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Nicola and Harriet British visitor
We are two British volunteers who have recently been staying with the Verma family in a beautiful setting in the foothills of the Himalayas. We really wanted to do something worthwhile while in India but found that a lot of charities had extortionate administration fees and a minimum length of stay requirement of at least one month. We soon came across R.O.S.E. Kanda which offered the perfect combination of volunteering and an experience of traditional rural Indian life at not too high a cost. We had no idea what to expect but were delighted when we laid eyes on the brightly rose-coloured family house and surrounding farm lands. The trip to Kanda is not an easy one but undeniably worth the time it takes to get here – the journey through the winding mountain roads is a wonderful experience in itself if you’re happy to share a bus with the locals and put up with the occasional bout of travel sickness! After one week with the family, we have witnessed a Hindu ceremony, tasted the delights of authentic home cuisine (eaten with hands of course), watched a cow being artificially inseminated, taught deprived Indian school children the hokey cokey and developed a warm attachment to Mr Verma and his family. We cannot recommend this experience more highly to anyone considering volunteering in India!

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It was my first time volunteering. Before I was travelling in India with my dad for two weeks, so the difference between those two was very big and unfortunately I was very tired because of that. The difference made me also feel a little homesick and all together I became sick the first 3 days, having fever, coughing, cold etc. The family took care of me very well! They were bringing me tea, water, food and medicines. After three days only some coughing was left and I went outside, but still I wanted to take it slow because of my tiredness. They introduced me to a ceremony at their lovely temple. The rest of days I could help with some washing, teaching and playing with the children. I also decided to donate a sewing machine, something that could be very useful for all the damaged clothes of the Kanda children and for making new clothes.
I would have loved to help with more such as farming, fieldwork and building projects.
I hope many more volunteers will come here and give the community more body.

Loren Douma
Netherlands


http://www.rosekanda.org
http://www.euttaranchal.com/hotels/rose-kanda-rural-homestay-bageshwar.php
http://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering
http://bageshwar.nic.in/pages/display/55-excursion

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