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Summer 2014 - 2015 Volunteer & Travel Experience in India

Volunteering Solutions offers an exciting opportunity for the volunteers with a combination of volunteer program and excursions in the capital city of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Amritsar and Dharamsala. This summer program India gives you an opportunity to Volunteer in Delhi , Volunteer in Palampur and travel to some of the most popular locations in North India.

Volunteer Program Schedule 

Duration: 3 weeks
Start Dates :  June 27th 2014, July 11th 2014, July 25th 2014, August 8th 2014, August 22nd 2014 
Arrival in Delhi - On the Program Start Dates
Minimum Age Requirement - 17 years
Sightseeing included in Cost
 

Program Highlights

--Tour of Delhi - Capital of India, one of the World's most historic cities and home to three World Heritage monuments
--Volunteer in Street Children Project in Delhi and Childcare Project in Palampur in Himalayas
--Shop for Ethnic Indian stuff in Delhi, a shoppers paradise
--Experience the joy of traveling in Indian train from Delhi to Amritsar
--Golden Triangle Tour - Experience Pink City and Taj Mahal in Agra
--Visit Golden Temple in Amritsar
--Trekking trip in Himalayan mountains
--Guidance and Support from the local team

Summer Volunteer India 2014 - 2015 Program Description

Program Details  

Volunteers on Delhi tour during Summer Program in India
Day 1 - Arrival - You will be picked up from Delhi Airport and transferred to your accommodation. Relax for the day or you can venture out to the local market. 
 
Day 2
 
After breakfast your coordinators will be discussing with you your program itinerary for the days to come and give you a briefing about the do's and dont's and the program. You will be starting the first leg of Delhi Tour by visiting some of the most famous places such as India Gate, Swami Narayan Temple and Akshardham Temple ( World's Largest Temple).For the evening let us welcome you with an authentic traditional Indian meal with the rest of the group.
    
Day 3
 
Continue the Delhi Tour and visit World Heritage monuments Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb. The group would also be visiting the beautiful Lotus Temple.In between stop for lunch to savour the famous South Indian cuisine. 
 
Day 4 - 8
 
Volunteer work begins.Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or Orphanage Project in Delhi. Under this project ,volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with the children and introducing 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 and shower affection on them.
   
Day 9 - Golden Triangle Tour Begins 

Saturday -  Visit the world famous monument – ‘TAJ MAHAL’ in Agra

The TAJ MAHAL is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed among the NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF WORLD. TAJ MAHAL is also known as the monument of love as it was built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his b
Volunteers at Taj Mahal, Agra - India with Volunteering Solutions
eloved wife Mumtaz.

Overnight stay at Agra at hotel accommodation.

Day 10 - 11 Visit to Jaipur - Pink City
 
After breakfast, depart from hotel accommodation in Agra and travel to Jaipur - The Pink City. While in Jaipur you will visit some of the most exotic palaces including: - The Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jaigarh Fort. You will also be exploring Jaipur’s famous Johary Bazar which is a shopper’s paradise for hand crafted materials.

Accommodation provided in Jaipur for 2 nights.

Day 12 -  Return to Delhi and free day

After breakfast head back to Delhi. Rest of the day will be free at your own leisure. Travel to some of the best markets in Delhi or savor the famous cuisine.

 
Day 13 - Leave for Amritsar to visit the famous 'Golden Temple'

In the morning take the train to Amritsar to reach in the afternoon time. After reaching Amritsar, check in to the hotel and have lunch. Visit Golden Temple in the evening for a beautiful night view.

Day 14 - After an early breakfast drive to Dharamsala in the Himalayas by car. In the afternoon, check into the hotel accommodation. Afternoon is free for excursions or having rest.Volunteers can visit Dalai Lama temple,water fall in Bhagsu or can do shopping in McLeodganj.

Volunteers on the Trekking trip in HimalayasDay 15-16 - Trekking in Himalayas (2 days and 1 night) 
Along with other volunteers, you will head to Triund located around 10 kms from Dharamsala. While on the route, you will be stopping for refreshments.The trekking trip would be definitely one of the highlights of your India experience trip. After reaching Triund you will get to see magnificent view of snow clad Himalayan mountain range.

In the evening, after returning back to Dharamsala, head to Palampur which 
be your base for the coming week. Palampur is located around 40 minutes from Dharamsala and is famous for its beautiful Tea Gardens and Himalayan mountain views. It is a beautiful setting for your volunteer placement.

Day 17 -  21 - Volunteer work in Childcare Project in Palampur

After a brief orientation, briefing as well as local city tour with the coordinators you will be joining your Childcare Project Placement for one week. While working at childcare center, volunteers would be helping in creating a colorful and enjoyable environment for the children. Volunteers help in care giving activities and can also refurbish and give a fresh life to the center by decorating it beautifully. Volunteer duties vary daily and also depend on the placements allocated by the local project staff.

Day 22 - Travel back to Delhi. Drop off at Dharamsala Airport for return journey. For those volunteers, choosing to travel by bus, you will be dropped off at the bus station.
 
Accommodation & Food
Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer house/guest house according to availability during the program. The accommodation is shared with other volunteers.Volunteers of same gender share rooms. During the trip to Jaipur and Agra, accommodation will be provided in a hotel with breakfast and lunch included. Dinner is not provided during the trip to Jaipur and Agra. In Amritsar, lunch is included. Dinner is not provided. On the Trekking trip, all meals will be provided. After returning to Dharamsala from trekking, lunch is not included. During volunteer week in Delhi, 2 meals a day are included and in Palampur, all three meals will be provided.

Program Start Dates

The Summer Program has the following start dates: - 
  • 27th June 2014 - 18th July 2014
  • 11th July 2014 - 01st August 2014
  • 25th July 2014 - 15th August 2014
  • 08th August 2014 - 29th August 2014
  • 22nd August 2014 - 12th September 2014
Volunteers need to arrive on the program start date only.
 

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.
 

Program Costs

3 Weeks
$1099
Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
3 Weeks
£770
Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
3 Weeks
€913
Please Note: -An application fee of €170 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
    • Pick up from the airport in Delhi
    • Orientation and Briefing
    • Food (2-3 times a day)
    • Accommodation 
    • Delhi Sightseeing Tour, Trip to Agra and Jaipur
    • Trip to Amritsar to visit Golden Temple
    • Trekking Trip ( 2 Days/1 night)
    • Airport drop in Dharamsala
    • Support of Local friendly staff
    • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 

What's NOT Included ?

    • Airfare 
    • Visa fee
    • Any entrance fees to Monuments
    • Local transportation 
    • Vaccinations
    • Any personal expenses (You would need around $40-50 per week for your personal expenses)
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What are the project locations in India ?

Our volunteer programs are located in and around Delhi , South India, Palampur/Dharamsala in Himalayas and in Kolkata.

People from which country can join the Volunteering Solutions program ?

We welcome people from any part of the world to join our program regardless of which country he or she may belong too.

Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving an appropriate Visa for volunteering purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get an appropriate visa before departing for India, please check with your local Indian Embassy in your country for more details. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

When should I apply for the volunteer programs in India?

We are able to offer placements from any Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 4-7 working days.

When do I need to arrive in India for my program? What will happen once I arrive in India?

All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date. Our local coordinator or representative will pick volunteers from the respective Airport/Railway Station/Bus Station depending upon the arrival details provided by the volunteers. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in India will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation will either be in the volunteer’s home or with a host family. Accommodation is shared along with other volunteers. You need to bring your own toiletries, mosquito net and sleeping bag.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the India-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
 
-- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program
-- Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
-- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
-- Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: -
  1. Hepatitis A and B
  2. Typhoid

Are there more expenses once I arrive in India?

Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However you should carry around $40 - $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

Is there phone and internet available on projects?

Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. You’ll have easy access to e-mail, telephone etc. Public telephone booths & cyber cafes are located practically everywhere. You can choose to carry your mobile phone if you want better connectivity with people back home.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.

Where can I change my money in India? Are there ATM’s in India?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the city (Delhi, Palampur, Kolkata and South India).

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

The host family provides two or three meals per day which consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. The meals consist of Chicken, Rice, Beans, Fish, Salads and Fruits. Traditional Indian food will be provided to volunteers.

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for India?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

What should I do in case of an emergency during my trip?

You’ll be provided with a pre-departure manual after you’ve signed up with us for our program. It’ll have the entire phone no’s and addresses of our country coordinators whom you may contact in case of any emergency.

Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into India?

We would recommend you to visit, http://www.kayak.com, http://www.orbitz.com to have more details on cheap airlines to India.