About SIVASIVA has been conceived as a volunteer internship programme to provide “hands on” experience to youth in India and abroad. It is also a platform for experienced decision makers, activities for retired government and non-government officials, docent, local community members to voluntarily contribute to village level development activities. A host of activities for the purpose of development can be envisaged. These may range from agriculture to biodiversity conservation, from educational intervention to health services, from assisting the local SUVIDHA staff to conduct surveys and collect data from nearby villages. There are about 40 villages in and around villages. Volunteers and interns can plan out their activities according advice from staff at Suvidha. The RRC is furnished with rooms to accommodate about 15 – 25 members during workshops and meetings. It has a meeting room, double bedded occupancy, washrooms and toilets. But these are common facilities. It has also a community style kitchen and participants often help in kitchen chores. Simple vegetarian meals will be available with hot beverages
While working with the SUVIDHA you will be a part of a family. We will be delighted to make feel you at home by the service excellence at par. We are always there to provide you the support and guidance you need while working with us and to make your trip memorable.
Obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the volunteers. Citizens of all countries ought to view their own country Govt. web site or contact embassy of their home country. For more information you should contact your local embassy or check their website because each requirements for a visa can be different in every country. Generally it is not so hard to obtain a visa, as long as you use the guidelines given by your local embassy. We strongly recommend you to apply for a Tourist Visa. The important reason for this is that you will be provided with all services like pickup, transport, food, accommodation and others under a Tour Package.
How to reach Haldwani
From Delhi one can take a train (Sampark Kranti Express/ Shatabdi/ Ranikhet Express) or come to Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and take a Volvo (morning time) by Uttarakhand Roadways Transport. The buses will depart from stand no. 160. The final destination being Haldwani, by any means of transportation.
SafetyWe are very much concerned about volunteer’s security and safety; We place volunteers in a very safe accommodation and in peaceful environment while staying and during the course of project working. The team is perfect in giving suitable guidance and instructions about the local and national transportation and about the outing for the project location surroundings. All the team members have mobile phones, making contact with volunteers easy. You are always welcomed to get in contact with any of the staff member at any time round the clock on or off emergency on our cell phones during entire period of your stay/project work. The Doctor’s and Hospital facilities are available near to the RRC.
There will be plenty of time to relax in the evenings and weekends. In general volunteers tend to visit the local countryside, read, write their diaries, play sports and plan excursions to local points of interest. Most Saturday evenings, volunteers arrange a get together to celebrate the end of the working week.
Note:-We can arrange excursions to nearby places of cultural and wilderness significance (Ranikhet, Doonagiri, Pandukholi, Jageshwar, Kausani) for which charges will be borne by participants.
Health Issues and Vaccinations
Some countries require or suggest persons going abroad to have themselves vaccinated before departure and on entering the country abroad. It would be fair to view your country's government website for more information regarding the health of travellers. It is also recommended to visit the nearest travel clinic prior to your departure. Staying and working in another country, often in conditions you are not used to, can take a toll on the body and mind.
Orientation for interns and volunteers
On arrival interns or volunteers will undergo a one day orientation programme. This will basically highlight on what is expected from the participants and also provide background information about the geography, culture and rules of communal living!
Dos and Don’ts-:
• Respect local customs (this will be discussed during the orientation session).
• Keep the RRC tidy and clean. Do not litter about.
• While going into villages wear appropriate clothes (this will be discussed during the orientation session).
• Do not take photographs of villagers without their consent.
• Do not play loud music within the RRC.
• Keep your valuables safely (any loss of valuables will not be the responsibility of staff).
• Keep to schedule expected. Punctuality is required in communal living.
• If one is not feeling well or is taken ill please alert the staff.
• While trekking to remote villages keep to designated trails.
• Do not go into nearby wilderness all alone. We follow a “buddy system”
• Always keep your cell phones/ mobiles and cameras charged (there maybe day long power cuts at times).
• Do not take soiled clothes footwear into the rooms.
• This is rugged terrain and while on long haul please keep yourself hydrated.
Fees for Internship/ Volunteers
• For Indian student interns the charges include a non-refundable registration fee of INR 1000. Payable at ICICI or State Bank of India, Haldwani. The cheque should be in favour of “SOCIETY FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF VILLAGERS AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIMALAYAN AREAS. A receipt will be provided once the cheque is realised.
• The cost of accommodation and food will be INR 700/day.
• For foreign participants the registration fee will be USD 650.
What to carry
• Travel light. Keep all clothes in backpack.
• Light woollens for summer and rainy conditions.
• Tight fitting clothes will be cumbersome. Keep jeans or baggies.
• Shorts and track pants will do within the RRC campus.
• Ts, tops, shirts and inner wears.
• Good pair of trekking shoes, sandals or flip-flops.
• Carry a water bottle.
• Sleeping bag.
• Personal toiletries.
• Personal medication.
• Binoculars or cameras.