RURAL ECO TOURISM
Rural eco tourism has been on rise in north India. This project is our initiative to protect environment, landscape and natural resources by promoting responsible tourist behavior. Volunteers will be based in rural setting and have access to locations frequently visited by tourists. After familiarizing with local community and neighbourhood, volunteers shall design a plan to create necessary interventions required for protecting environment and amp; promoting responsible travelling in this rural set up. Work: Working closely with local community youth we expect volunteers to:1. Educate communities on saving energy, water conservation and other resources to cut down on national wastage and increase their savings. .2.Designing plan of action to promote rural tourism and putting up signs raising awareness towards environmental and cultural preservation.3.Making eco-tourism attractive by promoting it as source of livelihood for local community, providing much needed future sustainability to the project.This is a long term community development project and volunteers will have opportunities to learn for their personal development
Accommodation is on sharing basis with common toilets and bath. Most likely, the volunteers will stay in RUCHI Campus.Food offered will be simple authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly cooked. Three meals a day will be served. Assistance while cooking is desired of volunteers. Volunteers are free to cook meals of their country choice on every Sunday.
Kasauli is a small touristic hill station for week-enders. It extends opportunities for villagers to offer Bamp;B or home stay facilities for their earnings. Rural eco-tourism has been on rise in northern India. This project is our initiative to protect environment, landscape and natural resources by promoting responsible tourist behavior. Volunteers will be based in mountainous rural setting and have access to location frequently visited by tourists. After familiarizing with local community and neighbourhood, volunteers shall design a plan to create necessary interventions required for protecting environment and amp; promoting responsible travelling. During leisure time, the volunteers can visit the famous Rock Garden in Chandigarh, Pinjore Garden, Shimla and Kasauli Hills.
* The minimum period of staying is One Month.
* We offer flexibility to join our programs, but to regulate and better coordinate project activities we expect volunteer to join on first Monday of each month. Initial orientation to volunteers will be provided at RUCHI office, desired project outcomes and volunteer’s role and responsibility shall be shared on arrival.
* In contrast to short term workcamps, the pace of work here is slow. Therefore, matching expectations of volunteers is a constant challenge. One has to realize that they cannot change the world in such a short time but the placement certainly provides satisfaction and contentment to have really contributed to a cause with some visible results.
*PARTICIPATION FEE: The participation fees are as follows:
Per month - Euro 400/- (Fee has to be paid in advance. The fee is worked out on monthly basis and not daily or weekly basis and hence it remains same even if one leaves the project a day or week earler)
The participants are required to pay the fee in cash on the first day of their arrival at site, Bank transfer service available upon request. The contribution covers all basic expenses, e.g. accommodation, gas, water, electricity, food, staff salaries and for materials used in projects/activities. Alcoholic drinks are not included. Alcohol drinking and smoking is not encouraged in public and villages. Project related travel expenses shall be reimbursed to volunteer each month with a maximum cap of rupees 800. Leisure travel and personal expenses during free time are not covered in participation fee.
* Visa: All volunteers are required to get Indian visa to enter the country. As per the new regulations an employment visa is required for their placement with Indian NGOs. For details kindly refer to www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa. RUCHI will be happy to assist you with required documents.