||Gaden Relief Projects
|Helping to preserve
Tibetan culture in India, Mongolia and Tibet
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
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
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
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.
Area served: India,
Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet.
Contact: Lobsang Acharaya, Director
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,
Contact: Mark Moore
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
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
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
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