Nativefolks believes that travel is a powerful tool for an individual to embrace the culture, arts and truly understand the people in relation to their place. By living with the locals, learning their language and indulging in their daily activities, a person is able to transform to respect and love another human in their own authentic way of living. Through this travel fellowship, we wish to draw together people from around the globe, people seeking to learn about diverse cultures, passionate about rural tourism and fascinated by indigenous communities. The fellows will travel and live in Sikkim, a humble state situated In Northeast India. During this time, they will have the opportunity to explore the culture of the state, immerse in its traditions, art forms and live with the locals by engaging in various community projects.
The four main objectives are:
Sikkim, “The Mountain Kingdom” boasts plunging super-steep valleys thick with lush subtropical woodlands and rhododendron groves. This marvellous northeastern state has numerous gifts to offer every adventurer. Lepchas are the original inhabitants of the state. In spite of the different communities occupying the state, Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese, the people here live in peace and togetherness. The Sikkimese are known for their ancient sport of archery which is played by wearing a traditional costume known as ‘Kho’. The local food reflects the diverse culture of the state which is a harmonious blend of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India.
The selected candidates will have to pay a total amount of Rs.35,000 after confirmation. This amount covers the programme fees and other inclusions.
Walkthrough the countryside and understand the local governance system. Make observations of prominent places in the village, like schools, churches, temples, headman's house, townhall, bazaar, main shops and other establishments. Delve into the organic farming process and gain a basic understanding of the crop growing procedure.
Visit places of historical significance, learn about the culture and tradition of the village and its religious roots. Try your hand at the traditional Sikkimese cuisine and familiarise yourself with different cooking processes.
Stroll through the wild as you stumble upon diverse flora and fauna of the region. Appreciate the harmony between the natives and their surrounding. Explore alternative energy sources consumed by villagers, sustainable ways of living and traditional occupations undertaken by the people. Gain an insight into the economy generated through the traditional occupations.
Traverse the concrete roads and notice the change in lifestyle. Compare and assess the differences and hardships with a change in locale. Learn about effective waste management techniques by understanding the different kinds of waste and their source. Exchange tips on proper waste management with the locals.