Volunteering India and Nepal
What is volunteering?
The idea is to be willing to help and share your time, your knowledge and your excitement.
The involvement of each volunteer on the projects is different, depending on the capabilities, experience and availability of each person.
That is why the first thing we do is ask you to fill out a form for volunteers. Then we’ll have an interview, in person if you’re in the same city as any of the team, or via Skype. In this interview we will have the opportunity to get to know your profile better and you will be able to know in more detail what the volunteering consists of, as well as to ask any questions you have.
Together we can decide the best way for you to carry out your volunteering successfully.
– Be older than 23 years.
– Average level of English.
-Provide at least one month for volunteering, with a minimum of 4 days a week.
-Ability to adapt to a culture very different from ours and be willing to comply with the rules and laws of the country.
– Have a medical insurance with coverage in the chosen country.
-To really desire to collaborate and be able to commit.
How much does volunteering cost?
Volunteers do not have to pay anything to Fundación Ramana. However, each volunteer takes care of all their expenses. Airline tickets, visa, accommodation, meals, etc.
Where volunteering is carried out.
-India: The Ramana’s Garden project is located in Rishikesh, accessible by train from Delhi, or by plane via Dehradun.
-Nepal: The CVDS project is located in the town of Sankhu, 20 km from Kathmandu.
-India: For volunteers of more than 6 months, there is the possibility, whenever there is space, to stay at Ramanas Garden.
The town where you are, Laxman Jhula, has a wide variety of cheap hostels just a few minutes’ walk from the project, as well as numerous restaurants and all kinds of facilities.
-Nepal: There is no possibility of staying in the CVDS project.
We recommend staying in the Tibetan neighbourhood of Boudanath, which has all kinds of accommodation, restaurants and facilities.
There is a local bus to get to CVDS from Boudanath. The distance is 12 km and it takes about half an hour.
Duration of Volunteering
The longer you’re able to collaborate, the better. But the minimum time we ask is one month, working at least 4 days a week.
Ideally volunteer needs some time to adapt to the country, the culture and the project. We also need some time to show you how the project works and how we need you to get involved. The people who live in the projects, also have to adapt to the volunteers and it is not convenient for them to have too much movement of volunteers. It is for all of this that we ask for a commitment of at least one month.
We can consider volunteering for periods of less than a month if you want to do something very specific, such as, for example, some kind of workshop. If this is the case, please get in touch with us to explain what you would like to do.
Role of volunteer
Your volunteering depends on your abilities, experience and availability, as well as the needs of the project at the moment.
That is why it is very important to be very flexible and willing to adapt to the circumstances.
We give you an idea of the functions performed by short-stay volunteers in the projects.
-Ramanas Garden, India: Supporting teachers at the school, school support classes, organization of various activities (music, dance, art), accompanying the children in their daily routines, helping in the garden and in the restaurant.
-CVDS, Nepal: being children with different needs, it is very helpful to have volunteers with a specific profile such as Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists, Nutritionists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Health Personnel, and Psychologists.
However, everyone who really want to help is more than welcome to come, the most important thing is love.
This does not mean that we only accept volunteers with this profile.
If you’re interested in collaborating with this project, do not hesitate to contact us.