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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


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


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
Toronto, Ontario
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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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visitors helping poor community

visitors helping poor community

Sara, Elena and Marcelo introducing  fruits to ROSE kids on  18-05-2013

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Sara, Elena and Marcelo distributing fruits to ROSE kids   18-May -2013

Hello and greetings from Kanda!  My name is Marcelo Argueta, I am currently a volunteer at R.O.S.E.with Sara Gold we are

from Canada and Lena from Germany, who is currently helping Jeevan Verma, the head of

the NGO, with some computer work as well as helping with the kids of the school he runs

and helping with the family with their seasonal agriculture.  It has been a really great

experience for me. In my first weeks of volunteering here, I have helped with their

cultivation of wheat, daal (lentils), coriander seed, garlic and other crops. Monsoon

season is near which means there is much work to be done. Morning are usually spent at

the primary school assisting in a school curriculum of Hindi, English and Math. The kids

are numerous and come from very poor families, therefore are usually very happy at

receiving the care and attention of volunteers. The kids are dismissed at 12:30 and

volunteers go back to the homestay for lunch. Afternoons are usually spent helping the

family with agriculture and getting to know the village.   There is a small fee for

staying with host family  which includes accommodation and food. This fee depends on howSara canadian visitor introducing  her gift bring from home for ROSE kids 18-05-2013

long we  plan on staying with ROSE .  This is an incredible experience,

Marcelo Argueta

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Fanny Ndoumbe Toube from France and Spain
Three weeks at R.O.S.E. from July 13th to August 2nd.
I tought 6 mornings a week to the public school to children from 2 to 6 years old. Some were really young so not able to write and read but still we started to learn the english alphabet and some words in english. Also started to create a song. Gunjan was there for traduction so we had a really good time with the kids, playing and learning the body parts.
I also had an experience in the rice fields and saw how the fields are prepared by the men with the oxes and then how the rice is planted. I did it myself and enjoyed it.
I helped digging for some sand and transporting it from a point to another. Also helped for the laundry and learned the way they do it here.
I had good times with the family even if we don’t speak the same language and the food was really good, especially on the july 16th festival.
I also found good books in the family library.

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On 14th April 2012 Abdial public School Annual Day celebrated, students sow their telent ,Lukan visitor from Germany also participated with Mr Jeevan verma on the Day.

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I have spend two weeks in ROSE Kanda.I stayed with homestay family, which made my

experience even better as I could see how they live their lifes every day.They took care

of me as their own member of family.
I gained experience of bricks making.They don’t use any machine to do that all is made by

hand. It is hard work but it was very riwarding and I learned new skill.
Mr. Verma and his son took me to see carpet making.It was very fascinating to see how the

carpets are made, I was very surprised how long take to make one carpet.
At the time I was there, they had Holi celebrations, It was very interesting to see

ceremony and how familys and friend gets together and celebrate this amazing festival.
I got to see how local people in rural areas lives,how hard their lifes are and

understand more their culture.
This life changing experience which I’ll never forget made me appriciate my life even

more and I hope I’ll get chance to come back again one day.

from Slovakia

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I came to Mr Verma’s Project having no conception of what to expect but was very excited at the prospect of volunteering to contribute in whatever way I could. I have to confess that I was a little apprehensive about getting to Kanda, as I was travelling alone, however those concerns were soon relieved by Mr Verma who promptly responded to my phone calls and emails…. I was collected by his son Jitendra from Haldwani. The journey from Haldwani to Kanda is long but beautiful and Mr Verma son made sure I was comfortable. I arrived at Mr Verma home greeted by other volunteers and the family. I had a chat with Mr Verma about the project and help he would like and what I could do. He is a lovely man and keen to promote the project.
The day to day living for Mr Verma’s family is tough. Early start and late finish. Working in the fields, home and with animals. It is an extremely relaxed lifestyle here. You can do as much as you like or as little and soon the stresses of our so called developed world start to melt away. The children, Gautum and Shivam, Mr. verma grandchildren are gorgeous as is the rest of the family. After a happy two weeks stay here, I feel part of Mr Verma’s family. I have enjoyed the celebrations, of shiva day and rakhee day. In fact Mr Verma is now a brother having tied a rakhee on his wrist and was gifted as is their tradition which I felt a little uncomfortable about accepting. It just shows the generosity of Mr Verma and his family.
You eat the same as the the family which is grown and produced by them for their family and those like me visiting. I have been stuffed with plenty to eat during all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have never eaten so much!!! The food is traditional Kumoni food which is a nice experience and tasty. At times a little spicy but then it is all part of the experience!!
During my stay I went to the local school to teach, helped paint a nursery school recently opened and generally with cooking and carrying iron rods for the current construction project. I have never dones such things before so was great. The children at school are cheeky and keen to learn.
The beauty of this place is undescribable. There are number of layers which makes ROSE beautiful. Its physical beauty. It is amazingly green, with flowers, butterflies and birds. When did I last hear so many birds I cannot remember. It is beautiful because of its simple and humble lifestyle. It is beautiful because everyone is so friendly, kind and grateful for you being in their community and your help. I have truely been touched and humbled by the beauty of Kanda and its people.See More
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Thank you very much for your hospitality . The famely were very friendly made be feel welcome into the home and the community.I have enjoyed helping at the school and on the construction and i look forward to hearing about it’s progress.
i wish ROSE all the best in the future and hope to return at some point.
Best wishes .
Guy Roger UK

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I have had such an incredeble time in Kanda , Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity . Your family are so amazing !
I will definately visit you again + i promish to tell everyone i know about the voluntry opportunitys here.
Thank you again .
Camilla Eyley
Email- millie212@hotmail.co.uk

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