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Join this 3 week volunteering adventure to experience all that India has to offer. Volunteers will spend half of their time working at orphanages and the other half visiting India’s most famous attractions and experiencing a new culture. This project is supervised by in-country, professional staff who have been working with the project for many years. Participants should be ready for challenging work that will result in a rewarding experience.

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Location of the Project:  India
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Project length:  3 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching, childcare, orphanage work, travelling through India
Age:  17 - 60
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Number of Volunteers:  15 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Before travelling to India volunteers must apply for a visa. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to have the appropriate visa before travel. Please consult your local Indian consulate. You should to apply to this project at 1 - 2 months before your chosen start date in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper visa.  The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2 months.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms in volunteer house or host family
Food:  Two meals a day (when in Palampur three meals a day)
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Airport Transfers:  Included on arrival and departure
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Support:  Pre-departure assistance, local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, travel health insurance, local transportation, transportation back to airport (can be arranged for $20),visa, entry fees to monuments (can add up to approx. $50)

India is the seventh largest country in the world and home to more than a billion people. It beautifully blends the past and the present together which can be seen in its rich culture, multiple religions, and magnificent architecture. The landscape is quite diverse, ranging from the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains to jungles and beaches. 

Participants will have the chance to work with street children and orphans in Delhi and Palampur.The main focus for the volunteers will be to provide love and care for the children while engaging them in informal education and fun games. Volunteers will also help create a more home-like and enjoyable atmosphere by decorating the facilities and painting rooms.These small improvements will make a huge difference for the children that call these places home.

Daily activities can include:

  • Informal English lessons and help with homework
  • Fun and creative activities including drawing and coloring
  • Playing recreational games with the children
  • Painting rooms or creating decorations to brighten up the rooms
Volunteers will work 5-6 hours per day at the orphanages and childcare centers.

Internet
Internet:  In most cases, free Wi-Fi is available at volunteer accommodations.
Laundry
Laundry:  No laundry service but volunteers can use local laundry facilities.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  volunteers will stay in either a volunteer house or guest house during volunteering and hotels when travelling. Rooms will be shared with other volunteers of the same gender. The accommodations will be basic but have electricity and running, hot water.
Food:  Two meals per day during the volunteer week in Delhi and three meals per day during the volunteer week in Palampur; breakfast and lunch will be provided during the trips to Jaipur and Agra; lunch is provided during the time in Amritsar; three meals are provided during the trekking trip.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Desire to work with children and experience a new culture
  • Immunizations (consult your doctor)
  • CV / Resume
  • Must be at least 17 years old 
  • Basic level of English

Throughout the 3 week stay, volunteers will travel to many of India's fascinating cities and most popular attractions including:  

  • Visiting Delhi's famous India Gate, Swami Narayan Temple, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Humayun's Tomb
  • The Golden Triange Tour includes a trip to the Taj Mahal and Jaipur's famous Johary Bazar
  • Visiting Amristar's Golden Temple, Dalai Lama Temple and nearby waterfalls in Bhagsu
  • A 2-day trek in the Himalayan Mountains
Please Note: Some monuments require entry fees that you are required to pay for directly. Therefore, it is recommended to have about $50 USD on you for monuments when traveling. 

Add-on 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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