Volunteer travel with yoga and meditation
Yes practice yoga and meditation you'll love getting to know India through these solidarity projects. You can learn about the Tibetan cause and their Buddhist worldview by supporting their community in McLeod Ganj, North India. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the culture of the country through, the vision of women at risk of exclusion working on a small fair trade in Varanasi.
Project LocationMcLeod Ganj (Dharamsala) and Varanasi, India
Volunteer hoursMcLeod Ganj: We collaborate 1-3 hours a day from 9:00 to 17:00 Varanasi: We collaborate from 9:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Friday.
Volunteer activitiesIn McLeod: conversation classes with Tibetan refugees, trekking and mountain cleaning, meditation and yoga / In Varanasi: Training and empowerment of women, nursery and school support for their children, meditation and yoga.
Minimal collaboration10 days
IncluidoTumaini accompanimentHot waterAccommodationLocal CoordinatorTraining courseAirport pick-upVolunteer liability insuranceWIFI
No incluidoTourist activitiesLunchDinnerKitchenBreakfastTravel insuranceFlight
- Adult education: Empowering Tibetan refugees, through classes and different workshops. Conversation in English, German or French.
- Day care: The day care centre cares for around 40 children from 0 to 3 years of age from low-income or single-parent families (only for stays of at least two weeks).
- Library: In the library, you can help with the numbering of books, preparation, tidying up...
- Litter Picking and Trekking: Litter picking trips take place in the mountains near the village of McLeod. This project can be combined with language classes and is recommended for nature lovers.
- Meditation and yoga: Anyone with sufficient knowledge to teach yoga is very welcome and at least one class a day would be held. In addition, it can be combined with meditation, reiki courses, singing bowls, etc.
- Training and empowerment of women: English classes, sewing, product design, entrepreneurship workshops, health education workshops, etc.
- Nursery and school support: If you have an educational background, the centre's teachers can be trained. If you do not have a background in education there is no problem, support is given to the teachers: English classes, maths, science, etc. The activities for the children are adapted to their age (2-6 years old) so that they learn in a fun and enjoyable way. In addition, the volunteers can propose workshops (handicrafts, painting, expressiveness, dances, games, etc.) to encourage the children's creativity.
- Meditation and Yoga: Varanasi is one of the 7 sacred cities in India and Yoga is very present. You can take Yoga and Meditation classes at the centre.
- 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 Buddhism and the Tibetan cause
- Yoga and meditation lovers.
- People who want to enjoy their free time hiking in the mountains.
- Yoga teachers and yoga teachers.
- Winter: from October to February. Coldest period from 0 to 9º. March is an intermediate month between the cold and hot season.
- Summer: from April to June. Daytime temperatures usually vary between 22ºC and 30ºC. This is the perfect season for mountain excursions.
- Rainy season: from July to September. Temperatures are pleasant, between 18ºC and 22ºC and everything becomes very green. It usually rains quite a lot.
|10 days||15 days||30 days|
|McLeod Ganj (single room)||470€||550€||680€|
|McLeod Ganj (double room, cost per person)||425€||480€||590€|
|Varanasi (single room)||430€||450€||535€|
|Varanasi (double room, cost per person)||395€||410€||490€|
- 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 Tibetan-English 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.