Empower Himalayan women

Volunteer for our women empowerment project to educate and empower


Program Location

2 Weeks

Program Duration

300 $

Starting Rupee Cost

Women Empowerment in Dharmshala


Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 24 weeks.

Project dates: Year round. Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.

Arrival airport: Delhi Airport (IGI Airport)..

Accommodation: Local coordinator’s host family.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Airlines: Jet airways, Spice jet, Etihad, Indigo, Go Air, Air India etc. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.

Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Project Background

Our projects in Himalayas for empowering the women are located in the Lower Dharamsala in the district. We are working hard to increase the rate of education in women in Himalaya region. The current situation is that being a mountain region Himachal is lacking in the education especially in girl education. The most of the girls and women do not go to school because they have to go for helping their families in daily earning and farming related works. 

We are trying to raise the bar of education for girls and women in Dharamshala district by conducting several education sessions, bridge courses and informal classes to empower them with education and information about their rights. We are looking for hard working and dedicated volunteers to support our campaigns and classes for women empowerment in Himalayas. We hope to reach up-to every illiterate woman in the region with the support and assistance by our volunteers.

As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:

  • Counseling of the beneficiaries.
  • Assisting the instructor in special activities organized for women like sewing, stitching.
  • Teaching the women general math & English.
  • Teaching them about culinary hygiene & educating them about women rights.
  • Helping the local staff in documentation.
  • Helping the women in exploring the new ways of earning money & getting financially strong.
  • Teaching them about preparing Budget for Home.
  • Aware them about getting Loan for start their own small ventures.
  • Preparing SHG (Self Help Groups), with the help of local banking institutions.
  • Supporting them in promoting their hand-made items, products.
  • Other activities initiated by the Individual Volunteer.
  • Duties assigned by the project management.
  • Program starts and ends in Dharamshala district.
  • Airport meet and greet in Delhi.
  • Pick-up from Delhi airport and then transfer to Dharamshala by overnight bus.
  • Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.
  • Weekends are free for sightseeing, Manali sightseeing, Kasol camping, Khajjiar adventure tours, Mcleodganj sightseeing.
  • A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
  • Support: Local NV Director support 24/7 during placement.
  • Departure: From Delhi (IGI) airport.

You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free. Being in the one of the most beautiful locations in India, you will be having a lot of time to visit some nearby places in Dharamshala. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts.

Lower Dharamshala comprises a largely Indian community, while a Tibetan enclave lives uphill in the suburb of McLeod Ganj. Near the Dalai Lama’s main temple, Tsuglagkhang, is a Buddhist monastery known as Namgyal Gompa. The Tibet Museum provides a historical overview of Tibet’s occupation. Cultural establishments include the Norbulingka Institute, a haven for traditional Tibetan arts and crafts, and the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts, which preserves Tibetan opera, music and dance. The city also offers trekking trails leading across the mountains to Triund, the upper Ravi Valley and beyond. Have alook at the pictures below;

Namaste Volunteer consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows: 

Full Board Services Weekly Fee

If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.

Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.

Note: After 12 weeks , every week charge will be USD 150

$ 99

As your application is approved, you will be required to pay the deposit (Application Fee) US $99 in order to secure your place on orphanage work program.
No extra charges or hidden fees.
  • Pick-up from Delhi Airport.
  • Transfer to Dharamshala by bus the same day or the next day.
  • Traditional Indian welcome.
  • A detailed orientation about India, NV projects, facts about India, and cultural responsibility.
  • Accommodation in NV host family. 
  • All meals (authentic Indian meals) breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Project visit with NV coordinator.
  • Resource materials for project use.
  • Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.
  • Cultural classes such as Hindi class, Himachali dress workshop, Yoga class, cooking class
  • Airport drop at Delhi airport.
  • Emergency support.
  • 24 X 7 assistance.

The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;

  • Air fare.
  • Visa.
  • Insurance.
  • Vaccinations.
  • Local transportation.
  • Donation to the project. (Optional donations can be as minimum US$ 10 to US$ 50)
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel expenditure to other locations.
  • All other expenses that are not mentioned in “Services included” list above.

Namaste Volunteer provides a clean, hygienic and safe place to stay for our volunteers in project destinations. In Dharamshala we have a dedicated host family of the coordinator nearby the projects, having a capacity of 6 volunteers at a time. For more volunteers or a group we take other host families or nearby clean guest houses. This house belongs to NV Dharamshala volunteer coordinator. The house has three separate bedrooms, two of which are fully dedicated to our volunteers. These two bedrooms have beds and can occupy six to eight volunteers together. The following facilities are available in the house:

  • 03 bedrooms
  • 01 living room (Common room)
  • Kitchen- Equipped with electronic appliances
  • 02 washrooms
  • Electronic appliances

  • Television with cable network
  • Refrigerator
  • Washing Machine
  • Fans in all rooms
  • Lights and ventilation in all rooms 
  • Common roof-top 
  • A small outdoor area for outdoor games
  • Indoor games (cards, carom, board games, etc.)
  • Easy access to market, vegetable stores and city


Important notes about project;

  1. No special background required.
  2. Open for all age groups.