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The Himalayan challenge provides a little bit of everything: an opportunity to volunteer in a meaningful and sustainable way, a chance to experience the best of rural Indian culture, and to cap it off, a rigorous but rewarding trek in the stunning Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.
Your volunteer project will take place in Palampur, “The Tea Capitol of North India.” You will be working at one of our partner schools teaching English, Health Education, and a variety of other subjects depending on the school’s needs. You will also lead extracurricular activities for the students and work on infrastructure renovations at the school, maximizing your handprint during the two weeks you are there.
The five-day trek will test your endurance; it is crucial that you be in good physical condition in order to embark on this trek. After spending two weeks volunteering at the foot of the Himalayas, you will have the chance to explore the mountains on foot on a challenging trek through the spectacular and scenic Nohru pass. The amazing views and breathtaking scenery will more than compensate for the strenuous ascent through rugged terrain!
If you want to see more of India during your time here, you can sign up for the extension trip that will take you through Agra, Amritsar, and New Delhi. See world-famous sites such as the Taj Mahal, experience the mouthwatering different flavors of Indian cuisine, and see all of what the world’s most populous democracy has to offer.
Leave the UK and land into Dharamsala airport where you will be met by members of the in-country team and transferred to your accomodation in Palumpur.
Volunteers will be working in the outskirts of Palampur where you will be teaching our students aged 3-16 in grades 1-10. These schools offer educational opportunities to students who come from poor, rural families. The staff in these schools work tirelessly to make up for the resource disparity between their schools and wealthier private schools and the help that our volunteers provide is invaluable. You will be focusing on teaching spoken English which will involve teaching basic transactional phrases. Instead of the traditional rote method of learning you will get the opportunity to teach students in fun and interactive ways such as games and competitions.
At this point you will embark on the most physically demanding part of your Challenge, taking on the Nohru Pass trek in the Himalayas. You will head east to the town of Bir, where you will meet with your guide and gear up for the days ahead. The trek will be of moderate difficulty for the majority, but the portion of the trail leading up to the Nohru Pass is steep and exhausting; stay hydrated and keep encouraging each other until you finally make it over the literal and metaphorical hump.
Return to Dharamsala airport for your flight home or onwards travel. If you are participating in our extension trip, you will be transferred to begin the trip!
*This itinerary is not fixed and some of the travel and challenge details may change. Confirmation of your specific challenge itinerary will be sent out nearer to your departure date.
Your trip begins! Today you will make your way to Amritsar which is the spiritual and cultural city of the Sikh Religion.
Visit the beautiful Golden Temple which is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. You will also get to experience and witness the change of guard ceremony between India and Pakistan armies on the Wagha Border in the evening!
Day at leisure in Amritsar to explore to city.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Today you will make your way to Agra, via Delhi, which is a medieval city on the banks of the Yamuna River. You will have the afternoon to explore and do as you please!
On the fifth day you will get to see what you have most likely been waiting for the whole trip, so make sure that your cameras are fully charged! See with your own eyes the extraordinary and spectacular Taj Mahal! You will also visit the equally as impressive Agra Fort!
After breakfast you will visit Fatehpur Skiri, a beautiful and deserted medieval city that has been perfectly preserved!
Travel back to Delhi where you will spend the night before your flight the next day! A great time to reflect on your amazing trip and grab some last minute souvenirs!
You will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight back to the UK!
– All transport
– 1-2 meals a day
– All accommodation
– All tours mentioned.
What’s not included
– Personal expenses (snacks, soft drinks, souvenirs)
– Any meals not mentioned above
– Extra tours/alternate activities
*This extension trip is subject to receiving the minimum number of participants
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Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.