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DIMOW, ASSAM: The Journey Of Volunteer Tourism and LMT School

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

Words- Imtiaz Ullah

Photos- Sunil Taye

SalamatRaho presents to you the story of LMT school and volunteer tourism in remote village called Dimow, Assam. This school is a family initiative to  help and guide the kids to open up their arms and embrace the light of arts, crafts, sports, music, yoga etc. This gives them an opportunity to face the world by taking part in workshops conducted by volunteers from all over the world.

Volunteer travel is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way. Travelling always does not mean exploring new places or meeting new people there is a greater connotation to it. It can be more gratifying when one travels for a cause. Mother Nature has given us these beautiful places to explore but it is our social responsibility to travel to these mesmerizing places and give something in return in our own possible ways. This is what I call “Volunteer Travelling” and if we travelers across horizons are aligned on this, we can make this world- a beautiful place to live.

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Know about Dimow

Dimow is a Village in Sissiborgaon Tehsil in Dhemaji District of Assam State, India. It is located 37 KM towards East from District head quarters Dhemaji. 7 KM from Sissiborgaon. 409 KM from State capital Dispur 

Dimow Pin code is 787059 and postal head office is Silapathar . 

Silasuti ( 7 KM ) , Silapathar ( 15 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Dimow. Dimow is surrounded by Daring Tehsil towards North , Dibrugarh Tehsil towards South , Gensi Tehsil towards west , Borboruah Tehsil towards South . 

Dibrugarh , Silapathar , Tinsukia , Duliajan Oil Town are the nearby Cities to Dimow.

Experience the taste of Rural Tourism

  • Guided village walk/hike
  • Swimming in the local river and streams
  • Learn traditional technique of fishing
  • The art of traditional pottery making
  • Traditional method of jaggery making
  • Experience the art of blacksmith forging
  • Experience ancient and traditional method of farming
  • Spend time with local communities to know their rich culture 
  • Cycling to the hills

LMT  School a family Initiative

Established in  2017, LMT school is a low budget private school in Dimow. An endeavour to provide the best possible education at one of the most remote areas of Assam.

 Founders: This school is run by the local Taye family 

  1. Gobin Taye a lawyer practicing at Guwahati high court 
  2. John Taye is an interior designer and           teaches yoga with his wife Sarah (a journalist) at  Luxembourg.
  3. Sunil Taye, left 10 years of corporate job  to      take care of the school with wife who works in medical department and also manages the finances of the school.
  4. Ranjita Patir, wife of Sunil Taye

Objectives of the School

  • Holistic education to the kids
  • An initiative to create a different perspective to the society and create future leaders.
  • The kids are trained on what they love to do.
  • All possible guidance and training are provided to the kids.

Volunteers Tourism Programs

  • Teaching the students in LMT  School

If you are in Dimow for a short while, we wouldn’t recommend working with children. It is not beneficial for children to have volunteers come in and out of their lives at such a rapid rate. This system of volunteering does not give them stability and the actual long-term support that they need. If you have a longer time to commit with proper planning, you can consider teaching.

  • Organic Farming in Kukuli organic farm 

The story of kitchen/food garden started with a husband willing to give his wife what she    

 loved- own kitchen/ food garden. The food/kitchen garden is now growing up to be an amazing food forest.   The farm growing hand in hand with the kids.  Volunteers can contribute valuable labor, among other benefits, to their host farm destinations. The results find that this   non-commercial volunteer exchange is a form of tourism, and that it overlaps to a certain extent with more commercial tourism activity. The contribution of volunteer tourists to organic farms as human resources is an example of a symbiotic relationship or synergy between tourism and environmental projects.

Facilities for Volunteer

  • Stay at a local homestay/ bamboo huts
  • Food – two meals a day and also tea 
  • Vegetables are homegrown and completely fresh
  • Food and lodging is free of cost in lieu of services provided to the host community
  • 4G network available- Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL

How to Travel to Dimow 

  • Guwahati is well connected by flights
  • Nearest airport – Mohanbari Airport  (Dibrugarh ) 1.5 hour drive to Dimow, Dhemaji, from the airport
  • From Guwahati by Railway- 

Kamakhya Junction to Simenchapari station  (7kms away from Dimow)

  • From Guwahati by Bus

Overnight bus service from Guwahati to Dimow is available.

A convenient mode of travel while commuting from Guwahati to Dimow is by taking a bus. The time taken to complete the bus journey is dependent on traffic, roads and climatic conditions.The bus companies adopt safety measures while running their buses from Guwahati and Demow. The smooth availability of bus service creates travel convenience for many people travelling from Guwahati to Dimow.

NomadLawyer has collaborated with the host  in promoting volunteer programs/ tourism in this region. In case you are interested in embarking on a journey to Assam and contribute to the host community, do write to us at [email protected]

We will be happy to assist you.

Essence is contribute to the host community while you travel!

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