The Himachel volunteering programme is a whole other experience and unique culture in India. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities the camp itself is located in the heart of the himalayas surrounded by snow topped mountains and tea plantations close to the little rural town Palumpur. Its a peaceful and beautiful place to volunteer. The staff at the camp took very good care of us during our stay and were very helpful, I made great friendships with them and still keep in contact. We had weekly meetings to discuss what was going well and anything that wasn't. The food was local delicious dishes from the region. The climate is also a lot easier to get used to compared to a lot of India.
My morning project was in a daycare centre where I had the privilege to teach and play with young children and watch them learn as well as being apart of the community, interacting and getting to know the local people on a daily basis was heartwarming. The afternoon project was high in the mountain hills at a small village where we taught children of all ages. our classroom was based outside which allowed us to do more activities during the lessons. Every day ended with the volunteers, project exective and children dancing before saying goodbye. These were certainly unforgettable moments. This project gave me a real insight to the education in India. My length of stay allowed me to create a wonderful bond with the children and being able to see improvement along the way.
volunteering was a humble and joyful time and ever so rewarding. There were optional weekend trips away to temples, cities and of course a trek up to Triand in Dharamshala to see the beautiful scenery that the Himalayas has to offer. There was always somewhere to go something to see. I would recommend This to anyone looking to do passionate work in helping others in India. I had an invaluable 5 weeks which will remain with me and I hope to return on day.