Teaching, reforestation, school libraries, Mammallapuram, Hampi, Mysore
We have been planting trees to generate bio-diesel that is a hundred percent carbon neutral.
|What we do:||The Peace Child India co-operative programme is designed to provide a livelihood for rural women. The Government has decided to use bio diesel to run the city bus services, and this oil can be sourced from the seed of a native tree called Pongamia Pinnata. By planting several of these trees, Peace Child India provides a sustainable income to the women of the co-operative, and also aim to reduce emission and afforest wasteland surrounding the villages.
Peace Child India has chosen fifty government rural schools to turn into ‘model schools’ Peace Child India teams have for the last two years, built toilets, libraries and provided sports equipment in more than 10 schools The objective is to show the Government that with very little money and a lot of voluntary spirit, the goal of educating children in India can be achieved.
Peace Child India has been working with underprivileged children using puppetry, theatre, music and art in workshops that encourage children to show their true potential. After four years of this work, Peace Child India has noticed students who have gone through the workshops, going on to achieve unimaginable goals.
|Your voluntary work:||THREE DAYS:
You will interact with the local village women and learn about their lives, culture and challenges facing them.
You will have an opportunity to prepare the soil of a wasteland, learn about rainwater harvesting, plant at least ten trees each and make friends for life with the people of the village.
Your objective would be to turn a dilapidated room in an impoverished school into a bright and cheerful ‘reading room’. This will be a place that will make children happy to be in and read the books stacked there.
The ideas and inspiration for the room will be sourced through interaction with the students. They will also join in the work. Our staff will provide all materials and guidance.
Together with theatre, music, puppetry and art experts, you will put together a performance with underprivileged children.
The performance will be shown to a gathering of the whole community, and the message would be about the need for basic primary education for all.
In between the work days, you will have a chance to view a Bollywood film in a theatre, learn Indian cooking and how to wear a Sari (female) or Kurta (male)
|The tour:||TWO DAYS
The ancient and world heritage ruins of the Vijayanagar Hindu empire will thoroughly astound you. You will walk through bazaars and homes quite perfectly preserved to get a true picture how the ancients lived. You will swim in the river Tungabhadra and wash a sacred elephant on its shores. Hampi is a truly magnificent all round experience.
For three days you will be in the gorgeous, historical jewel of Mahabalipuram. Filled with stone and rock carvings of every description, the entire town is a feast for the eyes. You can try your hand and stone sculpture! You will reside in a very comfortable beach resort and have the entire beach almost to yourself. You will also visit the Crocodile Bank and the Dakshina Chitra, a living museum of South Indian heritage and culture.
Stay at the exquisite ‘experiment in human unity’ international township of Auroville near Pondicherry. A truly exciting place where research is carried out into sustainable development, conservation and living in one settlement with people from 140 nations. Discover the former French colony of Pondicherry, with its tasteful Mediterranean style architecture.
You will visit the historic city of Mysore, capital of the kingdom of Mysore, with its beautiful palaces, markets, museums and elephants. World famous silk, sandalwood and traditional handicraft can be admired and bought cheaply here.
While heading back from Mysore, you will stop over at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and see crocodiles and thousands of rare and exotic birds nesting by the river Cauvery. Lunch will be at the historic town of Srirangapatinam, under the shade of a cool tree, next to the rushing Cauvery river.
After all this travel and activity, you have a day in Bangalore to catch you breath, get a certificate from us and a special meal, do some final shopping, say goodbye to your new friends and the city and catch your flight back home.
|Your contribution:||£880 or approximately $1,321
Price is all inclusive (full board, lodging, travel, taxes, tickets etc)