What to carry?To make your trip planning easier we share some of our thoughts on:
Besides your basic personal clothing we suggest following cloths based on the weather and experiences of our past guests
As the temperatures rises during the summer it is advised to take loose clothing along with at least one winter wear -a light jacket or a shawl, as there can be chill in the morning & evening. Loose cotton pyjamas or pants are suggested with one or two full sleeves shirts, T-shirts or tops to protect from insects. For, ladies Punjabi salwar suites if not trousers will be helpful in moving around and taking part in some activity.
We would suggest that going by the temperature guidelines; kindly carry adequate winter clothing as per your body needs. There isn’t any central heating system so the clothing should be warm enough. A cap along with gloves will come handy in extreme cold weather. Please remember that you may not get proper heating in the rooms at times so please plan accordingly.
We would advise you to carry with you all the basic medicines for headache, stomach ache, upset stomach, body ache, fever, cough & cold, anti allergic, antibiotics for toothache along with any other medicine which you are used to having on a regular basis as we may not get all the medicines in the interiors. The medicines can be brought along or you may buy them from cities on the way up.
A pair of shoes suitable for walking in the hilly terrain is advisable along with a sleeper or sandals as per personal likings.
Besides your daily needs, please do carry a moisturizer as the skin may turn dry because of the weather. In summers, may need to carry a prickly heat powder, mosquito repellent & a deodorant too.
A small torch will be handy if power goes off or whilst negotiating a path during nights.
You may carry a token gift for your hosts though not very costly as that helps in building the bond and its also a tradition.
Carry a small notebook & a pen to jot down your experiences.
If you want to take your memories further, take your camera with a spare set of batteries.
Do’s & don’t:As we shall move into a conservative society it becomes important for us to respect their way of living. After discussing with our past guests we would like to share few points and we request our guests to kindly keep following points in mind during the stay:
Avoid public display of affection to your companion or with the local people.
Do not defecate or urinate near water source.
Do not use your finger or serving spoon for tasting the food.
For ladies, it is advisable that they wear concealing clothing & avoid wearing clothes like shorts, short skirts or spaghetti tops. Please do not feel offended. We are just facilitating you to be a part of the group. Incorrect clothing can make you feel isolated.
Please respect the values, believes, culture and religion of your hosts and the people of the locality.
Please feel free to ask your host questions about their customs, culture etc as this will not only enhance your awareness but also help in enhancing your relationship.
While planning your trip do consider referring to the inputs provided by us in the section what to carry.
The only prerequisites for volunteering with R.O.S E are:
• Patience and willingness to learn , low cost technology / skill and
knowledge sharer, helper and supporter.
• Flexibility and adaptability ,obedient to host .
• Honesty and respect for local lifestyles don’t create problem for
the host family and community.
• A sense of humors! Don’t doing antisocial activities. Living civilized way.
*Don’t show western culture and wearing proper dress.
*Don’t drink Alcohol / Wine and don’t smoke hemp .
* After dinner go to bed ,keep quite don’t shouting ,Don’t disturb any person .
What can I expect when volunteering with R.O.S.E?
ROSE offers an array of opportunities to self motivated volunteers It
is a real experience in community life Opportunities include:
Living with a family, as part of a local community / world wide family, and having a real experience of a rural Indian lifestyle.
Being involved in teaching school children, organic farming and learning about bio diversity and cottage industries, including construction and protection of local Environment.
Enjoying the tranquility and beautiful scenery of an organic agricultural village in the foothills of the Himalayas, or taking time out to explore the Himalayas on one of the many Treks in the Kanda area. Learning Hindi or Kumaoni and enjoying unique Kumaoni cuisine.
Developing self confidence social awareness, and having fun!