On this Challenge you get to spend two weeks in Palampur volunteering with the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving education quality. You'll be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively while volunteering with the local community, before spending your last week on a 5-day trek into the Himalayas!
If you want to learn more about grass-roots community development, gain experience teaching and working with children or you're someone who wants to use your skills to make a difference, the Himalaya Challenge is perfect!
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 teaching 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 your volunteering days will be Monday - Friday and you’ll have at least one free weekend to do your own travel. 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 volunteer program you can join our optional extension trip for $875 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
Going on this Challenge was a once in a lifetime experience! I loved meeting the children and helping them perfect their English skills and opening their minds to new things. It was a beautiful and challenging experience, would recommend!Shernya Wessels - University of Queensland
Volunteering has been one of the best decisions I've made! I've met such amazing kids and learnt so much from them. Leave your handprint on the world because you will find yourself changed forever.Fiona Chen - University of Queensland
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 your volunteer program, you will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: