Open Volunteer Period at Dharmalaya Institute

Date/Time: Dec 1, 2013 - Mar 15, 2014, all day
Location: Dharmalaya Institute (Bir, HP, India)

Building Adobe Cottage Walls

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities
Topic: Green building, organic gardening, and tree planting
When: December 1, 2013 through March 15, 2014 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)
Languages: English & Hindi
Facilitators: Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Sharma, et al. (plus Mark Moore from 1-15 March)

Description: Informal volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. During this period, there is no educational or training program as such, but there is plenty of physical work to do — including green building, organic gardening, and tree planting — and Dharmalaya is a beautiful place to get your hands dirty and learn a bit about green living and Himalayan culture in the process.

Since there is no formal instruction during this period and there is no organized program, one simply jumps in and does whatever needs doing on a given day, learning by watching others and then doing it yourself. In such an unstructured or loosely guided situation, sometimes one needs to ask for help if one needs it, so a certain degree of self-motivation and initiative makes for the best experience. It also helps to bring a healthy sense of flexibility, since the work to be done might vary from one day to the next, depending on circumstances. If that appeals to you, you’re welcome to come and go anytime between December 1, 2013 and March 15, 2014. Please note that approximately December 15 until March 1 is winter, so bring warm clothes.

For more information see our volunteer page, read the FAQ, and complete the volunteer application if you’re interesting in joining us.