Focus: Community and Education.
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RUCHI is a non-political, non-profit organisation committed to the development of rural India. RUCHI began in October 1980 in a remote village in Chopal in the Shimla District. It was registered under The Societies Registration Act of 1860 in 1983, and its headquarters are now located at Bandh, a small village in the Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh State, Northern India. RUCHI is now working in over 100 villages in the steep mountainous terrain of the Sirmour and Solan districts.
RUCHI is partnered with international non-government organisations (NGO’s), such as RNZWCS in New Zealand, Rotary International, Charities Aid Foundation, HelpAge International, U.K., MISEREOR in Germany and CCIVS in France.
The major focus areas for RUCHI are:
- Sustainable management of natural resources
- Promotion of rural technologies
- Health care
- Education and awareness generation
- Micro-credit for village projects
Costs & Benefits
As a volunteer at RUCHI typical activities during the course of a day could include interaction with RUCHI staff, using Hindi, teaching English, field trips to villages working on projects in partnership with RUCHI, learning methods of rainwater harvesting, helping with planting in the horticulture projects, teaching slum children in non-formal education centre, educating people on health care and nutrition and studying the various water use facilities such as water collection, cloth washing and cattle watering. You will gain an insight into rural life in a developing country – the obstacles and the complications that are needed to be overcome on a daily basis. Most volunteers say they learnt as much about themselves as they did about the area around them.
Programme Areas you could be involved in:
The Personal Development Placement ; Educational Placement; Environmental Management Programme; Social Development Programme; Health and Sanitation Development Programme; Staff capacity building.
Euro 200/p for 2 weeks.
Euro 350/p for 1 month, Euro 300 for consecutive months.
Covers: All meals and accommodation. Project linked travel expenses (public transport)
Volunteers aged 18 years old and over No particular skills needed for short term volunteers.
Long term volunteers with environmental background.
Village Bandh, P.O. Bhaguri
Distt. Solan, India
Average cost per day: 10 Euros
Focus: Education and Community
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old