Transforming lives in
rural Ladakh
Transforming lives in rural Ladakh
17000 ft Foundation
Who We Are:
We are a Team of Senior Corporate professionals turned Social
Entrepreneurs, with a deep c...
Voluntourist@17000ft
All you needed to know about being
a Voluntourist with 17000 ft
Ladakh
Means "land of high passes”
Renowned for its remote mountain beauty
and Buddhist culture
Also called "Little Tibet"...
Ladakh Dashboard
Altitude: upwards of 10000 ft
Temperature: -40OC to +30OC, in inhabited areas
Severe winters shut down sc...
Ladakh - Infrastructure
Most villages are reachable by road, however some can still only be
reached by a trek
– Distances ...
Ladakh – Life and Culture
Most villagers depend on sustenance farming and very few
crops grow in the area
Some settlements...
Ladakh – Education
Ladakh has 70,000 school going children and 963 schools !
93% schools are rural and extremely remote
Mo...
Rural Schools
Some Realities

Ladakh redefines the word ‘Remote’
The only way to reach Village Lingshed
2 day trek over many 17000 ft passes. It has one school, 105 children.
Village Photoksar – Situated at the edge of a cliff
About 80 homes, one school

Middle School, Photoksar
M/S Photoksar
@11,348 ft – 64 students
Durbuk Block – Remote and ignored
A small border school with 22 students, about 8 hours away from Leh
Nubra Block – Govt. P/S Nungstate
@11,052 ft (Only 10 students)
A little school with just 10 students
P/S Spangmik
@14,087 ft (Only 4 students)
A little school along the famous Pangong Tso lake
M/S Buk Chushul
@14,360 (49 Students)
49 students ranging from Nursery to grade 8 !
P/S Phalonglay
@13,341 ft (9 students)
This school has 9 kids from nursery to grade 5 !
P/S Skilkhor – A school in Nubra valley
@9,934 ft (110 students)

Every school that 17000 ft visited had children in atten...
Children of remote villages are very shy
Yet they love the exposure they get interacting with travellers
Education – At the top of the
value system for a Ladakhi
Some images of teachers and parents
and the lengths they go to, f...
Teachers and students make this journey regularly
22
The Famous Zanskar river – freezes in Jan / Feb
23
Families cross this river every Feb to reach their children to school
24
Teachers leave in Dec and come back in Feb – Some are air dropped
25
A typical scene – waiting hours to hitch a ride
26
Shortcomings
Curriculum: Teacher Capability
•Mostly non-graduates
•Only 1/3rd have any formal training
•Struggle with Engl...
Shortcomings
Curriculum, Student Abilities & Outcomes
•Govt. Schools follow English based J&K Board
•Most students in remo...
Shortcomings
Infrastructure: School & Classrooms

Not enough classrooms, leading to classes
being taken outdoors

Most do ...
Govt. Middle School, Tukla
@12,420 ft (18 students)
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
P/S Raichun, Turtuk
@9,486 ft (43 students)
43 STUDENTS, AND TEACHING OUT OF TENTS.
Most schools have no classroom furniture
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Infrastructure problems – In need of repairs
Broken sunroom glass – a common sight in most schools
Shortcomings
Infrastructure: Playground and Sports facilities
• Ample open area, however:
• No Playground for small
childr...
Shortcomings
Infrastructure: Residential School Hostels
• Extremely overcrowded
• Sometimes 12 – 16 to a
room

• Limited o...
Middle School, Lingshed
Students in their hostel room – some have 16 students to a room!
Early morning wash routines in hostels
Boiling water for the children in the hostel
Children’s clothes being dried – M/S Lingshed
Hostel mothers take care of the children
Shortcomings
Infrastructure: Kitchen of Residential Schools
Existing Situation:
• Complete dependence on
kerosene
• Soot a...
The inside of a typical school kitchen
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
No dining room – children eat outside
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Ladakh has 963 schools over
65,000 sq.km.
Over 90% of them are rural, remote
and struggling
17000 ft Foundation
We are a registered Not for Profit (Sec 25 Company) setup to
improve lives in rural Ladakh

A look at ...
Infrastructure – Furniture,
Playground and Repairs
Colourful Classroom Furniture
M/S Lingshet – a school across a 2 day trek
Flexi arrangements in class
ABS with steel frame...
Classroom Furniture
Lamdon Jamyang Khaltse School @9,804 ft - (120 students)
Playground for little children
M/S Satho @14,422 ft - (127 students)
Classroom furniture for these little children
Rebuilding a classroom
Skidmang Nunnery @14,955 ft – (22 students)
A school at the base of a glacier, reachable after a 4 ...
We’ve setup libraries in 100
schools!
And our team conducts Reading
programs in these schools every
month
17000 ft’s efforts: Library Program
250 – 400 books as per strength
Titles to be rotated annually
Monthly visits by 17000 ...
17000 ft’s efforts: Library Management
Sorting as per level
Module approved as formal
training for all teachers by DOE

Ea...
Happy children with their new books!
CRS Puga @14,545 ft - (122 students)
Teachers with their new 17000 ft Library
M/S Tialing @14,287 ft - (23 students)
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoor...
We have conducted LEGO creativity
workshops at 30 schools
A brilliant success everywhere – The
children loved it
A student shows off his creation
Centralized Residential School, Puga
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Creativity abounds
M/S Tharuk – 13,169 ft - (91 students)
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
The girls get creative
M/S Tukla @12,420 ft - (18 students)
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Teacher Training and Capacity
Building
Conducting teacher training for new
teachers in collaboration with DIET
Teacher Training
Conducted at Leh in -25 degree temperatures

100 Headmasters inducted
350 teachers trained in various
met...
We’ve sent tourist volunteers to
many remote villages
In Year 1 alone, we conducted 130
Volunteer Weeks, over 80% of them
...
Volunteer Kedar conducts Science Experiments
M/S Chulungkha @9,547 ft - (67 students)
Voluntourist Yosha conducts reading programs
P/S Pun Pun @12,818 ft - (13 students)
We have mapped each and every
school of Leh District
369 schools – All visited and mapped
by 17000 ft Foundation – It took...
Leh District – 369 schools all mapped and assessed by 17000 ft
17000 ft is on a mission to increase
attention towards these villages
through Volunteer Tourism Voluntourism
Most of these...
Voluntourist@17000ft
An opportunity to contribute, a chance to work together

Volunteering at a local community by contrib...
Voluntourist@17000ft…what you can do.
Limited only by imagination

Library Reading Programs
Science Experiments
Art & Craf...
Don’t just be a tourist
Be a Voluntourist
Even a 10 day planned vacation can
be extremely beneficial
Voluntourist@17000ft
Standard10 day Program - On site Plan
Day 1 – Day 3
( LEH )
• Day Arrive at
Leh, acclimatize
• Day 2 ...
A 10 day Voluntour trip to Ladakh with
17000 ft
Day 1 : Arrive at Leh check into a good mid-range
hotel. Rest acclimatize
...
Voluntouring at a local school
Conduct a workshop at the local school
– Reading Programs
– Science Workshops

– Art/Craft ...
Workshops – How to know what to
do?
17000 ft has conceptualized and pre-built workshop
modules in keeping with local needs...
What you will take with you
Checklists
Program Module Booklets
Feedback Forms
Program Kit ( Library Setup/Science/Art & Cr...
How should you prepare yourself
Talk to the facilitators in our office before you leave
Take some time to go through our P...
Know Your School
Make every attempt to know your school
before you go.
If you would like to take more giveaways
besides th...
Voluntourist@17000ft
What are the costs involved and how is my money being spent ?
A 10 day Voluntouring trip into rural L...
Voluntourist@17000ft
What are good dates to be a Voluntourist?
17000 ft releases Voluntouring dates just before the beginn...
What we expect from our
Voluntourists
To be the force multipliers of our vision
to enhance education and increase
exposure...
Voluntourist@17000ft
What we expect from you
To respect the rules of the local schools and
curriculum

To understand and r...
What we expect…
Conduct the programs as representatives of 17000 ft
Make every effort to maintain the schedule, structure
...
FAQ About Voluntouring
Some more answers to your
questions
Few basic questions answered
Is it safe to travel in Ladakh in high altitudes
– Ladakh is absolutely safe. All travelers h...
FAQ - Some more…
What about food at the remote villages
– Food is very basic and you can expect “daal”, rice, sometime egg...
FAQ - And then some more…
What kind of conditions can I expect at the remote village
– You can expect to be out of telepho...
FAQ – Contd..
Besides a 10 day, what other Voluntouring Options do you offer?
– We offer a 10 day Voluntouring, and 16 day...
Some village views
A view of a remote Ladakhi village
Yet another view of a village
A view of a remote Ladakhi village
One of the “nicer” Ladakhi guest houses
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
A typical Ladakhi homestay
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Your homestay hosts
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
A Ladakhi homestay in a more rural region
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
Some views you are bound to see
A typical monastery in rural Ladakh
A must visit – The Gompa
A view of the inside of a monastery
The more interior villages of Ladakh – home
to Yaks
Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
And some incredible lakes
No matter how much we prepare
you, be prepared only to be
humbled and inspired !
Ladakh has 963 schools
Over 85% are Govt. schools
93% of the schools are rural

With over 70,000 students living and study...
Our Team
Sujata Sahu – Founder Director
– Senior Corporate IT Professional, and an educator and facilitator, she holds the...
Contact Us
Web – http://www.17000ft.org
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/17000ft
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/17000f...
Partnerships & Collaborations
Pratham Education Foundation – As their J&K implementation partners
for Pratham’s National P...
www.17000ft.org
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  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR“Listen and not talk”Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR“Listen and not talk”Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • 366 of 369 schools of Leh District, spread over 45,000 sq. km. visited, geo-mapped and surveyedStatistical and pictorial data of each school analyzed and assessed for inclusion into 17000 ft’s programsEach School Principal and VEC apprised of future plansCredible and effective communication network established with the remote schoolsBeta Version of software tested and in customization phase
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR“Listen and not talk”Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR“Listen and not talk”Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Plan for them not as indigenous people but as people There is no “National Plan” for CSR“Listen and not talk”Need to change the last line ( Knowledge rather than compassion )
  • Be a Voluntourist with 17000 ft Foundation in Ladakh

    1. 1. Transforming lives in rural Ladakh
    2. 2. Transforming lives in rural Ladakh
    3. 3. 17000 ft Foundation Who We Are: We are a Team of Senior Corporate professionals turned Social Entrepreneurs, with a deep connect to remote Ladakh What we do: Bring attention and focus to the remotest and toughest areas of Ladakh Our Name & Logo: 17000 ft – is the altitude that we crossed on foot, to reach our remotest beneficiaries. The stacked pebbles are a way of showing a safe path to travelers in the remote areas of Ladakh. 17000 ft: Transforming lives in rural Ladakh Next Slide
    4. 4. Voluntourist@17000ft All you needed to know about being a Voluntourist with 17000 ft
    5. 5. Ladakh Means "land of high passes” Renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture Also called "Little Tibet", as it has strongly been influenced by the culture of Tibet A majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhist, with most of the rest being Shia Muslims The cheerful and gentle Ladakhis have made the region very popular with the tourist with their hospitality
    6. 6. Ladakh Dashboard Altitude: upwards of 10000 ft Temperature: -40OC to +30OC, in inhabited areas Severe winters shut down schools for 3 months of a year. Many villages shut down for 5 – 6 months of a year. How do you travel to Ladakh ? – By road from Manali or from Srinagar – By air, highest commercial airport in the world, at Leh and a new airport at Kargil, with high cost of airfare Ladakh is home to about 3,00,000 population spread over 65,000 sq. km.
    7. 7. Ladakh - Infrastructure Most villages are reachable by road, however some can still only be reached by a trek – Distances between villages can amount to a few hours on remote stretches. Villages are very scarcely populated , with some villages have less than 5 homes! Most villages are only powered by Solar power, allowing them light for 3 – 4 hours in the night Most villages do not have cell connectivity and depend on one satellite phone for emergencies Very limited public transport ( only major villages connected )
    8. 8. Ladakh – Life and Culture Most villagers depend on sustenance farming and very few crops grow in the area Some settlements are home to nomads or “Changpas” who travel for 9 months of a year – Changpas have livestock of Pashmina sheep, goats and yaks The only industry in Ladakh is tourism, which runs for only 5 months of a year Other jobs are Govt. jobs, the Indian Army and BRO ( Border Roads Organization ). – Teaching is also an very viable option that many consider Unemployment is high as there aren’t enough jobs for all
    9. 9. Ladakh – Education Ladakh has 70,000 school going children and 963 schools ! 93% schools are rural and extremely remote Most schools have student strengths of under 25 across grades! PTR is as low as 6 students to a teacher! Schools remain shut for the extreme winter months of Dec, Jan and Feb, though they function till Nov, when temperatures can drop down to – 15 degrees Ladakhis value education and go to any lengths to ensure a good education for their children
    10. 10. Rural Schools Some Realities Ladakh redefines the word ‘Remote’
    11. 11. The only way to reach Village Lingshed 2 day trek over many 17000 ft passes. It has one school, 105 children.
    12. 12. Village Photoksar – Situated at the edge of a cliff About 80 homes, one school Middle School, Photoksar
    13. 13. M/S Photoksar @11,348 ft – 64 students
    14. 14. Durbuk Block – Remote and ignored A small border school with 22 students, about 8 hours away from Leh
    15. 15. Nubra Block – Govt. P/S Nungstate @11,052 ft (Only 10 students) A little school with just 10 students
    16. 16. P/S Spangmik @14,087 ft (Only 4 students) A little school along the famous Pangong Tso lake
    17. 17. M/S Buk Chushul @14,360 (49 Students) 49 students ranging from Nursery to grade 8 !
    18. 18. P/S Phalonglay @13,341 ft (9 students) This school has 9 kids from nursery to grade 5 !
    19. 19. P/S Skilkhor – A school in Nubra valley @9,934 ft (110 students) Every school that 17000 ft visited had children in attendance
    20. 20. Children of remote villages are very shy Yet they love the exposure they get interacting with travellers
    21. 21. Education – At the top of the value system for a Ladakhi Some images of teachers and parents and the lengths they go to, for a decent education
    22. 22. Teachers and students make this journey regularly 22
    23. 23. The Famous Zanskar river – freezes in Jan / Feb 23
    24. 24. Families cross this river every Feb to reach their children to school 24
    25. 25. Teachers leave in Dec and come back in Feb – Some are air dropped 25
    26. 26. A typical scene – waiting hours to hitch a ride 26
    27. 27. Shortcomings Curriculum: Teacher Capability •Mostly non-graduates •Only 1/3rd have any formal training •Struggle with English as a medium •Teaching method: “Chalk, Talk and Stick” •Classroom Management skills lacking •No exposure to non-standard pedagogy •No Computer Literacy
    28. 28. Shortcomings Curriculum, Student Abilities & Outcomes •Govt. Schools follow English based J&K Board •Most students in remote villages are first generation learners •Students struggle with English as a language and are taught 3 languages from grade 1 •Can comprehend spoken Hindi/Urdu and English. •Focus is on only Subject Books & rote learning •High dropout rates at Grade 5, 8, 10 and 12 •Dismal performances at High School, hovering between 28 – 33% for the past three years
    29. 29. Shortcomings Infrastructure: School & Classrooms Not enough classrooms, leading to classes being taken outdoors Most do not have furniture – kids sit on the floor on torn carpets and rugs Many have broken classrooms, some are taught in tents Limited resources - no libraries, laboratories, games or teaching aids
    30. 30. Govt. Middle School, Tukla @12,420 ft (18 students) Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    31. 31. P/S Raichun, Turtuk @9,486 ft (43 students) 43 STUDENTS, AND TEACHING OUT OF TENTS.
    32. 32. Most schools have no classroom furniture Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    33. 33. Infrastructure problems – In need of repairs Broken sunroom glass – a common sight in most schools
    34. 34. Shortcomings Infrastructure: Playground and Sports facilities • Ample open area, however: • No Playground for small children • No basic Sports Equipment • Despite a strong interest in cricket, football and icehockey, many schools do not have access to equipment or training
    35. 35. Shortcomings Infrastructure: Residential School Hostels • Extremely overcrowded • Sometimes 12 – 16 to a room • Limited or no internal heating • Temperatures drop to -35 in winters • Poor or no lighting • Floor bedding: • Inadequate quilts/mattresses • No Storage area • No Study Area in winters
    36. 36. Middle School, Lingshed Students in their hostel room – some have 16 students to a room!
    37. 37. Early morning wash routines in hostels Boiling water for the children in the hostel
    38. 38. Children’s clothes being dried – M/S Lingshed Hostel mothers take care of the children
    39. 39. Shortcomings Infrastructure: Kitchen of Residential Schools Existing Situation: • Complete dependence on kerosene • Soot and dust buildup on walls and ceilings • Inadequate aluminum utensils • Inadequate washing of utensils due to cold water • Dining in the open in all weathers
    40. 40. The inside of a typical school kitchen Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    41. 41. No dining room – children eat outside Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    42. 42. Ladakh has 963 schools over 65,000 sq.km. Over 90% of them are rural, remote and struggling
    43. 43. 17000 ft Foundation We are a registered Not for Profit (Sec 25 Company) setup to improve lives in rural Ladakh A look at some of our work
    44. 44. Infrastructure – Furniture, Playground and Repairs
    45. 45. Colourful Classroom Furniture M/S Lingshet – a school across a 2 day trek Flexi arrangements in class ABS with steel frames Provided as per school strength Regular inspection and repairs
    46. 46. Classroom Furniture Lamdon Jamyang Khaltse School @9,804 ft - (120 students)
    47. 47. Playground for little children M/S Satho @14,422 ft - (127 students) Classroom furniture for these little children
    48. 48. Rebuilding a classroom Skidmang Nunnery @14,955 ft – (22 students) A school at the base of a glacier, reachable after a 4 hour trek
    49. 49. We’ve setup libraries in 100 schools! And our team conducts Reading programs in these schools every month
    50. 50. 17000 ft’s efforts: Library Program 250 – 400 books as per strength Titles to be rotated annually Monthly visits by 17000 ft Book list standardized DOE approved module
    51. 51. 17000 ft’s efforts: Library Management Sorting as per level Module approved as formal training for all teachers by DOE Each school teacher to be provided on-site training along with children Color coding with labels
    52. 52. Happy children with their new books! CRS Puga @14,545 ft - (122 students)
    53. 53. Teachers with their new 17000 ft Library M/S Tialing @14,287 ft - (23 students) Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    54. 54. We have conducted LEGO creativity workshops at 30 schools A brilliant success everywhere – The children loved it
    55. 55. A student shows off his creation Centralized Residential School, Puga Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    56. 56. Creativity abounds M/S Tharuk – 13,169 ft - (91 students) Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    57. 57. The girls get creative M/S Tukla @12,420 ft - (18 students) Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    58. 58. Teacher Training and Capacity Building
    59. 59. Conducting teacher training for new teachers in collaboration with DIET
    60. 60. Teacher Training Conducted at Leh in -25 degree temperatures 100 Headmasters inducted 350 teachers trained in various methodologies 6 month training cycle Library Management Phonic English pedagogy
    61. 61. We’ve sent tourist volunteers to many remote villages In Year 1 alone, we conducted 130 Volunteer Weeks, over 80% of them into villages that never receive visitors
    62. 62. Volunteer Kedar conducts Science Experiments M/S Chulungkha @9,547 ft - (67 students)
    63. 63. Voluntourist Yosha conducts reading programs P/S Pun Pun @12,818 ft - (13 students)
    64. 64. We have mapped each and every school of Leh District 369 schools – All visited and mapped by 17000 ft Foundation – It took us 3 months to visit each of them
    65. 65. Leh District – 369 schools all mapped and assessed by 17000 ft
    66. 66. 17000 ft is on a mission to increase attention towards these villages through Volunteer Tourism Voluntourism Most of these 200+ villages receive visitors rarely and would benefit greatly from visits
    67. 67. Voluntourist@17000ft An opportunity to contribute, a chance to work together Volunteering at a local community by contributing your skills, time and resources has many benefits – Rural communities benefit from the contribution, as well as the interactions and exposure – Volunteer Community benefits by being able to contribute something tangible to a community in need and feel good about the cause Structured engagement Opportunities – Matching skill sets and interests with real needs
    68. 68. Voluntourist@17000ft…what you can do. Limited only by imagination Library Reading Programs Science Experiments Art & Craft Workshops Subject Help Material Donations Sports and Co-curricular Coaching
    69. 69. Don’t just be a tourist Be a Voluntourist Even a 10 day planned vacation can be extremely beneficial
    70. 70. Voluntourist@17000ft Standard10 day Program - On site Plan Day 1 – Day 3 ( LEH ) • Day Arrive at Leh, acclimatize • Day 2 – Local sightseeing & Training at 17000 ft office • Day 3 travel to village Day 8 – 9 (Tourism) • Touring Ladakh, popular destinations • Back to Leh Day 4 - Day 7 (Work at School) • Stay at local home stay • Volunteer at remote school Day 10 (Depart from Leh)
    71. 71. A 10 day Voluntour trip to Ladakh with 17000 ft Day 1 : Arrive at Leh check into a good mid-range hotel. Rest acclimatize Day 2 : Orientation and training at 17000 ft Leh office and local sightseeing. Day 3 : Travel with 17000 ft facilitator to remote village. Stay at local home stay Day 4 – Day 7: Volunteer at local school Day 8 – 9: Tourism at popular destinations Day 10: Head back out of Leh
    72. 72. Voluntouring at a local school Conduct a workshop at the local school – Reading Programs – Science Workshops – Art/Craft Workshops – Library Setup – Infrastructure Setup (Needs fundraising by Voluntourist Group) Schedule built into school timetable – Conduct workshop for 2 - 3 hours everyday – Assigned periods and classes like a regular teacher – Help teachers during the rest of the day – Conduct tuition / homework help by eve – Play and interact with the kids as much as possible
    73. 73. Workshops – How to know what to do? 17000 ft has conceptualized and pre-built workshop modules in keeping with local needs and curriculum Training and orientation on workshops given to Voluntourist on day 2 Modules come with attached kits – Which will be handed to you before you leave for school You will be accompanied at all times by a trained 17000 ft Facilitator for the duration of your program at the school
    74. 74. What you will take with you Checklists Program Module Booklets Feedback Forms Program Kit ( Library Setup/Science/Art & Craft) Training Modules for the school (if any) Video Modules on your laptop/tablet (if you have brought one) Other hardware and material required for your program (library rack, books etc.)
    75. 75. How should you prepare yourself Talk to the facilitators in our office before you leave Take some time to go through our Program Modules and understand them thoroughly before you leave Browse through the books in our Library at Leh and familiarize yourselves with our Library Management System Watch the videos given to you and familiarize yourselves with them
    76. 76. Know Your School Make every attempt to know your school before you go. If you would like to take more giveaways besides the kit that you will be carrying, here is a list of what you can take – Small board games for the school – Simple sports and play equipment is very welcome Remember to take enough for the whole school
    77. 77. Voluntourist@17000ft What are the costs involved and how is my money being spent ? A 10 day Voluntouring trip into rural Ladakh will cost you just a little more than your regular 10 day trip into Ladakh The cost of the Voluntouring Program can be given as a donation to 17000 ft Foundation which is exempt from Income Tax under Sec 80G of the Income Tax Act. Over 75% of your Donation goes directly into Program costs (training, education kits, travel to remote school, home stay at village and a donation to 17000 ft Foundation), while is the rest goes towards Administrative expenses
    78. 78. Voluntourist@17000ft What are good dates to be a Voluntourist? 17000 ft releases Voluntouring dates just before the beginning of the Academic Year of Ladakh (late Jan to early Feb) Good Voluntouring dates are usually between May to Sep, though if you can brave the cold, we would love to have you even during the winter months, as there is a dire need of Volunteers for tuitions – We have special Voluntouring Programs for Dec, Jan and Feb. School Holidays and dates leading to School exams are blocked from Voluntouring, as this tends to disrupt work at the school Please watch our FB Page for updates on Voluntouring Dates
    79. 79. What we expect from our Voluntourists To be the force multipliers of our vision to enhance education and increase exposure in every remote village school to Ladakh
    80. 80. Voluntourist@17000ft What we expect from you To respect the rules of the local schools and curriculum To understand and respect the local customs and sensibilities for the duration of their stay at the local village To make every effort to keep the commitment that 17000 ft has given to the local school on your behalf To have fun and take back life changing memories!
    81. 81. What we expect… Conduct the programs as representatives of 17000 ft Make every effort to maintain the schedule, structure and requirements of the program Fill in and return the program feedback forms – this will help us improve our programs Take a lot of pictures and videos and allow us to use the same, with due credit to you!
    82. 82. FAQ About Voluntouring Some more answers to your questions
    83. 83. Few basic questions answered Is it safe to travel in Ladakh in high altitudes – Ladakh is absolutely safe. All travelers however, are advised to take Diamox one day prior to travel and rest for the first two days on arrival to acclimatize properly. The acclimatization is absolutely mandatory. After arriving in Leh, then what ? – 17000 ft will take care of everything for the team from picking up at the airport, to stay, travel, food, project execution and even suggest tourism options as required, to a final drop off Are we expected to trek to reach our schools – Not at all, there are roads leading to most villages today and trekking is not recommended for anyone unused to it. You will travel by bus/car as the case may be What kind of accommodation can we expect? – A decent hotel at Leh, and very basic room at the local home stay. Large groups traveling together could also expect to stay in tents at the village
    84. 84. FAQ - Some more… What about food at the remote villages – Food is very basic and you can expect “daal”, rice, sometime eggs, or in rare occasions, even chicken/meat. Ladakhis are very hospitable and it is recommended to eat with the local home-stay family How will we know what to do at the remote school ? – Your team will undergo a basic orientation/training on day 2 at Leh, and detailed written/video based documentation on the work you can expect to do. Your activities/workshops will already be built into the school schedule, but you can expect changes and customizations after reaching the site. Is there an age limit for Voluntouring? – Yes, we do not take Voluntourists below 15 years of age, and that too, only accompanied by an adult Is there a limit to the group size that can Volunteer at a school ? – Yes, we ordinarily do not send more than 2 – 3 Volunteers to a school for Workshop modules. However, for infrastructure projects, larger groups can be sent to schools
    85. 85. FAQ - And then some more… What kind of conditions can I expect at the remote village – You can expect to be out of telephone coverage for the five days of volunteering, though every village has a Satellite phone for emergencies. At any cost, you will never be more than 4 – 6 hours away from emergency medical care Are there any restrictions for foreign citizens? – Yes, some very remote villages are out of bounds for non Indians. However, permits are required even for Indians to travel to remote villages. Will the children understand English/Hindi ? – Yes, Ladakhi children and adults understand Hindi and English, though the very young students may not comprehend either and respond only to Bohti, the local language What weather can I expect and what clothing should I bring – No matter the weather, be prepared for changes in temperatures and do bring a light jacket and sweater, even in summer
    86. 86. FAQ – Contd.. Besides a 10 day, what other Voluntouring Options do you offer? – We offer a 10 day Voluntouring, and 16 day Internships (created for students requiring the experience). Durations above 16 days are also treated as Internships without Tourism. Besides, these, we have other specific activity based Voluntouring Programs which we run from time to time. Can I combine my Volunteering with a trek that I want to do in Ladakh – Of course. We can customize your Voluntouring, based on your other tourism needs, for e.g. choose schools near trekking routes. Will I be given a certificate of Volunteering for my work at the remote school? – 17000 ft provides Internship certificates to those who have interned at our office or at a school and have successfully fulfilled the requirements for internship.
    87. 87. Some village views A view of a remote Ladakhi village
    88. 88. Yet another view of a village A view of a remote Ladakhi village
    89. 89. One of the “nicer” Ladakhi guest houses Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    90. 90. A typical Ladakhi homestay Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    91. 91. Your homestay hosts Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    92. 92. A Ladakhi homestay in a more rural region Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    93. 93. Some views you are bound to see A typical monastery in rural Ladakh
    94. 94. A must visit – The Gompa A view of the inside of a monastery
    95. 95. The more interior villages of Ladakh – home to Yaks Lack of classrooms takes education outdoors
    96. 96. And some incredible lakes
    97. 97. No matter how much we prepare you, be prepared only to be humbled and inspired !
    98. 98. Ladakh has 963 schools Over 85% are Govt. schools 93% of the schools are rural With over 70,000 students living and studying in an area which most people don’t know exist We have a mandate to work in every remote school of Ladakh And we can’t do it without your help! So come be a Voluntourist with 17000 ft Foundation!
    99. 99. Our Team Sujata Sahu – Founder Director – Senior Corporate IT Professional, and an educator and facilitator, she holds the Education and Technology Portfolio @17000ft – Email: sujata.sahu@17000ft.org Sandeep Sahu – Founder Director – A Senior Advertising and BTL professional with extensive knowledge of Ladakh – he heads Strategy and Planning @17000ft – Email: s.sahu@17000ft.org Dawa Jora – Director – Heads Operations & Logistics at our Ladakh Office – Email: dawa.jora@17000ft.org
    100. 100. Contact Us Web – http://www.17000ft.org Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/17000ft Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/17000ft Call – 094692-17000 (Leh) – (0124)4062882 (Gurgaon) Email: – Voluntouring – voluntourist@17000ft.org – General Enquiries – reach.us@17000ft.org
    101. 101. Partnerships & Collaborations Pratham Education Foundation – As their J&K implementation partners for Pratham’s National Projects in that region, 17000 ft also collaborates with Pratham in knowledge, resources and learning for their programs Akshara Foundation, Bangalore – Our technology and knowledge partner for the implementation of our Library Programs Department of Education, LAHDC, Leh (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) – An understanding to implement 17000 ft projects in all the remote Government Schools of Ladakh DIET (District Institute of Education and Training)- 17000 ft is the official Training Partner of DIET, LAHDC, to impart Teacher Training to all its Teachers and Principals for “Library Management Systems” and “Phonic English Pedagogy”
    102. 102. www.17000ft.org

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