IFRE’s Himalaya volunteer experience takes you to a small, beautiful town surrounded by awe-inspiring panoramas. You’ll have the opportunity to visit many of India’s unique attractions and make friends for life with the people you help. We invite you to join IFRE’s very special Volunteer in India—Himalaya project and experience the profound beauty and spirit that define the true India. The people of this ancient country will touch your heart, and you will, in turn, have the great satisfaction of having helped others toward a brighter future.
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IFRE offers English teaching programs as well as work with local children in both Palampur and Dharamsala.
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer the world’s best fee. Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on profit. We work very hard and smart to keep our costs down, especially for the volunteers because we know the value of your donated time and efforts. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all volunteers involved. Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.
IFRE fees comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You will pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, what you pay will go for you or people who deserve it (not for profit).
- Language and cultural immersion program $250
- Airport pickup and transfer (50 KM) $49
- Transportation cost from Delhi to Palampur is not included in program fee - estimated cost: airfare $100-$125, bus $15-$20
Additional costs for volunteers: Flight or train cost of International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses, laundry etc.
However, you can choose to take the Language and Cultural immersion program or go directly into a volunteer project. If you choose to participate in this one week Language and Cultural immersion course, your volunteer program will begin the Monday following this one-week of Language and Cultural Immersion class taught in and around Delhi. This experience should not be missed! Often international travelers reflect and say they wished they would have had the opportunity to first receive training on customs, language and history. This is your chance!
During the volunteer projects, volunteers do get enough free time to go around and enjoy their stay. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in India. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. There are beautiful art galleries around Palampur and Dharmshala that you can visit if you’re interested in art. Hanggliding and paragliding are other adventure sports that are very popular around this area. You can participate in those sports during your free time. Make the best of your free time by exploring the foreign culture and exotic land! IFRE local coordinators/staff will give you free advice, travel tips and help to book your travel.
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- Where do I stay when I arrive? Do I get an orientation?
- How do I go to Dharmasala? Who is responsible for transportation?
- Who takes care of me in Dharmsala?
- What can I do in my free time?
- Can I communicate with my host family?
- Is it safe?
- What will be my food and accommodation during my stay?
- Do I need to bring any items on my trip?