Solidarity travel to school and fair trade project
Do you know which is the most dangerous country for women? According to Thomson Reuters Foundation study , is India. In India women experience discrimination at work, in property rights and in access to education. Many times they are forced into marriages where rape and assault are ways of forcing them into forced labor.
Without work and any source of income, women in India are dependent on their male relatives, even when they use violence against them and their children. Faced with this situation, this project, located in Varanasi, helps women by providing them with decent work, thanks to which they can gain economic independence and flee from situations of violence. This small initiative includes a sewing workshop, where the women produce clothing and accessories for a fair trade shop, and a day care center for the children of these women so that they can carry out activities that generate income.
In this project you will be able to learn about the culture of the Hindus and see their rites linked to the Ganjes river. Varanasi is one of the most spiritual places in India.
This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals
Project LocationVaranasi, India
Volunteer hoursMonday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Volunteer activitiesChild care, participation in yoga classes for boys and girls, English classes for women and nursery tutors, food preparation for the children, etc.
Minimal collaboration2 weeks
IncluidoTumaini accompanimentHot waterAccommodationLocal CoordinatorTraining courseAirport pick-upVolunteer liability insuranceWIFI
No incluidoTourist activitiesLunchDinnerKitchenBreakfastTravel insuranceFlight
- Care for children at risk of exclusion
- English classes with women and children
- Yoga classes with the children of the little school
- Music and dance classes with teenagers at risk of exclusion
- Support in the sewing workshop with the women: product design, planning, etc.
- 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.
- People interested in women's rights and women's empowerment.
- People interested in Hinduism and yoga.
- Individuals with business administration skills, with the ability to support women in developing entrepreneurial skills, planning, etc.
- Fashion designers who can help women develop new products.
- Teachers, professors, social educators, gender workers.
A day in the project
The Ganjes is a sacred river for Hindus, especially as it passes through Varanasi. Bathing in it is a symbol of purification. Therefore, around the Ghats and on the banks of the river are colorful temples, dozens of people bathe and prayers are performed at sunset. According to tradition, every Hindu should visit Varanasi at least once in his life. Walking through the Ghats and watching the rituals is an incredible experience, but beware, do not bathe in the river as it is one of the most polluted in the world.
The project is on the outskirts of the city. From the center it takes half hour rickshaw ride (small vehicle that fits 2 or 3 people, similar to a motorcycle). It is a means of transport widely used in India.
- 2 weeks: 370 €.
- 3 weeks: 435 €.
- 4 weeks: 435 €.
- 6 weeks: 305 €.
- 8 weeks: 305 €.
- 2 weeks: 340 €.
- 3 weeks: 370 €.
- 4 weeks: 370 €.
- 6 weeks: 305 €.
- 8 weeks: 305 €.
- 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.
- Accommodation in a single/double room with private bathroom.
- Internal road transport from Dharamsala airport to the project.
- Local Coordinator.
- International ticket
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
- A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
- A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
- Single or double room
- Western bath, with hot water
- Airport pick-up