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Ladakh Reading Program

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May 10-21*Cost: $700

teaching, Reading & kindness in the HImalayas

Volunteers Needed!

Amrita-Seattle’s Reading Program in Ladakhis aboutinspiring children to love and read books. Volunteers will be working to implement and run different activities/elements of our Reading Program within local school and public libraries. Through story-telling, puppetry, drawing, and role plays, volunteers will teach the students daily values, such as, self-confidence, respect, harmony, and kindness towards each other.

Volunteers will also start a Reading Club in the local school(s) and community to ignite the young minds to become voracious readers!

*Does not include post-volunteering trekking cost

Project Site:Lamdon School in Leh or Sakti Village & Children’s library in Leh

Dates:  May 10-21Donation / Program Cost: USD $700 per person

*Volunteering fee Includes:

Accommodation in homestay / Simple guest-house/ in Leh

All meals (B,L,D) for days of volunteering

Airport pick-up and drop; Transportation to the project site in Leh

Detail program orientation with our project leader(s)

Leh local sightseeing(s)

First aid kit box

Emergency co-operation service

Volunteering Fee Does Not Include:

International airfare, domestic airfare from delhi-Leh, visas, mandatory medical/travel insurance, tips to staff, alcoholic/ non-alcohol beverages, bottled water, hot water showers, phone calls, internet, airport drop/pick up service, any optional activities, such as, trekking, rafting, etc.

Tentative itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Leh early morning by flight from Delhi (1 hr). Take full day rest to acclimate. Introductions and general meeting in the evening

Day 2: After breakfast, we go for work-site exploration followed by a detailed orientation.

Days 3-10:  Below is a tentative schedule of your next several days will look like

Time Activities
6.00 am Wake up andMorningTea.
6:30 – 7:30 am Short morning walk
7:30- 8:30 am Breakfast; washing up
9 am – 12:30 pm Participateinconstructionwork, painting, teaching,other activities
12:30pm – 1.30pm lunchtime
1:30 pm – 3:30pm Continue with constructionwork, painting, teaching,other activities
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Village Visit,Washing Bathing,Resting period
8 pm Dinner (Ladakhitypical food, accommodationgroups)

 

Day 11: Final day of service. Project re-cap, group dinner.

Day 12: Depart Leh for Delhi in the morning.

Himalayan Summer Camp

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Summer Camp Mentok’17

trek & Teach in the HImalayas

Mid/end July – Early August (12 days)

Program cost: $850

Volunteers Needed!

Amrita-Seattle’s summer camp, Camp Mentok in Ladakh is back!  Join us on a 10-day expedition with local children as we trek through remote mountains beyond the Indus Valley and offer a unique space for children to celebrate, explore, and wonder aloud about what they observe in the news, in the school, at the neighborhood. Camp Mentok is a unique way to contribute a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for our children. And it’s fun! As a volunteer you will be the inspiring and re-instating the values of self-confidence, respect, harmony, and kindness towards each other. Daily campsite activities and discussions will be a combination of story-telling, puppetry, drawing & painting, craftwork, journaling, and role plays.

Dates:  2nd/3rd week of July (12 days)            

Donation / Program Cost: USD $850 per person

*Volunteering fee Includes:

Trekking in the Himalayas (7 days) w/ horses, guide(s), and full kitchen

All camping equipment (tents, and sleeping pads)

Accommodation in homestay / Simple guest-house/camping

All meals (B,L,D) for days of volunteering

Airport pick-up and drop; Transportation to the project site in Leh

Detail program orientation with our project leader(s)

Leh local sightseeing(s)

First aid kit box

Emergency co-operation service

Volunteering Fee Does Not Include:

International airfare, domestic airfare from delhi-Leh, visas, mandatory medical/travel insurance, sleeping bags, tips to staff, alcoholic/ non-alcohol beverages, bottled water, hot water showers, phone calls, internet, airport drop/pick up service, any optional activities, such as, trekking, rafting, etc.

Tentative itinerary

Day 1: Fly in to Leh. Full day rest to acclimate

Day 2: Orientation with the group. Leh visit

Day 3: Summer Camp Starts. Big introduction with the group followed by orientation. Drive to Lamayuru and camp overnight.

Daily camp routine will be to set-up campsite, participate in assigned camp duties, and engage in all group activities based on the Summer Camp’s curriculum.

Camp Schedule:

6 am: Wake-up call; Freshen-up

6:30 -7 am:  Camp duties (take-down tents; help in the kitchen, washing, etc)

7-7:30 am: Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 : Pack-up campsite

8:30 – afternoon: Trek w/ lunch break at 12:00

 

Evening:

4-6 pm: Camp duties (set-up camp, help in the kitchen, washing, etc)

6- 8 pm: Group activities and projects

8– 8:45 pm: Dinner and washing

9 pm: Bedtime

 

Day 4: Trek from Lamayuru to Wanla over the Prinkiti La Pass (4 hours).

Day 5: Trek from Wanla to Hinju  (4-5 hours).

Day 6: Trek from Hinju to Konze La base camp (3-4 hours)

Day 7: Trek from Konze La base camp to SumdaChenmo village (3-4 hours)

Day 8: Rest day in SumdaChenmo

Day 9: Trek from SumdaChenmo to Sumda Chun (2-3  hours)

Day 10: Trek from Sumda Chun to Larnak or Dundunchen La Base camp

Day 11: Trek from Larnak or Dundunchen La Base camp to Chilling.

Day 12: Drive from Chilling to Leh

Day 13: Group dinner and final meeting

Day 14: Program ends. Depart for Delhi by flight in the morning

Himalayan Medical Camp

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Calling Doctors &Volunteers!

Amrita-Seattle is organizing a medical camp in one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas- Zanskar Valley, to provide medical and humanitarian aid to those who live in these isolated mountain villages.Our medical camp will be held for 16 days with the help of traditional medicine doctors from Ladakh Nuns Association and allopath medical doctors from outside of Ladakh.

Sealed off by over 6000m high mountains, Zanskar is known as the Isolated Kingdom. A lot of villages have no road access and we will load our supplies on horses and mules, and then trek in/out of the village, like the local people do.

Expect to walk 3-5 hours each day during our days of trekking followed by setting-up medical service upon arrival in the village

Overview of Project:

Participants will fly into Leh (~ 11500 ft) and then after a few days of acclimatization and orientation, will drive into the Zanskar Valley (a whole day). Our target villages where we will set-up medical camps are: Rangdum,  Abran, Enmu, Cha, Phugtal, Testa, Tangste, Thangso, and Kargyak.

HOW WE WILL SERVE

With the help of local government and medical officials, we have selected the villages in the Zanskarand Lugnak region. Our medical camps in each village will focus on:

  1. Providing general health screening
  2. preventive care for oral hygiene
  3. Provide clinics to serve the specific needs of women, girls,mother-child health issues and elders.
  4. Setting up a de-worming campaign for children
  5. Providing sunglasses to preserve vision and provide protection from the extreme sun exposure at high altitudes.

We will also distribute common drugs, specialized medical supplies and drugs, bandages, stethoscopes, BP machines, thermometers, sanitary napkins, sunglasses, tooth brushes, tooth paste, and soap.

Donation / Program Cost: USD $1250 per person

*Volunteering fee Includes:

Accommodation in homestay/Simple guest-house/Camping

All meals (B,L,D) for days of volunteering

Airport pick-up and drop; all ground transportation in Ladakh

Leh local sightseeing(s)

First aid kit box

Emergency co-operation service

Volunteering Fee Does Not Include:

International airfare, domestic airfare from Delhi-Leh, visas, mandatory medical/travel insurance, tips to staff, alcoholic/ non-alcohol beverages, bottled water, hot water showers, phone calls, internet, airport drop/pick up service, any optional activities, such as, trekking, rafting, etc. 

TENTATIVE ITINERARY:   (16 DAYS)

Day 1: Drive from Leh to Randum. Overnight in Rangdum  (10 -12 hours of driving)

Day 2: Set-up medical camp near Rangdum Monastery. Overnight in Rangdum

Day 3: Depart early morning for Abran (4 hours driving). Set-up medical camp in afternoon/evening.

Day 4: Full day medical camp in Abran. Overnight in Abran

Day 5: Depart for Enmu early morning (4 hours driving).Set-up medical camp in afternoon/evening. Overnight in Enmu

Day 6: Medical Camp from till lunch time. After-lunch trek to Cha village (2 hours). Overnight in Cha.

Day 7: Full day camp in Cha. Overnight in Cha

Day 8: Depart early morning to trek to Phugtal (2 -3 hours). Set-up medical camp. Overnight in Phugtal

Day 9: Trek from Phugtal to Testa (5-6 hours). Overnight in Testa

Day 10: Full day medical camp in Testa. Overnight in Testa

Day 11: Trek from Testa to Tangste (2 hrs). Set up medical camp.

Day 12: Depart Tangste to Kargyak via Thangso. We do a short medical camp in Thangsoschool and then continue on to Kargyak. It takes about 2-3 hours from Tangste to Kargyak.

Day 13: Full day medical camp in Kargyak

Day 14: Trek from Kargyak to LakhangSumdo (5-6 hours). Camp in LakhangSumdo

Day 15: Lakhang Sumo to Shingo la (3-4 hours). Vehicle will be here to pick us up. We will drive to Darcha (4 hours) that night and spend the night.

Day 16: Drive from Darcha to Leh. We will reach Leh in the evening.