|Volunteer Opportunities in Dharamsala|
|Many of you are familiar with one of San Diego Friends of Tibet's programs, "Volunteers for Dharamsala." SDFoT created this unique program to send volunteers to Dharamsala and other parts of India to serve the needs of the Tibetans in exile, via careful matching of volunteer skills with refugee/exile needs.
The program is open to volunteers from anywhere in the world, as long as you fluently speak at least one of the primary languages over there: Tibetan, English or Hindi. As for costs, no one is paid and no fees are charged. Basically, you need to pay your own way. Some of the positions provide housing--if so, it is mentioned in the description below.
ESL TEACHERS requested at two places: one is a Nunnery 1/2 hour from Dharamsala, teaching English to 35 nuns from India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Private room and meals are provided. This is a peaceful rural setting in the plains, with the Himalayas in the background. One year commitment preferred.
The second request is to teach English at a Tailoring School to new arrival teens from Tibet. They have about 35 students. This position is part-time in the evenings in Dharamsala, with lots of free time. This Tailoring School is headed by a monk who is the Dalai Lama's Tailormaster, and is located next to Namgyal Monastery. This volunteer is requested to come for at least 3 months, longer preferred.
Also at Namgyal Monastery there is a request for a volunteer to TRAIN MONKS IN VIDEO EDITING AND USE OF VCR on Apple Computers for the Namgyal Video Archive Project. This project works to make videos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Teachings, plus to transfer old tapes onto newer formats to better preserve them. This opening is immediate for about 2 months ending by July. Accommodations MAY be provided in the Monastery, depending on space available.
Next are two requests for PHYSIOTHERAPISTS. Both are for residential schools for handicapped children. The first is for Noenga School, a school for children with mixed handicaps, ages 6 to 16, near Dehra Dun, India, a large city in north/central India, in an agricultural area with beautiful views of the mountains. This is for a minimum of 3 months; housing and food are provided. This position must be planned several months in advance.
The second physiotherapist position is at NyingtobLing School, near Dharamsala. They have 26 students ages 10 to 20, with mixed handicaps. This position is part-time, for a minimum of one month. Accommodations possible.
Also at NyingtobLing School there is a request for a SPEECH THERAPIST, minimum 2 months, part time.
DOCTORS AND NURSES are needed by the Health Department for rural Tibetan settlements in south India. These would be hospital-based, not doing surgery or emergency care. Minimum 3 months. Food and housing provided. These positions need to be arranged several months ahead.
Gu Chu Sum, an organization in Dharamsala for former political prisoners, requests a volunteer to TEACH ENGLISH AND COMPUTERS to 10 students. They should be able to teach English grammar, essay writing, reading, conversation. They should be able to teach Microsoft Word, Excel, Photoshop, PageMaker, Thumbs Plus and web design. Position is for 1 year.
The Tibetan Government in Exile has several requests. DATABASE/QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS Specialist needed to work with ACCESS, SBSS software to manage and analyze various data, such as census data, socio-economic survey data. This person needs one year experience with database management and research ability. Position is for 3 to 12 months or two-week workshops possible. This is in Dharamsala.
They are also requesting a PROJECT MANAGEMENT person, with experience with the "Logical Framework" planning tool. This person would help prepare projects and programs for many departments. Position is for 3 to 6 months.
And last, the Planning Dept. requests a volunteer to help with SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT in the Tibetan settlements. This would be a travelling position, for 3 to 6 months.
Also, here are a few other places to look if none of these positions fits for you:volunteer4Tibet@firstname.lastname@example.org@tibetweb.org
Also: www.volunteerinternational.orgfor many positions around the world.
Please e-mail Dory Beatrice at San Diego Friends of Tibet for further information on any of this, or an application: email@example.com
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