Today, one of the major issues in the Rajsthani society is the discrimination against women and lack of parents encouragement of education to their girls as a result of which in 2011 it was estimated that illiteracy rate in India is 17.86% for men and 34.54% for women while in Rajasthan which is a traditional and conservative state, the figure is worse, female illiteracy rate is 47.88%.
Volunteers working in Jaipur can bring a positive change for women and adolescent girls empowering and supporting them through education, skill development and personal counseling. Their efforts can provide a chance of self-realisation through basic education and vocational training so that girls and women can get socially strong. Currently, with the help of our volunteers we are running free stitching classes and beautician classes empowering girls who start their own business and secure a stable financial income. Volunteers are required to support the project with new ideas to boost the empowerment programs. Important to note is that women don’t speak English which means the main method of teaching should be interactive sessions, visual arts, non-verbal communication. Adolescent girls understand some English and are much interested in personality development, career orientation and life skills. Volunteers joining the program need to be adjustable and flexible as they will be working with culturally sensitive and challenging field.
Volunteers must be 18 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. If there is a medical condition then the local team needs to be informed in advance to ensure the match of a correct project or accommodation type. The Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. English language intermediate level is required.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Working with adolescent girls in the age group of 12-17 years and conduct English classes for them so that they can improve their language skills before beginning their career.
- Work with women, married ladies or pregnant ladies for sessions on their health and hygiene, vocational education (make-up courses, stitching, making handmade items, etc.)
- Provide counseling and monitoring.
- Provide seminars on nutrition, family planning, importance of education, etc.
- Assist the local staff in organizing adult literacy classes for women.
- Help and give computer, leadership and life skill training to those girls who are interested.
Volunteer Work Schedule
Volunteers joining the women empowerment program in India are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate timelines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
- Saturday: Arrival in Jaipur
- Sunday: Orientation presentation and familiarization of the neighborhood. The orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Jaipur.
- Monday: Observation visit to the project and needs assessment or meeting with the local team/ staff/ project/ beneficiaries
- Tue to Fri: Volunteer work
- Breakfast - 07:30 am onwards
- Working hours at the placement – 1pm (volunteers leave the accommodation by 12:30 am) to 6:00 pm
- Lunch - anywhere between 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm (in the accommodation)
- Dinner – 7:30 pm onwards
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards-Monday to Friday.
Weekends: Free to explore the city
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
When you choose to volunteer in Jaipur, 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 food and stay.
Volunteers are picked up from the Jaipur International Airport by a member of the local coordinating team in Jaipur. Participants already in country can also be picked up from the Jaipur Railway Station or Jaipur International Airport. This needs to be communicated beforehand. We also arrange your drop to the airport when the project is completed.
While volunteering in Jaipur you can choose among staying at one of our Volunteer home base in North of Jaipur or with a host family. The accommodations are neat and clean and provide volunteers a home away from home experience.
Our home is equipped with wifi internet, filtered drinking water, geysers, air coolers, washing machine, western toilets and bunk beds. The home is close to useful amenities like banks, ATMs, currency ex-changers, restaurants, cafes and shopping arcades.
Host-families are local Indian welcoming families ready to receive you in their home. Rooms are dual sharing and hosts have common wifi, fridge, cooler, geysers, washing machine and purified water.
All placements are around 20 - 30 minutes from the homes and we help the volunteers use local transport applications such as Uber.
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.
Indian food is famous around the world for its diverse flavours, colors and aroma. While staying at the Volunteer home, you would be provided with self-served breakfast and freshly cooked lunch and dinner, we have cooks who work with us from their homes and prepare meals for the volunteers and deliver to our accommodation. A sample of the meals you can expect are mentioned below.
Self-served breakfast - Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge, Poha, eggs, etc.
Lunch and dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (indian bread), yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
Volunteers staying at home-stays will have a more traditional Indian breakfast like Poha, Paratha, Poori-sabji, toast, etc. while lunch and dinner are same traditional vegetarian food.
During Your Free Time
During the free time volunteers can visit the local markets, visit internet cafes and the different restaurants in Jaipur and try out the different Indian cuisines. During weekends volunteers visit Agra, Pushkar, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. Our specialised Travel Desk can help you to book tours to any part of India or to neighbouring countries like Nepal or Sri Lanka.
Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup in Jaipur
- Food (3 times a day)
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- 100% Financial Protection
- UK Based Support
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Local SIM card
- Local Transportation
- Visa Fees
- Personal expenses
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.