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RC-MTV-ENV-2/21 INDIA Baddi villages (Solan) ENV 01/07/2021 31/12/2021

Project No.: RC-MTV-ENV-2/21: Water Conservation (NRM)
Period: Open July 2021 Onward

Age: 18+
Location: Baddi villages (Solan)
Placement: Placement is offered for upto 6 months.
Joining dates : Any Monday (preferable) during the project cycle

Background: Our project area of
Himachal Pradesh has breathtaking views.
Since ages, the mountain people depend on
natural spring to meet their fresh water
requirements. The area has abundant of
fresh water natural springs. These
resources are under tremendous pressure
due to environmental degradation, human
negligence paired with his rapid thirst for
urbanisation.
RUCHI has worked towards protection and
development of these fresh water springs
for more than 20 years, but still a lot has to
be done.
Work: Volunteers under this project will be
based in rural setting and involved in need
based protection and conservation activities
including creating awareness regarding
environmental importance of fresh water.
The saying ïf there is going to be a Third
World War, it will be on water” goes well
for this area too. Even though the area
gets ample rainfall there is a perpetual
shortage of water in dry months. The
problem is more of management and not
availability. Every drop of water needs to
be conserved. Volunteers also expected to
develop methodology to protect and
replenish these fresh water sources.
Working closely with local community
members following tasks shall be
undertaken by volunteers.
 Mapping all fresh water bodies
within project area.

 Evaluating their present conditions:
measuring flow rate, collecting water
samples for testing.
 Developing and implementing a
recharge plan using traditional
methods and using local resources.
 Organising educational campaigns
encouraging community participation
in the process and cleaning up work.
 Creating and executing protection
plan for springs.
Accommodation: Basic, simple, safe &
clean. Host family or RUCHI campus on
sharing basis(Twin or triple) with common
toilets and bath.
Food: Food offered will be simple
authentic Indian vegetarian and freshly
cooked. Three meals a day will be served.
Assistance while cooking is desired and self
cooking can be organized by volunteers.

PARTICIPATION FEE: The participation fees are as follows:
Per month - Euro 400/- (Fee has to be paid in advance. The fee is worked out on
monthly basis and not daily or weekly basis and hence it remains same even if one leaves the
project a day or week earlier)
The participants are required to pay the fee in cash on the first day of their arrival at site, Bank transfer
service & transferwise details available upon request. The contribution covers all basic expenses, e.g.
accommodation, gas, water, electricity, food, staff salaries and for materials used in projects/activities.
Alcoholic drinks are not included. Alcohol drinking and smoking is not encouraged in public and villages.
Project related travel expenses shall be reimbursed to volunteer each month with a maximum cap of
rupees 800. Leisure travel and personal expenses during free time are not covered in participation fee.
Why the extra fee?
RUCHI, like other NGO’s in India, is not financially supported by government to host projects related to
IVS. Hence all projects are self funded with a participation fee. Given the remote location and various
complexities we have tried our best to make it as affordable as possible for volunteers. Being a non-profit
organization we emphasize on transparency, below is how we spend collected participation fee.
 Food, accommodation and logistics of volunteer during workcamp.
 Project setup costs. (material and logistics cost)
 Running the camp. (wages of professional like mason, carpenter, plumber etc and training local
youth supported by us.)
 Office running/admin expenses. (Internet, photocopy, stationary, electricity, phone, salaries,
office equipments, tools and rent etc.)
 Supporting small community project.
 International travel costs to annual global conferences and membership fee for networking.
Visa:
All volunteers are required to get Indian visa to enter the country. As per the new regulations an
employment visa is required for their placement with Indian NGOs. For details kindly refer to
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa. RUCHI will be happy to assist you with required documents.