Yoga in India and volunteering vacation

“A week in India that combined my skills and my passion: volunteering in community development, which is my job and lifelong commitment, and yoga, which is my love. ”

Highlights

Week of volunteering and yoga in Kerala, India | Daily hatha yoga with local yogi | Beginners to yoga welcome | use of rooftop for personal meditation and yoga | Volunteering in Kerala school | Responsible volunteering guidelines | DBS checks compulsory

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2021: 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 24 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 4 Sep, 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 25 Sep, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, 11 Dec, 18 Dec, 25 Dec
2022: 1 Jan, 8 Jan, 15 Jan
Top tip:
Book early for this one. It is a very popular trip and books up quickly.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome.
Accomm:
Standard, shared accommodation. Clean and comfortable. Upgrades possible.
Meals:
Breakfast and lunches provided, with local Kerala cuisine.
Included:
Cochin Airport or railway transfers, daily yoga lessons, accommodation, use of rooftop for personal meditation and yoga, breakfast and lunch, walking tour Fort Kochi, project training with local program manager, 24/7 support | transport to volunteering project by auto rickshaw.
About this vacation company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects not just in Kerala, but also in Kolkata in everything from teaching to women’s empowerment, human rights and legal training to medical placements.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Our volunteer placements in India are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Meaningful Volunteering:
Our Volunteer programs are lasting and meaningful and have a long term impact on the communities we work with. These children have little access to quality education.This is where the volunteers come in. In order to attend formal school in India students must be at a certain academic level and you will be helping the children we work with to reach this standard. For the children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future particularly in Tourism.

Child Protection:
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.

Environment:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All our programs are designed in collaboration with the community and based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a support while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Volunteer and Service Placements:
Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to our local partners such as NGOs, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We make sure that whoever we are tied up with are operating with our values in mind and are for the improvement of life on ground. Yoga classes with a local local teacher generates revenue for the teachers also.


Cultural sensitivity:
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in India Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

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Reviewed on 02 Mar 2020 by

It was a perfect vacation - I would recommend it for any one at any age. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2017 by

So many aspects of the trip were memorable, even life changing -- it is hard to choose just one... Working closely with the women and children in the projects was an incredible opportunity to connect with and learn about realities outside our own world. Truly life-changing. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2016 by

This was a volunteering vacation so that whole premise was fantastic. I'd never done that before and it felt fabulous to be really doing something even though on vacations. Read full review

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