On this Challenge you get to spend two weeks working in the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving education quality, as well as a 5-day trek into the Himalayas!
During your volunteering weeks you’ll be immersed in the local culture in and around Palampur, working in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of educational workshops. You could be running sessions that focus on conversational English, life skills, the environment, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and deliver fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.
You will also have the chance to work on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!
The 5-day trek through Nohru Pass will test your endurance, but the spectacular and breathtaking scenery will more than compensate for the strenuous ascents! You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to participate on this Challenge, however you should have at least an average level of fitness as parts of the trek can be quite challenging.
During your 3 weeks you’ll have at least one free weekend to travel and explore. We recommend heading to nearby Dharamshala to visit the home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government, or if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie you could go paragliding from the second highest location in the world!
After your Challenge you can join our optional extension trip and spend a week on the most spectacular tour of India. You'll begin by heading to Amristar where you'll visit the Golden Temple and watch the famous lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah Border. Next up is Agra where you'll spend time exploring the Red Fort, local markets and the one and only Taj Mahal! Your final destination will be Delhi where you'll visit the Old and New cities and have plenty of time to do you own exploring before catching your flight home.
Watching the sunset from an altitude of 2600m after a 5 day trek over the Nohru Pass was definitely one to remember!Steph Harvie - Monash University student
In India, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work on the Himalaya Challenge, you will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: