Volunteer in India
In addition to the various options for volunteering, visitors to this remarkable country can embrace the chance to visit world renowned sites, including Delhi’s Red Fort complex and Agra’s Taj Mahal. Witness spiritual worshippers bathing in the Ganges in Varanasi or immerse yourself in yoga practices in one of Rishikesh’s centers. Alternatively you can try your hand at cooking some of the local delicacies with an array of spices to choose from or relax on one of Goa’s stunning beaches.
With some of the world's most impressive natural biodiversity to bustling and productive cities - India really has it all.
Volunteer placements offer something for every curious traveler or volunteer, with the opportunity to give back to some of India's impoverished communities. You may want to volunteer with the youth of India by joining one of the many teaching or child care project throughout the country, or alternatively gain experience and insight into the medical field by helping out at a local health clinics.
Even though India has taken essential and effective steps in combating poverty over the past few decades, it still remains an issue across the country, while approximately a quarter of the population continues to live below the poverty line. It is no surprise then, that a large portion of volunteer work in India is geared towards providing aid to some of India’s poorest citizens helping to provide essential services they may not ordinarily have access to.
Understandably, the most popular areas within which to volunteer abroad in India are in healthcare, education, and community development and child care. The potential for making a difference while volunteering abroad in India are insurmountable, and the location of the project's vast, but every one worthwhile.
Whatever you think you know about India prior to volunteering abroad will be challenged and changed during your time there, The country will continue to surprise you in the most wonderfully beneficial way. You will often be working in and amongst some of the country's poorest communities, and this in itself will be a powerful opportunity to learn about yourself and the rest of the world. Travelling and volunteering in India will undeniably change your life, your perspective and at its core every person you meet along the way - a true opportunity to make a difference. read more close
In the mornings I worked with children from the Special Needs School in Udaipur, and in the afternoons I taught English in an after school community class. We took the special need children to the zoo and spent a lot of time doing crafts which they loved. As it was Christmas time we spent the last few days before their school holidays making a Christmas tree!
In the Deaf and Mute school, I learned basic Indian Sign language and taught English and vocabulary, and did arts and crafts.When I went to the Community Center, the children were split up into 4-5 different classes based on their age. I spent time with the toddlers and 6-10 year olds. We had so much fun reading, spelling, writing, and counting.
... my time spent in the hospital reduced the stress on the doctors in a severely understaffed hospital, and made a positive contribution to the people of Palampur. I helped perform tasks such as assisting geriatric patients in and out of their beds, taking blood pressure and vitals of post surgery patients...
The small hospital waiting room was crowded––full of patients from the surrounding villages seeking medical treatment. The doctor and medical staff hurried to and fro, despite the stifling heat, to treat the overload of patients. This was the scene in Karan Hospital, just outside of Palampur, India, every day. The doctors are heroes here, working endlessly to observe, diagnose and treat the plenitude of patients––a job of at least five doctors in a Western medicine facility. This is what medicine, the pursuit of helping people, is all about.
I volunteered with ‘street children’ at a local school. The volunteers and I were welcomed with lays, blessed with bracelets, and milk tea. I spent my time teaching English, mathematics, playing, singing, dancing, and learning from the children themselves, as they taught me even more than I could ever teach them. After volunteering, we would head off to some more tourist activities such as, visiting the Akshardham Temple and watching their magnificent water show.
Our way of living in the West differs drastically from the way people live in India. As volunteers we saw incredible things we would have never imagined during our stay, such as how people really live in the slums. This was thanks to coming as a volunteer rather than as a tourist, which allowed us to immerse ourselves into the culture in a special way. We were able to see this unbelievably chaotic borough from the inside (even the inside of the houses!) thanks to the children (students from the school) who guided us through.
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