Lha depends on the goodwill of volunteers and monetary and material donations for it to provide essential rehabilitation resources to the exiled Tibetan community. Lha is a non-profit organization dependent on monetary contributions from philanthropic corporations and generous individuals. In India, even a little goes a long way, and a lot goes very far!

Account Name: Lha Charitable Trust
Account Number: 2517000101008335
Bank Name: The Punjab National Bank
Branch: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

Payable to: Lha Charitable Trust
Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219
Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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Cultural Exchange
General Activities


At Lha we welcome you to drop in to the office to talk with us about how you can be involved.

Rewarding volunteer opportunities in community social work and vocational training with the Tibetan refugee community are available for people who have not registered prior to their arrival in Dharamsala. While we will do our best to place you in a role where you will be most happy and productive, we are unable to guarantee a long-term placement for those who have not already pre-arranged their volunteer opportunity with us. If you wish to volunteer for a longer period of time, we highly recommend submitting a volunteer application before your arrival. For more information please see the Pre-Arranged Volunteers section of our website.

If you are a professional in one of our “in-demand” fields, such as photography, grant-writing, web development, or graphic design, please feel free to drop-in to our office. Lha often has a shortage of volunteers with these particular skill-sets, and especially welcomes the opportunity to work with anyone with experience in these fields.

Options for drop-in volunteers include:
Language Class Assistance and English Conversation Classes

A daily one hour class which aims to improve Lha students' English conversation and speaking skills in an informal environment. Here, the volunteers have an opportunity to share stories and ideas, learn about individuals from the Tibetan refugee community and their culture, often making new friends - all whilst providing a valuable service!


Provide one-on-one tutoring with Lha students who have requested further assistance and practice with their English, French, Chinese and Spanish studies.

Special interest days and events

Come along and take part in special events throughout the year such as the World Environment Day clean-up and Health Day with other volunteers from around the world and members of the Mcleod Ganj community.

"On demand" opportunities

With your particular skills and interests, as a drop in volunteer you may be asked to assist in areas of demand at the time of your stay, such as in writing grant applications, web development and graphic design, or to be an assistant or substitute teacher in a language or computer classes.

We will always attempt to accommodate your particular requirements, availability and match your skills with areas where you will be of most benefit. Please be advised though, we cannot guarantee placement in areas other than those listed above as priority is given to pre-arranged volunteers.

We are also happy to redirect you to other local NGOs in the Dharamsala area where you can best contribute.

We look forward to meeting you and have you contribute to the Tibetan refugee community in Mcleod Ganj.

How to find us:

The Lha office is located on Temple Road in Mcleod Ganj - just across from the State Bank of India.

Hours of Operation

Our reception is open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

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"Maybe a class organized by the students where they explain Tibetan history and culture, or philosophy or politics to the foreigners. Again this could be covered in conversation but the problem with conversation is everybody is talking about everything at the same time and it's a bit wild, I don't think the foreigners get as much from it than if it were organized that different people speak at different times. And maybe reciprocation from the foreigners point of view, such as their impressions of Tibet, their view on immolations and China's oppression etc. Also maybe culture differences etc".

Liam Berrington (Ireland) 29th October 2014

"I had such a great experience and wish I could come for longer. I was grateful to tutor 2 wonderful women in the mornings during my time there. They were so committed to learn and I could actually see progress just in our week together. I also learned much about the Tibetan experience and it has given me renewed interest in future volunteering".

Deborah McKeown (Canada) 18th October 2014

Lha has the most stable classes of all the educational facilities in Dharamsala. It is only closed for four days during the Tibetan new year, otherwise, we can attend even in the winter time when for some it is school holidays. Without these great people – the staff members, sponsors, volunteers and other any supporters, how would we Lha students gain these opportunities? I am highly appreciative, and, once again, I thank you for all of your work and your devotion to your goals. -Dolker Choedon, 2008

The service provided by the Lha community is very helpful and the staff members working here are so nice and cordial.- Ngawang Dolma.

For me, the way the teachers teach and administrators administrate is going so well. My hearty wish is that the Lha staff members can carry on their good performance continuously for the betterment of society .- Nyitri.

Ahimsa house was great, the hot water, wifi and filtered water was great to have access to. The meal were excellent, I love all the vegetarian options. Breakfast was also excellent and the fruit was always fresh.- Joanna Johnson

The accommodations were great, it was fun to see “American” food incorporated into breakfast and dinner. Volunteering was a great experience, I feel like I learned as much from my partner as she did from me. The sightseeing excursions were very valuable and definitely enhance the experience. - Maggie Hermann

The rooms of Ahimsa were magnificent and well-prepared. Towels, extra sheets, and bathroom were all clean. The library was a great touch. The meals were great.- Joe Signorelli


Lha Charitable Trust has initiated a new project to promote and broadcast the extensive and valuable teachings and writings of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. This initiative is a part of our project on Preservation and Promotion of Tibetan Culture and Language. These teachings and writings can be found on www.samdhongrinpoche.com

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Tibet Nature is a Tibetan language website which provides information on current environmental issues within Tibet to the Tibetan population across the globe. www.tibetnature.net

Lha’s blog is the place to go for recent news from Lha and its volunteers. At least once a month, a volunteer posts about his/her time with Lha and feedback for the organization. Reading these testimonials is a great way to gain insight into what volunteering with Lha is like if you’re unsure but interested in volunteering.  blog.lhasocialwork.org

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