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INDIA TO MAKE AN IMPACT

India To Make An Impact

By: Divya Kilikar

Published On: April 27, 2018

Plenty of studies have been done to prove that volunteering is not just good for the NGO, but has many perks in store for you as well. People who volunteer regularly have been known to live longer and happier, establish healthy relationships and feel more fulfilled. But that’s not all. Volunteering turns out to be one of the cheapest ways to travel, as most NGOs provide room and meals for modest prices during the program. This also paves the way for a rich, cultural experience where you can interact with the locals and learn their way of life.

Moreover, volunteering is known to be great for your career as it provides insight to help make career choices and also find some valuable contacts along the way!

Here are five rewarding volunteer programs you can try out in some of India’s most picturesque regions.

NGO: Rural Organization for Social Elevation

Where: Kanda, Uttarakhand

Rural Tourism for Rural Empowerment .

The Verma Model of Rural Upliftment has brought a very positive 40 years for Kanda, a little village in Uttarakhand. What started as a single man’s effort, the seeds sown by Jeevan Lal Verma has helped Kanda garner international attention including research from professors at Center for Tourism and Research – Lucknow, International Center for Mountain Development and Research, Kathmandu apart from researchers from Finland and USA doing their research work.

Kanda has seen visitors from various countries, including the USA, UK and Canada, for community collaboration and volunteer tourism powered by their own ROSE (

Rural Organization For Social Elevation

) foundation.

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The project also helps generate employment in an area where there are very few employment schemes.Different from the other forms of tourism ,this pro-poor voluntary tourism helps in offsetting the “Domino Effect” that has destroyed many hill stations.

       Foreigners who flock Kanda in large numbers , make their stay meaningful . They begin their day with a shramdaan ,leading to a cleaner environment . They involve themselves in different chores. They go trekking , chase butterflies but also give lesson in working English to the poor Dalit and backward people. And in the evening ,they enjoy a sumptuous Kumauni meal with Jeevan’s family. Many houses here are even repaired by the volunteers. Jeevan’s story would have remained  unknown beyond these picturesque valleys, but for Prof.Dr.Tajvir Singh – head of the Centre for Tourism Research and Development in Lucknow  and an authority on Himalayas.

    In his research journal, Dr . Singh and his assistant Shalini Singh took up this pilot project and spent a week in Kanda. The research paper they prepared , after there stay in Kanda, war presented at a conference in Makau at the institute for Tourism Studies.” The world received the news with joy”. saidShalini ,back from the conference.

    Prof Singh said this experiment would introduce ‘social  tourism’ on the hills “ inundated by holders of visitors from the plains unmindful of the damage they have done to the place”. ROSE ( Rural organisation for Social Elevation ), Jeevan’s organisation with headquarters in Sunargaon , has a bio- gas plant, a cattle shed, green house and a bee- keeping unit.