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Challenge Snapshot

Duration: 22 Days
Location: India
Total Cost: $3570

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Combining volunteering with an exhilarating 5-day trek into the Himalayas, this trip is the perfect choice for adventure seekers wanting to make a meaningful impact in India!

how you can help

As a himalaya challenge volunteer, you will be working on a range of projects that help improve education quality at our partner schools in Palampur, which could include:

  • Running life skills workshops that build children’s confidence and encourage transferable skills like problem solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, career planning and leadership.

  • Delivering conversational English lessons that will provide opportunities for further education and well-paying jobs later in life.

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) workshops that encourage experimentation and innovation and help develop children’s creativity.

  • Working on a small-scale renovation project, such as painting a mural, to improve learning environments and promote school attendance.

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Program structure

When you arrive in India you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Indian culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.

Over two weeks, you’ll volunteer Monday – Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel and exploring. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax and explore town or do any required planning for the next day.

On the third week of your program you'll begin your trek! 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 Nohru Pass is steep and exhausting; stay hydrated and keep encouraging each other until you finally make it over the literal and metaphorical hump!

On the last day of the program, you'll either catch the morning transfer to the airport or continue with the extension trip!

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Extend your volunteer program

After your volunteer program you can join our optional extension trip for $950 and spend a week on the most spectacular tour of India! You'll begin by heading to Amristar where you'll visit the Golden Temple and watch the famous lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah Border. Next up is Agra where you'll spend time exploring the Red Fort, local markets and the one and only Taj Mahal! Your final destination will be Delhi where you'll visit the Old and New cities and have plenty of time to do you own exploring before catching your flight home. 

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CHALLENGE DATES

Program Date: 18th June - 9th July 2022
Extension Trip: 09 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022
Program Date: 19th Nov - 10th Dec 2022
Extension Trip: 10 Dec 2022 - 16 Dec 2022
Program Date: 21st Jan - 11th Feb 2023
Extension Trip: 11 Feb 2023 - 17 Feb 2023

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!

What’s Included?

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (Monday – Friday)
  • In-country transport
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Pre-departure support, including full program briefing
  • An incredible volunteer experience!

What’s NOT Included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

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