Volunteer in India to improve parched farming conditions
Position: Self financing team member for 2 weeks
Organization: Developing World Connections
Location: Udaipur Rajasthan, India
Developing World Connections (DWC) is an organization in Kamloops, BC, Canada that offers international service trips that makes travel meaningful. Most DWC projects involve volunteering abroad to help construct something that will serve an individual, a family or a community for decades to come.
DWC partners with reputable in-country NGOs who know what each community needs; the volunteers make it happen. A team usually consist of six to 20 people. Not large groups, but big enough to get some work done and have some fun with others who are like-minded and passionate about connecting and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
From April 7th to April 21st, 2018, DWC’s aim is to make life better for subsistence farmers, their families and their community near Bhinder in the Rajasthan region of India. Volunteers will learn what it takes to build a water-retention structure. DWC’s in-country partner in India, Sahyog Sansthan helps rural villages move themselves forward through sustainable projects.
Rajasthan is dry. It’s a situation that’s been made even worse by deforestation of the sparse trees that survive in the area. Monsoon rains replenish riverbeds and groundwater wells, but that limited supply only allows farmers to grow one crop per year. For these people, being able to hold back some of that water long enough for it to sink into aquifers will mean more water available, bigger crop yields or even the ability to grow more than one crop per year. That will be a huge asset for them.
Bhinder is close to the village where a team will work alongside local people to make this happen. The work can involve some heavy work and sweat, like mixing concrete or hauling rocks, but it’s made lighter by the team pulling together and by the participation of the villagers themselves who appreciate the benefit the project will have for their community as a whole. All team members work to the best of their ability and special skills are not required.
DWC teams travel with an experienced team leader to guide participants through their community-service trip. Leading this trip to India in April is Ray Fowell from the UK.
Back in Canada, the DWC staff provides volunteers with support and around-the-clock services to ensure travel and the project goes smoothly. Safety and security are the highest priorities regarding accommodation, transportation, water and food. As DWC is a registered non-profit, travelers are issued a charitable tax receipt for their entire trip costs. The trips are organized to be as affordable as possible with a portion of fees contributing directly to project materials and costs.
The trip in April is a two-week trip, although a shorter option is available as well. Travelers can also extend their stay to do additional travelling after the volunteer portion is completed. There are opportunities to explore north of Bhinder, to the Thar Desert or from Delhi to Agra to see the stunning Taj Mahal. The work site is also a short drive from the cultural and tourist centre of Udaipur, a city that offers spectacular views, palaces and other historic sites.
It's not all hard work as R&R and cultural activities are organized throughout your time with the team.
A service trip abroad is a great way challenge oneself, creating a lasting connection that comes not from words, but from actions that leave behind a legacy from service work.
This is travel for the mind, body, heart and soul.
Cost $2350 CND includes in country transport, accommodation, food, water, insurance and a donation to the project cost. We can also help with fund raising ideas and provide a dedicated personal fund raising web page for use in social media.
DWC Trip Co-ordinator, Thomas Johansen,
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GoodWork ID: 42509 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Sep 14 2017
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