Volunteer at The Sun School, Kargyak, Zanskar

You can support the construction of The Sun School by joining the project as a volunteer. We welcome all volunteers who are willing to dedicate their knowledge, experience, skills, and time to the children of Kargyak.

You can participate in the project in two different ways: as a fieldworker at Kargyak or as a member of the project team in Prague and other locations.

Who are we looking for?

We need people who like manual work. If you are a bricklayer, a carpenter, a cabinetmaker, or a stonecutter, either as a professional or as a do-it-yourselfer, you are most welcome to take part in the construction of the building.

People familiar with the process of construction and its supervision: We will make use of building engineers, architects and surveyors.

People able to help when somebody gets injured or feels sick: Are you a medical doctor, a nurse or do you have any certificate in life saving or first aid, you will be an important part and support of the team.

People wishing to dedicate their time and patience to children. Several teachers usually come for six months and teach not only English, but also basic skills that Europeans sometimes take for granted.

We require all volunteers to come to Kargyak for at least two months within the summer period (May to September).
For the following terms we only need teachers: 11/2008 – 4/2009 and 5/2009 – 10/2009.

Experience with cooking for larger groups is more than welcomed.

What you can count on?

A demanding journey and acclimatization. The area is high in altitude, remote, difficult to access and harsh. A car or bus will drop you within several days walk to the village. It is necessary to climb up slowly because of the possibility of altitude sickness – you will spend at least one week trekking. The trek itself is an amazing experience, but you should be familiar with mountain walking.

A financial participation

We will provide you with food and accommodation in the village. You‘ll have to pay for your transport, visas, insurance and vaccinations.

The work will matter, the landscape is inspiring, there will be lots of fun, and the difficulties will be forgotten!

What can you do now?

Read the frequently asked questions.

If you believe that your participation in our project will benefit both you and Surya, please send us your CV with a photo and a short cover letter telling us why you want to help us in the mountains.

DOMESTIC TRANSPORT – How will I get to the village?

There are two main ways to get to the village are via Manali and via Leh.

  • Journey via Manali:
  • DELHI – MANALI – DARCHA – KARGYAK = 2500IRs – 8-10days
  • Bus Manali – 500Irs – could be bought only in India
  • Bus or jeep to Darcha – 140/300 IRs per person
  • 5 days walk from Darcha to Kargyak (1 horse for backpacks approx. 300 IRs/day)
  • Journey via Leh:
  • DELHI – LEH – KARGIL – PADUM – RARU – KARGYAK = 150-200USD (one-way Delhi-Leh; depends on age) + 3000IRs – approx. 5-7days
  • Leh by air – approx. 150USD
  • Bus from Leh to Padum – 700IRs (2 days journey) it is possible to divide the journey into 2 days or to use a jeep (jeep for 6-10 people approx. 12000IRs)
  • Jeep from Padum to Raru (300IRs/person) or 1 day journey on foot
  • From Raru to Kargyak 4 days on foot in ideal conditions (1 horse for backpack approx. 300IRs/day)

You can also view detailed map of the trek and map of India with highlined village of Kargyak and Padum or download them in high resolution:
map of the trek (1800x1300px, 1.02MB)
map of India with Kargyak and Padum (1600×1600 1.1MB).

* Construction: school building, ground floor
* Place of the construction: Kargyak village, region Zanskar, state Jammu and Kashmir, India
* Location: latitude 33° 03´ 45‘‘, longitude 77° 13´ 30‘‘, elevation 4200 m
* Investor: Obcanske sdruzeni SURYA – Czech NGO
Surya Civic Association
Address: Štáhlavce 1a, 160 00 – Praha 6, ?eská republika
I?O: 27033473
Phone number: +420 606 411 686, +420 608 522 854

Living at 4200 meters – Part 1
Sun School students introduction, trek to Kargyak, Kargyak and Skyn villages

Living at 4200 meters – Part 2
Doxas life, life in the fields, the houses, the food, the people, the flora