's rights and women's empowerment.
  • Health and law profiles, andeducators and social workers, gender workers.
  • Science backgrounds such as biologists, agronomists, or people who have specific knowledge of sustainable agriculture, organic farming, etc.
 
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A day in the project
 
 

 

Project Location

Project

The project is in Rakkar a town located in the vicinity of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh in India. It is often called ''little Lhasa'' because it has a large population from Tibet. The town is located in a valley about 600 meters high and it is surrounded by mountains and close to the Himalayas. It is a starting point for different nature excursions, making it perfect for mountain lovers.

Climate

The climate is divided into three seasons:

- Winter:
from October to February. In this season the daytime temperature can rise to 9°C, but at night it drops to 0°C or even lower. The city experiences snowfall and, despite the cold, the environment becomes very beautiful. March is an intermediate month between the cold and hot season.

- Summer:
from mid-March to the end of June. Daytime temperatures are usually between 22ºC and 30ºC. It is the perfect season for mountain excursions.

- Rainy season:
from July to September, it does not hinder volunteering except for the field of agriculture. The temperatures are pleasant, between 18ºC and 22ºC and thanks to the rains nature revives and the environment becomes beautiful. It usually rains a lot, however, you can take small excursions around the city.

The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Double room with two beds:
  • 2 weeks: 550 €.
  • 3 weeks: €665
  • 4 weeks: 775 €.
  • 6 weeks: 1.010 €.
  • 8 weeks: €1,240

What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Hindi-Spanish dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in a double bedroom with two beds.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Internal road transport from Dharamsala airport to the project.
  • Local Coordinator.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.

Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.

Services

  • Double room with private bathroom.
  • Western bath, with hot water
  • Access to kitchen shared with other guests who are going to participate in workshops. 
  • Airport pick-up
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