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Soumi C Banerjee, Independent Researcher, IRMA, Anand- GUJARAT represented  the case of R.O.S.E in the tourism conference of University of Surrey in London in 22nd July 2016.

As we sift through our busy city lives we tend to forget the minimal ties of life under the duress of the extreme work and stress for ascending the corporate ladder. We forget to connect with each other. These conditions take an extreme toll on our mental and physical being leading to various disorders.

Coming to Kanda is a refreshing experience for a busy couple like us and can make anyone reconnect to the nature coupled with some good moments with the VERMA family. MR VERMA is a gem of a person immersed in organic farming, his own school and other social activities. The silhouette of the rustic surrounding soothes the nerves and acts as a detoxifier for both the mind and the body. The aroma of the fresh mint and basil freshly brewed with green tea leaves rejuvenate us with energy for the whole day. The climbs and coming down of the nearby villages and meeting new people can leave an indelible mark as to how simply people live here. The pristine mountains in the backdrop of the home-stay unit make us believe that life is indeed a bed of roses. The pet dogs and the cats add to the village feel along with the mooing of the cows early in the morning. The bloom of flowers in the school campus complements the small kids studying their fruits and vegetables from their Sir. The local shops act as the bridge between the frugal village life and the corporate   trying to enter the rural markets. A special mention must be done for the organic farm fresh KUMAONI food that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed during the short stint.

We heartily thank MR VERMA for endowing us with the opportunity to come and have a taste of his life and work. We shall forever cherish the memories of this magnificent and majestic town nestled in the hills of KUMAON region of UTTARAKHAND.

Soumi C Banerjee,

Independent Researcher,

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Shubhonoy Banerjee

Independent Researcher,

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Anand- 388001

GUJARAT

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Volunteering Tourism   Rural India —-
Rural Organisation for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.) was founded by a group from the Kanda community as a registered Non-governmental organization (NGO), in the village of Sunargaon of Kanda, District- Bageshwar, State- Uttarakhand, India.

ROSE Volunteering, Mostly International volunteers, Students, Donors, Social Activists, Budget Tourists, Eco Tourists, Holiday Tourists like .

Welcome to you, we have 15 to 20 children in nursery to 1st class , you can do any project with them such as teaching English / art/ craft/ rhyme/ play / yoga /nutrition /value education to small kids, computer networking, fund raising, building construction(if funds allow), organic farming/WWOOFing, house keeping, cooking and other according to the time. You can also visit villages, craft site, nature site, cultural exchange, home stay, livelihood study, local cooking, life style and others. I hope you would like to contribute your home stay charges and opportunity fee on arrival, since ROSE is a grass root NGO and volunteering is its livelihood program for the community .We need tourist visa for your stay.

Each volunteer needs to contribute for 2 weeks Rs.2, 000 for administration fee +Rs.8,000/- for project opportunity + Rs.9, 900/- for home stay lodging and boarding. Total (Rs.19, 900/-) non refundable. If you have any problem then you tell us, we would like to help you. If you have any fund raising opportunity for any project we greatly appreciate it, if not, don’t worry, you can participating in going micro project.
Participate in our international volunteer programs to learn about—

  1. Teaching English and learning Hindi language
  2. Eco Rural Tourism
  3. Architecture and Eco Construction
  4. Environment
  5. NGO management 
  6. Learn Indian cooking
  7.  Aggregate block Making
  8.  Website design

9- Organic Farming / Gardening, Composting

10-Local skill learning.

The major activities involve teaching at ROSE Public School, Organic farming and construction, Film Shooting, Photography, Film making, Nature walk, Biodiversity watching, Ecotourism , Educational tourism, Home stay.

Tourists/Volunteers can live with the family and learn about our culture while enjoying the nature.

We run projects all year round, for people who want to experience life in rural India and the foothills of the Himalayas.

Your small change can make a big difference to people living in hill area

-Mr. Jeevan Verma
https://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering/

https://www.facebook.com/ROSE-KANDA-School-Uttarakhand-216147205242613/

ROSE on Google maps: http://goo.gl/fUc8wC , http://goo.gl/eMmyug, Rose Public School is here : http://goo.gl/HaV3ir

http://www.volunteeringindiahimalayarosekanda.org

Mobile-+918954868561 or +919412167186

Email- jeevanverma@rosekanda.org,    jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com

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My name is Claire Ferguson, a Program Leader with Operation Groundswell, located in Toronto, Canada
Operation Groundswell is a Toronto based organization that organizes and facilitates 6-week educational and volunteer backpacking programs throughout the world for youth aged 18-30.

Welcome: We were warmly welcomed by the family. The guesthouse was very clean and we felt right at home! Even though it was late, they had dinner ready.
Homestay: The homestay was fantastic. Jeevan’s family is very kind and made us feel like part of the family. It was easy to spend hours lounging around the house.
Family and Food: Gunja cooks so much! I can’t believe how much food is prepared in such a small kitchen. Everything was delicious, and all our participants with allergies or particular food needs were accommodated. There was always LOTS of food, and although we aren’t used to eating so late at night, we were certainly always very hungry once dinner time came around.
Nature: The area is beautiful , although the thought of leopards made it scary to go to the bathroom at night.
Project: I think we were able to contribute what we could to the project, though we weren’t always sure we were being helpful. It wasn’t always clear who decided which member of the community would receive the toilet (whether the community at large decided, or whether the Verma family decided). It would have been nice to know more about the family that we were building the toilet for, to get to know them and their situation, or to learn more about the importance of a clean santitation system, as it is something we often take for granted at home.
Culture: Jeevan did a great job exposing is to Kamaon culture, bringing us to many temples in the area, and inviting us to part of a wedding ceremony. We weren’t really sure what the ceremony was for before we went, but we found out. More information about the marriage process would be interesting.
Community: I think we integrated really well into the Verma family, but didn’t engage much with the rest of the community. Everyone seemed very friendly and welcoming though.
Claire Ferguson
Claire@operationgroundswell.com
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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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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Nathan Solar
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
nathansolar@hotmail.com
I have found the overall experience to be generally hospitable. The house family was respectful enough, giving me my own room and calling me in when food was prepared. During my stay I helped in masonry work but was mostly teaching in the class room to 15 children age 2-10. The teacher who helped me was kind to me but occasionally used a more physical means of motivation towards the children that was, to my taste, indifferent, however most of the children were very respectful and polite. The nature in Kanda is beautiful and while I found the expense to be high, (keep in mind half of the expense goes to helping the school and construction) the 11 days I spent in Kanda were peaceful and a good escape from the rest of the world. I recommend the opportunity.
Nanthan at the ROSE office 14-02-2014

nnanthan teaching to ROSE kids 14-02-2014

Nathan learning making stone  bricks 05-02-2014

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Nanthan from Canada drawing nature scketch at ROSE  05-02-2014

Nanthan from Canada drawing nature view  scketch 05-02-2014

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Gethin Jenkins

My Stay At R.O.S.E Kanda

Over the past four weeks of my stay here in Kanda I can quite easily say I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. From the first day I was made to feel very welcome by everyone within the family, and the bonds and friendships I made only grew with each day that passed.

I really like the atmosphere here at R.O.S.E where everything is done at your own pace and I was able to help out as much or as little as I wanted. Within an hour of arriving I was helping with the construction of a new storage room which will ensure greater future success for the dairy pilot project the Verma’s have taken up. At the same time, I also had plenty of opportunity to just sit under the porch and chat to the other volunteers, read or write up my journal.

For the last 3 weeks, I helped out in the school nearly everyday, helping children there between the ages of 7-11 further their English. I was really impressed by the standard of their English given their young age and slightly taken aback by their overwhelming enthusiasm to learn; their eagerness to receive a ‘good’, ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ written in their books! My grasp of English was put to further good use when helping Gotham with his reading homework most nights.

The food here is fantastic and any concerns I had prior to coming about the infamous “Delhi Belly” were unnecessary. 3 large, healthy, tasty meals a day, with the insistence usually that I have seconds, – what more could I ask for!

Because you are considered more a member of the family here than a guest, I was able to get a real appreciation for the Indian way of life, witnessing close up its culture and taking part in the various celebrations that always seem to be going on – the excitement that all the children had on Independence Day for example, as they paraded up and down the streets singing and chanting, was particularly memorable. It was also a fun and interesting experience to accompany the family on a trip to a nearby temple where I gained a close-up experience of the Hindu faith in practice.

There was plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area, and I embarked on plenty of walks within the foothills and took a number of jeep-shares to the nearby town of Bageshwar. With every trip I seemed to meet new and interesting people who approached me out of curiosity or a simple desire to practice their English. I also made a 3 day trip to Nanital, about 8 hours away. The town, centered around a lake, reminded me much of the Lake District landscape back at home, and it was definitely worth the trip.

My four weeks here seems to have flown by, and I guess that’s further evidence that I have enjoyed my time here. I think all that remains to be said is thank you once again to Mr. Verma and his family for being so welcoming. I definitely intend on keeping in contact and supporting the projects here in any way I can. I hope my links with Durham university students could prove useful.

All the best,

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Jeevan Verma with ROSE kids 07-12-2013

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I travelled to India on a whim, without much information or knowledge of the
culture or even my own itinerary. It was a loose plan and one that I was ready to take
on with my Aunt, Susan as my traveling partner. She told me that we would be
staying in small, rural town in Uttarakand, doing some sort of service while living with a host family. Aside from looking around on the ROSE Kanda website, that was all the information that I had received before travelling, but my experience and time being here has been worth so much more. I couldn’t ask for a better family to be staying with. I was immediately immersed within the culture and experienced everyday life in India first hand. The Verma family, though only few of them spoke English were incredibly helpful and supportive of me during my stay here. For the last 3 weeks of my stay in India I was “on my own” without Susan and I was very nervous about being here without someone who I felt comfortable with. Now, the majority of the time I am hardly thinking about how much I miss home and my family because I am living in a home away from home with who I can now call my second family.
The service aspect was the main purpose of my trip, as I am to complete a Senior project revolving around service learning as part of a school requirement. My passion for service learning and travel is something that has developed ove the years so I felt that having my project revolve around the two would be both enjoyable and fulfilling and thus far it most definitely has. Before travelling I raised $300 to donate to ROSE and during my time here that donation has built and plastered a wall and put up new windows in the school room, but there is still more to be done. The school is one room made of concrete, with little decoration or color, but it is made up for by those sweet, sweet smiling faces greeting me with a “good morning, miss” each day. I have so much fun with all of theses kidos. They range in age and are all at different levels in school which makes it a challenge for one teacher to handle so I was at the school every day, Monday to Saturday, assisting as best I could. In doing so I also picked up on some Hindi words and phrases and can recite the entire Hindi alphabet. There are definitely different teaching tactics that I was not accustom to, some of which I picked up on and some I chose to let the main teacher handle, but very interesting to observe how other schools around the world operate.
I am amazed every time I wake up and see the gorgeous mountains, flowers and blue sky outside my window. It is a sight that none of my photos could quite capture and has to be seen first hand. I love to watch all of the vibrant reds and blues of the saris as the women wearing them are scattered about the bright green fields. There seem to be endless amounts of flowers, birds and other little critters that I am not too fond of, but my fear of spiders has definitely decreased. After school I will walk to the market, spend time with the Verma family or simply take a rest. It is a very relaxed environment and the Verma family is very accommodating with any needs that a may have, which as a 17-year-old travelling on my own for the first time I have had a few, and I am so grateful that I have had the support that I have! It is truly a lovely place, with lovely people and while there were a few spots of homesickness, they didn’t even compare to the amazing experience that I have had. I have grown so much since I first arrived. My patience has been tested time and time again and I can appreciate everything that I have so much more than I did before. I hope to return someday in the future and see all of the progress that the organization has made with all of the help of it’s volunteers. I will miss this place dearly, especially those sweet children and this amazing family, but while I am taking physical self home I am leaving a part of me with India.

Rhaine Clarke
rhaine.clarke@gmail.com
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Eneko Spain,Rhaine USA, Pradeep current teacher and Chanchal leaving teacher with the ROSE kids 02-08-2013

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