India Summer Volunteer Program 2015
Religion is akin to India and we make sure you get an ample dose of the same. The pious and holy city of Amritsar will welcome you with open arms, inviting you to do some “seva” (volunteer work) at the glittering Golden Temple. Soon after, comes the part when you make significant changes in the lives of others. Volunteer in Child Care Project in Palampur and for Street Children in Delhi. You can teach, play and take care of children in these projects. In your free time, you have the lesiure to explore Delhi and check out the top things you wanted to do in India. Before you wrap up your trip, a trek in the Himalayan mountains is a “must do” exercise and we have ensured that you get this in our program.
Summer 2015 programs are apt for gappers, schoolies and college groups. There are multiple benefits of volunteering in a group and discounts happen to be just one of them!
India - Delhi Facts
- Location Delhi NCR & Palampur
- Arrival airport New Delhi (DEL)
- Currency Indian Rupees (INR)
- Population 11 Million (Delhi)
- Language Hindi & English
- Time Zone UTC + 05:30
What our Volunteers say
I loved my program placement. The kids were great and I am so glad to have this experience. It was worth while experience. Being with the kids was of course so rewarding and the highlight from my stay.
Stacy Sheffield (USA)
I felt like my work really had an impact and I made deep and meaningful friendship with my students. I would surely recommend this organization to others.
Sophia Hoffacker (USA)
Palampur was breathtaking and the people so warm and friendly. The volunteers house so welcoming and warm . I cannot imagine anything that would have given me more inner peace and delight than being able to wake up everyday and go to the project placement to work with the kid ...Read more
Peggy Bedayon (Lebanon)
A typical day began to wake the children, for the school to prepare to make them a little morning exercise and then Breakfast. The staff was very helpful and I could them call at any time for anything.
Inga Staats (Germany)
The program placement was absolutely amazing. The kids were lively and I fell in love with all of them and will miss them so much when I am home.
Jaclyn Kirsch (USA)
I absolutely loved every second working with the kids. They are so filled with life. The highlight of my volunteering experience was teaching the kids and seeing their big smiles everyday.
Alexandra Brittenham (USA)
I really enjoyed working at the childcare center. The teachers were nice and the kids were so lovely. We had the chance to play any game we wanted to play or teach them songs. We just had to be creative and it was awesome. ...Read more
Neele Tetenborg (Germany)
I loved my placement and I hope I planted a seed of joy and hope on those children's heart. It was rewarding to see children enjoying our participation in their queries and stay in the child care center.
Lucia Merino (USA)
I enjoyed my program placement. I enjoyed sightseeing over weekends and playing with the street children at the park near their homes.
Rachel Bayley (United Kingdom)
I loved my placement. The first few days were hard and quite overwhelming, but the rest of my time was fantastic and so so good. The women were incredibly loving and enthusiastic.
Rachael Lewis (United Kingdom)
I appreciate the fact that we worked at different placements. I appreciate both clinic and school. According to me patient home visits were the most interesting experience.
Frederique Caron (Canada)
I loved it so much! I will miss the kids! I think it was the perfect place for us. Easy transportation, nice place to eat on break.
Nicole Bullard (USA)
India Summer Volunteer Program Schedule
Duration: 3 weeks
Start Dates : June 27th 2015, July 11th 2015, July 25th 2015, August 8th 2015, August 22nd 2015
Arrival in Delhi - On the Program Start Dates
Minimum Age Requirement - 17 years
Sightseeing included in Cost
- Delhi city tour covering famous monuments, places of historical significance and cultural amalgamation
- Volunteer in Street Children Project in Delhi and Childcare Project in Palampur in Himalayas
- Visit to the local bazaars and street markets in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
- Golden Triangle Tour - Covering the Pink City - Jaipur, residence of Taj Mahal - Agra and the nation’s capital Delhi
- Experience the joy of traveling in Indian train from Delhi to Amritsar
- Visit the pious Golden Temple in Amritsar
- Trekking trip in Himalayan mountains
- In Country dedicated coordinator support
Summer Program Itinerary
At VolSol we ensure that all our international volunteers have a safe passage. Pick up will be arranged for you from the Delhi International Airport which will take you to your accommodation. Get freshen up and relax a bit and you have this day to you to explore the nearby areas, connect via email, facebook, make phone calls or find out about things to do around Delhi.
Day 2 (Sun) – Sightseeing of Delhi
Make sure you have your breakfast as it is going to be an eventful day for you. Our dedicated coordinator will give you a comprehensive orientation session that will inform you about what to expect in the days to come. On the same day, you will be starting the first leg of Delhi Tour by visiting some of the most famous places such as India Gate, Cannaught Place, Parliament House (outside view only), President’s Palace (Outside view only). Continuing the Delhi Tour, you will 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 at a local restaurant. For the evening let us welcome you with an authentic traditional Indian meal with the rest of the group.
Day 3 (Mon) to Day 7 (Fri) – Volunteering in Delhi
Volunteer work begins. This is the most exciting part, when you get to meet the little ones, smiling and giggling under your nose. You will be working in the Street Children or Orphanage Project in Delhi. Under this project, you can take informal education classes with the children, play games with the children and create fun activities for them to participate. You are welcome to get treats, gifts etc. for the kids.
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 8 (Sat) – Golden Triangle Trip begins
Your trip to the world famous travel circuit begins on this day. Get ready to go ‘pink’ as you visit the beautiful city of Jaipur. All the monuments and buildings are painted or made in different shades of maroon and pink colour, that gives the city its famous title - the Pink City.
As soon as you arrive in Jaipur, we take you to your accommodation. Where you can make yourself comfortable and then we will take you to visit the Seat of the Maharaja of the Jaipur - City Palace and Jantar Mantar (Observatory) in Jaipur. Mahals of the City Palace have their own grandeur and boast of rich Rajputana (Fighter Clan) Tradition. Jantar Mantar is again a work of beautiful mind showcasing the astronomical prowess in the times of the princes and the Maharajas.
Later in the evening, we would take you to Chokhi Dhani, a traditional village resort where you can enjoy live entertainment, folk dance, puppet show followed by traditional vegetarian dinner.
Day 9 and Day 10 (Sun-Mon) –Volunteering at Elephant Village
On day 9, first we take you to the historic Amber Fort where you would be enjoying an elephant ride. After seeing this historic fort, we would take you to the Elephant village. Here you would be doing the volunteer work in which you can feed elephants, help the mahouts in cleaning the premises, helping them in bathing the elephants and assisting them in their work. You can also, if you want, teach the children of the Mahouts.
Day 11 (Tue) – Departure to Agra | Enroute Fatehpur Sikri Visit
Early morning we would transfer you to Agra. En route we would make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, which is famous for its palace complex and Buland Darwaza (Grand Gate). As soon as you arrive in Agra, you would be taken to your accommodation and you can freshen up or relax for a while. And in sometime, we would take you for your meeting with the Taj. The Taj Mahal sits pretty in a beautiful garden surrounded by greenery, making a stance at the Yamuna river. Devour this sight and get your “selfie” mode to capture this amazing memory.
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 beloved wife Mumtaz. After an overnight saty in Agra, you will proceed the next day.
Day 12 (Wed) – Visit to Agra Fort / Agra-Delhi
Day 13 (Thu) – Delhi – A Day at Leisure
This day is free for leisure activities or for optional activities in Delhi. You can visit the local bazaars and street shops. To get a comprehensive Delhi experience you can choose from our optional or add on tours. For the food lovers, choose the food tour extension to get the gastronomical juices working. This tour will also include a snapshot of India’s culture. Places like Connaught Place, Palika, Janpath etc. are famous places for souvenir collection and cloth shopping.
Day 14 (Fri) – Leave for Amritsar to visit the famous 'Golden Temple'
In the morning we would transfer you to New Delhi station to take a deluxe air-conditioned train to Amritsar. After reaching at Amritsar, we would transfer you from station to the hotel. Later we would visit Jalianwala Bagh, a martyr’s garden memorial. Later we would be visiting the world famous Golden Temple. In the evening after sunset, you can again visit the temple complex to get beautiful illuminated views.
Day 15 (Sat) – Proceed to Dharamsala
Come home to everything green and scenic when we drive you down to Dharamsha
Day 16 to Day 17 (Sun-Mon) – Trekking in Himalayas (2 days and 1 night)
The trekking trip would be definitely one of the highlights of your India experience trip. 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. 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 would 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 18 to Day 21 (Tue-Fri) – Volunteer work in Childcare Project in Palampur
After a brief orientation and local city tour with the coordinators you will be joining your Childcare Project Placement for one week.
Day 22 (Sat) – End of the program
We would drop the volunteers to Dharamsala airport or at bus terminus as per their onward journey. You also have an option of taking bus to Delhi on Friday evening or a flight on Saturday morning. Those who are taking bus on Saturday evening or flight on Sunday morning, accommodation at volunteer house would be available till Saturday noon only.
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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.
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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)
- 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?
Any entrance fees to Monuments
- Any personal expenses (You would need around $40-50 per week for your personal expenses)
Living and Other Arrangements
When you choose to volunteer in Delhi and Palampur, 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 this your dining, local travel is also taken care of by us.
Airport Receive/ Transfer
Volunteers are picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi by the local staff or coordinator. Those volunteers who will be already in India will be met by the staff at the bus/railway station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff. We cover areas like, culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc.
Accommodation is provided in the volunteer house in Delhi and Palampur. The accommodations have wifi internet and other modern facilities. You would be provided accommodation in hotel during the weekend tours. The hotels would be 3 star hotels, with clean and comfortable accommodation.
Volunteers are served with 2-3 Indian meals (Breakfast and dinner) daily. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils) Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad and Roti (Indian Bread). Volunteers can purchase bottled water from the local markets although filtered water is usually available in the accommodations.
Frequently asked questions
Application and Program Details
For programs in India, it is advised to apply as soon as possible since there are a lot of applications that come in for volunteering in India. 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.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online 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.).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the India-Delhi volunteer programs?
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.
- Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. India is a country of different culture and traditions, though it is modernized but the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
- Must be in good health.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in India Volunteer Program as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the India program. 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, USA as well as other countries in Delhi.
When do I need to arrive in Delhi for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Delhi?
All volunteers need to arrive in Delhi on the starting date of the program. To view the starting date of your program, Click Here. Volunteers are picked up from the Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi by the local coordinator or representative and transferred to 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 given safety guidelines as well as about your project.
Flights and Visa
All enrolled participants are provided information on the appropriate visa requirements for India in the Pre departure manual. You can also contact your Predeparture point of contact to know more about the visa requirements.
What are the recommended airlines to fly to Delhi?
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.
Health & Safety
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. And Delhi being the capital is replete with varied ethnicities. As far as safety is concerned, being the nation’s capital, there are ample forces to take care of tourists. Volunteers are advised to take all requisite safety precautions and avoid any mishap. 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 guidlines and told about do's and dont's.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
We recommend you to consult your physician or travel doctor before travelling to India. However, we recommend you take general vaccinations like
1. Hepatitis A and B
As such there is no mandatory vaccination, required to enter into India.
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.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. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and Living
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. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the best 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).
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer apartment or in home stay 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 with volunteers of same gender sharing rooms. Air conditioning is provided at night time 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 seperate room for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case.
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations.
Would I have free time during my program ? Can I do sightseeing during my program ?
Volunteers work from Mon - Friday and get weekends free for doing sightseeing. You can utilize this time to visit local markets of Old Delhi, Palika Bazaar, 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 complete the Golden Triangle tour. Strategic placement of Delhi also allows you to take a quick weekend trip to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh in Punjab as well as Amritsar. There is lot to do and explore and the local Delhi office team would assist you in making travel plans and arrangements for short trips.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Delhi?
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses . You will need to cover yourself for 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.
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, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Where can I change my money in Delhi? Are there ATMs in Delhi?
On arrival at the airport, you can change your foreign currency to get Indian Rupees at the money exchange counters. India has a modern banking system and major credit and debit cards are accepted without any problem. ATM's are available in plenty and you will be shown the nearest ATM from the accommodation as well.
Connect with Past Volunteers
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 Community Page as well as Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page to meet other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
Volunteers can also view the volunteer testimonials of Delhi program participants by clicking here.
India - STAFF PROFILE
Rajiv is a post graduate in English and a former lecturer in University. He has been working with International Volunteers for over 5 years now. He has vast experience and knowledge of working with over 1000 volunteers in India. He has also travelled to US, UK and Canada and he understands the western culture very well. He has vast knowle dge of Indian culture, history and his city Delhi. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you with your stay in Delhi. ...Read more