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Discover the “Venice of the East!” This week-long cultural experience in Rajasthan is the perfect way to start your volunteer abroad vacation in India. Meet fellow participants and future volunteers, learn about traditional customs and go sightseeing.

Program Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in authentic Indian culture
  • Experience the culture through language and cooking lessons
  • Relax through several morning yoga sessions
  • Explore the lovely lakes and sights of Udpair 
  • Book Culture Week with the program Community Aid in Rajasthan and you will receive a 50% discount off the full price of Culture Week. *Discount will be applied to your final balance.

Itinerary (One-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday:
Arrive at  Participants will be picked up from the airport and taken to their accommodation in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Settle into your new home for the week and get to know your fellow participants. 

Day 1, Monday: Following breakfast, participants will receive a welcome introduction to the program in Goa, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, participants will visit the city center, a local temple and enjoy watching a local dance, followed by dinner.

Day 2, Tuesday: Participants will enjoy an early start and light breakfast, this time followed by a yoga session. Following the big breakfast after yoga class, participants will enjoy a Hindi language and Indian Chai tea making lesson. Following the cultural lessons, participants will go on a heritage walk in the old city of Udaipur and enjoy a tour of the Rajasthani Art School. The evening brings dinner and a chance for participants to get to know one another. 

Day 3, Wednesday: This day begins with breakfast and a visit to the local vegetable market. In the afternoon, participants will attend an Indian cooking class, followed by lunch and a relaxing afternoon at a nearby lake. Following dinner, participants will end the night with a Bollywood movie. 

Day 4, Thursday: Participants will enjoy another early start and yoga session, followed by breakfast. The afternoon brings a Bollywood dance lessons, followed by lunch and a scenic boat ride. 

Day 5, Friday: This is a day of discovery! Participants will take the train to Chittorgarh to visit forts and temples, followed by breakfast and more sightseeing. Participants will be treated to an authentic Rajsthani lunch, followed by further sightseeing before returning to the center in Udaipur.

Day 6, Saturday: Depart from Rajasthan this morning or stay on and volunteer at one of the projects.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change.
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Location of the Project:  Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
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Project length:  1 week
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Arrival Airport:  Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR)
Age:  Min age of 18. Age exceptions: Participants aged 16 and 17 may apply with parental consent.
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international participants

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, single-gender rooms
Food:  Three meals during the week, two meals on weekends
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, personal expenses.
India is incredibly rich in both culture and heritage. From its cuisine to its festivals, many are entranced by the country’s beauty and delicate intricacies. Udaipur received its “Venice of the East” nickname because of its spectacular lakes, the most famous being Lake Pichola. The wealth of ornate palaces, ancient temples, colorful streets and stunning views make Udaipur feel like it comes straight out of a fairy tale. The friendly, open nature of its inhabitants adds to its charm, while the hustle and bustle of local markets and endless restaurants leave much to explore.
 
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available in public areas.
Laundry
Laundry:  Volunteers can wash clothes by hand. There are laundry services available for an additional fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will share single-gender, dorm-style rooms. The rooms sleep 4-6 people each and include fans and mosquito nets. All standard rooms have a private, Western toilet and hot-water shower. You may be able to upgrade to a private room for an additional fee, depending on availability (please inquire upon registration if interested). There are lounge areas, a mini library and a beautiful garden for participants to relax in.
Food:  You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian foods, consisting mainly of vegetarian cuisine, including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice a week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18 (16/17 with parental consent)
  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
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