WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of India, and of course Mysore, with visits to local sites of special interest, cooking lessons, and possibly your first taste of yoga and meditation, practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, your briefings for the volunteer work will begin.
You will work closely with the mahouts at an elephant camp famous for being the training location of the Mysore Dussehra elephants. Learn from the mahouts as you develop your own bonds with the individual animals through the work programme of feeding, habitat plantation and reforestation, and general ecological maintenance. Your work will also extend to the local community and you can assist with the ongoing community development projects, such as infrastructure building and repair and teaching activities.
With weekends spent near Mysore you will have the perfect opportunity to delve into the culture of India, exploring your surroundings even further and understanding what drives this wonderfully unique country forward. With a range of extra activities available to you, at additional cost, you will find your biggest problem is finding enough time to fit everything in!
Please note that this programme focuses more on spending time with elephants rather than actual wildlife conservation work.