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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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Hari & I are spending 2 weeks in India, thus far the first week has been the most exciting and rewarding week, we have spent 5 days with the Verma family.

The weather here has been a little cold, but what do you expect when you come in winter time, the weather may have been cold and wet but the welcome was very warm.

We arrived after nearly 20 hours travel by bus and car from New Delhi, the bus journey was very memorable, as it was very basic, cold and crowded.
Mr Verma met us in Hardwani, and never have we been so happy to see a stranger.
We had a long taxi drive to Kanda, but this was very comfortable, in spite of the rough roads.
As we traveled for 7 further hours to Kanda we stopped and ate, at many of the shops along the way, the food was amazing.

When we reached the village and The Rose cottage, we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of accommodation; the room although basic in UK standards, had electricity a bed and very nicely decorated walls.
The Verma family made us so welcome, making us the best cups of tea I have tasted.
Then there was the food this was really really good, all home cooked and very very welcome after a long journey.
The Verma family have been so good to us, and we have gained so much from working on the community centre, making bricks, and visiting the village and playing with the children and giving gifts.
The new year was spent with the Verma family and this was magnificent, we had a special meal made for us, and shared some nice rum.

Overall the experience has been amazing and we look forward to coming to Kanda again in the future.

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The beautiful hill station, and home of peace (Shantinikitan) Kanda is situated at 1500-1900m above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and terraced fields it captivates the sense and imaginations of the locals and visitors alike. Both the local people and the visitors appreciate the beauty here and benefit from the pure air and healthy environment that the mountain scenery presents. According to legends, and the older inhabitants, there once lived a local caste of Kanyal. Kanda is named after this caste. The hills of Kanda are very attractive to foreign visitors, and is often likened to the Swiss Alps.
From 1988 tourists of different nationalities have come to stay at the center for paying guests and ecotourism as volunteers. During their stay at Sonargaon , which can last from a few days to several months, visitors watch, join and enjoy community life. They also gain a good understanding and knowledge of Kumoani culture and way of life, and of the deep spiritual and religious beliefs, and so have a unique and enjoyable experience.
Visitors can learn about local food preparation techniques, which is done using specific spices and locally grown organic vegetables. Experiencing this local cuisine can be one of the highlights of life at Kanda!
In their leisure time, visitors enjoy the stunning natural environment. The sweet fragrance of local flowers, the deep chattering of beautiful birds and the colourful butterflies make life here deeply calming. This experience can give a new personal strength to visitors, and the peace and calm can provide an opportunity for the stresses and pressures of life to crumble away and give peace of mind with the deep effect of this intellectual meditation. Many visitors take advantage of this calm atmosphere by practicing yoga.
Visitors can explore on foot the area surrounding Sonargaon village and see the members of the local community carryout their daily tasks, and so gain an insight into this way of life.
Another wonderful experience to be gained by a visit to ROSE is learning about the religious aspects of community life. There are different religious events, some held in the temples and others in people’s homes. Events of religious significance include celebrating various Hindu deities such as the celebration of Ramayana, Bhagwatgita, and Shivachana (worship of lord Shiva), the religious speeches of the priest and the nine days of Nawabriti (where there is worship everyday). These rituals give meaning to peoples lives and also serve as entertainment. During their stay, visitors may observe various religious customs and traditions, such as marriage ceremonies, the naming ceremony of a baby, and Rakhi, the ceremony of sacred thread. Rakhi is an important ceremony where siblings tie thread around each other’s wrists, and by doing so, sisters are assured of their brother’s support and protection. There are many small and extraordinary religious events, including Jagar, the Kumoani folk songs, and the classical dance Chaachari, to name but a few. The women wear many different types of Jewelry, made from Gold and Silver, such as nose and ear studs/rings, necklaces, toes rings, anklets, and many colourful bangles on their wrists.
Kumoani people inherit a long tradition of culture and local environmental knowledge. They have a great understanding of the area, and are able to put the land to good use growing various different crops at different times of the year. They are also very skilled at animal husbandry, and many families own cows, buffalo, poultry and goats, as well as dogs and cats as pets. Creative knowledge regarding local arts and crafts is taught to the younger generations, and many are skilled in artistic pursuits such as dried flower decoration and painting special designs and patterns on the houses, which is called Alpana and Rangoli. Visitors are able to observe and participate in many of these activities and through this gain a deep understanding of the local heritage. If so inclined, visitors can use their time here to conduct detailed studies of local culture, mythology, architecture and artwork, and so students of many disciplines make good use of the opportunities for study here at Kanda.
Participation in the organic farming is enjoyed by many visitors at ROSE. Some people come here as part of the international Willing Work on Organic Farms scheme. Students of geography, biology, or those who are simply interested, can learn a great deal about local biodiversity and organic farming. ROSE operates many schemes to provide eco-friendly and sustainable energy, such as biogas for cooking that comes from cattle manure. Anyone with an interest in ecological issues, or anyone who has any ideas and proposals about sustainable development, will find plenty of scope to explore these ideas further here in Kanda.
While visitors stay here at ROSE, they can use their own personal skills to contribute to the community, and take on the role of eco/bio tourist. Ecotourists staying here are able to learn about the area while contributing to the host community, for example by teaching English, helping with construction projects, or with environmental projects such as reforestation. Through these activities ecotourists can satisfy their aims of sharing their skills with the community and positively contributing to the lives of the rural poor, whose environment and culture the tourists come to experience. Visitors can also spend some time learning Hindi and the local language Kumoani, can learn how to cook Kumoani food and mix the unique and medicinal herbs and spices, and learn about traditional farming and building technologies.

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Kanda is remote, in the district of Bageshwar, in the Kumaoni hill range of Uttaranchal, a hilly province of northern India. It is a dispersed settlement cluster of about 30 villages, home to over 20,000 people and is some 86 kilometers from well-known Almora. Bowl-shaped Kanda valley settlements have an approximate elevation of 1400 meters to 1800 meters. The people of the area are mainly involved in agricultural farming, forestry, horticulture, tea gardening, handicraft, jewelry, and lately, mining. Soldiering is also in the Kanda blood. Many of its villagers are in the armed forces or live as retirees in Kanda, surviving on the money-order economy.
Amidst the terraced lands, the Kumaoni people are nestled at the foot of the astounding Himalayan range, the snow capped peaks of which stand out from behind the rich forested slopes on any sunny day. The small villages of Kanda have pure air and a healthy environment offered by the mountain scenery. The landscape is visually appealing as its terraced farming and numerous wild flowers present pleasing shades of color to the eyes. The hills around Kanda offer an unrivaled tranquility.
The Kanda area is distinct for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, as well as its pristine scenic beauty. It is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The whole Kumaoni area is full of medicinal plants, spices and herbs, many of which grow naturally around agricultural fields and are cultivated by the local farmers.
The people of Kanda are poor. Over 50% of villagers live below the poverty line, lacking even the basics of life such as health and sanitation facilities and adequate shelter. Land holdings are small, as they have been divided among sons for several generations. Cow, buffalo, goat, and ox rearing is very popular for meat, milk, compost, and the plowing of fields. People are religious in nature and women do a lot of work in the home as well as in the fields. Dependence on natural resources is high and thus resource management is necessary for a balanced and sustainable way of life. Making local people economically strong is one of the ways of reducing their unrestricted dependence on the natural resources, and thus conserving the riches with which nature has endowed them.

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My name is martin and I am writing this blog at long last.
This is my second time at the R.O.S.E. KANDA.
I came here in 2009 and spent three weeks.
To me it was like stepping back in time to rural Ireland of 40 years ago.
I grew up on a farm of about the same size doing many of the things that the people of the hills take part in to day.
Planting, working with cows and doing other things that to make a living.
It made me realize how hard my parents had to work to make a living whist I was enjoying my childhood
So this year I was determined to return with some help and ideas to improve the working lives of the local community.
To this end I brought an incubator, so that chicks can be hatched and the resulting chicks can b given out to the local women so that they can have a source of protein and possibly sell the eggs to have extra income.
In the two years I have come I have met great people both in the local community and in the volunteer.
The host family has become great personal friends to me.
I have been invited to many local cultural events weddings, temple , birthday parties.

In all I would say that it has been the best experience of life.
It also inspires me to see the youth of the UK and the rest of the world reaching out and helping and if that is the standard we can all have hope in the world for a better future for us all.

Martin volunteer 2009 /2010
20th April 2010

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I stayed at Rose Kanda for Three weeks in total. During my time here I taught at both the English speaking public school and the Hindi School. The challenges I faced at each school were very different. At the public school the pupils knew an awful lot of English; they were extremely enthusiastic and keen to learn, however in their enthusiasm could be noisy and disruptive, so it was necessary to be strict and firm. I taught the oldest class at this school and I loved it! The class were brilliant, they are just so intelligent and eager. I think they had been underestimated in the past and I taught them sentence structure, semi-colons and colons and literary techniques such as similes, metaphors and alliteration, all in the space of a few weeks. If teaching advanced material is daunting and not an appealing task to you, there are younger classes with more basic punctuation etc. to teach. Some volunteers also taught Maths. The children are really interested in you personally, and love to learn about life in England.

At the Hindi school the children do not know much English, they are very poor and probably need the volunteer help more; not many of the volunteers have gone to this school. The teachers themselves speak very little English and have taught the children some bad habits. The children are shy, and teaching here is basic and involves constant drilling of simple information, lots of enthusiasm and patience to illicit from some unwilling participants.

My stay at the house has been really comfortable. The food is delicious, the beds are hard but manageable, there isn’t a problem with mosquitoes and I’ve really enjoyed my cold bucket showers! It’s the most beautiful countryside you can possibly imagine, and the local people are so accommodating and friendly. It’s not recommended to walk around in the evenings, and we eat late and then go to our rooms, but in the day Kanda is the safest place imaginable. Although dodgy and unreliable, there is internet access in the village just a 15 to 20 minute walk from the house.

The family are so friendly and welcoming, and always try their best to make sure you settle in, and there is bound to be a great group of volunteers already here to keep you company.

I came here to gain confidence, and although the journey here was very hard, and Delhi was an unpleasant city to many of us, (definitely recommend booking the train to Haldwani in advance on cleartrip.com, and then getting Mr.Verma’s pickup service here) it’s all been part of the experience. It was my first journey away from home on my own, and although daunting, it’s been really satisfying and I have achieved everything I set out to do.

I have really enjoyed my stay and recommend it to anybody wanting to get away to a peaceful environment (the afternoons can be spent reading and relaxing, or helping more with the family) and help a community.

Nicola Hargreaves

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I stayed at rose in Kanda for two weeks looking to volunteer and help the community. ‘Rose’ The accommodation in this small village is a lovely place to stay and has been very relaxing. I found I could go at my own pace.

During my stay most of my time was spent teaching English at the schools. I made good friends with the other volunteers staying here which was great as we would occasionally work together at both the Hindi and English school. This was very worthwhile, I found this helped the community in a way which was needed. The English school are fairly advanced at English so this was a challenge great for me but the Hindi school was the one which really needed our help.

Other activities I got involved with included painting a new sign for the house, helping with harvesting, cooking and also helping to insulate a chicken egg incubator. This was to give the women around the area a source of income for themselves.

All in all this has been a great two weeks. The family and all the locals have been very friendly. I really gained some great knowledge and insight into the amazing Indian culture. Most importantly I am pleased to have helped especially at the Hindi school and hope they continue to gain support and education from other volunteers.

I also was able to start and finish the residential project of my Duke of Edinburgh award while I was here.
Katrina Rowland
April 18, 2010

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Martin UK my best friend he visitd last year and stay with me as a brother ,this year he came again on 31st March to join his Indian family,He enjoying here very well.

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The Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality studies NHB Garhwal University (A Central Univerisity) Srinagar garhwal invited to mr jeevan Verma owner Jeevan Paying Guest Unit & Director ROSE as a resources person for National workshop on Ecotourism planning & Promotion in Uttarakhand on 22 March 2010 , Mr Verma addressed to MBA students and Trourism service providers.

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