Himalayan Media Welfare Society - KalimpongIndia
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. Volunteering within the Media Society you will help children and families learn English and other skills in the schools and hostels for underprivileged children. During your placement you’ll have plenty of time to explore the incredible scenery and with 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 from Monday - Friday for 3 - 4 hours per day, you will be working alongside children and young people within schools or hostels to help the students understand conversational English, basic science and maths. You will be given plenty of opportunity to develop your own teaching style and interact with the community.
During your placement 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 – Monday - Friday, 3 - 4hours per day
Price – $15 USD per day
What’s Included - Homestay accommodation, placement transfers, breakfast and dinner
- Cultural Activities Included
- Internet Access Included
- Mountain Location
- 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 Kalimpong is based in the Gumbahatta area of Kalimpong. This is a bustling market town with easy access to nearby shops to pick up essentials and spectacular scenery with deep valleys of the Himalayas. There are plenty of places to explore here including Buddhist Monasteries, craft markets and hiking through the foothills and forests as well as Deolo Park with it’s stunning views of snow capped mountains, Hindu Temple and exotic flowers and the Kalimpong Science Centre. Kalimpong is a great base to visit other beautiful areas nearby such as Darjeeling, which is only a 2 hour drive away, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can take a trip to try out rafting the nearby River Teesta.
Activities and Nearby Adventures
- Cultural Activities
- Cultural Visits
- Eco Excursions & Tours
- Farming Volunteering
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. 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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