6 Green Learning Holidays To Go On

6 Green Learning Holidays To Go On
The theme for this year's World Environment Day is #GenerationRestoration, Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

From an eco-traveller to eco builder to volunteering with animal rescue centres, we bring you a range of options to explore post pandemic

Uttara Gangopadhyay
June 05 , 2021
08 Min Read

Did you know that every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands? So why not tune into this World Environment Day (June 5) theme #GenerationRestoration and plan for green learning holidays or activities which can be executed when the pandemic eases?

How to Green your Life

 
 
 
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Want to enjoy a stay in a natural setting and use your holiday to learn a thing or two? Then explore the options offered by Tieedi. Learn about sustainable living, pick up tips about natural farming, or do a course in permaculture. Tieedi is an environment conservation organisation located in Sonada neighbourhood of Darjeeling, West Bengal. According to the organisation, their work revolves around experiential environment education, regenerative tourism, natural farming, decentralised waste management solutions and sustainable land and building design consultation. From dwellings built on cantilevers to give you a house among the clouds feel to a house in the herb garden to a basic backpacker hostel, all the buildings are based on principles of eco-friendly living.

Back to the Basics

 
 
 
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Are you keen to learn about indigenous building materials which have been in use in our country for centuries? You may consider joining a workshop conducted by Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes. Located in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, they have been researching about indigenous knowledge in shelter making, which was practiced in India from the Vedic ages, and offering hands-on training programmes for the same. Founded by natural building architect Biju Bhaskar and his wife Sindhu Bhaskar in 2011, the organisation also conducts campus visits on pre-set days (WhatsApp for permission); walk-in tours are an absolute no-no.  Note: As in person activities are on hold due to COVID-19 regulations.

Animal Love

Are you fond of animals? Want to spend time with them? Then why not choose a volunteering holiday in the sunshine state of India, Goa? At the Primate Trust’s monkey rescue centre. Part of the International Animal Rescue Goa founded by animal welfare activists, Jo and John Hicks, the Primate Trust helps to rescue and provide long term care to orphaned, abused and injured primates, including langurs, bonnet and rhesus macaques, etc. The main animal rescue centre, which largely focuses on sterilisation of cats and dogs, also deals with all animals both domestic and wild from cows to snakes. The monkey rescue centre is located in Camurlim, near Mapusa. The centre does not allow walk-in visitors. However, if you can convince them nicely about your love for animals, they may allow you inside with prior appointment only.

Going Wild

 
 
 
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Founded way back in 1883, the Bombay Natural History Society, now known as BNHS India, is one of the premier scientific organisations in India working for nature conservation.  While the primary goal of the organisation is to spread awareness about nature through science-based research, conservation advocacy, education, scientific publications, etc., it also holds nature tours and other public awareness programmes. The nature tours include both short and long tours in India and abroad. The best part of the tour is that a trained naturalist accompanies every tour, who will tell you about the flora and fauna of the region along with their impact on the environment.

Read: 10 Memorable Experiences To Gift This Holiday Season

Eco-Travel in the Himalayas

 
 
 
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Tucked inside the high mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti is known for its natural and spiritual attractions. However, unplanned tourism can harm its fragile environment. Therefore, if you have Spiti on your travel bucket list, then do plan for an eco-friendly holiday. Ecosphere conducts trips into Spiti alley which merge conservation and sustainable development. Their carbon positive trips create additional livelihoods and revenues for the local communities.

Read: Secluded Landscapes: The Incredible Spiti

Also Read: Going Local in the Spiti Valley

Learning through Folklore

 
 
 
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A spot of volunteering with BuDa Folklore can help you reap years of accumulated knowledge. The main aim of the organisation is to conserve, educate and promote the folklore and natural environment of the Uttar Kannada region in Karnataka. And in the process they boost livelihoods and local economies, help in diversifying farm and forest produce, and promote tribal culture, safeguards natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystems. For a hands-on experience, you may send your kids or young family members on a study tour conducted by them. Or, you may choose to join their volunteering programme. You may also choose to stay in their Gokarna Beach House located in Haarumaskeri coastal village, about 5km from Gokarna Town. Built in traditional Konkani architecture, it can accommodate up to 10 guests; perfect for an off the beaten track holiday with family or friends.


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