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Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme

Volunteer in North-West India

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Teaching in Indian Himalayan foothills through HELP

We were in India in the Spring and had a wonderful time. HELP are an excellent organisation to go through. All contact with them was very personal and efficient. What they offer are genuine opportunities to make a difference to and work directly with rural communities. This is not voluntourism! The support we received before we left the UK was comprehensive, useful and equipped us well for our time in India. Their costs were very reasonable and we particularly liked being involved in how our personal donation to the school was spent.

SASA is situated is a stunning mountainous location a day's drive from Dehradun. The school consists of around 200 bright, enthusiastic and courteous children and a warm and welcoming staff of about 10. We taught in the region of 4 hours a day and expectations of us were realistic. We were accommodated in a private room on the school campus with a terrace outside our door over looking the valley and hills. All meals were cooked for us by the lovely Punita who always made sure we were comfortable and who became a great friend.

I would highly recommend this experience where it was easy to feel part of the fascinating Garhwali culture. We often visited the local people for chai and chat giving us the chance to learn more about their way of life. We also visited the other local schools and went to an traditional wedding where we were welcomed with opened arms and treated like stars.

Have no doubt volunteering with HELP will be an experience you'll remember and thrive on forever.