The Volunteer Coordinator works as an assistant in the Volunteer Coordinating Office, located in Lha's main office building on Temple Road.
The duties of the Volunteer Coordinator include maintaining email correspondence with prospective and incoming volunteers, conducting the weekly volunteer meeting, ensuring that all current volunteers have the support they need to work effectively, coordinating weekly social events for volunteers currently in McLeod Ganj, and maintaining the volunteer database for Lha's records.
The main role of the Volunteer Coordinator is to communicate with and help to place incoming volunteers. The goal is to ensure a smooth transition between incoming and outgoing volunteers and to make sure all volunteer positions at Lha are consistently and adequately staffed. Additionally, the Volunteer Coordinator acts as a resource for other volunteers and can help them to find temporary substitutes or alternate placements should the need arise.
Other duties may include occasional office assistant work, creating educational materials for prospective and current volunteers, creating fundraising materials, and organizing weekly events to increase volunteers awareness of Tibetan culture and current issues.
Lha offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Tibetan community. While we welcome drop-in volunteers with no previous communication or planning, we also offer other options for those wanting to plan ahead and receive supported services before arrival in India, upon arrival and during their stay in Dharamsala.
Pre-arranged volunteers are guaranteed a placement at Lha, and we strongly encourage potential volunteers to submit an application before your arrival in India so that we can be sure to place you in a role best suited to your unique skill-sets. Most volunteers work directly with Lha, while others are placed throughout the community with other NGOs.
We believe our reception and orientation service is to the mutual benefit of both Lha and our volunteers, enabling the smoothest and most efficient transition possible to Dharamsala. Please note that all donations received from these services go directly into the social service programs provided by Lha.
If you are trained in any specific skills, we will try to provide opportunities for you to use your expertise to benefit others in our community. If you are planning to just drop in, our office is located on Temple Road in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala (just across from State Bank of India). Our office is open from 9AM-5PM, Monday to Saturday. Please note that the Lha office is closed on the second Saturday of every month.