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.
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.
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.
- 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.