Volunteering is a great way to slow travel and understand the people and culture in a particular place. Not only that but volunteering also helps assess a hidden skill that you possess; be it cooking, gardening, teaching or imparting art classes. So let us take a look at volunteering opportunities that India has to offer the digital nomad community.
Teaching: Teaching academics, English and arts to students can be a fulfilling journey as you get present to the creativity and intelligence of the children out there. It can be an opportunity to learn a thing or two from the mini superheroes as their imaginations are at work. Some places where you can volunteer to teach is Volunteer Teaching English Program in Palampur, Travel to Teach, Teaching English in South India, etc.
Community help: If participating in community service is your thing then volunteering in the space of community help should be on your list when travelling in India. You can help in farming, dairy activities, carpentry, documenting the local religious rituals, experience local culture, teach and a lot more activities depending on the location you are at. Different organizations and NGOs have different criteria, duration and structure for volunteering which is quiet flexible per person. Check out these places if you wish to contribute: Rose organization in Uttarakhand, Volunteers for Rural India, Seva Mandir.
Women Empowerment: A quote by Jacqueline King reads, “Women who support, uplift and encourage other women without fear of competition are the most confident women in the world” and rightly so some of us would love to help other women on our travels to uplift themselves and their lives. India is a diverse country with many areas wherein one can contribute towards empowering women. Some activities that you can work on are basic literacy classes, counsel women who have been victims of emotional & physical abuse, training them to be self-dependent, train in basic activities so that they can earn a living. It is a rewarding experience when you see someone progress and shine brightly to better their lives. You can volunteer here and here.
Pet Care: If you like your four-legged friends and miss them while being a digital nomad then pet volunteering is the answer to stay with these lovely creatures. Some activities that you will get to do at a pet volunteering programme is build pet shelters, dog walking, taking care of pets, provide veterinary services, rescuing and rehabilitating the animals, etc. When in India, try your luck at Paws or Podvolunteer
Performing Arts: Does the nomad in you wish to infuse with the local culture of a place then demonstrating your artistic skills is what you can volunteer in. Many such opportunities are available in India wherein you can teach dancing, singing, painting and any other skill that you wish to teach to the locals. Aku Pema Performance Arts is one such group in McLeod Ganj that aims to preserve traditional Tibetan art and culture along with welcoming volunteers to teach other performing arts to their students. Definitely a win-win situation for both!
Happy volunteering readers!