Volunteer with Street Children in New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $500 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 9 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older

Description

Overview

The street children program in Delhi is a challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity that will get you directly involved in the lives of the approximately 175,000 street children who call Delhi home—25,000 of whom live in and around the city’s train stations. As a volunteer with this program, you'll have an opportunity to make a difference in these children’s lives, and have many chances to explore Delhi and the surrounding area and learn about the history and culture, and you're guaranteed to meet some incredible people along the way.

Delhi is a busy and bustling metropolitan area that’s home to millions of people, but also to thousands of street children. There are roughly 100 million street children throughout India, and about 10 percent of the ones in Delhi are on the streets because they ran away from home. Delhi’s street children don’t go to school, they don’t have anybody to look after them, and they have to scavenge for food to survive. And while they spend the majority of their time on the streets, many of the children also make use of shelter homes that act as daycare facilities, and this—and other social aid contact points—is where you'll be working with them. These shelters and social service facilities are run by different organizations, and they need volunteers like you to work with the children and provide the services they need.

Each morning between Tuesday and Friday, you'll leave your accommodation by 9:30 a.m. to start your volunteer duties at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, you'll get a break between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. for lunch. You'll be responsible for your own lunch, and your coordinators can show you around and recommend some favorite local places where you can get a delicious meal for as little as $4.

After lunch, you'll continue with your volunteer duties until 4 p.m. This is the basic routine that you will follow each day, though the times may vary slightly depending on your placement and the particular project you're working on.

On evenings and weekends, you'll be free to explore Delhi, see the sights, meet new people, try the local cuisine, and experience the culture to its fullest. Sunday is the only day of the week that meals aren't provided, and this is to encourage you to explore new restaurants and dining options. Delhi has internet cafes, restaurants, lively local markets, and so much more that you'll get to explore, and you can even use the Travel Desk to book tours to neighboring states, such as Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, or even to neighboring countries like Nepal.

Arrival and Orientation

You'll arrive in Delhi on a Sunday and be picked up at the airport by a volunteer coordinator, who will give you a ride to your accommodations. The following day, you'll have time to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood where you'll be staying, and get a half-day orientation presented by the local coordinator. During orientation, you'll learn about the culture, how to greet people, acceptable behavior, staying safe, how to get around the city, the locations of important things like the best restaurants, and the places you should definitely make time to see during your stay here. You can also choose to do a language and orientation week to help you settle in, and in that case, you'll spend your first week learning about the language, culture, and neighborhood. Otherwise, you'll be diving headfirst into your volunteer duties the very next day, which is Tuesday.

Accommodations

One of the best things about the Delhi Street Children Program is the cozy, comfortable, and fully equipped volunteer home base in south Delhi. The accommodations are made up of two homes, both of which are neat, clean, and outfitted with Wi-Fi, filtered water for drinking, air conditioning, satellite TV, geyser water heaters, modern toilets, and comfortable beds that will make you feel welcome in your home away from home. Plus, the houses are within 10 to 30 minutes of your volunteer placement, meaning you can conveniently travel to your placement every morning and return in the evening. The houses are also near important amenities, including:

• Currency exchanges

• ATMs

• Restaurants

• Cafés

• Shopping areas

Another great thing about the accommodations with this program is the food. Not only are you surrounded by delicious local offerings, but your breakfasts and dinners are also provided six nights a week thanks to the in-house cooks who provide fresh and mouth-watering meals. Breakfasts, which are served at 8:30 a.m., typically include paratha bread, chai (tea), jam, butter, porridge, and other similar foods. For dinner (around 6 p.m.), you can look forward to fare that includes dal (lentils), vegetables, rice, roti bread, curries, pickles, yogurt, and other foods that showcase the spices and colorful dishes of India.

Field Conditions

Delhi is a diverse and interesting place, and the people who call it home come from different cultures and backgrounds. The climate ranges anywhere from hot and humid during monsoon season to hot and semi-arid at other times of the year. To keep yourself healthy, you'll want to avoid drinking the tap water in places that don’t have filtered water available and wash your hands frequently. When you're out shopping, don’t be afraid to bargain with the sellers, because it might help you to save some money. Finally, to get the most from the experience, it’s important that you follow the guidelines and safety suggestions laid out by your project coordinator, and play close attention in orientation to find out valuable information about the area.

Your Impact

Volunteers can bring smile on the faces of these disadvantaged street children by helping to create an environment conducive for their holistic development in order to enable them become a part of mainstream society.

Volunteer Work in India Street Children Program consists of taking informal education classes with the children, playing games with the children and introducing them to different new activities. Volunteers work at the various contact points or shelter homes, being run by various organizations, which serve as day care centers for these street children. They can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.

Typical volunteer activities include:

- Teaching basic English as well as any other subject such as Maths and Geography to the children.

- Help, prepare and serve nutritious meals for the children every day with the help of local workers.

- Create a fun, colorful, “Play Way” environment for the children through songs, stories and other creative activities.

- Decorating and painting the shelter homes with charts, colors, papers to make it look attractive and clean.

Location

New Delhi, India
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Delhi, India

    Volunteer tasks include working with children in a classroom environment.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Delhi, India

    Volunteers will stay in a volunteer home.

  • Nearest Airport
    Indira Gandhi International Airport

Cost

The cost listed includes a $250 application fee.

1 Week
9 Weeks
1 Week

$500 USD

What’s Included

  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

  • Accommodation

  • Food (2-3 times a day)

  • Orientation

  • Pick up from the airport

  • Comprehensive pre-departure information

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff

What’s Not Included

  • Vaccinations

  • Visa Fees

  • Local Transportation

  • Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Sundays year round.

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.
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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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