Gaden Relief Projects
Helping to preserve Tibetan culture in India, Mongolia and Tibet
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering for Gaden Relief

Gaden Relief Projects is looking for volunteers in the Toronto area to assist with all aspects of operating a small registered charity. Currently, we need help with handling mail and bank deposits, writing and production of a newsletter, and fundraising and promotion. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.

Our overseas projects are mostly serviced by local partner organizations that draw their workers and volunteers from their local areas. Gaden Relief Projects does have a few volunteer positions each summer at the nunneries of Zangskar. While we do not have a formal internship program, we can accept self-motivated individuals who understand the 'Rules of Engagement'.

Occasionally, we have a need for highly specialized skills such those in the medical field. If you have skills and qualifications in a specialized area, please contact us.


Volunteer Opportunities with Other Organizations

There are several other organizations that accept volunteers for overseas postings in India and Nepal. These are listed below. We will add to this list as we learn about more organizations.

PLEASE NOTE: Gaden Relief Projects does not have direct contact or experience with these organizations; they were recommended to us by people known to the worldwide Tibet support community, but we cannot vouch for them ourselves. You accept positions with them at your risk.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TIBET

Area served: Dharamsala, India.
Contact: Lugyal Gerster
Email: lugyal.gerster@gmx.ch
Website: www.estibet.ch

ES Tibet operates a school in India to educate young Tibetan refugees. English is the main medium of instruction. Volunteers are needed to teach English, computer skills, and Chinese. All meals and accommodation are provided.

VOLUNTEERTIBET.ORG.IN

Area served: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet.
Contact: Lobsang Acharaya, Director
Email: director@volunteertibet.org.in
Website: www.volunteertibet.org.in

VolunteerTibet is a volunteer referral service that quickly and efficiently connects organisations of the Tibetan community with skilled volunteers for short and long term opportunities. Currently working with non-profit and government Tibetan organisations in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, VolunteerTibet officially launched its service on December 10th, 2002, commemorating the date His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize.

TIBET EMPOWERMENT CIRCLE

Area served: Dharamsala, Himalchal Pradesh, India
Contact: Mark Moore
Website: www.tibetweb.org
Email: volunteers4tibet@tibetweb.org

TEC places volunteers who show up in person at Mark Moore's Khana Nirvana cafe in Dharamsala. It is also possible to arrange postings prior to arriving in Dharamsala. It is our understanding that Mark places volunteers on an as needed basis, depending on what positions are available at the time when prospective volunteers arrive at his cafe or contact him.

AMERICA NEPAL MEDICAL FOUNDATION

Area served: Nepal
Contact: Fred Shepardson
Email: anmf@amnf.net
Website: www.anmf.net

Health care workers with qualifications only. ANMF does not work with Tibetans exclusively; it services communities throughout Nepal, in communities of all ethnic origin, including Tibetan communities and settlements in Nepal.

WORKING VACATIONS IN THE SOUTH INDIAN TIBETAN SETTLEMENTS

Area served: South India Tibetan settlements
Contact: Marguerite Tingkhye
Email: tashidelek@igc.org

Marguerite Tingkhye organizes working vacations in the Tibetan settlements of southern India. These settlements are far off the beaten track, but they are where the largest concentration of Tibetan refugees are located, and where the largest monasteries are located, such as Drepung and Sera.

LHA CHARITABLE TRUST

Area served: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: Lha Office
Email: office@lhasocialwork.org
Website: www.lhasocialwork.org

Lha Charitable Trust is a non-profit social work organization founded in 1997. Lha's primary goal is to provide social services, such as free education, computer skills, vocational training, health education, environmental education and service, free books, medicine and clothing distribution. Lha also works in conjunction with various other organizations in the local area to assist exiled Tibetans.

OTHER WEBSITES TO CHECK

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