The logistics

Young children in Sainji working together

Details of the dates, costs and other logistical information can be found on the ICE website pages

In very practical terms, Sustainable Sainji provides students with an opportunity to practice and develop their discipline specific skills and knowledge in a sustainability context, and feed back into their curriculum. Their experience also brings to life the aspirations and practicalities of several of the Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. no poverty, quality education, good health and wellbeing, reduced inequalities and clean water and sanitation). Following the trip to India, volunteers are encouraged to capture and reflect upon their experience, their new skills and knowledge and how it has impacted their worldviews and future career ambitions.

You will spend the first couple of days mainly observing what is going on, getting familiar with the village, school and its people, gaining crucial background knowledge of the current situation.You will then get involved in participating, undertaking a range of activities depending on what theme you are involved with. This may involve holding a teachers' workshop, a women's meeting in the village, collecting and analysing water samples, or painting or decorating a room or classroom. There will be an opportunity to visit Mussourie, an old colonial Hill Station which is now a bustling town where in the summer months Indian tourists come to escape the heat of the plains. At the end of the trip there will be an opportunity to visit Rishikesh, take part in a Yoga or spiritual retreat or relax on the beaches of the Ganges or go trekking in the hills.