This small paradise on earth is home to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and to a significant Tibetan settlement in India. Dharamshala is set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhauladhar Mountains. It is the capital of the Tibetan government-in-exile and the residence of the Dalai Lama.
The Camp The aim of the project is to provide sanitation and construct a safety wall for the schools and the community. You will help to provide a clean environment for the community, which is being affected by tourist influx and lack of waste management and watershed management systems. You will also create awareness on the Tibetan migrants and their culture.
Activities: Weeks 1 & 2:
Promote eco-friendly practices
Renovation of school buildings and walls, wall painting, educational drawings (murals), teaching basic English
Cleanup activities at the waterfalls, creating awareness to the community and tourists to support responsible tourism, health and hygiene awareness and tree plantation to avoid landslides
Participation in Yoga class with professional instructor (only in Wk 1)
Accommodation : At a rented guest house or hostel, with shared rooms. You will be provided with bunk beds. Toilets and bathrooms are separate, with shower facilities. Hot water will be made available.
Food: South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Safe, filtered water is available for drinking.
Location: McLeod Ganj in Kangra district which is upper part of Dharamshala. Dharamshala is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India, 500 kms from Delhi
Leisure activities: Visit various Tibetan institutes to understand the migrants’ issues and how the Government is taking care of the migrants Interact with monks and the local community to understand the culture
FSL-India has been running workcamps all over India since 2001. Over the years, FSL-India has developed a strong network of local partners and local volunteers in the regions where we conduct our camps. In every workcamp, FSL-India works in partnership with local NGOs – since they are able to identify the problems and needs of the locality. This helps us achieve sustainability and a larger impact in the work that we do. Partnering with a local NGO also helps in reaching out to the local community. In addition, FSL-India works in various fields in cooperation with Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Ministry of Health, Education, Forest and Wildlife Departments and Local Self-governance Bodies.
Optional: During the 3rd week of the camp, the volunteers can participate in a 4-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamshala and Triund. The cost for trekking will be Rs.3000/- per pax
VISA – The participants should come on Tourist visa