People from Mugaiyur standing in front of their community centre and holding up the Welsh flag.

Volunteering Trip to India – Calling all 18 to 25 year olds!


No Smoke Without Fire: Eco-Cookery Project in India

Are you passionate about sustainability, cultural exchange, and learning new skills? This fully funded volunteer trip to India might be your perfect adventure!

Project Summary:

The “No Smoke Without Fire” project is a unique opportunity to learn alongside communities in Mugaiyur, Tamil Nadu, about eco-friendly cooking methods. This 2 week fully funded Taith project, in association with the Royal Society of the Arts, aims to:

  • Raise awareness, design and build creative sustainable cooking options like fabric slow cooker bags and wooden sun cookers.
  • Benefit the community by saving money on fuel, promoting safety (no open fires!), and reducing harmful smoke inhalation.
  • Foster cultural exchange through shared experiences and learning about each other’s food cultures through intercultural evenings and celebrations. 
  • Serve as a catalyst for personal growth, as participants step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges with open minds and hearts.

What you’ll do:

  • Learn to make fabric slow cooker bags and wooden sun cookers alongside other young people in the community. 
  • Work collaboratively with Indian communities, focusing on cultural sensitivity and mutual learning. 
  • Embrace intercultural exchange through shared meals and celebrating traditions.

What’s included:

  • Fully funded trip to India including flights, accommodation and food for 14 days. 
  • Comprehensive 6-week pre-departure training on cultural sensitivity, project goals, and practical skills.
  • Residential training in South Wales.
  • Support from an experienced team member throughout the project.

Who can apply?

We are looking for 10 enthusiastic young people aged 18-25 who are:

  • Passionate about sustainability and environmental issues.
  • Open to learning new skills and cultural exchange.
  • Team players with a positive attitude.

Welsh Government is giving additional support to people with disabilities and more information on this can be requested through the application form.

Ready to join the adventure? Click here to apply!

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