Volunteering In India

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Volunteering In India

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:57

About Us

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Wild Eye Travel is the long-standing dream of Mr. Sanjay Gehlot, who was raised in Jodhpur by a family heavily involved in travel and tourism for the past 25 years. His avid love of travel has led to him promoting and helping to popularize the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism.
With extensive knowledge of Indian wildlife, and the ability to identify 200-250 bird species, Sanjay considers photography a powerful means for conserving our natural heritage. Widely traveled, having spent four years as a tour leader for INTREPID in India and Nepal, Sanjay has extensive experience in planning and managing group and individuals tours.

As the founder, Sanjay wants to make Wild Eye a distinguished name in the travel industry, offering itineraries that change the way people travel, making them more actively engaged and connected with local communities and cultures.

We offer a variety of services, including tailor-made tours for private groups and independent travellers. We work closely with our clients, taking into consideration personal interests, preferred activities, time available, and budget.

We have a range of air-conditioned and well-furnished vehicles at our disposal, including 4x4s and makes such as the Tata Indigo, Toyota Innova and Tavera etc. Our chauffeurs are courteous, polite, well-informed, punctual, and have an in-depth knowledge of all destinations.

We also offer personalized tours for keen or aspiring photographers, with Sanjay always on hand to share his expertise in capturing wildlife, landscapes (rural and urban), traditional architecture and culture. Our photo tours help you to discover and capture the essence of the country, allowing you to find real people, cultures, and stunning landscapes. Preserving cultural heritage and conserving the natural environment is the essence of our way of travelling.

Mission
At Wild Eye Travels, we strongly believe that offering a unique, tailor-made travel experience is the best way to foster strong and lasting relationships with our clients. By providing high standards of responsible and ethical tourism, we take great pride in our ability to offer travel packages that create unforgettable memories.
Our strength lies in offering exclusive access to the finest services, ensuring that our esteemed guests relax and enjoy their well-crafted journeys. Wild Eye Travels is committed to responsible tourism, and we endeavor to contribute to the preservation of India's vast natural and cultural heritage.

About Us - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:26

Girl Guiding | India

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Girl Guiding, North West England

Girl Guiding India Rajasthan Jodhpur 5To all at Mandore Guest House
On behalf of myself and the 14 volunteers that have been staying at, and working with, Mandore Guest House on the Book Bus Project during March and April 2013, I would like to thank you for your help and support.

We have had a most enjoyable stay at your guest house, where we feel very much at home and welcomed into your family. The accommodation and food are excellent, the gardens relaxing and the staff attentive and friendly. During our 6 week stay for a joint social volunteering project in local schools, we have experienced many things and learnt a lot about your society, culture and way of life.

 

 

Girl Guiding India Rajasthan Jodhpur 2The Book Bus is a British based charity that works in Africa and South America in rural schools with the aim of improving child literacy and promoting the joy of reading, books and crafts. For the past 2 months we have been running a pilot project at 5 schools around Mandore. This program would not have possible without your cooperation and support. Thank you for all the efforts you have made to begin and successfully run this project. We have been warmly welcomed wherever we went. The teachers, pupils and local communities have been eager to take part and see what we are doing. Thank you for mobilizing interest and facilitating the day to day running of the project.       

 

 

Girl Guiding India Rajasthan Jodhpur 4We have had a most amazing experience interacting with the children. It has been very rewarding to see their confidence and creativity grow over the course of the 6 weeks. I can say that all parties have benefitted from this project. The pupils have been taught in a joyful, fun, interactive way in small groups by interested and dedicated volunteers. They have experienced a new way of learning and have been exposed to books and materials that are unavailable in their schools. The teachers, shy at first, have really become interested and participated in our lessons and we, as visitors to your country, have truly experienced your hospitality and the real life that many tourists fail to see.


Book Bus India Small 3Working together in partnership has guaranteed that we have been accepted into the communities and has exposed us to the true way of life in this area of Rajasthan. Overall the project has been a great success and we are pleased to say that the Book Bus and Mandore Guest House will be running a long term joint program from October 2013 to March 2014.
A special thanks to Surendra, Raj, Sanjay and Prateek for making every aspect of our stay enjoyable, educational and productive.
look forward to working together again in the near future.

Yours
Kelly Geoghegan
On Behalf of Book Bus, April 2013

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:26

The Book Bus | India

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The Book Bus, UK - crews in India

Book Bus India Small 5To all at Mandore Guest House
On behalf of myself and the 14 volunteers that have been staying at, and working with, Mandore Guest House on the Book Bus Project during March and April 2013, I would like to thank you for your help and support.

We have had a most enjoyable stay at your guest house, where we feel very much at home and welcomed into your family. The accommodation and food are excellent, the gardens relaxing and the staff attentive and friendly. During our 6 week stay for a joint social volunteering project in local schools, we have experienced many things and learnt a lot about your society, culture and way of life.

 

 

Book Bus India Small 4The Book Bus is a British based charity that works in Africa and South America in rural schools with the aim of improving child literacy and promoting the joy of reading, books and crafts. For the past 2 months we have been running a pilot project at 5 schools around Mandore. This program would not have possible without your cooperation and support. Thank you for all the efforts you have made to begin and successfully run this project. We have been warmly welcomed wherever we went. The teachers, pupils and local communities have been eager to take part and see what we are doing. Thank you for mobilizing interest and facilitating the day to day running of the project.       

 

 

Book Bus India Small 3We have had a most amazing experience interacting with the children. It has been very rewarding to see their confidence and creativity grow over the course of the 6 weeks. I can say that all parties have benefitted from this project. The pupils have been taught in a joyful, fun, interactive way in small groups by interested and dedicated volunteers. They have experienced a new way of learning and have been exposed to books and materials that are unavailable in their schools. The teachers, shy at first, have really become interested and participated in our lessons and we, as visitors to your country, have truly experienced your hospitality and the real life that many tourists fail to see.


Book Bus India Small 6Working together in partnership has guaranteed that we have been accepted into the communities and has exposed us to the true way of life in this area of Rajasthan. Overall the project has been a great success and we are pleased to say that the Book Bus and Mandore Guest House will be running a long term joint program from October 2013 to March 2014.
A special thanks to Surendra, Raj, Sanjay and Prateek for making every aspect of our stay enjoyable, educational and productive.
look forward to working together again in the near future.

Yours
Kelly Geoghegan
On Behalf of Book Bus, April 2013

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:26

Volunteering In Rajasthan

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Voluntourism - Work & Travel in India
The Voluntourism is the best way to see the world. Apart from giving an authentic experience of the destination, your holiday also benefits local people, preserve their cultural heritage, promote economic and the environmental development.
Tailor made itineraries combined with Volunteer Programs by Wild Eye Travels helps in bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It's about doing this in a fair way that helps learning about it rather than just looking at it. Responsible Tourism is capable of making significant contributions to the lives of others.
PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The projects are primarily aimed at improving the quality of education in rural areas. You can make a huge difference by helping the children hone their English skills. They have a strong desire to improve their conversational English, as they know that this can help put them in touch with the rest of the world, bringing better employment opportunities and securing a higher standard of living.
We bring people together through volunteering in rural villages in and around Jodhpur. The Projects we support is "Rajasthan Village Development Project" much popular as Mandore Project.
Philosophy
The Mandore Project is a secular, all-inclusive, nonprofit organization. It takes a grassroots approach by involving local communities and linking them with volunteers. The project has an unorthodox approach to the typical, hierarchical bureaucracy that drives India. There is no formal, centralized office, and the aim is to minimize paperwork and unnecessary planning. We believe, it is important not to make “false impressions” through the distribution of expensive color brochures and media materials (however, we do have a Web site). By streamlining the operational costs, more of the funds can go directly to the projects.
Gandhian Model
Mandore Project is based on Gandhi’s principles. The mission is to work with underserved people and strive for equality for all. The Mandore Project also seeks to work with people who have encountered discrimination (by race, sex, caste, addiction, etc.). Many of the schools set up by the Mandore Project have posters of Gandhi to remind the new generation about his principles
Services
There are a broad range of projects that focus on several different areas of community development, including:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Empowerment of Women
Education
We believe improved education is the key component for the ultimate solution to many of India’s problems. In underserved rural communities, the literacy rate continues to be much lower than in cities. The Mandore Project has a few basic goals as part of its educational initiative:
  • Increase the motivation for students to attend school
  • Address student drop-out, and keep students in school longer
  • Improve education for women
To address these goals, We takes a practical, “from-the-ground-up” approach. The schools in the villages around Mandore lack a very basic infrastructure that is necessary to ensure a proper learning environment. Many of the Mandore Project endeavors focus on creating or improving school’s infrastructure.
Volunteers have been linked directly with students to work together on making basic furniture for schools. This experience provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and an invested interest for the students.
The Mandore Project has also added basic toilet facilities at schools. By fourth or fifth grade, many female students walk home to use the toilet and do not return back to school. In a practical fashion, Mandore Project is addressing drop-out rates amongst female students by equipping the school with basic toilet facilities.
Health
The first priority when addressing health issues is to increase awareness amongst parents. Sometimes children do not receive proper medical treatment because the parents do not have basic knowledge about medical services. Thus, all Mandore Project initiatives occur in collaboration with parents. Services provided have included:
  • Free medical check-ups
  • Free distribution of medicine as prescribed by a doctor
  • Basic medical camps for minor issues and simple surgical procedures such as cataract removal
  • Dental health
  • Eye-Check up
  • Awareness Drives
Education about drug abuse is also a health campaign. Opium addiction is a common problem among villagers. The Mandore Project previously ran a detoxification center for 13 years, from 1992 until 2006. It closed due to problems associated with the space being leased.
Environment
The key components to Mandore Project’s environmental programs are to fully educate and engage the communities and to especially involve women. Drought and deforestation are severe problems in this part of India, and the use of resources makes an enormous impact. Some of the Mandore Project programs have been:
  • making kitchen stoves more efficient
  • planting trees and gardens, which were given to children to take care of, and
  • hosting discussion groups that address the role of environmentalism within the villages.
Empowerment of Women
The authentic culture of the villages lies within the homes. A critical piece of any initiative is to build trust and rapport, and the involvement of women is crucial. volunteers work on a project with the women of a village to modify cooking devices in every home. The project has many practical advantages, such as:
  • minimizing smoke and maximizing heat generation,
  • decreasing the amount of wood used (a small check on deforestation), and
  • improving family health (by protecting the lungs and eyes).
Mandore Project is not funded by government sources.
Part of the funding of projects also comes from the tourism and volunteer packages. Volunteers are asked to contribute for room and board, basic materials and transportation to the villages.
However, money should not be an obstacle for a volunteer. If someone wants to come and contribute, but lacks funds beyond the basic weekly cost, there will be work available.