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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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https://youtu.be/ag0oSPUB0zA,

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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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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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Eneko Spain walking Sunargaon Village 04-08-2013Eneko Spain,Rhaine USA, Pradeep current teacher and Chanchal leaving teacher with the ROSE kids 02-08-2013Eneko Dorronsoro
Spain
Email-enekodo@gmail.com
My stay in Kanda is coming to the end. It has been a 12 day stay in
wich I really
have enjoyed the life of this small village of India. Walks in the
mountains, market shopping,
talks with local people, beautiful sun rise & sunsets,…

I love the rural lifestyle of the people of Kanda, based on Organic
agriculture and ranching. It was
a pleasure to live with the Verma family as home stay. I really have
enjoyed the meals,
traditions and above of all, the conversations where I have learned
their culture.

The children of the school are very cheerful and loving. I have had a
very good time teaching them,
singing and playing with them.

In conclusion, my stay in Kanda has been a really nice experience that
I hope to repeat in the future.
11-08-2013Eneko Spain walking Sunargaon Village 04-08-2013

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Fanny Ndoumbe Toube from France and Spain
fanny.nt@wanadoo.fr
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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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.

Anna
from Slovakia
anna.cifrova@gmail.com

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Dear Universities,

Greetings.  I am writing to introduce you to a noble effort in village ecotourism in rural India. It is called the Rural Opportunity for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.) and was founded in 1981 by local residents concerned about the plight of the poor in the Kanda area of Uttarakhand, India.  In 1988 it began accepting international volunteers, eco tourists and students.  Since then it has accepted over 300 people from all over the world to work and live immersed in village life and the local culture  for anywhere from 1 week to six months.  It is a unique approach to tourism that supports and uplifts the local community .R.O.S.E. is currently trying to reach out like-minded individuals and organizations in order to form a network to share information and bring awareness to its existence. To find out more about R.O.S.E., the work it does, and the opportunities it provides for tourists please visit http://www.rosekanda.info   http://bageshwar.nic.in/excursions.htm
Email-jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com

This activites has had a number of students over the years who have used this experience to study for their dissertations and even for their masters degrees .I was wondering if you could take the time to read about this project and check our awards in the hope that you might promote this to your student unions and even specific faculties that may find this a beneficial opportunity for learning. We have made some major improvements to the lives of people in this community but we can go further with the help of young fresh minds with experience in engineering, computing, ecology, agriculture and more. There are endless opportunities for students to get back down to grassroots and experience life with basic materials and make a direct impact with their knowledge through education.

Most studies by students in the past have been in reference to organic faming methods and the problem with soil erosion as nearly all the surrounding landscape has been developed into farming land for raising crops. Some have educated the locals on the benefits of biogas systems so that methane can be harvested from common waste. This allows the locals to use methane as a source of fuel rather than contributing to soil erosion by cutting down trees.

In order for us to continue going forward it is important for us to attract the correct minds, particularly innovators! Engineers may be able to teach local builders how to improve in their practices and also may have better ideas on alternative energy. We suffer from power cuts regularly and internet is limited to dial up, which is a new thing here also. Any way that we can take advantage of our environment without causing harm to the environment and the local community is a definite direction to go in. Unfortunately with limited knowledge of new technologies and poor access to the proper reading materials we cannot achieve this on our own!

Thank you for your kind attention and I hope you take the time to check out our website.  Please write if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions on other ways we could promote this opportunity.

Yours Sincerely,
Jeevan Lal Verma

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