What is the Experience India and Volunteering project all about?
Our Experience India and Volunteering Tour encompass charm, culture and care over 10 or 14 days where you will be able to see the sights, learn about the real India and get a taste of volunteering. The tour involves many different exciting experiences and depending on the duration of your tour, it will include a visit to a number of famous Indian landmarks including the Taj Mahal; a chance to learn Bollywood dancing, yoga, Indian Cooking and Henna painting; a camel safari in the desert; trekking in the Himalayas; and visiting the cultural sights of Goa! Join our tour and combine cultural immersion with volunteering!
Part 1 of the tour
Day 1 – (Friday) Arrive into Delhi airport. Transfer to hotel and overnight in Delhi (no meals).
Day 2 – (Saturday) Explore Delhi visiting India Gate, Raj Ghat, Gandhi Museum, Birla Temple and President’s Palace. Travel to Agra in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will stay in Agra (Breakfast)
Day 3 – (Sunday) Visit Taj Mahal in Agra, visit Agra Fort and transfer to Jaipur (Breakfast)
Day 4 through 8 – (Monday – Friday) Based in Jaipur you will join your volunteering project. In addition, you will have the chance to enjoy daily morning Yoga and extra evening activities like Bollywood Dancing, henna making, traditional Indian dress, and even have a meal with a local family. You will have the opportunity to visit a rural family in Jaipur as part of your program, as well as go to Amber Fort and experience the buzzing Bazaars for Jaipur! (All meals)
Day 9 – (Saturday) Travel to Pushkar, home to 52 ghats used for bathing and over 500 temples. In the afternoon go on a camel safari and stay overnight in a tent under the stars (breakfast & dinner)
Day 10 – (Sunday) DelhiLord Brahma’s temple and market time in Pushkar and Transfer to Delhi by train. Stay in Delhi overnight. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 11 (Monday) Transfer to airport for your flight back home if you chose the 10 nights option. (Breakfast)
Or fly to Goa if you have chosen the 14 nights option.
Part 2 of the tour
Day 11 (Monday). You will be picked up from the Goa airport and driven to your accommodation.
Day 12 – (Tuesday) Visit the Famous Palolem and Agonda beaches for just relaxing. (Breakfast)
Day 13 – (Wednesday) Visit Old Goa churches and spice plantations. (Breakfast)
Day 14 – (Thursday) Visit the popular Baga Beach in the north of Goa, the Donna Paula beach, and viewpoint as well as a family of Goan Fishermen. (Breakfast)
Day 15 – (Friday) Transfer back to the airport to fly home. (Breakfast)
Why choose this Experience India & Volunteering project?
Gaining experience of the different elements of life in India and some of the most important cultural elements really helps to put things into perspective when participating in the volunteering elements of your trip. The volunteering activities work with children from low income communities such as the slums of Jaipur, and your participation helps bring more English into the classrooms and assists local workers with their duties. The community members that you volunteer with, really benefit from practising with native speakers and learning the games, songs and activities that you share with them.
Role of the Community Volunteer
You will join an existing supported project and work alongside local staff. You will support them with their activities and run games, songs and lessons (the local staff will guide you on the content and approach, and you will often work in pairs depending on the size of your tour group). You will also join in with group activities. The exact project depends on the needs of the local projects at the time of your placement.
What skills do I need to be a Community Volunteer in India?
No specific skills are required to enable you to join this tour and volunteering. However, all volunteers are expected to be able to work with a local team, happy to get involved where needed and friendly. Please bring lots of enthusiasm with you! You will have a short telephone interview with a Kaya Placement Advisor before being accepted onto the project and you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV/resume.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help children from low income communities
Because you want to experience the real India
To visit famous Indian landmarks
You will stay in a number of different locations and lodgings during your tour. You will have times when you will be taken to museums and sites, and there will be plenty that you will do as a group. There will also be some free time when you can do things of your own choice such as attending a yoga class, going for massage or visiting the bazaars to snap up a bargain or two. You will find that as you grow more confident with the pace of life and culture your needs will change, so make the most of your tour and spend your free time doing those activities that interest you the most.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 10 nights or 14 nights
- Cost: £1100 / $1718 for 10 nights
£1359 / $2121 for 14 nights
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Jaipur, Pushkar, Agra, Dehli, Goa
- Working hours: All day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Once a month
What is included
- Accommodation: you will stay in a range of guesthouses, volunteer camps and tents (same gender, up to 4 per room)
- Food: Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Airport pick up from Delhi Airport and drop off at Goa Airport (14-Day Tour), drop off at Delhi airport (10-day tour)
- Training: Pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- All transport and activities outlined in the itinerary above
- English-speaking guide
- Activities: camel safari, hiking, bicycle rickshaw, Bollywood dancing class, Indian cooking demonstration, 1 meal with a local Indian family, 4 mornings yoga, Henna painting workshop
What is not included
- Flights to India and the connecting flight to Goa during the tour
- Certain meals (refer to schedule to see which meals you will be provided with)
- Entrance to historical monuments such as the Taj Mahal
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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