Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Wild Eye Travels is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference – by investing in local communities, human rights initiatives, wildlife conservation projects and the environment. We’re all about operating in a responsible manner and incorporating principles of sustainable tourism and development into the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words; they’re ingrained in the culture and daily operations of every Wild Eye trips.
The Book Bus is a small British based charity which aims to promote literacy in rural areas of developing nations. It already works in Africa and South America and now it is expanding to India, using Mandore as its base. March and April 2013 saw a 6 week pilot project which will be extended to a full 6 month program from October 2013.The Book Bus and Mandore Guest House have the same aims and passion to help the children in rural areas have access and exposure to books and English. We are working together with 5 schools in the surrounding villages. Volunteers from all walks of life have been to take part in the project which involves teaching children English in a creative and joyful way, utilizing small group work and English books.The project has been warmly welcomed by teachers, pupils, parents and communities in the villages we are visiting.
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
‘Girlguiding’ is an operating name of The Guide Association which is incorporated/governed by Royal Charter, and a registered charity (number 306016). View the video below to hear about Girlguiding and the benefits our organisation offers.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are a broad range of projects that focus on several different areas of community development, including:
Empowerment of Women
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Name: Silke Lohmar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I came to India at the end of September, with the aim of doing volunteering work and to visit this amazing country (which is very far from my world). It was a long journey, but travelling for three days (including lost connection flight) was worth the effort and I am very happy to be here. The reception at the Guesthouse was very cordial and I felt at home after a few days (I have to say that I knew this would happen since the photos of the garden which I saw on the webpage reminds me the guesthouse my parents ran in Southern Chile during more than 15 years).
The first day at Jajival school was very special: The chief of the village came to welcome me, the third eye was drawn on my face and a necklace made of flowers was put around my neck. That was very significant for me.
The teachers (Neelam and Saroj) are very friendly.
My background is not in teaching (I am a geologist and had never taught children), so it has been a challenging experience for me. After being a little nervous at the beginning, I try to make the teaching entertaining for the children (it is easy to notice when they get bored or are not interested). Contents of this first week of teaching have been: ABC, colors, numbers, animals, How are you? What’s your name?, How old are you?, How is the weather? I think the children are enjoying the class. Some of them understand easily, others need a little longer (which is normal), some suffer a little bit (I can tell from their faces and I try to make them laugh), but all are always very motivated, friendly and try to do their best, so I feel very grateful.
Support from Sanjay was crucial to communicate with the children at the beginning (I do not speak Hindi) and is still very important in difficult situations (when we do not understand each other), so a big thank you for them too! My next goal is to improve teaching through playing little games.
All the best,Silke
My experience – The volunteer program
The two week volunteer program that I participated in was an amazing experience, both as a volunteer and as a teacher. I found teaching English in the village school to be very challenging, mainly because of the language barrier but also due to resources at the school being limited. It was essential to be creative, lively and dynamic within the classroom in order to achieve maximum results. By the end of the two weeks, the progress of the children was visible both academically and in terms of self confidence. Even though I came to teach I feel that I actually learnt so much more from the children, the children’s motivation, participation, and immense show of affection that I received just filled me up with such self satisfaction every day. In a way it left me feeling that the whole experience was slightly unfair, because I came here to give but no matter how much I gave I always felt that I was receiving so much more. Apart from teaching at the school, my time at Mandore Guest House was like finding a new home and family. Everyone who works there makes you feel like you are part of the family, whether you come for two nights or two weeks. I have the warmest memories of the beautiful place and the people, both of which I hope to see again.
This three weeks we spent together were really special. To work with the village kids was such a different, and great, experience for us.
We don’t have words to describe how amazing the kids are, so eager to learn, smart, alive, curious and at the same time so lovely. It was really hard saying goodbye, but very reconforting to see that in just 3 weeks they learnt so fast and we could perceive a difference.
The guest house is beautiful, and the garden so peaceful and inviting that was a daily inspiration to prepare the classes. We really felt like home! The restaurant food was fresh and delicious.We would like to thank each and every one of your family and the people that work over the guest house for such great warmth we received and the way we were treated.
We really enjoyed!Keep on with it! It’s a beautiful project! Best,
Veronica and Rodrigo
I would like to tell you that the three weeks that I had as a volunteer with your NGO, teaching English in the local school in Mandore, was an extremely significant experience in my life. Teaching English to the children was not only a benefit to them but, I believe, was good for all of humanity. We, as members of this human race, gain so much when we just care and share with one another. These types of sharing bypass the political rhetoric and posturing that we are so bombarded with, by the world’s governments, on a daily basis. As you and I talked about, one on one, all of us deserve peace, love and happiness. Your efforts most certainly foster the most positive ways to do this.
Since I have returned, so often, visions of being in the classroom, with the children, appear in my mind. I can only smile when I “see” the faces of those children, in that classroom. They certainly did learn to read, write and speak some English, but, I believe that they also learned that people can care for one another, and want to share. Oh, how I wish that I could have stayed a bit longer. Those children showed so much potential, and I was very pleased with how much progress that they made, in a short time. I hope that the work that we did was the foundation for them to grow and progress, in so many ways. It certainly would be very interesting to return, after some time, to see how well that the children progress from the “seeds that I planted” with them. Maybe I can make that a future reality.
The opportunity to teach English at the school. It was a very uplifting experience. And, as I told you when I was in Mandore, don’t be surprised when I write to ask to come back for another opportunity to volunteer. It would be a pleasure to help your NGO again.
With Best Regards
from your friend and fellow caring human,
Dale Sniegowski – USA
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