ASB is incredibly excited to announce yet another year partnering with the incredible organization Yearoutindia (YOI). After completing four very successful projects with YOI (read more in the "past projects" tab), we feel that ASB returning to a familiar place to complete another project is a great decision.
Location: Kerala, South India
About the Organization
Yearoutindia aims to represent, support and facilitate wildlife conservation and community development programs in south India through professional and well planned volunteering programs. They are committed to direct involvement in local communities and environment conservation programs. YOI aims to assist volunteers to come together for a common purpose, to promote and develop local volunteering and voluntary action and to enable local people to benefit directly from such activities. YOI constantly strives to develop strategies and methodologies to ensure harmony between visiting volunteers and local social, culture and natural environment.
The ASB team will be living and working in a rural village called Marayoor. Marayoor is located in South India in the Western Ghat mountains. This is the same destination as the 2016 ASB India project! The team will take part in small scale building work to improve housing and sanitation conditions for local families in the area. The project site is quite rural and has challenging terrain. There is limited access to electricity and piped water. The community we work with are very welcoming and engage with the volunteers to make them feel welcome and also ensure completion of the project.The project will involve building of sanitation facilities (latrines, see below) along with small scale renovation. Where appropriate, the team will also be involved in installation of the Solar Light Kits at the near by tea settlements. All project builds will be fully managed by the team with the support of local a YOI coordinator and staff.
ASB will be hosted in a local school (school is on summer holiday during our stay). The accommodation is very basic and has Indian style squat toilets, limited electricity, and little running water. The food for the team is prepared daily by local YOI staff, and it is delicious traditional Indian meals- with spice levels adjusted to your liking- not to mention chai tea and biscuits multiple times a day!
Team members next to completed latrine.
Traditional Keralan food on the backwater boat cruise.
Our backyard in the Mannan tribal village, Kozhimala.
YOI coordinator, Nittin.
YOI coordinator, Nittin, in Munnar.