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It is estimated that more than 400,000 children live and work on the streets in India. Mainly because of family conflict or poor home situations, these children come to live on the streets caring for themselves, and often working, in an attempt to provide food or shelter. In Delhi, the capital city, there are close to 175 000 street children, 7-10% of whom are runaways.

This project aims to put smiles on the faces of these countless disadvantaged street children by providing them with opportunities to play games, engage in educational and recreational activities and spend time with volunteers like yourself. Through hands on activities, volunteers help to create an environment that is conducive for the holistic development of these children and encourages them to become a part of mainstream society.
Location of the Project:  Delhi, India
Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 8 weeks
Arrival Airport:  New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Volunteer Work:  Childcare, teaching, recreational activities with children
Age:  18 - 65
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 4 International volunteers
Important Note:  A tourist visa is required to enter India and most volunteers apply online. A visa cannot be obtained for a stay exceeding 180 days.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a volunteer house
Food:  Two meals a day are provided - No meals are provided on Sundays
Airport Transfers:  Included on day of arrival
Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Orientation:  Brief orientation provided upon arrival. Volunteers may choose to add a full Orientation Week as well.
Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, local transportation, transportation back to airport (can be arranged for $20),visa
Delhi is located in Northern India, comprising Old Delhi and New Delhi, and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the world. This bustling metropolis is a true reflection of the meeting of the old and the new and offers exciting things to do and places to see.

As the capital city, and main gateway to India, Delhi is made up of spacious, tree-lined avenues, national institutions, museums, landmarks and chaotic markets or bazaars. With an incredibly rich history, a vastly diverse number of ethnic groups and stunning temples, the capital of India has become an extremely popular destination for all types of travelers.
On this project, volunteers will have the chance to work at different shelters or homes for street children in and around New Delhi. The main focus will be to provide love and care for the children while engaging them in informal education, including basic literacy, as well as playing games and engaging in creative activities with them.

Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities may include:
  • Assisting with informal education, including organizing and managing outdoor recreational games while helping to create a safe and positive environment for the children.
  • Helping teachers during English classes as well as other subjects like basic Math and Geography. You may be asked to help design creative activities for these classes.
  • Assisting the staff with various tasks around the center.
  • Providing support and positive reinforcement to the children, talking to them about basic life skills and health management.
Volunteers are expected to work 5 days a week with evenings and weekends free.

A typical day:  At 8:30am, following breakfast,  you will travel to your project location with your choice of public transport, i.e. bus, metro or auto rickshaw. All project sites are approximately 20 - 40 minutes away by public transport. You will usually start work around 10:00 am for 4-5 hours, depending on the amount of work needed on particular days. Lunch can be taken at a nearby restaurant or cafe which will be shown to you during your orientation. Evenings are free for you to discover the city or relax at home with your fellow volunteers.

Note: Volunteers will need to use public transportation such as buses, auto rickshaws or Delhi Metro to go to the projects.
Internet:  Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house.
Laundry:  Laundry is not provided – but there are facilities in the area at an additional cost
Accommodations:  Volunteer accommodations consist of shared rooms in a volunteer house. The accommodations have filtered water, a fridge, a microwave, running water and electricity along with air - conditioning for the summer months.
Food:  From Monday - Saturday, two meals a day are provided - breakfast and dinner. Included meals are made up of typical vegetarian Indian dishes which may include Dal (Lentils), Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad, Yoghurt and Roti (Indian bread). On Sundays volunteers are responsible for their own meals.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age 18 
  • Good command of English
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
  • Police clearance form
Travel Extras:
Volunteers are encouraged to join the Orientation Week prior to their volunteer project. During this week you will learn the language, history and culture of this majestic country while exploring the different sights of Delhi.

The following excursions can also be arranged at an additional fee and offer a wonderful opportunity for you to visit other parts of the country while you are volunteering in Delhi.
  • Agra Day Trip: An incredible opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal - one of the 7 Wonders of the World, as well as the historic Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal Empire.        
  • Amritsar Weekend Tour: Amritsar is one of the most important cities in the Indian state of Punjab and is home to the world famous Golden Temple, one of the most important Sikh pilgrim centers in the world.
  • Golden Triangle Tour (2 nights/ 3 days): Take this trip to the famous cities of Jaipur and Agra - a perfect tour of the triangle. This tour captures the great Indian pageantry combining historic, bustling Jaipur - palaces, forts, and culture and Agra famous for the great Taj Mahal.
  • Jaipur Tour (1 night): Jaipur is the capital of the great historic state of Rajasthan. Also known as the pink city, it showcases the great culture, arts and history of Rajasthan.
  • Manali Weekend Tour: Manali is one of the most sought after hill stations in India. This Himalayan resort offers countless activities while the tour takes you to the famous landmarks including the Hadimba Temple, the Mall Road and Hot Springs.
  • Rishikesh and Haridwar Tour (2 days): This tour gives you a glimpse into the ancient and holy India. Rishikesh is one of the most important pilgrim centers in India along with its twin town of Haridwar. Most famous for its temples, yoga centers and river rafting, while Haridwar is one of the most sacred and holy destinations in India, located on the Ganges. This program gives you a chance to experience these holy Ganges, sacred bathing ghats (river front), ancient temples, priestly chants and the evening “Aarti” at Hark i Pauri.
  • Varanasi Weekend Tour: Varanasi is considered one of the holiest cities in India and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Located on the Ganges, Varanasi is home to numerous temples, ashrams and ghats.
  • Add-on Beach Week in Goa : If you are looking for a great conclusion to your program you can stay for an additional week in Goa. This is an idyllic holiday destination with white, sandy beaches - ideal for swimming and relaxing. You can enjoy the beaches or hire a motorbike and roam around the city as you wish. Please note that the beach extension week is unguided but Delhi-Goa travel tickets, airport/train station transfers, sightseeing and accommodation is provided.
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