Work in an Ancient Culture in India
This extraordinary country has incredible diversity, from the towering silence of snowbound peaks to the lap of waves on coral shores, via the cacophony of noisy, frantic cities.
Hot deserts, cold deserts, fertile flood plains, tea plantation covered hills, thousands of different people, languages, ancient cultures and religions.
New wealth but also staggering poverty, both in the cities and in the countryside, where we offer gap year projects and volunteering opportunities in the Darjeeling hills of India and the foothills of the Himalayas.
Lepchas Gap Year Program
Volunteering with the AV Lepchas Program helps support the Indigenous Lepcha Association in their efforts to retain their ancient culture.
Living in a Lepcha village at around 1500 – 2000m, your volunteer project will include helping with subsistence farming on tiny terraced fields of rice, ginger and spices.
You will teach English in the village culture centre and in tiny local schools for three months, living with a Lepcha family for true cultural immersion.
Become part of the community As part of a group you will live in the middle of a community, learning about the local culture, engaging and connecting with people with lives vastly different to your own. It’s about sharing your skills and knowledge in a way that is useful to them.
Make an Impact We are passionate about the difference you can make and we work with each participant individually to ensure you can use your skills to make a meaningful contribution.
Independent, supported travel After your project ends, you can choose to include four weeks of independent travel, whilst still making use of our 24/7 in-country support.
Gap Year 100 We are committed to taking a maximum of 100 per year on our gap year programs. As a non-profit, AV’s focus is on providing both volunteers and our partner communities with the best experience possible and by limiting our numbers we ensure we can treat every applicant individually and place them where they can have the most impact.
AV programs are no ordinary gap year experiences, it’s a community of individuals with shared experiences and we are with you long after you get back from the project. “Once an AV, always an AV.”
Visit our website to find out more about our India programs.
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