india-socioenvironmental

Socio-environmental experience in Udaipur – India

Price  1.300

Engage new thought processes, inspire new ideas and motivate us to bring better and more conscious practices into our lives, our work, our neighborhoods and the world in which we live.

  • Duration Number of days
    10
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Themed travels
  • Reviews 1 Review
    5/5
  • Group Size Medium Group
    20
All about the Socio-environmental experience in Udaipur – India.

If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. – Max Mueller

The journey will have a special focus on re-imagining the dialogue around sustainable development and education through a permanent culture lens. The intention is to engage new thought processes, inspire new ideas and motivate us to bring better and more conscious practices into our lives, our work, our neighborhoods and the world in which we live. This trip is open to anyone interested in communities, the world around us and how we relate to them.

Mumbai: Dharavi Slums

We will meet in Mumbai, giving us the opportunity to visit and explore Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia and home to 1 million inhabitants. Although incredibly poor, Dharavi is also an amazingly industrious and vibrant place, sometimes called the beating heart of Mumbai. The visit will offer a unique glimpse into the chaotic beauty and nuances, as well as the challenges and struggles of informal and unplanned spaces and life in the slums.

Udaipur Rajasthan: Shikshanter

All education is, on the one side a search for the truth, on the other a pursuit of social betterment. – Radhakrishnan

For the final stage of the trip we will head to the magical “white city” of Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan. Here we’ll visit and work with the inspiring organisation Shikshanter. Also known as the institute of unlearning, Shikshantar is a life movement and was founded to challenge the culture of schooling and institutions of thought-control. They believe that it is necessary to engage communities in regenerative modes of lifelong societal learning which grow from a larger understanding of and respect for human potential and dignity, dynamic learning processes and relationships, pluralistic identities, traditional knowledge systems, cultural contexts, the human spirit and connection to the web of life.

They have many projects that they work on in their local region all of which we will have the opportunity to explore.

Our activities with them will include:

  • 2 day village visit to learn about the ancient food and farming traditions. This will involve spending one night out in the village where our group can work in the farm with farmers and learn about the local seed trail. While we’re there, we will also visit the tribal forest community to understand relations between forest dwellers and forest.
  • Meet Swaraj University youth learners at Tapovan Ashram. Learn about natural farming and naturopathy.
  • Illegal mining and local economy village visit.
  • Wisdom Walk (to explore traditional knowledge) in the old city of Udaipur.
  • Visit to the local dump site and engagements with the community who live and make a living off there.
  • Up-cycling Waste Workshops, Herbal Soap Making Workshop and Slow Food Cooking Workshops @ Shikshantar and EcoHut
  • Visit to different organizations around Udaipur working on solutions (traditional water, traditional healers, gift culture projects, organic food).
  • Visit to local artisans and traditional communities (potter, bamboo, miniature painter, broom maker, etc.).
  • Dinner at family homes.

Facilitator

Sophie Edwards – CERES Global Coordinator

Sophie has been working in social equity and sustainable community development in both international and domestic contexts since 2004. Her background in environmental sustainability stems from an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Botany and has broadened to community engagement and development in her Masters in Social Sciences. Before starting at CERES, her working life has taken her through government, not-for-profit and higher education sectors across Australia and the world, including research projects in Papua New Guinea, Project Coordination in Sierra Leone and cross cultural community development in Darwin. She is passionate about experiential learning and challenging people to think about themselves and the world differently. She believes that relationships and stories are what really touch and move people, and that is what she aims to nurture as a trip coordinator and facilitator.
Her favourite things about working at CERES are definitely the pastries they sell at the market café, stealing figs from the secret fig tree and the creative license she is given in her work.

This is not a tour

Remember, this is not a tour and our facilitators from CERES are not tour guides, but facilitators or enablers – working alongside you to achieve insight and understanding of the communities we visit, and to engage discussion within the group and with community members on social and environmental issues. It is expected that you will show some initiative and make a contribution to the journey, through sharing of your own knowledge and experience, and working within the group to ensure a cohesive and insightful experience is shared by all. But most of all, enjoy this trip and embrace India, there is an incredible energy within the culture that is warm and welcoming, vibrant and alive! Step out of your comfort zone and into a world like no other; be prepared to walk through a journey you will never forget.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

MEALS

All meals are included except for 1-3 meals during free time.

ACCOMMODATION

9 nights in a mixture of guest house, university campus and home stay.

TRANSPORT

All internal transport is included.

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

  • 2 facilitators.
  • Facilitators expenses.
  • Community contributions.
  • 2 day village visit to learn about the ancient food and farming traditions.
  • Visit the tribal forest community to understand relations between forest dwellers and forest.
  • Meet Swaraj University youth learners at Tapovan Ashram. Learn about natural farming and naturopathy.
  • Illegal mining and local economy village visit.
  • Wisdom Walk (to explore traditional knowledge) in the old city of Udaipur.
  • Visit to the local dump site and engagements with the community who live and make a living off there.
  • Up-cycling Waste Workshops, Herbal Soap Making Workshop and Slow Food Cooking Workshops @ Shikshantar and EcoHut
  • Visit to different organizations around Udaipur working on solutions (traditional water, traditional healers, gift culture projects, organic food).
  • Visit to local artisans and traditional communities (potter, bamboo, miniature painter, broom maker, etc.).
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International plane tickets.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa costs and arrangements.
  1. Day 1 Mumbai

    Mumbai group to meet facilitators and convergence attendees. We will then visit the Dharavi Slum Colony with Reality Tours. Sleeper train from Mumbai to Udaipur. The meeting point will be communicated to you privately.

  2. Day 2 - Day 10 Udaipur, Rajasthan

    A week with Shikhantar exploring gift culture, reviving traditions and the localisation movement. We will share conversation and wisdom with Khoji’s (truth seekers) and learn how education and agriculture is being done differently in this unique community.

  3. Day 11 Departure, Udaipur

    You will have the day free to hang-out with your group mates and maybe plan another trip 🙂

Accommodation

Accommodation is as far as possible in twin-bedded rooms (sharing with a participant of the same gender). It is in modest, comfortable hotels, guesthouses or guest rooms with our partner organisations. When in villages or small towns on project visits, accommodation can be basic but comfortable. Please let us know early if you would prefer a private room as this can potentially be arranged at an additional cost.

Udaipur city

Accommodation in Udaipur will be Nukkad Guest House in twin or triple rooms. This guest house is in the traditional Haveli style of Udaipur, and was built in the 1800s, so is quite a visual and historical treat!
Address: 56, Ganesh Ghati, Jagdish Temple to Chandpole Bridge Road, Gadiya Devra, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Swaraj University (Tapovan Ashram)

We will stay one night at Swaraj University Campus in the accommodation used by their students. These are basic, dormitory-style rooms with shared bathrooms. The campus itself is a beautiful, tranquil, green, 15-acre space located in an isolated, scenic valley between two mountain ranges and 15kms from Udaipur city. The campus has an organic farm, herb gardens and an Ayurvedic healing centre. This campus is a zero-waste space.
Address: Nayakheda Gaon (2.5 kms off Kundal chowk from Amargarh Resort), Ahmedabad Highway, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Village Visit

Whilst in Udaipur we will also spend 2 nights in a local village. Here we will be staying in home stays. We can expect accommodation to be quite basic but comfortable.

Mumbai

Average high: 30ºC

Average low: 17ºC

Chance of rain: 4%

Udaipur

Average high: 28ºC

Average low: 11ºC

Chance of rain: 3%

India is cheap and you will likely not spend a lot over the 10 days that we’re there. For any additional snack-food, beverages, presents or personal items, I suggest you might only need 200€, which is 15,000 Indian Rupees. You can withdraw Rupees from an ATM at the airport on arrival. There will also be several opportunities to use ATMs in the various locations that we are visiting.

  • There are ATMs in all major cities.
  • Money changers are common, and can change AUD.
  • Keep money and passport in a money belt – when in cities or travelling.

India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C). The two pin plug is also called the Europlug. It has two round 4 mm (0.157 in) pins.

 

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Overall Rating
5/5
Alex
Reviewed On 09/08/2017
5/5

Socio - environmental trips are the best, especially when they are combined with Indian culture. Great tour, kudos!

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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights 
December 3, 2018 - December 12, 2018
Available
 1.300
December 3, 2019 - December 12, 2019
Available
 1.300