Volunteer in India: Three-Week Summer Volunteer Trip

Palampur, India

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $1350 USD for 3 Weeks

  • 3 - 6 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older

Description

Overview

The three-week India Summer Volunteer Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and explore the country while also helping those in need. This program is ideal for high school and college students on summer vacation, gap year students who want to see the world, backpackers who want to give back, and individuals and solo travelers looking for an extraordinary experience.

The India summer program provides adventurers with a meaningful travel experience that also incorporates volunteering into the trip. Along with getting to see and explore the history, landscapes, sites, and culture of India, you'll also have a chance to connect with the children you're helping on a level that regular traveling doesn’t afford. This will make the experience a rewarding and memorable one that you'll cherish for years to come.

To kick off the summer program in India, you'll jump right into your first volunteer week, when you'll be participating in the Street Children Program or the Childcare project in Delhi. Throughout the area, a variety of different organizations operate contact points where you'll connect with the children, such as the shelter homes that act as daycare centers. You'll spend Monday to Friday taking informal education classes with the children, teaching them new activities, playing games with them, and helping to improve basic literacy. On Thursday evening, you'll go with your fellow volunteers to see the architectural splendor of the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, followed by a laser water show.

On Saturday, you'll have a free day to explore Delhi, go sightseeing, or wander through famous markets like Janpath, Khan Market, Dilli Haat, Lajpat Nagar, and Sarojini Nagar. In the evening, you'll be taken to the Delhi bus terminal to catch an overnight air-conditioned bus to Palampur. You'll have Sunday to get to know the city, and Monday morning you'll jump right back into another volunteer week with the Palampur childcare project. During this time you'll help create a fun learning environment for the children, help out with administrative tasks, and even decorate the childcare center with posters and charts. In the evenings, you can visit nearby monasteries and tea gardens, try the local restaurants, shop in the markets, and experience the beauty of the Himalayas. There will even be a special yoga class for volunteers one night during the week.

On Saturday comes one of the great highlights of the summer program: the two-day Himalayan trekking trip along the 10-kilometer route from Dharamshala to Triund, where you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. You'll stay in Dharamsala/Mcleodganj for the night, and the next day will have the chance to explore, relax, see the Dalai Lama Temple, and dine in one of the town’s rooftop restaurants for dinner. The remaining days of the trip will be spent in Amritsar, Agra, and Jaipur, and highlights during the final week include:

· The Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh (Martyr’s Memorial), the market, and famous food in Amritsar

· An air-conditioned train ride back to Delhi followed by a trip to Agra via the Taj Expressway (day 18)

· The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best examples of Mughal architecture in the world (day 19)

· Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, in Jaipur (day 20)

· Jaipur’s City Palace, a traditional Rajasthani Palace

· A cultural evening in Jaipur that will feature folk dances, a puppet show, and a delicious dinner

· The historic hilltop Amber Fort near Jaipur (day 21)

· Return trip to Delhi (day 21)

· Checkout by noon and then off to the airport (day 22)

The Goa Beach Week Extension

Goa is a popular party destination thanks to the white sand beaches, watersports, beach-side restaurants, Goan specialty drinks, and night-long festivities (note that watersports and beach-side restaurants are typically closed between June 1 and September 30). This is an optional unguided week, but your tickets, travel transfers, and sightseeing arrangements are all provided for. Here's a rundown of what to expect during the week:

· Arriving in Goa by plane from Delhi and getting picked up at Arrival 1 and taken to the hotel

· Visiting the beaches, eating, drinking, and enjoying the sights of Goa on day two

· Sightseeing tour of South Goa and Panaji, where you'll see the Church of Old Goa and Dona Paula on day three

· Beach time, watersports, food in the beach-side shacks, and sunbathing in Goa on days four, five, and six

· Drive to the airport, train station, or bus station on day seven, when you'll return home via Goa or Mumbai

Part or all of the itinerary may be changed or canceled as necessary in response to events like heavy rains, earthquakes, riots, strikes, road conditions, and other natural disasters.

Arrival and Orientation

The first day of your exciting three-week trip will begin with your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, where you'll be greeted by a volunteer coordinator and driven to your accommodation. Once you’ve settled in, you'll have the rest of the day to rest, relax, acquaint yourself with the area, and venture out to the local markets if you like. The following day, you'll have an orientation with the program coordinators to learn about the itinerary, necessary information, and staying safe. Then you'll go on a sightseeing tour of Delhi’s famous monuments, including Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Lotus Temple. In the evening, you'll be treated to a delicious and traditional Indian meal.

Upon your arrival in Palampur on the ninth day of the trip, you'll be picked up and driven to your new accommodation, and have another orientation to help you get acquainted with the area. You'll also be briefed about the volunteer schedule for the upcoming week, and taken on a market tour to show you where important things are, such as ATMs, taxi stands, restaurants, the pharmacy, and the shops.

Accommodations

During your time in Delhi and Palampur, you'll stay in the volunteer house in each city. The houses are clean, comfortable, and hygienic, and are equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning in the Delhi house, televisions, modern toilets, comfortable beds, geyser on-demand water heaters, and other basic amenities. During the Himalayan trek, you'll sleep in shared tents with other volunteers and enjoy a camp-style outing in the mountains. For other weekend excursions, you'll stay in standard or deluxe hotels that are equipped with all the basic amenities for maximum comfort.

During the volunteer weeks, breakfast and dinner will be provided each day at the house, and you'll enjoy fare like paratha bread with jam and butter, tea, and porridge for breakfast, and dal (lentils), curries, yogurt, pickles, rice, and roti bread for dinner. Local meals will be served during excursions, or you'll be treated to breakfast in the hotels. For the Himalayan trek, you'll be provided with a bag lunch and bottled water, and then you'll be encouraged to buy snacks and refreshments for the train ride from Amritsar to Delhi.

Field Conditions

Delhi is a busy and fascinating city that’s home to millions of people from different backgrounds and cultures. There's delicious food, great shopping, and plenty to see and do, but the city is not known for its sanitation, so it’s important to wash your hands regularly and avoid drinking unfiltered tap water. The trek to Triund is an easy hike that can be easily accomplished by beginners, but you should bring hiking shoes and appropriate clothes for the trip, including multiple layers.

Your Impact

Many of the children you'll meet during your time in Delhi and Palampur haven't had the same opportunities that other children have, and that includes having access to food, education, housing, and more. In fact, some of them don’t even have families they can go to for love and support when they need it most. Along with helping the children with things like literacy and basic education, you'll also be helping them to have fun, enjoying recreational time with them, making learning fun, and ensuring they have access to the basic necessities while in the care of the social organizations helping them. But above all, the biggest impact you'll have in the lives of these children is making sure they know there are people out there who care about them, who love them, and who want the best for them.

Location

Palampur, India
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Palampur, India

    Volunteers will be working with children in a classroom-environment.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Palampur, India

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house in Delhi or Palampur.

  • Nearest Airport
    Indira Gandhi International Airport, Dehli, India

Cost

<p>The cost listed includes an application fee of $250. The cost for 3 weeks does not include the extended beach week in Goa. while the 4-week cost does. The cost for 5 weeks include an extra week of volunteering in Delhi and extended beach week. The cost for 6 weeks include 2 extra weeks on volunteering in Delhi and extended beach week. Pricing for Goa Beach week extension - USD 550 per person (from 1st Apr 2018 to 30th Sept 2018) or USD 650 per person (from 1st Oct 2017 to 15th Dec 2017, from 10th Jan 2018 to 31st Mar 2018 and from 01st Oct 2018 to 15th Dec 2018)</p>

3 Weeks
6 Weeks
3 Weeks

$1350 USD

What’s Included

  • One sightseeing tour of South Goa (Goa Beach Week)

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (Goa Beach Week)

  • Two way airport transfers in Goa (Goa Beach Week)

  • Delhi – Goa One way economy class airfare (Goa Beach Week)

  • Experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India

  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels during tours

  • Services of program coordinator during tours

  • City tour of Jaipur with visit to historic Amber Fort

  • Visit to amazing Taj Mahal in Agra

  • Visit to world famous Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Exciting trekking in the Himalayas

  • All intercity transfers

  • Visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and water show in Delhi

  • City tour of Delhi

  • Breakfast and meals as specified in the itinerary

  • Volunteering in Delhi and Palampur

  • Accommodation in Volunteer House/Guest house

  • Program orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Round the clock assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide

What’s Not Included

  • Any personal expenses

  • Vaccinations

  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)

  • Local transportation to and from program location

  • Entry fees at monuments

  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)

  • Visa fees

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Saturdays throughout the Summer

Organization

Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)

Laurine

Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...
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Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more

Ruud

Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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