The Camp To have a safe environment in the school, you will help to construct a safety wall where the land is sloping, so the children can play without fear of danger. You will work on the renovation of classroom walls, to give children a colourful learning atmosphere. You can also bring basic education to the local schoolchildren with creative methods. Due to the influx of tourists, there is a huge amount of waste generation, which is harmful to the environment. Create awareness for the protection of the environment and solid waste management in the local community. You will visit various Tibetan cultural Institutes and Tibetan Children’s Village to learn about the Tibetan migrants. A 2/3/4- day trek around the mountains of Dharamshala and Triund, with spectacular views is optional.
Activities: Weeks 1 & 2
Share your ideas and promote eco-friendly practices
Help to renovate school buildings and also paint walls
help to build a retaining wall and playground extension
Unleash your creativity with educational drawings (murals)
Teach basic English to children
Save the environment, help clean up Bhagsu waterfalls and river
Create awareness in the community and for tourists on responsible tourism, health and hygiene
Protect the landscape – plant trees
Participate in Yoga classes with professional instructor (only in Wk 1)
Optional: Trekking in the Himalayan mountains is a not-to-be-missed experience. If you wish, we will arrange a 2 or 4-day trekking activity around the mountains of Dharamshala and Triund. This will be in the 3rd week of the camp. The trekking cost will be as follows:
2 days – 3000 INR per Pax, for mininmum 5 Pax (1 night stay, 2 days)
2 days – 4000 INR per Pax, if less than 4 pax
3 days – 4500 INR per Pax, for mininmum 5 Pax (2 night, 3 days)
3 days – 5500 INR per Pax, if less than 4 pax
4 days – 6000 INR per Pax , for mininmum 5 Pax (3 night, 4 days)
4 days – 7000 INR per Pax, if less than 4 pax
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.
Dharamshala holds a very significant position as the second (winter) capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is also the abode of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, and the capital of the Tibetan government-in-exile, with a considerable Tibetan settlement. It is one of the most beautiful, scenic places in the world, set in the backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of Dhauladhar Mountains, where heaven meets earth. Leisure activities: Tibet has maintained a unique culture, religion and language for centuries. After the Chinese invasion in 1950, the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political and religious leader sought and was given asylum in India, along with thousands of Tibetan refugees. Today, there is a thriving settlement in Dharamshala, which is called Tibet-in-exile. To learn about Tibetan culture and religion, there are many places of interest at Dharamshala. Tsuglagkhang, Mcleodganj the residence of the Dalai Lama is a mustvisit, as are the Tibet Museum, Dalai Lama temple, Tibetan Parliament House, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, War Memorial and Kangra Art Museum. The Tibetan Children’s Village, a charitable organisation, caters to children who are in the greatest need among the refugees. For the last 5 decades, it has run solely on the generosity of its well-wishers. At Gyuto and Namgyal Monasteries, you can interact with the Tibetan monks and get valuable insights into the peace-loving Buddhist philosophy. If you are in the right place at the right time, you could even be fortunate enough to meet His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama himself. Palampur, the Tea Capital of North India is famous for its beautiful tea gardens, which are a natural scenic sight. Tea lovers can pick up some handcrafted, fresh mountain teas here. Some of the teas available are Black Teas, White Teas, Oolong Teas, Green Teas and Tisanes.
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.
VISA – The participants should come on Tourist visa
The participation fee has to be paid on arrival to our Team Leader in Indian rupees.