Himalayan Media Welfare Society - GorubathanIndia
If you’re looking to make a sustainable and life changing difference on your trip to the Himalayas you can help HMWS provide education to some of India’s poorest children. Working within the Media Society you will help children and families learn English and other skills in the two day centres. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the incredible scenery and if you choose to stay in the homestay accommodation you’ll also have the unique opportunity to experience the true culture and hospitality of the Himalayas with your host family. This is an extremely rewarding experience where you will meet new people, learn new skills and improve lives.
Volunteering during Tuesday - Saturday for 3 - 4 hours per day you will be working alongside children and young people within schools or day care centres to help the students understand conversational English, basic science and maths. During your placement you will be given plenty of opportunity to develop your own teaching style and interact with the community.
You will be provided with breakfast and dinner with your host family, giving you the opportunity to make lasting friendships and experience the true Himalayan way of life.
Experience or requirements – No experience required, just a kind heart and the willingness to make a positive difference.
Minimum Commitment – 3 Weeks
Working day – Tuesday - Saturday, 3-4 hours per day
Price – $15 USD per day
What’s Included - Homestay accommodation, placement transfers, breakfast and dinner
- Internet Access Included
- Jungle Location
- Guided Wildlife Excursions
- Eco Excursions and Tours
- Meals Included
- Accommodation Included
- Placement Transfers Included
$15 (approx £10-£12) per day
Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Volunteers are provided homestay accommodation through the HMWS. You will be allocated a private single or double room with shared bathroom, access to internet and local facilities.
About The Area
HMWS is based in Gorubathan on the foothills of the Kalimpong District approximately 3 hours drive from Darjeeling. Gorubathan is a calm and peaceful area with nearby jungles to explore and is a great base to visit other beautiful areas including Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Sikkim during the weekends.
Activities and Nearby Adventures
- Cultural Activities
- Educational Volunteering
- Guided Jungle Treks
- Guided Wildlife Excursions
- Eco Excursions & Tours
Meet the hosts
The Himalayan Media Welfare Society is run by Pawan Thapa who has been working to improve the lives of underprivileged children and communities through education since 2008. The society is run entirely by volunteers, from the teachers, coordinators and executive members, all the staff work free of charge and give financial support to the projects if and when needed. By volunteering with HMWS you will be directly contributing to keep this charitable organisation running
How To Get There
Fly - Once in India you will need to take an internal flight to Bagdogra International Airport - from here HMWS can arrange for a taxi or driver to meet you at the airport and take you to your placement or homestay accommodation. Please note that the cost of the transfer will be payable directly to the driver and will cost approximately $100 each way
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