We at HIYC strive to create human wellbeing in all its aspects. You can help us reach out to a growing number of people.
HIYC offers a variety of fulfilling Volunteer Opportunities. Join our dedicated team in the following capacities for at least 3 months:
- Articles related to Spiritual Life & Healing
- Preparing, reviewing and editing text about Yoga Centre, our People and Courses
- Book of Sharat Arora teachings
Graphics & Multi-media
- Audio Recording Equipment/Video Camera Operator
- Audio and Video Editor
- Graphic Designer
IT/Web/Social Media Sites
- Facebook/Twitter Content Manager
- Youtube/ Vimeo /Google+ Content Manager
- Writer (articles, descriptions, reviewing written contents, transcriptions)
- DTP Operator
Environmental Projects (Himalaya Shanti Ashram )
- Organic Farming
- Water management (River water mill for electricity, Irrigation channels for the camps, Water filters in the ground, Natural sewage systems etc.)
- Other environmental projects
Candidates with previous experience are preferred.
Please contact us at [email protected] attaching your CV with picture and writing a short personal info about yourself; when would you like to come and for how long, what kind of activity would you like to take upon and a brief description of your vision.
HIYC Volunteering Opportunities in Dharamsala
Dharamkot Yoga Centre (HIYC), Dharamsala
In exchange for 5-Day Yoga Course: 2,5 hours per day 6 days per week or 3 hours per day 5 days per week of volunteering activities (15 hour per week total).
In exchange for the Intensive: 3 months of volunteering 6 days per week, 5 hours a day.
In exchange for the TTC: 6 months of volunteering 6 days per week, 5 hours a day.
PLEASE NOTE THAT:
No food or stay is provided during the volunteering at our Dharamkot Centre. The volunteering work is in exchange for the course only.
The volunteering work in Dharamkot is digital and if the volunteer doesn’t meet with out need, we can only offer him/her to work on the Permaculture Farm at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram.
You can do extra 42 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Intensive Course and extra extra 84 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Teachers Training Course, or you can pay for the cost of the room.
If you are coming as a completely new student you will need to complete the first 5-Day Yoga Course at your own expense before you begin the volunteering exchange. During this first week we will introduce you to the Sharat Arora Yoga Method. If you connect with the practice and wish to stay you may continue as a volunteer with us for a minimum of 1 month.
The volunteering has to be completed before the course starts as once the course starts the programme is full time and you will not have time to work.
Please send an email with your resume and what you would be interested in doing to:
[email protected] and [email protected] if you would like to volunteer at the Dharamkot Yoga Centre
and to: [email protected] and [email protected] if you would like to volunteer at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram
Himalaya Shanti Ashram (HISHA), Manyana, Dharamsala
Volunteering with food and stay at the Ashram without yoga:
5-6 hours a day of volunteering work, 6 days a week with one day break.
Volunteering with food and stay at Ashram with yoga:
7 hours a day, 6 days a week for 2 weeks to earn 1x5-Day Yoga Course at the Dharamkot Centre (no food nor stay is provided during the 5-Day Course at the Dharamkot Centre).
For the Intensive Course: 3 months of volunteering 7 hours per day, 6 days per week, of which 5 of these are towards the course and 2 cover the food and stay for the time that you are volunteering. It is possible to work an extra 42 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Intensive Course, or you can pay for the cost of the room.
For the Teachers Training Course: 6 months of volunteering the same hours as above. 7 hours per day, 6 days per week, of which 5 of these are towards the course and 2 cover the food and stay for the time that you are volunteering. It is possible to work an extra 84 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Teachers Training Course, or you can pay for the cost of the room.
Terms for Volunteer opportunities at HIYC:
It is possible to pay for the Intensive/Teachers Training Course (TTC) by volunteering to do work in exchange on the organic farm at our Ashram www.himalayashantiashram.org
- For the Intensive Course the duration is 3 months of volunteering 7 hours per day, 6 days per week, of which 5 of these are towards the course and 2 cover the food and stay for the time that you are volunteering. It is possible to work an extra 42 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Intensive Course, or you can pay for the cost of the room.
- For the Teachers Training Course the duration is 6 months of volunteering the same hours as above. It is possible to work an extra 84 hours to cover accommodation for the time that you are in the Intensive Course, or you can pay for the cost of the room.
- The volunteering has to be completed before the course starts as once the course starts the programme is full time and you will not have time to work.
- All 5-Day Yoga Courses can be attended during your stay.
For more detailed information please contact [email protected]
Himalaya Shanti Ashram & the Permaculture Organic Farming Food Forest
We are the Himalaya Shanti Ashram for Yoga, Meditation, and Healing located by a beautiful river in the foothills of the Himalayas near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. We run Organic Farming to grow all kinds of fruit and vegetables and keep cows for milk. The project is in it's infancy right now, we have been working hard for a year and are making excellent progress but we are ambitious and would like to be able to provide all the food needed for the guests on the Yoga Retreats from our own cultivation. Therefore, we need help from motivated, hands-on people with a passion for working outdoors who can help us to create and implement new gardening projects.
We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people with a love of nature. We would especially like to host people with experience in gardening, farming, animal handling, Permaculture and eco-building, but if you are prepared to work hard, be flexible and accommodating then you would be welcome even without much experience. We would like volunteers who will appreciate our beautiful natural retreat space and treat it like home, taking responsibility and initiative accordingly to ensure the smooth running of the place.
Duties may include :
Gardening, Composting, Building, General Maintenance, Farming, Light House Keeping, Animal Care.
We are ideally looking for long-term volunteers who can stay upwards of three months, but will consider shorter term applicants if you seem like a good fit.
We offer shared accommodation in a beautiful community space with shared bathroom. We offer two vegetarian meals per day, lunch and dinner. You may bring your own breakfast things; fruits, oats, bread etc from town on your days off. Leftovers from lunch and/or dinner will also be made available and fruit can be ordered from the Ashram shop.
To bring :
- Photocopy of your passport and VISA. Indian volunteers should bring a photocopy of any proof of identity
- Work clothes, hiking shoes, and rain gear
- Toiletries (preferably of natural source & chemical free)
- We have some blankets and pillows, but if possible bring your own sleeping bag
- For women: instead of bringing disposable tampons, consider using a menstrual moon cup (i.e. http://divacup.com/ ), which can be washed and reused and/or cotton washable pads
- Please be considerate when bringing any plastics or disposable items, ask yourself if it is really needed before packing it. As a general rule of thumb if you are not prepared to take it out with you, please do not bring it in.
We ask that you respect the rules of the Ashram and not smoke, drink alcohol or eat meat in the grounds. We also ask that you respect local custom by dressing appropriately around the Ashram and do not swim naked in the river.
We work hard and start early so it is good for you to cultivate a personal rhythm that is suited to this way of life.
Volunteers work alongside local workers so you will get a taste of the local Himachali culture.
We are located in the vicinity of Dharamshala - Gaggal Airport (20 minutes by taxi) and McLeodganj (about 40 minutes by taxi or 1.5 hours walk and bus ride). This is the site of the exiled Tibetan community and the residence so the Indian culture in the area is here also mixed with their culture. Many people come here to study Buddhism, language, and culture.
We are in a very secluded location but there are plenty of trekking opportunities nearby and the Ashram grounds offer plenty to do on days off including walking, swimming in the river and enjoying the beautiful nature around.
There is NO ATM at the Ashram. ATMs are available at 4 Km from the ashram in the village of Charri. There you can also buy fruits and other essentials.
One can buy a SIM at any place in India by providing a copy of passport and a photo. It takes around 3-4 days to activate the number, hence please buy at a place where you stay for a week or so. You can then give the number to your family and friends since there are no charges on incoming calls in India.
PLEASE NOTE THAT: The volunteering has to be completed before the course starts as once the course starts the programme is full time and you will not have time to work. In the situation that you would like to do the volunteering work after the Course – full payment must be submitted as a deposit and once the volunteering work is completed you will receive the refund.
What activities you can do while volunteering at the Dharamkot Centre and at the Himalaya Shanti Ashram?
At the Dharamkot Centre – digital work is required whereas at the Ashram mainly farming (in Permaculture way). We require our volunteers to keep an open mind to the situation of the Yoga Centre and/or the Ashram and be ready to do whatever is urgent or needed – even if it goes out of the normal duties of a volunteer. The volunteer should be ready to help, treat the Yoga Centre and the Ashram like his/her own home and be tuned in to recognise if something needs attention, immediate action. We are all a Family; a community and we take care of our House together.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are volunteering in exchange of our Yoga Courses, you need to read and comply with the Requirements for Participation as well as Code of Conduct. Each Yoga Course has a specific terms and conditions. Please click on the name of the course you are interested in to read the respective files: 5-Day Yoga Course, Yoga Therapy, Intensive Yoga Courses, Yoga Teachers Training Course, Yoga & Meditation Silent Retreat.
HIYC & HISHA Disclaimer
Please note and understand that we reserve the right to: Undertake short-term changes in the program & structure of the Course; Make exceptions to the above procedure in individual cases; Change the price of Courses according to circumstances that are beyond our control; Exclude people from the Course who do not adhere to the above conditions, and who would therefore be a disturbance; Not accept the Volunteer on the Yoga Courses if during his/her work he/she has violated the rules of the Volunteering and/or we consider the Volunteer would be a disturbance on the HIYC Yoga Courses.
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