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Greetings. I am writing to introduce you to a noble effort in village ecotourism in rural India. It is called the Rural Organization for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.)and was founded in 1981 by local residents concerned about the plight of the poor in the Kanda area of Uttaranchal, India. In 1988 it began accepting international volunteers, eco tourists and students. Since then it has accepted over 300 people from all over the world to work and live immersed in village life and the local culture for anywhere from 1 week to six months. It is a unique approach to tourism that supports and uplifts the local community .R.O.S.E. is currently trying to reach out like-minded individuals and organizations in order to form a network to share information and bring awareness to its existence. To find out more about R.O.S.E., the work it does, and the opportunities it provides for tourists please visit http://www.rosekanda.info & www.bageshwar.nic.in/excursions.htm
First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2005 Best Volunteering programme sponsored by The Imaginative traveler, Winner-Rural Organization For Social Elevation (ROSE) from The World Travel market (WTM) London on 16th November 2005 http://www.presspicture.net/p247t-login.htm
Thank you for your kind attention. Please write if you have an questions or if you have any suggestions on other ways to promote this project.
Jeevan Lal Verma