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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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 corporates   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,

Qr no C-27, IRMA, Anand- 388001


By Regina Bilro ~
It was the adventure spirit and the will to help others that took
Ana Cardetas, from Pena, to do volunteer help in India. About two months ago, the 27 years old young went with a friend to Kanda, a small village in the North of India, where she helped in a small community for almost 2 weeks. Although short, the experience opened her eyes and really changed the way to face life. Amazed with the extreme poverty of that people, Ana decided to continue to help that village , promoting the NGO , which had collaborated with.

Rural India Experience

ROSE Home Stay Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

A Global tourist’s destination —

Travel to Rural India and stay with a home stay host.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The home stay is part of the ROSE (Rural Organization for Social elevation) Kanda.

It is regulated under the newly launched scheme the Uttarakhand Home Stay Scheme (2015) by the (Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board) in the village of Sunargaon of Kanda, District- Bageshwar, and Uttarakhand, India.

We can host tourists all year round who want to experience a real life experience in Rural India in an area of    outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of the Himalayas (elevation 1700 meters approx ).

There are good communication links with the rest of India by way of the railway station at Haldwani (Karthodam) and regular AC modern buses from Delhi. Visas cost have been reduced with the introduction of an E.visa (30 DAYS)

To access the hills and the HOME STAY you can either avail yourself to the HOSTS own transport or travel by using the unique shared taxis and of course the local buses.

Whilst staying at the HOME STAY you can be involved in the day to day life of the HOSTS family learning about the local Kumauni culture. As the home stay is based in a predominantly farming community depending on the season the activities can range from planting / harvesting rice and wheat, grass collection for the micro dairy and any other day to day work that a farm does.

The HOST provides meals that are produced with the produce from the farm or others within the area and is mainly vegetarian by nature.

During your stay here there are other opportunities to increase your knowledge about rural Education by teaching English or learning yourself some Hindi in the local school Rose kanda public school.

You can absorb the local culture by visiting various sites of local interest in the local village KANDA and the local town Bageshwar.

The HOST MR  JEEVAN VERMA  can inform you where to see  the Culture,  Heritage ,History, Environment ,Ecology, Geography, Anthropology, , Biodiversity, of this Unique area .There are also many opportunities  to see  Minerals extraction (soapstone ) ,Organic farming ,Construction / Carpentry , Jewelry goldsmith craft, Woolen craft, Bamboo craft, Blacksmith craft, Copper craft. Tea plantation

There great opportunities for Film Shooting, Photography, bird watching, walk /trekking in the surrounding area .

The HOMESTAY can be used as a base to jump off to higher elevations in the Himalayas e.g. the PINDARI Glacier

Home Stay tourism creates employment for local service providers such as transporters, Home stay family, local shops, restaurants, Agricultural producers, vegetable growers, poultry units, Micro dairy units, craft workers and others.
Mr. Jeevan Verma

By staying in the home stay you can make a big difference to people living in hill area

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Mobile- + 91 9412167186 or +91 8954868561
Email- jeevan_rosekanda@yahoo.com

Rose Kanda is located in the Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand, about 1500-1900m above sea level. 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. Pic Src:Jeevan Verma

The story of R.O.S.E. Kanda begins in June 1988 when a small village man met a foreigner while attending a workshop. The foreigner was a member of some Volunteer sending organization who wanted a host family in a remote area to help the visiting volunteers in the country engage in rural development, disaster management, environment protection and other activities. Driven by the force of social work, this small village man, Jeevan Lal Verma accepted the offer of being host to volunteers.

In August, 1988, a group of 8 volunteers visited his home in Sunargaon, a village in Kanda, Bageshwar; and stayed for 15 days with his family. They participated in day-to-day activities of villagers, cultural exchange and social and rural development work camps. The visit was successful, and more volunteers came to his place. The volunteers were impressed by the scenic beauty, cuisine and culture of Kumaon. Some visitors shared their experience in International magazines and brought the ROSE Kanda in limelight of people. There is also a documentary made by a Canadian television on remote place like Kanda and the role of grass root works of ROSE in such area.

R.O.S.E. (Rural Opportunity for Social Elevation) is a small help group in Kanda established in collaboration with Jeevan Paying Guest Unit (JPGU), Sunargaon. Kanda is a hilly province comprising of 30 villages having population of over 20,000 people. More than 50% population in Kanda is living below poverty line. As most of people of Uttarakhand, in Kanda also the locals are dependent on agriculture, animals and nature for their sustenance.
ROSE Kanda is working on grass root level to provide opportunities to locals to actively participate in developing better life for themselves.

Activities by ROSE Kanda

It works in the field of education, health, employment, cultural integrity and ecological balance. It also promotes organic farming, art and culture of locals. It provides opportunity to volunteer in ongoing projects such as teaching. ROSE Kanda has set a local school for poorest families who cannot afford schooling. ROSE Kanda running on the donations it received by institutions, visitors or universities. Still one can donate them for their remarkable activities in Kanda. If not money, then one can donate clothes, pencils, vegetables or flower seeds, agricultural tools, medicines and many other things, and help them by volunteering also.

In JPGU, one can expect traditional settings in single or sharing rooms on the basis of need and availability, and clean toilets. One can enjoy the home-cooked traditional vegetarian Kumaoni food made from locally grown ingredients. Non-vegetarian food is served on demand. Also, ATM is located in Bageshwar which is one hour distance from Kanda. They also provide escort services from Bageshwar- Kanda, Delhi- Kanda, and Haldwani- Kanda with charges.

Some previous work of ROSE Kanda includes construction of Cattle house, Fair price shop, toilets, paths and infrastructure, irrigation canal, and income generation program for poor. It is also working on electricity program because there is unavailability of electricity after sunset. After spending the whole day in field, there is little to do for villagers after sunset, especially for children who cannot study in darkness.

Achievements of Jeevan Lal Verma

The achievements of Jeevan Lal Verma make the state government proud and honored him with Awarded First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2005 for Best Volunteering programme, sponsored by The Imaginative Traveler, from The World Travel Market (WTM), London. He was also selected for The Pride of Uttaranchal, by Utsah, New Delhi in 2001 and Best Citizens of India 2006, by The India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. He was also honored by the state Tourism Minister Shri Prakash Pant on World Tourism Day at H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar for efforts in promoting Rural Eco / Voluntary Tourism.
The initiative by Jeevan Lal Verma emerged as an ideal example of eco-tourism and social work. It also gives confidence to locals about their cultural integrity and art which is fading away in modern times. Such grass root level works can help the people to move towards development at the same time flourishing their local art and culture also.

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Get in touch with Rose Kanda

Official Website of ROSE Kanda: http://www.rosekanda.info
Official Facebook Page of ROSE Kanda:https://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering
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RaisaSpiller – Germany—

I’ve styed 10 weeks in Kanda with the Verma family & it’s just not possible to discribe all my experience and feelings.I try to explain 3 important

parts of my time here- The remembering the life style ,the School and the family .

Before i came to india also learn the fect that i can’t expect the some comfort like in Germany ,but if you explore this in reality then it’s a really big experience .

The first week wasn’t used to take a shower with out fluent hot water, but with a bucket outside the house .Ieven don’t explane a lot to get a good result .It was great to see the development of all children .

At first i can’t communicate much with them,but later start to express their needs and feelings in English like “May i go to toilet ?” or singing song like “Monkey dance” or the “Rainbow song”.

The children are so smart, i wish them all the best and hope they will continue their education also after the primary school. I am so thankful  to Mr. Verma that he runs this school and give also those poor children a chance for a better life.That’s what call a good human.please give up your project.

Now where I become so sad the family .They really treat me like a family member.Every time  Candra or Gungan was so happy no matter what –

washing cloths clean the kitchen , wash  the cow, give the cow grass,make chapati ,straight Gunja  hair or make chai for the family .I just love all family and will miss them so much .Chandra is like a bid sister and Gunja like a realy small sister.

All the evening I mostly fight with the tow boys -Gautam and Subham both like my own brothers,or played cards with Sajju the youngest son .Gautam always makes me laugh and Sibham is one of the cutest boy ever met .

One important fact i’ve learntis that the men can be really happy to have such hard working wifes.

Thanks for all !!!

If you have the chance to live with the verma family .Please do it ! Otherwise you will miss one of the best experience in your life!!!


We run projects all year round, for people who want to experience life in rural India and the foothills of the Himalayas. These activities involve teaching at ROSE Public School,Organic farming and construction, Film Shooting, Photography, Videography , Nature walk, Biodiversity watching, Ecotourism , Educational tourism, Home stay . Hobby farms ,Tourists/Volunteers are able to live with the family and learn about our culture with enjoying the nature.
Mr. Jeevan Verma

https://vimeo.com/16297812 ,            http://youtu.be/8heynT5AW1k
Mobile- + 91 9412167186 or +91 8954868561
Email- jeevanverma@rosekanda.org  ,    jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com

Your small change can make a big difference to people living in hill area        Raisa from Germany Jeevan Paying Guest House  23-08-2015 311 Jeevan Paying Guest House  23-08-2015 351 B-Sunargaon nature beauty 16-08-2015 024--1-- Sunargaon nature beauty 16-08-2015 027 B-Sunargaon nature beauty 16-08-2015 004

Welcome:  Very welcoming. Beds were set up for all of us and food was ready when we arrived.

Homestay: Clean, comfortable, and safe

Family and Food: The food was always delicious and we always had enough

Nature: beautiful scenery

Project: The project was a good learning experience for our participants. I wish we could have helped more with the work, but I understand that it is difficult because we do not have the skills and we do not want to take jobs away from local people.

Culture:Mithelda, Chirag & Tamanna 005 Mithelda, Chirag & Tamanna 007 Mithelda, Chirag & Tamanna 014 IMG_4487

Community: The people here were all very friendly to us, and we are happy to help this community.

Byron Walker


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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