Be a volunteer for the Childcare & Elephant Experience Program in India for 2 weeks. This program perfectly blends the idea of responsible traveling and cultural explorations in India, meant for those who have limited time in hand, yet looking for an enriching experience. During your journey, you'll get to soak yourself in the richness of the country, meet some amazing people, learn about the Indian culture & history, savor the authentic delicacies and make a difference through your volunteering service.
Traveling across Delhi, Agra & Jaipur will surely be the highlight of this trip, as you'll get to spot the Mughal & Rajput architecture, and witness the grandeur as well. This trip will surely leave you craving for more.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference and have a keen interest in working with wildlife. You should be fit and healthy and willing to work outdoors in the project.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival at Delhi and transfer to accommodation
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, our coordinator will welcome you and then take you to your accommodation. Take some time off to relax and overcome jet lag. Later you can have a walk around the accommodation or select from one of the optional activities for the day.
Meals – Dinner, subject to arrival time
Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation
Enjoy your breakfast at the accommodation, which will be followed by a detailed orientation session. In this session, our program coordinator will give you all the information about your program and schedule. Rest of time is free for leisure activities or for optional tours.
Meals – Breakfast and dinner
Day 3 (Tuesday) – Delhi city tour
Today, after breakfast, we will take you for a city tour of Delhi. You will be visiting some of the most famous places in the capital; such as Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. You can have lunch at a local restaurant (at own cost).
(Meals – Breakfast and dinner)
Day 4 (Wednesday) to Day 6 (Friday) – Volunteering in Delhi
You will be volunteering in Delhi for 3 days. Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or the Child Care Project in Delhi. Under this project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with them and introduce 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 with them and shower affection on them.
Meals – Breakfast and dinner
Day 7 (Saturday) – Free day
This day is free to roam around in Delhi and visiting places of interest. If your placement is open on Saturday you can also go to the placement.
Meals – Breakfast and dinner
Day 8 (Sunday) – Delhi to Agra, visit Taj Mahal
Early morning we will transfer you to the train station in Delhi and you will travel to Agra by air-conditioned train. Upon arrival at Agra, our representative will transfer you to the accommodation booked for you. After getting refreshed you will visit Taj Mahal. After the visit to Taj Mahal, you can see how the marble inlay work is done and you can buy gifts. You can have lunch and dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant nearby.
Meals – Breakfast
Day 9 (Monday) – Transfer to Elephant program accommodation, orientation at the project site and volunteering work begins
After early breakfast, at 8 am we will transfer to your program accommodation. Get familiar with the accommodation and then at around 9.30 we will transfer you to the program placement site. There will be an orientation where all program related information will be given to you.
Main tasks at the placement are:-
- Elephant Kitchen work (Cutting fruits / Distributing porridge / Making enrichment treats)
- Enrichment Structure repair / Making new enrichment
- Gardening / Plantation / Nursery maintenance
- Fodder distribution
- Walk with the Elephants
Other tasks may include:-
- Cleaning the gift shop/visitor center
- Cleaning the area around the education walkway center
- Help to fill in the guest register
- Assisting guests during their visits
9/9.30 am to 5 pm
Meals – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 10 (Tuesday) and day 11 (Wednesday) – Elephant volunteering continues
Work at your placement continues.
Meals – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 12 (Thursday) – Transfer to Agra, Agra to Jaipur
Today, post breakfast we will transfer you to Agra city. You will have lunch in Agra (at your own cost) and then we will transfer you to the train station in Agra. You will travel to Jaipur by an air-conditioned train. Upon arrival at Jaipur, our representative will pick you up from the station and take you to the booked accommodation. You can have dinner at the accommodation or in a local restaurant nearby (at own cost).
Meals – Breakfast
Day 13 (Friday) – Jaipur city tour
After breakfast, you will go for the city tour of Jaipur. In this tour, you will visit City Palace and monkey temple. You will also have a photo stop at Jal Mahal (Palace in the lake). You can also do shopping in Jaipur.
Meals - Breakfast
Day 14 (Saturday) – Visit Amber Fort, Jaipur to Delhi
After early breakfast, at around 8.30 am, you will first take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) and then you will see the historic Amber Fort. After the fort visit, you will have a photo stop at Jal Mahal (Palace in the lake). You will be back to accommodation by 12 noon. After check out, you can have lunch at the hotel (at extra cost). Later you can wait at the hotel lobby (if the hotel allows late check in then you can stay back in the room). At 5 pm we will transfer you to the train station in Jaipur and you will travel to Delhi by air-conditioned train. Upon arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to accommodation.
Meals - Breakfast
Day 15 (Sunday) – Departure
This is the last day of your Program. You can contact the program coordinator if you would like to arrange airport transfer at a nominal cost.
When you choose to volunteer in Delhi, we make sure that your altruistic journey is comfortable and enjoyable. As a VolSol volunteer, you will not have to worry about the airport pick up, your accommodation or your stay. Besides these, your dining, local travel is also taken care of by us.
Volunteers are picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by a member of the local coordinating team in Delhi. Pickup will be provided between 6:30 am - 10 pm on the program start date. Participants already in the country or arriving early can also be picked up from a designated meeting point decided beforehand as well.
While volunteering in Delhi you would be staying at one of our Volunteer home base in South Delhi. The accommodations are neat and clean and provide volunteers a home away from home experience. Our homes are equipped with wifi internet, filtered drinking water, geysers, air conditioning, satellite television, modern toilets, and comfortable beds. The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATMs, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes, and shopping arcades. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the homes and volunteers travel to the placements every day and come back home in the evenings.
On the day of arrival in Agra, 1-day accommodation will be provided in a hotel on same-gender sharing basis. When volunteering for Elephants, volunteers will stay in a volunteer house located in the outskirts of the city, close to the countryside. This accommodation will be provided on same-gender sharing basis. The accommodation is basic but comes with all necessary facilities such as a fully-functional kitchen, water filter, a common seating area, a common dining area, a collection of books to read, basic WiFi, clean linen, blankets etc. In Jaipur accommodation will be provided in a hotel on same-gender sharing basis.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff on the next day after your arrival. We cover areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Start your volunteering experience by taking the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation Program in Delhi.
Indian food is famous around the world for its diverse flavors, colors, and aroma. While staying at the homes, you would be provided with freshly cooked breakfast and dinner, we have cooks at the home who prepare meals for the volunteers. A sample of the meals you can expect are mentioned below.
Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
For lunch volunteers usually eat somewhere close to their placement at a local restaurant, our coordinators would show you around at the time of orientation. This also gives you a chance to eat a variety of food that India has to offer. You would be able to have a comfortable lunch for around $3-$4.
During Your Free Time
During the free time in Delhi, volunteers can visit the local markets and monuments. In Agra, volunteers can see the marble inlay work. In Jaipur, volunteers can do shopping and see the walled city. Volunteers can also plan for extended trips to various destinations in India like Varanasi, Udaipur, Goa, Kerala etc.
Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Pre Departure Information
- Orientation on arrival
- Hotel/Volunteer house accommodation
- Volunteering in Delhi and in Agra
- Airport/station transfers
- Local sightseeing
- Guide for local sightseeing in Jaipur and Agra
- Local staff support
- 100% Financial Protection
- UK Based Support
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Meals not mentioned
- Monument Entry fee
- Return airport drop
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.
16-year-old volunteers can participate in Childcare projects with a Letter of Consent from their parents.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
Participants must be in good health.
India is a country of different cultures and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Volunteering Solutions India program has hosted large student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program. We have hosted groups from universities in UK, Europe, and USA as well as other countries, in Delhi.
To add to the project experience, you can also join the Language and Orientation Week in Delhi before beginning the program. It's an optional week, besides that we recommend participants to brush up their Hindi skills (learn basic terms and phrases, greetings) before traveling.
Flights and Visa
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Swiss Air, KLM Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Finn Air.
Health and Safety
If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
Accommodation and Living
You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation as well as the best and the most affordable mode of transport you can use. Volunteers use a variety of modes of transport to commute to different locations in Delhi. Major modes of transport are Delhi Metro and auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk?).
On Sunday, volunteers eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for volunteers’ convenience. Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case.
Connect with Past Volunteers
Volunteers can also view the volunteer testimonials of Delhi program participants by clicking here.