Volunteer Stories

  • The desert sighs ...

    The places you remember in life are the places that seduce you with their heart. They are the places you return to again and again, each time leaving a mark on your soul and changing your life forever.  My journey in June/July 2011 through the Indian Himalayan ranges to the region…

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  • A New Life for Ahoj

    In April this year, I had a chance to work as a volunteer vet for a VBB project in Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe. I had done this type of work before in Sikkim and thought I knew what to expect from that but in fact, the whole experience from Bylakuppe surpassed my expectations. I was staying at Sera Monastery and worked alongside Tibetans as well as Buddhist monks who work for the project as…

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  • The Great Mountain of the Five Treasures

    Hidden in the icy peaks of the Himalayas is the mystical kingdom of Shangri-La, a utopian paradise promising immortality, enlightenment and eternal happiness to all who find it. Legend has placed Shangri-La in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan – and also in the north-east Indian province of Sikkim. The Sikkimese people believe the sacred mountain of Kangchendzonga, on the border of Nepal and Sikkim,…

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  • Dog catching and desexing with the SARAH Program.

    In October and November 2009, I was volunteering in Sikkim and spent time in the capital Gangtok and also in the north, based at the village of Lachung. In Gangtok and the bigger towns, dogs are generally caught by hand, often with help from the locals or with the aid…

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