• About the Travel Fellowship
  • In what way is this fellowship unique and creative?
  • What is the social value of this fellowship?
  • Who is eligible for the fellowship?
  • About Sikkim Program
  • Duration of the fellowship:
  • 10- Day Program Structure:
  • One Month Fellowship Program Structure:
  • How can you apply?
  • Register
About the Travel Fellowship

About the Travel Fellowship

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.

In what way is this fellowship unique and creative?

In what way is this fellowship unique and creative?

This fellowship is aimed at creating a positive impact in the lives of the Sikkimese people and the traveller. Through research and participation in workshops held by change-makers, the participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the culture and community activities of the state. This will help them in creating ideal solutions and introducing innovative ways to tackle grassroots problems faced by the community. This program is aimed to provide an experience of being a leisure traveller to a responsible traveller and thereby changing one’s perspective on life.
What is the social value of this fellowship?

What is the social value of this fellowship?

The four main objectives are:

  • To provide the young population of this world with a transformational experience
  • To help sustain the lesser known communities of Northeast India by undertaking community projects.
  • To  inspire the urban class people through the experiences of young fellows
  • To create awareness about India’s diverse and rich culture
Who is eligible for the fellowship?

Who is eligible for the fellowship?

  • An avid traveller with a creative mind bursting with ideas.
  • Having experience working with communities in India would be plus
  • Worked previously on any community projects or created models to help bring about social change.
  • Passionate about different cultures, traditions and languages
  • A strong believer of living a simple life
About Sikkim Program

About Sikkim

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.  

Duration of the fellowship:

Duration of the fellowship:

Short duration programs are designed 10 days. Long duration program is structured for 4 weeks.

We invite applications for our upcoming program scheduled for April/ May/ June 2019 batches.

10- Day Program Structure:

Our short duration program offers an abstract experience of 4 week travel fellowship program:

  • Introduction, basic orientation and village tour
  • Informal language class, transect walk with farmer and indulge in agricultural activities.
  • Hands on making local culinary dishes.
  • Interaction with community members, understanding the local culture, tradition and eco-system
  • Practical workshop on any one of the activity - chemical free disinfectant, seed banking, waste management, kitchen garden
  • Cultural engagement local folk dance and music (Subject to minimum of 10 participants)
  • Free day to explore around the village.
  • Final reflection and see off.
One Month Fellowship Program Structure:

One Month Fellowship Program Structure:


Week 1: Exploring the Village

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.

Week 2: Digging Deep into Culture and Traditions

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.

Week 3: Understanding the Ecosystem and Biodiversity

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.

Week 4: City Calling

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.

How can you apply?

How can you apply?

Interested candidates are requested to fill in the questionnaire. Shortlisted candidates will have a telephonic interview and evaluated on the right fit. Selected candidates will have to confirm their seats by making full payment of the program within stipulated deadline usually one week from the date of intimation of selection.


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