An Introduction to Dharamsala

Village in the Sky

The India experience begins the moment you step off the plane and stays with you long after you depart. The mixture of languages, religions, spectacular architecture, and distinctive cuisine will rattle you and leave you wanting more.

India has a buzz about it, a pace and a national character all its own. The complexity that you'll find in India offers you an experience of incomparable historical and cultural depth, and you'll live out this amazing adventure against the backdrop of some of the most incredible landscapes and cityscapes you've ever encountered.

Home to the Dalai Lama, a vibrant Indian community, and several thousand Tibetan refugees, the misty highlands of Dharamsala are a stark contrast to the buzzing cities found elsewhere in India. Dharamsala's mountainside perch among the clouds gives this rural locale a moving and mysterial quality.

...misty highlands of Dharamsala are a stark contrast to the buzzing cities...

Volunteers are encouraged to wear traditional garb as they work closely with Dharamsala's Indian community and learn about local customs and unique traditions.

Summer volunteering only.

Experience New Delhi and Dharamsala as part of one trip for one program fee!

Read more about the India volunteer experience on our blog.


Avg. Annual Temp.
Hindi & English
National Food

Your Dharamsala Staff

CCS wouldn’t be CCS without Bela! Not only is she our Country Director for CCS India, but she’s also one of our founding members, and serves on our Board of Directors. Between her first-hand knowledge of CCS India and her professional and academic background in counseling, Bela is an incredible resource for volunteers.

She brings with her over 20 years of experience in international development and social services, and is renowned for her work in the field of special education. Bela is full of surprises: she loves all kinds of music, from classical Indian to Arabian music, to Jazz, and she’s an award-winning sharpshooter!
Country Staff