Rajgarh is a small but growing town in Himachal Pradesh and is famous for producing Asia’s best peaches. The entire area is hilly where the rural economy is based on agriculture and horticulture. The area also has state’s highest lower caste population. The landscape is beautiful. The farmers have green houses established in most of the villages and grow fruit and flower cuttings as alternative to food crops.
GWC volunteers will help the villagers with their plantations. The volunteers can impart nursery techniques to the farmers to have a better input. They can help lay nursery beds, fill poly bags with soil, sow seeds of vegetable and flowers and prepare saplings. Volunteers will help with plantation on roadside during the wet monsoon months of July and August. GWC Volunteers will also spread awareness among the local villagers on health, environment conservation, climate change and effects and global warming. This will be a very good learning experience for both the volunteers and the villagers too. This will be a lifetime experience to the volunteers who would get to help the community and will also develop good bonding with co participating volunteers coming from different international cultures. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions to have some relaxing fun moments. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers live life with a smile and dignity. Little gestures of help and care offered by you will brighten up the lives of these poor people.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at New Delhi Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC India Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Environmental conservation & Plantation) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of India along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at India will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a house designed according to the Asian traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Indian meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, and vegetable. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Indian culture and lifestyle closely.