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- Explore the capital city of Delhi
- Volunteering in Delhi in Street Children Project
- Volunteer in Jaipur in Renovation and Beautification Project
- Visit one of 7 Wonders Of The World (Taj Mahal)
- Guided tours of Jaipur, Agra and Pushkar
- Relish the spicy treat of famous and authentic Indian cuisine
- Spend time with children from unfortunate backgrounds
- Meet other volunteers from around the world
Be a part of the Summer Volunteer Program in India with Volunteering Solutions and experience the best that India has to offer in just a span of 2 weeks! This project is designed to give you a meaningful travel & volunteering opportunity as well as connect you to the cultural, historical and popular highlights of the major north Indian cities.
Being a part of this project, you will mostly work with underprivileged children in Delhi & also helping out in beautification and renovation work in Jaipur. The trip also includes sightseeing tours of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Pushkar. This program will be apt for high school, college as well as university students, gap year travelers, backpackers, corporate groups as well as solo travelers who are keen on making an impact in the developing Indian society.
Still, you have a query? Enquire now.
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. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. 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.
Day 1 (Sun) – Arrival at Delhi
Welcome to India. Today, you will be received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and will be transferred to your accommodation. Pickup timings are between 6 AM to 10.30 PM. Take rest on your day of arrival, get acquainted with the area, venture out to the local markets and prepare yourselves for the three-week journey ahead.
(Meals – Dinner – subject to arrival time)
Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation and Welcome Meal
After breakfast, your coordinators will discuss your program itinerary with you for the days to come and give you all the necessary information for the trip. You will be given a detailed orientation covering different aspects such as safety, your role on the program, do’s and dont’s etc. In the evening, you will be formally welcomed with a delicious and traditional Indian meal.
(Meals – Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 3 (Tuesday) – Delhi Sightseeing 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 (Wed) to Day 6 (Fri) – Volunteering in Delhi
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 & Dinner)
Exciting Evening Programs During Volunteering Week:-
On Day 6, (Thu), we will take you to the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple followed by a spectacular Water Show. This will be a memorable evening as you will witness one of the most beautiful temples with superb architecture followed by an amazing laser water show.
Day 7 (Sat) – Travel to Agra by air conditioned train
In the afternoon you will board a super fast air conditioned train to Agra. Upon reaching Agra, you will be picked up from the railway station and transferred hotel accommodation.
(Meals – Breakfast)
After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, you will also be visiting Agra Fort. In the afternoon we will transfer you to Jaipur by afternoon train journey. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the accommodation and relax for the day.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 9 (Monday ) Sightseeing In Jaipur
The day starts with a briefing about your week in Jaipur followed by Jaipur city tour covering important landmarks such as City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Markets and other important landmarks in the Pink City.
(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 10 (Tuesday) – Day 13 (Friday) Volunteering in Jaipur
While in Jaipur, you will get an opportunity to volunteer in Construction and Renovation Project. With this project we aim to select vulnerable schools, centers, clinics in Jaipur which don’t have enough money for renovation and send our delighted volunteers to “save” the building with their beautification or renovation skills.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 14 (Saturday) – Day 15 (Sunday) – Explore Pushkar
Upon completing volunteer work in Jaipur, volunteers will head to the Holy City of Pushkar which is located around 3 hours drive from Jaipur. You will enjoy sightseeing and camel safari in Pushkar and stay there for one night. On Sunday return back to Jaipur for your last day in the program.
Day 16(Monday) – Take return flight back home from Jaipur or head back to Delhi to take your flight. Local team shall provide assistance in making travel arrangements to Delhi (at extra cost) if required.
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 6:30am - 10pm on the program start date. Participants already in country or arriving early can also be picked up from a designated meeting point decided beforehand as well.
Accommodation is provided in the volunteer house in Delhi and Jaipur. Volunteer houses are hygienic, neat and clean, providing volunteers a home away from home. Volunteer houses are equipped with Wi-Fi / internet, geyser facilities, air-conditioning, television, modern toilets, comfortable beds and other basic amenities. During weekend tours to Agra and Pushkar, accommodation will be provided in standard/deluxe hotels with good comforts and modern amenities.
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 as well as other details of your trip itinerary.
Indian cuisine is famous all over the world for its flavors and great variety. During volunteering, meals would be provided at volunteers house as specified in itinerary. In breakfast, parantha, bread, tea, jam, butter, porridge etc. will be provided. For lunch/dinner, dal (lentils), vegetable, roti (Indian bread), rice, yoghurt, curry etc. will be prepared for volunteers.
During Your Free Time
During the free time volunteers can visit the local markets, visit internet cafes and the different restaurants in Delhi and try out the different Indian cuisines. While in Jaipur, you will have time to explore the Pink City and you can get involved in extra activities such as Yoga lessons and Bollywood dance classes as well.
Please Note: -An application fee of £179 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Comprehensive pre-departure guide
- Full support and assistance from in country team in India
- Airport pickup in Delhi
- Program orientation
- Accommodation in Volunteer House/Guest house
- Volunteering in Delhi and Jaipur
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- City tour of Delhi
- Visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and water show in Delhi
- All intercity transfers between Jaipur, Agra and Pushkar
- Visit to amazing Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra
- City tour of Jaipur with visit to historic Amber Fort
- 1 Night/2Day Trip to Pushkar with Camel Safari
- Services of program coordinator during tours
- Experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
- Entry fees at monuments
- Local transportation to projects
- Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Personal expenses
Frequently asked questions
Delhi is one of the most popular volunteering destinations, and it is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot. Every program has limited spots available.
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the India volunteer projects:
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.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the India Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the Indian programs.
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.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
All volunteers need to arrive in Delhi on the starting day of the program i.e Sunday. Participants are picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi by the local coordinator or representative and are transferred to the volunteer accommodation.Orientation would be conducted the next day where you will also be shown the area around the accommodations, the nearest ATM, market, and will be given safety guidelines as well as information about your project.
Depending on the project, elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday. You will have the weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non-Hindi speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, love is expressed better through actions than the language.
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.
All enrolled participants are provided information about the appropriate Visa requirements for India in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. Some of the major flight carriers operating direct flights to Delhi are:
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.
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. and Delhi being the capital city is home to varied ethnicities. Like in any new foreign country, participants are advised to follow the guidelines specified by the project coordinator to enjoy their Indian experience fully. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about the dos and dont's.
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to India. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to India, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
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.
Your project coordinator will take you to your project placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
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?).
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the volunteers from Monday - Saturday.
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.
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in India.
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. You can utilize this time to visit local markets of Old Delhi, Janpath or simply visit the Central Park (Garden) and Connaught Place. During the weekend, you have the option to take a short trip to Jaipur and Agra, and the Golden Triangle tour. Strategic placement of Delhi also allows you to take quick weekend trips to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh as well as Amritsar, Punjab. There is a lot to do and explore, and the local Delhi office team would happily assist you in making travel plans and arrangements for short trips.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50-60 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.
On arrival at the IGI airport, you can change your foreign currency to Indian Rupees (INR) at the money exchange counters. India has a modern banking system and all the major credit and debit cards are accepted without any problems. ATMs are available in plenty and you will be shown the nearest ATM from the accommodation as well.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
Volunteers can also view the volunteer testimonials of Delhi program participants by clicking here.
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