Free and Low Cost Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad
Skip Navigation Links
Sikkim Himalayan Academy Logo
OrganizationSikkim Himalayan Academy
Program CostsFree
DurationUp to 2 Months
Room & Board~300 rupies per month
Language RequirementsEnglish
Perched on the slopes of the Himalaya in an ancient Buddhist kingdom, the Sikkim Himalayan Academy provides education, encourages personal development and creates a home for some of the poorest children in the region.

These children come from very poor families and are used to having very little. Their behaviour in class is good and they are motivated to learn and are hard working. They are very happy and friendly and usually polite and uncomplaining. They wear school uniform and change after school although they have few clothes and flip flops are normally their only shoes even in the very cold weather.

They own very little, no toys or books, no TV, radio or music but singing and playing drums and other homemade instruments are popular. They use whatever they find in the surrounding environment to play with and make up games. They also help with chores like collecting firewood and wild fruit, vegetables and nuts. They care for themselves and each other and friendships are most important to them. They rarely fight amongst themselves. They feel very lucky to be in school and to be learning English.