Based in the beautiful tropical paradise of Kerala, South India, this program is a 2-week group cycling trip, combining volunteerism with adventure activities, which can be 100% customised to your needs. Your group should consist of a minimum of 2 participants, and you will be able to alternate community projects such as construction work and activities with children, with tours and sporting activities. All participants must be over 18 years of age, and have a good command of both spoken and written English.
Your program fee will cover accommodation and all meals, training and orientation on arrival, cultural activities, a donation to the volunteer project, and all equipment including mountain bikes and backup vehicles. Comfortable and clean accommodation will be provided, providing a great opportunity to live life in the local style and experience Indian culture, while generating income for the locals.
Airport pickup and drop off are provided, and you will be accompanied by a professional guide through your entire trip, offering 24/7 support and language translation. They are your cultural ambassadors, speak multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction. Most importantly, they are earning an income through employment in our project.
Benefits of the Program
Our NGO in India runs building projects all year long, and they are always on the lookout for volunteers to help with sustainable community development, such as renovating schools and building bathroom facilities or tanks for collecting drinkable water. All materials are locally sourced, and projects are run by locals, which both helps with the unemployment rate as well as allows the community to feel a sense of empowerment and ownership of the improvements to their amenities.
The schools we work with are very basic structures, and the communities they serve are usually unable to afford to improve their functionality. Basic construction work, such as maintenance on existing infrastructure like walls, doors and windows will be required, as will fun things like painting educational murals on the walls.
You may also assist with the construction of new bathrooms and water tanks for poor families in villages in Kerala. The water sanitation projects are especially important in fishing villages surrounded by sea water. Drinking unsafe water and unhygienic sanitation practices are some of the leading causes of significant health problems in Indian communities. By building rainwater tanks, you will help to provide sustainable drinking and cooking water for poor families living by the backwaters.
A typical trip looks something like this:
Day 1: You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your home in Fort Kochi.
Day 2: Early breakfast and transfer to Thekkaddy for a 25km cycle around Sali Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Day 3: Take a leisurely 65 km cycle around the tea plantations of Munnar.
Day 4: Ride 66km to Murayoor to visit the tea museum, the coffee plantations, the sandalwood forest and the areca nut plantations.
Day 5: Visit the Kathaloor tribal village, a ride of 28 km.
Day 6: Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and crocodile farm, 88 km.
Day 7: Cycle up to Thekkady.
Day 8: Spend the day enjoying Thekkady.
Day 9: Visit spice plantations and ride elephants in Vagamon.
Day 10: Overnight houseboat cruise on the lush backwaters of Allepey.
Day 11: Volunteer with local communities.
Day 12: Volunteer with local communities.
Day 13: Return to Fort Kochi and relax with an Ayurvedic massage before dinner.
Day 14: Transfer to airport and departure.
If the itinerary appeals to you, and the idea of exploring beautiful Kerala and volunterring with local communities strikes a chord, then don't wait any longer! Contact us to find out more and sign up now.