Sustainable Sainji

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Sainji fields

We are looking for students and staff who would like to visit Sainji and help with a number of projects. Sainji is a village of around 400 people situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the North Indian state of Uttarakahand. The villagers live by growing rice, wheat, maize and vegetables on steeply terraced hillsides.

Sainji village

Since 1980, Sainji village, under the headship of Kunwar Singh Chauhan has made significant progress. It now has a road, irrigation canals, water and electricity (albeit intermittently) and, since 2009 also a privately run school, GEMS, where around 200 children from the area are able to gain an education which will give them choices; to work within and for the community to ease the toil and hardship of village life or seek paid employment elsewhere and return remittances to their families. The school teaches in English, giving its pupils a vital skill to enable them to compete with their better off peers for paid employment. Lori McFadyen, Kunwar's wife, works tirelessly to ensure all the pupils get the best possible education. Kunwar and Lori also host a regular stream of volunteers to work with the teachers and pupils to raise the quality of their English and education.

Sainji village children and buildings

Despite the significant progress there is still much to do and you are likely to have knowledge, experience and skills which you can use to make a difference at the school or in the village. Do you want to help, and also gain a unique and possibly transformational experience that will also help you gain key employability skills for your future career. Then read on, and watch the video.

Key facts

Sainji football
  • Where - Sainji, Uttarakhand, Northern India
  • When - 26 August to 10 September 2016 (provisional)
  • Costs - £1100 (provisional) plus minimum £200 fund raising
  • Passport/Visa - It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct passport/visa. (For UK citizens a visa costs around £70)
  • Health - You will need to visit a travel clinic/doctor for advice on vaccinations etc
  • Insurance - You will be covered by the University's comprehensive insurance for the duration of the organised trip

For more information visit our International Community Experience page.