Some places never leave you: their beauty, whether it’s the land or its people and their culture, something impacts you deeply in ways I find difficult to convey. This is what happened when I participated in Learning from Ladakh. Living with a Ladakhi family and working on their farm make me question preconceived notions about development, think again about the benefits of globalization, and realize there are alternatives. I recommend this programme to anyone with an interest in these issues.
~ Lauren Howe, Learning from Ladakh participant ~
Join Local Futures
in Ladakh in the summer of 2017
If you are considering a trip to Ladakh this summer, you may be interested in joining our Learning from Ladakh (LFL) program. LFL provides an opportunity to learn from the experience that Local Futures has gained over four decades of working in Ladakh. The program takes an international perspective, but draws heavily on the lessons to be learned from Ladakh’s traditional culture, values and way of life, as well as from the changes that Ladakh is undergoing as a result of pressures from the consumer-based global economy, including tourism.
Through our LFL program, you’ll gain deeper insight into the root causes of today’s global crises and learn effective strategies for positive change. We will question the notions of progress and development and help you rethink your own life and society, through the “learning-from-Ladakh lens”. Simultaneously, you will learn about inspiring initiatives from Ladakh and around the world, and explore strategies for system change that can help you to become an effective change-maker for a healthy and fair future back home.
In 2017, Learning from Ladakh is offered in the month of July and includes:
• A five-day Learning from Ladakh Workshop to be held July 20th through 24th;
• a farm-stay with a Ladakhi family for the length of time of your choosing;
• the opportunity to live with or near the Local Futures’ team and to participate in communal dinners and evening discussion circles;
• free entrance to any of our summer workshops to be held during the months of June, July and August.
Cost: US$ 400
NOTE: The above prices do not include room and board. Expect to spend approximately US$12 per day to cover basic accommodation & food.
To apply or for more information, please contact [email protected]
Help with the Harvest
During the harvest season, between late August and mid September, Local Futures organizes volunteers to help Ladakhi farmers with harvesting. For the farmers, this offers much needed labor; for the volunteers, an opportunity to pick apricots or cut alfalfa and barley with a sickle. Volunteers stay with Ladakhi families on traditional farms in villages near Leh and, in the process, gain a better understanding of Ladakhi rural life and the change it is undergoing.
Please note: These farm stays cannot be arranged in advance due to the unpredictability of the exact time of the harvest from year to year and village to village. Also know that you will need to pay the farmers for your board. If you would like to join, please go to the Women’s Alliance in Leh and contact Local Futures staff there.
We are looking for motivated volunteers to help us promote and manage our activities in Ladakh this upcoming summer. For more information: Volunteering in Ladakh.