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Teaching children through art and games and participating in the Goa Carnival
Goa          February 8 - February 21, 2016

Volunteer project: Situated on the west coast on the shore of Arabian Sea, Goa was the former Portuguese colony in India. It is one of India's most cherished and prominent locations for travelers since many years for its remarkable palm-fringed beaches.

The aim of this project is to assist in schools and orphanages and to try to create a safer, cleaner and environmentally friendly atmosphere for the children. The volunteers will also support the Goa Carnival with their active participation and creativity.

The international volunteers will teach basic English, Health and Hygiene awareness, and Environmental protection to children employing creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. In addition, the volunteers will help improve the infrastructure of a local school or an orphanage by taking up simple renovation work like painting, tree planting, making a kitchen garden, minor kitchen repairs, etc.

As part of the cultural exchange, volunteers will participate in the Goa Carnival which is a three day festival. The Carnival was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for four centuries. Huge parades are organized throughout the state including colorful floats and troupes of costumed revelers with live bands, dances and non-stop festivities. During the Carnival, the volunteers will help the local people in installing and managing their food stalls, which is a good opportunity for the volunteers to interact with the locals.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, Indian family visits, intercultural exchange with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Canacona, a seaside village in Goa, 650 km south of Mumbai. The nearest international airports are Mumbai, Bangalore and Panjim. The nearest railway station is Madgaon. Buses operate on a daily basis from Mumbai, Bangalore, Panjim and Madgaon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $230 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Learn about Tibetan culture, support a local school and hike in the Himalayas
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          March 7 - March 27, 2016
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          April 4 - April 24, 2016
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          June 6 - June 26, 2016
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          July 4 - July 24, 2016
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          August 1 - August 21, 2016
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh          September 5 - September 25, 2016

Volunteer project: Valleys of the Himalayas - This small paradise on earth is home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and to a significant Tibetan settlement in India. Dharamshala is set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhaulathar Mountains. It is the capital of the Tibetan Government in exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.

The project aims to provide sanitation and safety wall facilities for a local school and a cleaner environment for the community which is being affected by tourist influx and lack of waste management and watershed management systems. The project also wants to create awareness on the Tibetan migrants and their culture.
We have been conducting international volunteer projects in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala for the last 9 years with the purpose of bringing a sustainable model for development of the region in partnership with school management committees, the Tibetan Welfare Office and the local municipality.

In the first two weeks of this project, the volunteers will work on the construction of a toilet and school safety walls, wall painting, educational murals, teaching basic English and Mathematics to children. There will be also cleanup activities in the area of the waterfalls, creating awareness among the community and tourists to support responsible tourism, Health and Hygiene awareness, tree planting to avoid landslides, cleaning ponds and tanks. Through their work in the community, the volunteers will promote eco-friendly practices.

Leisure activities: During the project, the volunteers will get the opportunity to learn about the Tibetan culture and the different issues related to the exile of its people and their re-settlement in India. There will be cultural activities, daily visits to important cultural sites and meetings with Tibetan monks and youth with the support of the Tibetan Welfare Office.

On the third week of the project, the volunteers will take part in a four-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamsala and Triund.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district. Dharamshala is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 kilometers from Delhi. Dharamshala is accessible by bus on a daily basis from New Delhi and other smaller cities of North India. The nearest railway stations are Pathankot and Kangra Mandir. Delhi is the nearest international airport.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 18,000 Indian Rupees (about $285 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Explore coffee farming, help a school and learn about Tibetan culture in Coorg
Coorg, Karnataka          March 7 - March 20, 2016

Volunteer project: Coorg, also called Kodagu, means “dense forest on a steep hill” and is a very popular hill station. It is a district located near the city of Mysore (Karnataka State) amidst a scenery of misty hills, lush forests, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantations, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views. This is one of the most beautiful places in India, completely surrounded by nature!
The Coorg District accounts for a heavy concentration of tribal population. 90% of the tribes in Coorg subsist on their traditional economic system of hunting and gathering minor forest produce besides attempting subsistence farming.

The project will focus on the process of coffee growing and marketing in an
environmentally friendly way through natural resource management systems. This is an opportunity for learning about the complete journey of coffee - right from the bean to the mug. Also the village school will be renovated.

The international volunteers joined by locals will learn about the environmental issues in the region, will work in the field and help with pruning, harvesting and drying, will visit check dams and small ponds to study the water harvesting systems. The volunteers will visit coffee estates, will learn about other popular plantations of
the region such as pepper, cardamom, wild fruits.
The volunteers will also support a local school with some renovation and work with the kids. The tasks include wall painting, drawing educational murals, teaching basic English, spreading health and hygiene awareness among children and the tribal community.

Leisure activities: The volunteers will get a chance to explore Tibetan culture and the different issues related to the exile of its people and the re-settlement in the
region. There will be cultural activities and exchange with Tibetan youth with the support of the Tibetan Welfare Office. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the coffee estate workers and tribal people, and to learn about their lifestyle and livelihood.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: The project takes place in a village located in the district of Coorg, 120 km west of Mysore. The nearest airport is Bangalore international airport. The nearest railway station is Mysore.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sustainable agriculture, creative teaching and yoga experience
Kundapur, Karnataka          June 6 - June 19, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          July 4 - July 17, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          August 8 - August 21, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          September 12 - September 25, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          October 3 - October 16, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          November 7 - November 20, 2016
Kundapur, Karnataka          December 5 - December 18, 2016

Volunteer project: Kundapur is a town situated near the beach on the west coast of Karnataka state, and is very close to the Western Ghats (a mountain ridge). The Western Ghats is India's prime zone for bio-diversity, known for the number of animal and plant species in this region. We have been involved in developing projects in this region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.

The focus of the project is providing field-based knowledge on sustainable agriculture and its impact, practicing Yoga and introducing creative learning methods in schools. The group will work with farmers, women groups and schools in different villages in the region.

The volunteers will be engaged in the following activities:
• Baseline survey and mapping;
• Conservation of natural resources: soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forest tree planting;
• Implementation of sustainable agriculture practices: crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management;
• Maintenance and management: after care, basin making, watering, pruning, protection, etc.;
• Post-harvest practices: threshing, cleaning;
• Documentation of traditional cultivation practices;
• Learning the basics of Yoga and practicing Yoga every day;
• Teaching basic English in schools, introducing creative learning through art, music,
games, etc.;
• Promoting Health and Hygiene Awareness;
• Promoting Eco friendly practices.

Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing the entire Body, Mind and Spirit. It is the union between a person's own consciousness and the universal consciousness. The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5000 years. The word Yoga means "to join or yoke together," and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
During the project, the volunteers will learn the basics of Yoga. Every day there will be topics covered by a professional master, which will be practiced by the volunteers.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural and religious sites, family visits as part of the inter-cultural learning and participation in cultural programs with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the local training center, in shared rooms.

Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Kundapur is located at the Arabian sea coast, 440 north west of Bangalore, 91 km north of Mangalore and 35 km from Udupi. The nearest international airports are Bangalore and Mangalore. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Raising awareness and promoting the conservation of Hampi World Heritage Site
Hampi, Karnataka          June 13 - June 26, 2016

Volunteer project: Located in the central part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern part of India, Hampi is definitely one of the most interesting travel destinations on the map of India. It is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and monuments are breathtaking. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi speaks of the splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Hampi attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are over 500 monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, basement of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings, etc. Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise - every monument hides more than what they reveal.

We've been running the projects in Hampi for the past 8 years with the cooperation of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Archaeological Survey of India and local associations.

The main objective of the project in Hampi is to spark interest among the local community by involving children and international volunteers in activities that promote sensitivity and respect towards the World Heritage site. The workcamp in Hampi will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, tour-guides and tourists.

The international volunteers will take part in the following activities:
• An introductory session with archaeology and heritage conservation officials
• Clean-up activities around the monuments in Hampi
• Planting trees
• Awareness Walk and Street Play with locals
• Organizing a Drawing competition for the school children and opening it up to local people by setting up an open gallery

Leisure activities: Cultural visit to the sites and temples, interacting with the school children and local community. The volunteers will also participate in local festivals that happen during the days of the project.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Hampi is located in the state of Karnataka, 350 km north of Bangalore and 13 km from Hospet. Hampi is accessible by bus from Bangalore and Goa. The nearest railway station is in Hospet. The nearest international airports are Bangalore, Mumbai and Panjim.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $230 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"Dear CADIP, I wanted to thank you for providing me the opportunity to experience a piece of the Indian Life. I attended workcamp in India during the month of August where our main objectives were to learn about the social and health problems affecting Indians, teach basic knowledge about environmental health, and help paint an elementary school in desperate need of a facelift. I wanted to share some of my memorable moments with the CADIP family.
          Most of the day was spent at either school in Thirineermalai or at the School in Chrombet. In the morning we painted at Thiruneermalai and in the afternoon we taught environmental lessons in Chrombet. The evenings were reserved for cultural events, informal meetings with local government ministers, team meetings, and special dinners where we learned a lot about the inner workings of the culture – such as how Indians serve their guest first, watch you while you eat, then take food after the guests are finished.
          Taking the time to glance from the ground during our hour long walk to the elementary school in Thiruneermalai, one could not help but be amazed at the colorful saris worn by the women. It became easier as days passed to distinguish economic status of a person by the type and quality of the sari – i.e. more expensive saris were made of fine silk and adorned with intricate beading.
          Other great moment was the visit to the village of the students in Thirineermalai, which is a poor town of Chennai. This put a human perspective on the way people deal with their current realities. There was also the trip to Mamalapurium, a touristy location, but not without its insights. For example, for the first time during the work camp I saw a garbage can in India. It was empty. There were many talks, interviews, and discussions concerning cultural habits that may contribute to the waste problems in India, and also how India hopes to change perception of waste management.
          There were many others things to describe as well: the Hindu Temples, the Jain, the unique way in which Indians eat food – they eat everything with their hands, and so did I – from the intricate caste system that was present as we ate our dinner in a minister’s luxury home while the help hid from view and ate scraps in their corridor, to the invisible people who clean the trash in the street and the many, many street vendors selling fruit and everything imaginable.
          My time in Chennai, India was short, but heavily concentrated with rich cultural events. It was not all fun and games, we literally worked. But we learned every step of the way, each day a little more about the Incredible India. Thank you CADIP for making this opportunity possible."

Murphy C.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

 

Heritage conservation and awareness campaign in the ancient Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu          July 11 - July 24, 2016

Volunteer project: Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is an ancient historic town famous for its stone carvings and cave temples. It was a bustling sea port - ancient Indian traders who went to countries of south-east Asia sailed from the sea port of Mahablipuram. The structures here, mostly carved straight out of granite, are among the oldest existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture. Mahabalipuram was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

The main objective of the project in Mahabalipuram is to spark interest among the local community by involving students and international volunteers in activities that promote sensitivity and respect towards the World Heritage site. The workcamp in Mahabalipuram will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, college students, tour-guides and tourists.

The international volunteers will take part in the following activities:
• Clean-up activities around the monuments in Mahabalipuram
• Awareness Walk and Street Play with college students and locals
• Tree planting
• Promotion of the Young Guardian Club to encourage active youth participation
• Discussions with college students on the issues of heritage protection and conservation

Leisure activities: Visiting heritage, cultural and religious sites, intercultural exchange with the fishermen community, interaction with college students.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Mahabalipuram is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, 60 km from Chennai, and 100 km from Pondicherry. Mahabalipuram is accessible by bus from Chennai, Bangalore and Pondicherry. There are domestic and international airports in Bangalore and Chennai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $230 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teaching, raising environmental awareness and renovating schools in Jaipur
Jaipur, Rajasthan          July 18 - July 31, 2016
Jaipur, Rajasthan          December 5 - December 18, 2016

Volunteer project: Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the City that runs across in pink colour has earned Jaipur the title of "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewelry, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. The growth of the city is also contributed by the rapidly developing social infrastructure with super-speciality hospitals and medical centers, institutions of higher learning and schools.

The purpose of the volunteer project is to create awareness on environmental issues
affecting this city, to create better learning facilities for school kids, and to provide community service to slum dwellers and poor children.

The project involves teaching basic English to children from poor and marginalized communities in non-formal schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. The volunteers will undertake simple renovation work to improve school infrastructure including renovation of a school kitchen and toilet, wall painting, making a kitchen garden, etc. The group will hold meetings with the local community to promote health, hygiene, and awareness on environmental issues. Volunteers will also plant trees along with community members.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural, historical and religious sites; Cultural exchange with the community; Interaction with slum kids.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Jaipur is located 268 km south of Delhi, the national capital and is well connected to other parts of the country through air, rail and road. Jaipur International Airport is located 13 km from Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected by bus and trains to most of the major cities in India. Regular buses are available from Delhi and other cities in North India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education and awareness projects in Rajastan
Jodhpur, Rajasthan          August 1 - August 14, 2016
Jodhpur, Rajasthan          November 14 - November 27, 2016

Volunteer project: Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination featuring many palaces, forts and temples. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright sunny weather it enjoys throughout the year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Culture and lifestyle in Jodhpur is quite fascinating. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people.

The focus of this project is to spread awareness on environmental issues, health and hygiene among children and the community, and to teach and introduce the school children to creative learning methods.

The volunteers will organise meetings and activities with the local community to promote health and hygiene, and raise awareness on environmental issues. They will help the community with tree planting. In the project, the volunteers will also teach basic English to children in non-formal schools through creative teaching methods like art, music, games, etc. The team will help improve the school environment by painting walls, drawing educational murals and creating a kitchen garden.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural, historical and religious sites; Cultural exchange with the community; Interaction with slum kids.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse, in shared rooms.

Location: Jodhpur is located in the state of Rajasthan, 560 km south west of Delhi, and is accessible by domestic airlines. Jodhpur is connected by air to major airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur. The airport is about 5 km from the city center. Trains and buses operate on a daily basis from New Delhi and Mumbai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Rainforest conservation in the Western Ghats
Western Ghats, Karnataka          August 1 - August 14, 2016

Volunteer project: Agumbe is a small village of the Western Ghats located in Shimoga district, in the Malnad region of Karnataka state. Agumbe is most famous for the highest recorded rainfall in Southern India, and for its scenic outlook and Sunset View Point.

The volunteer project will focus on conserving the biodiversity of the Agumbe forest which receives the second highest annual rainfall in the country. The Agumbe forest
is in the Western Ghats which is internationally recognized as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity. The project will be implemented in coordination with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Archaeological Survey of India and the Agumbe Rainforest Research Center.

The volunteers will be in contact with conservancy officials and will attend learning sessions with the Rainforest research centre. Volunteers' main duties involve raising awareness about the conservation of natural resources, tree planting, help removing weeds and other threatening species.

Leisure activities: Visiting cultural and natural sites in the Western Ghats. Interaction with the school children and raising awareness on nature conservation by creating educational murals and organising a drawing competition.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Agumbe is located 360 km west of Bangalore and 55 km east of Udupi. The nearest international airports are Bangalore and Mangalore. The nearest railway station is Udupi. Bus service is available from Bangalore, Mangalore and Udupi.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $230 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support the development of tribal communities in Mysore
Mysore, Karnataka          August 15 - August 28, 2016

Volunteer project: Mysore is the third largest city in terms of population in the state of Karnataka, India. Located 140 km from the state capital Bangalore, Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore state. Mysore has never failed to mesmerize the tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The charm leaves no one untouched. Dussehra, the festival of victory of good over evil, is celebrated with unprecedented grandeur. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. It has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood and incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone carved sculptures.

Participants in this project will have the chance to learn about the Natural Resource Management System in India, and how it enhances the livelihood of farmers and laborers, and contributes to the development of tribal communities. We'll work with local associations, school management and the tribal and farming community.

The volunteers will have meetings and discussions with experts on the Natural Resource Management System. They will repair farm ponds, assist farmers in desilting of check dams and plant trees.
The volunteers will be visiting tribal families to discuss the economy and development issues and to create awareness on health and hygiene, water and sanitation.
In the local tribal school, volunteers will interact with the children, will paint walls and will create educational murals.

Leisure activities: Visits to cultural, historical and religious sites; Intercultural exchange with the tribal community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Mysore is in South India, about 140 km from Bangalore. The project village is 40 km from Mysore. The nearest international airport is Bangalore. Trains and buses operate on an everyday basis from almost all major towns/cities in South India.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 14,000 Indian Rupees (about $220 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching English and creating a better environment in schools and orphanages in Goa
Goa          September 5 - September 18, 2016
Goa          October 3 - October 16, 2016

Volunteer project: Situated on the west coast on the shore of Arabian Sea, Goa was the former Portuguese colony in India. It is one of India's most cherished and prominent locations for travelers since many years for its remarkable palm-fringed beaches.

The aim of the project is to support schools and orphanages, and to provide safe, clean, creative and environmentally friendly atmosphere for the children.

The international volunteers will teach basic English, Health and Hygiene, and Environmental protection to children in schools and orphanages, employing creative learning methods like art, music, games, etc. The group will help improve the children's environment through wall painting, planting trees, setting up a kitchen garden, minor repair work on school toilet and kitchen. The volunteers can take the children out in the city for picnics, exposure visits and city walks.
House visits and meetings with local rural people are part of the program to provide opportunity for intercultural learning and raising awareness on health, education and hygiene.

Leisure activities: Visiting cultural and religious sites, Indian family visit, intercultural exchange with the local community.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guesthouse with shared rooms.

Location: Canacona, a seaside village in Goa, 650 km south of Mumbai. The nearest international airports are Mumbai, Bangalore and Panjim. The nearest railway station is Madgaon. Buses operate on a daily basis from Mumbai, Bangalore, Panjim and Madgaon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $230 US)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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