Two-Week Volunteer Abroad Project in India

Delhi, India

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  • From $750 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 3 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older

Description

Overview

The 2 Week Special in India is a unique opportunity for travelers and volunteers who want to contribute, but who may not have a full month or more to commit to volunteering and traveling abroad. During your time in India, you'll dedicate your weekdays volunteering with the street children program in Delhi, and then spend your weekends going on fun excursions with your fellow volunteers, exploring India, and learning about the history and culture of this beautiful country.

The two-week special in India may only last 14 days, but you'll come away from this volunteer travel experience with a lifetime of memories. The people you'll meet, the children you'll help, and the places you'll see will stay with you forever, and there's no better way for you to see and experience a new country and new culture than by getting right in there and helping, exploring, and discovering first-hand.

After arriving in Delhi on the first or third Sunday of the month, you'll dive right into your first week of volunteering on Monday. Between Monday and Friday, you'll spend five to six hours each day volunteering with the street children program and getting to know the disadvantaged kids in Delhi who make use of the shelter homes that provide them with various programs and services. During this time, your duties with the children will include:

· Accompanying them to informal education classes

· Playing games and participating in recreational activities

· Introducing them to new activities

· Helping with basic literacy skills

· Teaching basic English, mathematics, and geography

· Preparing and serving nutritious snacks and meals

· Creating a fun and colorful learning environment that focuses on singing, storytelling, and creativity

· Decorating the shelter home with photos, charts, and other papers

During your free time in the evenings, you'll also be encouraged to explore Delhi, check out the local markets, dine in the many restaurants, go sightseeing, and check out the local internet cafés and shops around the city.

Upon the conclusion of your first week of volunteering, you and your fellow volunteers will depart Saturday and take a weekend trip to Agra to see the world-famous Taj Mahal. Along with being one of the most recognizable and historic cultural sites in India and one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO world heritage site, one of the new seven wonders of the world, and among the best examples of ancient Mughal architecture anywhere in the world.

The second weekend excursion is a sightseeing trip that will let you discover and explore some of the most famous spots in Delhi, including culturally and historically significant landmarks. The first destination on the tour will bring you to the center of New Delhi to see the impressive 42-meter tall India Gate, which is a war memorial that commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died while fighting for the British army during World War I.

The next stop on the tour will bring you southeast of Delhi to the flower-shaped Lotus Temple, which was the final Bahai temple to be built around the world. The white marble temple was completed in 1986 and is open to people of any faith for prayer and meditation.

After the Lotus Temple, you'll be whisked away to Humayun's Tomb, which is a magnificent and enormous tomb set in the center of a beautiful garden. The tomb was built in 1565, and is considered to be the first substantial work produced in the Mughal architecture style, and was built for Humayun, the second emperor of the Mughal Empire.

Finally, before returning to Delhi, you'll stop to see Qutub Minar, the five-story, 73-meter tall minaret that was built by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak in 1193. During your visit, go to the iron pillar in the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque courtyard, turn your back to the pillar and place your hands around it before making a wish. It is said that visitors who do this will have their wish granted.

Arrival and Orientation

When you arrive at the airport in Delhi on the Sunday before your volunteering begins, you'll be greeted by a local volunteer coordinator who will drive you to your accommodation. Before starting your volunteering duties, you'll have a half-day orientation put on by the local coordinator to cover important information like appropriate behavior, greetings, the culture and language in India and Delhi specifically, transportation in the city, the location of important things like food and ATMs, and much more. Moreover, if you feel you'd benefit from a longer orientation period, consider joining the week-long language and culture orientation program.

Accommodations

The volunteer home in South Delhi will be your home away from home during your time in the city. The accommodations are neat, clean, bright, and equipped with everything you'd expect in a modern home, such as comfortable beds, Wi-Fi, filtered water, satellite TV, modern toilets, air conditioning, and on-demand water heaters, so you and your fellow volunteers never have to worry about cold showers. The home base is only 10 to 30 minutes from your placement, and close to important amenities like restaurants, bank machines and currency exchanges, cafes, and shopping.

Each morning, you'll be provided with a home-cooked breakfast thanks to the in-house cooks working at the volunteer base. You can look forward to foods like porridge, paratha with butter and jam, chai (tea), and other delicious foods. You'll look after your own lunches, but there are many incredible restaurants around your placement where you can get a fantastic meal for as little as $3 or $4, and your volunteer coordinators can show you a few of the local favorites. Dinner will be provided back at the volunteer house after your day of working with the kids, and you can look forward to tasty meals that feature the unique flavors, spices, and aromas of Indian cuisine, such as curries, dal, vegetables, rice, pickles, roti, and more.

Field Conditions

Delhi is a wonderful, interesting, and busy city that’s known for its heat, humidity, delicious foods, and great markets. Most Delhiites speak enough English that you won’t have to worry about a language barrier, and you'll even be able to barter with most of the local merchants when you hit the markets and go shopping. Another thing that Delhi is known for, however, is its subpar sanitation, so it’s important to either bring bottled water with you everywhere you go or just avoid drinking tap water that hasn’t been properly filtered. To avoid getting sick, wash your hands often, especially when you're out and about. For clothing, you'll want to pack modest but lightweight summer gear, because many areas of the city are still quite conservative.

Your Impact

The street children of Delhi have tough lives that include begging, scavenging for food, sleeping outside, and not having access to the basic necessities of life. Needless to say, life for these kids isn't easy, and they don’t often have a lot to smile about. One of the most crucial responsibilities you'll have as a volunteer with the street children program is helping the kids do basic childhood things like play, smile, and have fun. You'll also be helping them with literacy and education, but showering the children with love, attention, and affection are among the most important things you'll do during your time in Delhi. Many of these children don’t have families to look out for them or provide for them either, so you'll be working with these kids at various contact points and helping the various organizations who do provide them with food, love, and education.

Location

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

    Volunteers will be helping children.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Delhi, India

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Delhi

Cost

<p>The cost listed includes a $250 application fee.</p>

2 Weeks
3 Weeks
2 Weeks

$750 USD

What’s Included

  • Visit to world famous Taj Mahal in Agra

  • City tour of Delhi

  • Meals

  • Volunteering Project placement in Delhi

  • Accommodation

  • Program orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide

What’s Not Included

  • Any other 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 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.
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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