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India has always been a great travel destination due to its exoticism, mysticism and its rich cultural heritage. Despite having experienced a great economic growth in the last few years, there are still social inequalities and poverty. Our local partner in India is an organisation that has been placing international volunteers in various local projects located in different areas of the country. This volunteer program in India will give you the opportunity to know the reality of the country closer and contribute somehow with your work to improve the situation. At the same time you will have a better chance to experience the Indian culture and learn from it than just being a tourist. However, if you also wish to travel to some tourist destinations in India, this organisation can arrange some tours for you that you can combine with your volunteer programme.
Projects & Locations:
The type of projects you can choose from are:
There are three locations for this volunteer program in India. All the projects mentioned above are present in the three locations, except from animal care and elephant village (only in Jaipur).
Requirements for volunteers:
– Minimum age of 18 years.
– Be able to communicate in English.
– Criminal Background Reference check (for volunteering that involves working with children).
– Teaching certificate preferred for working in the schools, especially long-term volunteers. If not, volunteers will only work alongside with other teachers as assistants but never on their own.
– For teaching volunteers, it is required a minimum of 4 weeks availability.
– For medical volunteering, participants are required to show their qualification, experience or background with a CV, letter and related documents.
– Have an interest in the project area, and some knowledge and/or experience is an advantage.
– Flexible and adaptable to different situations.
– Good state of health.
There is a period of orientation for one or two days prior to volunteering that includes the following topics: India & its culture, briefing on schedule and project activities, personal safety & code of conduct, cultural responsibility and Hindi tutorial.
Volunteer tasks at the project:
– Women empowerment: Teach English and computers; Organise recreational and awareness activities; Enhance women self-confidence.
– Child care: Assist in midday meal; Teach songs, manual arts and games; Encourage physical activities and healthy habits; Provide emotional and social support.
– Teaching: Assist teachers during the classes; Teach English, Math and functional literacy; Games and sport activities; Community visits and tracking of school drop outs.
– Medical & nursing: Assist the nurse; Advice for patients and their relatives; Maintain case history; Medical health check-up in community; Health education.
– Beautification & renovation: Cleaning and dusting; Scrapping off the old paint; Painting of walls; Design of drawings for walls; Finalise the project.
– Animal care & rescue: Dressing up their wounds; Assist in routine hospital check-ups; Clean cages and put fresh water; Feed the animals and encourage them to eat.
– Elephant village: Help in bathing & feeding the elephants; Teach at school and prepare teaching materials; Games, arts and storytelling for children; Prepare recreational activities for children and women; Community visits for health and hygiene campaigns.
Volunteers usually work from Monday to Friday, but during the first week the first 2 days will be for arrival, orientation and introduction to the project. During the week some leisure activities will be offered when volunteers are not working. At the weekends volunteers that are on the volunteer + travel programme will go on the tours while the others will have free time to do their own thing.
The organisation offers a number of leisure activities to volunteers so they can experience Indian culture in their spare time: yoga sessions, Hindi lessons, Bollywood dance classes, henna workshop, cooking classes, Indian dressing workshops, local food preparation and tasting, dinner with a local family, etc.
Accommodation and meals:
The organisation owns volunteer houses at every location. This house has the next en-suite facilities available: bedrooms (usually shared with other volunteers), recreation lounge, laundry facilities, free internet, dining room, purified water and fridge. Meals are provided at the volunteer house but volunteers will take packed lunches with them to the projects.
Available tours: (For the volunteer + travel programme)
– Taj Mahal: For Jaipur and Himachal programmes.
– Pushkar and camel safari: For Jaipur programme.
– MacLeod Ganj: For Himachal programme.
– Visits to North Goa and Palolem: For Goa programme.
If you want to do more travel and be part of a group, you can can check our India experience programme.
Volunteer program: €750
Volunteer + travel program: €950
Weekly extension: €150
Special projects: €70 for medical and beautification & renovation; €40 for elephant village.
Single occupancy charges: €150 additional per week per person
*Twin occupancy charges: €75 additional per week per person
*Subject to availability of companion to share a twin room
* Note: Prices might increase if there are exchange rate fluctuations/increases
This price includes:
– Airport transfers: From Delhi airport for Jaipur and Himachal programmes and from Goa airport for Goa programme.
– Accommodation at the volunteer house with up to 4 participants per room with same gender.
– Authentic Indian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the programme. At some tours, free days and returning day to airport some of the meals might not be included (this will be specified in your final itinerary).
– Presence of a programme coordinator during your stay.
– Local transportation from accommodation to project.
– Extensive pre-departure information, post-arrival printed material, regular training and support by the Indian organisation to prepare the participants for their experience.
– Tours: For the volunteer + travel programme there will be two tours included of 2 days and 1 night each.
This price does not include:
– Flights: Everyone has to book their own flight.
– Visa: The application process and cost are responsibility of every participant.
– Personal travel insurance.
– Meals: The meals that will not be mentioned in the final itinerary and drinks during tours (purified water will be always available at the volunteers houses).
Please, ask us and we will let you know the start dates for this year.
Currency: Rupee (1€ corresponds to about 78 Inr).
Climate: Depending on the area, the climate can be tropical and wet or desert.
Documentation: Passport and visa.
Health: Typhoid and hepatitis A and b vaccines are recommended.
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