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The program at Dharamshala aims to bring awareness to the participants about the Tibetan refugees and their settlement in India, to strengthen the non-formal education to the school children and to learn, prepare and participate in community service work on waste management. The program includes trekking in the Himalayas.

About Dharamshala
Dharamshala is known as the home of the Dalai Lama is one of the biggest national and international tourist tractions in India. It is lined with snow clad mountains and sweet smelling deodar and pine forests with clear turquoise blue streams and ice cold rivers flowing and misty fog raising up is a paradise in disguise. The colourful temples and Gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries), which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand, there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

Program Agenda
• Awareness to the participants about the Tibetan refugees and their settlement in India.
• To strengthen the non-formal education to the school children and to learn
• Renovation of school building,ground and retaining walls
• Promote awareness and participate in community service work on waste management and to promote responsible tourism

Community Services Participation
• Renovation work in school
• Teach basic English in school, introduce creative learning through art, music, games etc
• Promote eco-friendly practices
• Wall painting and teaching activities and renovation work like painting educational pictures, repairing retention walls
• Hands on experience at Mega Kitchen by Roti making with other volunteers from different places and countries
• Engage in clean-up activities in a selected location in the community and also will create awareness to the public
• Conduct mural painting on waste management system at public area

Leisure Activities
• Learn about Tibetan history and the struggle against Chinese occupation at several museums and galleries.
• See (and purchase) Tibetan arts and handicrafts, including carpets, thanka (religious paintings), musical instruments, various brass statues and religious artefacts, handbags, clothes and knitwear at various Tibetan centres, shops and street stalls.
• Watch live performances of Tibetan dance, opera, music and theatre.
• Eat a variety of Tibetan food in several authentic Tibetan restaurants.
• Study Tibetan Buddhism, massage, medicine, language or cooking
• Trekking will be organised for 4 days to Triund Mountains

What you will gain
• Develop knowledge on Tibetan refugees and the long term rehabilitation plan of Indian Government
• Understand the transition of Tibetan refugees from their homeland to the Indian community
• Understand Develop knowledge on waste management and promote responsible
• Learn about the empowering of youth from the skills of the Tibetan songs and dances
• Learn about innovative practices, research and education in the field of waste management
• Develop interactive skills and knowledge on refugee children’s education
• Develop language, public mobilisation and team leading skills.
• Develop analytical skills and language skills, group work and cooking skills.

Benefit to the Community
• Emotional support to the Tibetan community and support to their cause
• Support to the native community in renovation of school buildings
• Support to the public health through waste management activities
• Increasing the learning capacity of children through non formal education

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Volunteering
  • Location
    • Dharamshala , Himachal Pradesh
    • India
  • Program for an individual or for a group
    Group
  • Program highlights
    • To strengthen the non-formal education to the school children and to learn
    • Awareness to the participants about the Tibetan refugees and their settlement in India.
    • Renovation of school building, ground and retaining walls
    • Promote awareness and participate in community service work on waste management and to promote responsible tourism

What's included in your experience

  • Housing
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Meals
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Continuous Support
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Community Service Placement
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Project Materials

What you are responsible for

  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Airfare
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vaccinations