Volunteer Ladakh is a grassroots non-profit voluntarily run organization which was created at the request of monastery schools in Ladakh. We match local needs with responsible volunteers to provide services to diverse Ladakhi communities. Our program assists the Ladakhi people of Northern India in their efforts to maintain their cultural heritage, be self-governing, and self-directing as they face the rapidly growing influences of western modernization and development.
"A transformative, enriching teaching and learning experience in a Buddhist community, surrounded by peace, love, and joy."
Service and volunteer work projects include English instruction, teacher training, Environmental Education, and cultural exchange. The majority of our teaching placements are in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries.
Education in Ladakh is problematic. Most students live in boarding schools, away from their families and communities to receive a western model of education, which threatens the sustainability of the culture as students lose the training and transmission of practices, values, and traditions from their parents and communities. Volunteer teachers are needed to improve English language skills and initiate innovative teaching methodologies that affirm the cultural traditions as valuable.
Environmental change threatens the health and sustainability of the fragile ecosystem. With the recent introduction of processed and packaged goods, trash has become a major problem. Ladakhis are working proactively to resolve such issues. The Women's Alliance of Ladakh succeeded in banning plastic bags in 1998. Purified water stations are now available in many establishments to reduce the number of plastic water bottles generated by the thousands of tourist who come to Ladakh each summer. Volunteers and creative thinkers are needed to help design recycling programs, offer environmental education activities within the communities and schools, and brainstorm and problem-solve issues jointly with local Ladakhis.
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Volunteer Ladakh will be an experience you will never forget, one likely to be life-altering. This is an opportunity for volunteers to connect intimately with a profound people, experience personal and professional growth, and make lasting and meaningful relationships with the people of Ladakh.