Volunteers, interns and researchers at Himalayan Ecotourism
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Volunteers and Interns

Himalayan Ecotourism works with volunteers, interns and researchers.
The Himalayas is an extremely fascinating but fragile place. Long-term welfare of the local villagers and conservation of the natural ressources are serious issues. Working for the promotion of a sustainable development with the participation of local communities while developing ecotourism activities is an exciting opportunity for interns to get to know about the concept of social enterprise.

Our volunteers and interns are typically involved in two domains of actions.

The first domain is related to the development of the "enterprise" aspect of Himalayan Ecotourism. We do not depend on donations or external financing to support our socio-environmental projects. Therefore, it is vital to make Himalayan Ecotourism competitive and financially viable.

The members of the cooperative are in "permanent training". They improve their English, master the use of our CRM platform for management and informatics, practice first aid in wilderness, develop Alpine hiking style, practice winter treks, etc. You can help them with these activities.
You can also get involved in increasing our online presence, be active on social media, create videos, write articles, publish pictures etc.

The second domain of actions is about the development and implementation of our socio-environmental program. You can contribute to the empowerment of women's groups, give training in the production of value-added products, facilitate the introduction of appropriate technologies, help us to reduce forest fires, etc.

Volunteers, interns and researchers at Himalayan Ecotourism
The cooperative president warmly thanks Devanshi the day before her departure


Himalayan Ecotourism welcomes researchers who are interested in research around the GHNP. The ecozone of GHNP has a fascinating and unique local culture. Promoting a sustainable development requires having an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and economic dynamics prevailing in the region. HET welcomes and supports any research in this area.

HET agent

You are welcome to join as an ‘Agent of HET’.

Contact us. We will give you all the necessary information as well as the "tools" that will help you to organize tours to the GHNP and the western Himalayas in collaboration with Himalayan Ecotoursim.

Program 2015

For volunteers and interns

  • Manufacturing of our high-efficiency wood-burning stove that ensures complete combustion of wood and reduce indoor and outdoor pollution. The stove can be used for cooking, heating the rooms and warming water. The stove is adapted to the architecture of the local houses. We need to seek support of government and manufacturers for small-scale production and distribution of the stove in the ecozone of the GHNP.

  • Working for women social and economic empowerment. This consists mainly in encouraging the women organized in Self-Help Groups to launch their own micro-enterprises. We also expect the women to be active participants in our "waste management" and "improved nutrition" projects.

  • Teaching of English to the members of the cooperative.

  • Improvement of the internal management system in the co-operative and instruct the selected members to ensure self-management of the cooperative.

  • Development of ‘alpine’ style trekking. The co-operative understand ‘Himalayan’ style trekking but the style is not always appropriate when a lightweight trek is required to cover longer distances every day.

For researchers

  • Understand the socio-cultural dynamic, economic needs and the management of natural resources related to forest fires.Develop a strategy to trigger a social movement and mobilization of the community to reduce forest fires.

  • Economic conversion for the villagers living on the edge of the park. The villagers living on the edge of the park are extremely dependent on natural resources. Since the creation of the national park, they no longer have access to the park area. Research is required to reduce people’s dependence on the resources of the park and take them on a path of sustainable development.

Volunteers, interns and researchers in 2014

Devanshi Laddha
Intern - Indian Institute of Management, Indore - Development of the capacities of the members of the cooperative to the management.

Hasrat Grewal
Voluntary, she has assisted our efforts to form the cooperative.

Venkatesh Hippalgaonkar
Intern - Information Technology GITAM University,Vishakapatnam - updating the web site http://himalayanecotourism.com Stagiaire - Information Technology GITAM University,Vishakapatnam - Mise à jour du site web http://himalayanecotourism.com

Noyonika Bose
Intern - Presidency University,Kolkata - Participation in a study on the income of the villagers of the ecozone of the GHNP.

Priya Krishnamoorthy
Voluntary - Tata Consultancy Services , Chennai - Development of the strategy of "marketing" of Himalayan Ecotourism.

Juliette Pouradier
Intern - Jean Monnet, Vic In Bigorre, France - Study of issues related to the income of the villagers of the ecozone of the GHNP and the consequences of the establishment of the national park.

Priyanka Sheoran
Researcher - Ambedkar University, Delhi - Socio-economic study in the village of Karongcha.

Jonas Moses
Voluntary - Science Po, Paris, France - Management and accounting of the cooperative.

Mathilde Armand
Intern - ISTOM, Paris, France - Training of women of the village Pekhri to the production of felted wool and jams.

Julie Fleuet
Intern - ISTOM, Paris, France - Training of women of the village Pekhri to the production of felted wool and jams.

Damien Lesage
Intern - ISTOM, Paris, France - Training of women of the village Pekhri to the production of felted wool and jams.

Lani Jones
Voluntary - California, US - Business development and marketing.

Mathilde Halleux
Voluntary - Belgium - She has attended Lani in its efforts in the promotion of Himalayan Ecotourism.

Manu Vikrant
Voluntary - Chandigarh - Teaching of English to members of the cooperative.

Thank you to all of you!

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