India Summer Volunteer Program 2016

Get your ‘groove on’ this summer exploring the winding streets of the Incredible India. This extensive trip is designed to give you a meaningful travel experience and connects the cultural, historical and popular highlights of the major Indian cities. For the culture vultures, the capital of India, Delhi presents an exotic amalgamation of different regions, customs, habits and traditions. The bustling bazaars and the shopping streets of Delhi are perfect for souvenir hunting. The art and history lovers can feed on the kaleidoscopic stance of ingenious ancient Indian architecture and designs of the Golden Triangle-Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur. Not to forget the monument of love, the iconic “Taj” sits in all its glory, right by the banks of river Yamuna in Agra. And the Pink city Jaipur never fails to mesmerize its discerning travelers with its intricate artwork and folk culture.

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 at the famous Golden Temple. Under volunteering projects in Delhi with Volunteering Solutions, you can teach, play and take care of children. 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 2016 programs are apt for gappers, schoolies and college groups. 

Day 1 (Sat) – Arrival at Delhi
Welcome to India. Today, you will be received at Delhi 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 (Sun) – Orientation & Sightseeing of Delhi
After breakfast, your coordinators will discuss your program itinerary with you for the days to come and give you all necessary information for the trip. Post orientation,  you will begin the city tour of Delhi. In this tour, visit some of the famous monuments in the city that include Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and the Lotus Temple. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Delhi. In the evening, you will be formally welcomed with a delicious and traditional Indian meal. 

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 3 (Mon) to Day 7 (Fri) – Volunteering in Delhi  – Afternoon Cooking Session – Visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and Water Show 
Volunteer work begins. Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or the Orphanage Project in Delhi. Under this project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with the children 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 5 (Wed), You will participate in a traditional Indian cooking session. It will be a great way to cook Indian meals and enjoy it with your group. 
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 in the evening. 

Day 8 (Sat) – Free Day in Delhi / Delhi-Palampur by overnight air-conditioned bus
This day is free for leisure activities or for optional sightseeing tours. You can also go for shopping in famous markets like Janpath, Khan Market, Dilli Haat, Lajpat Nagar or Sarojini Nagar. In the evening, we will drop you at the Bus Terminus in Delhi from where you will board an air-conditioned bus to Palampur.

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)
Day 9 (Sun) – Arrival at Palampur / Palampur Program Orientation / Visit to local market in Palampur 
Upon your arrival in Palampur, our Program Coordinators will transfer you to your accommodation. While looking at the beautiful scenery around, get familiar with the volunteer house and the surrounding area. Today,  our program coordinators will brief you about volunteering schedule which will begin from the next day. Later,  we will take you for a market tour of the Palampur town. In this market visit, you will be familiarized with the area and the facilities like ATM, Bus/Taxi stand, Restaurants, Pharmacy and other General Shops.

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 10 (Mon) to Day 14 (Fri) – Volunteer work in Childcare Project in Palampur
Volunteering in Palampur will begin from today. You will be joining Childcare Project Placement for one week. While working at child care center, you will be expected to create a fun and learning atmosphere for the kids. You can also help in the administrative tasks of the center or help in decorating the center using colorful charts and posters.
Volunteers will also help in the renovation work of the center and the tasks like painting murals, assisting in construction work and so on. It is a great opportunity to work outdoors in the lap of Himalayas with your group and enjoy the experience.
During free time, you can see the nearby monasteries, tea gardens, restaurants and markets. A special Yoga class during the week will be conducted for volunteers.

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 15 (Sat) – Trekking in Himalayas (2 days and 1 night) 
Today, you will head to Dharamsala along with other volunteers. From here,  you will trek to Triund which is around a 10 km long trekking route. Before starting the trek, you will be given a packed lunch and two bottles of water.  Make sure that you take them before starting the trip.  The trekking trip will be one of the great highlights of your Summer Trip. After reaching Triund, get the magnificent views of the beautiful snow clad Himalayan mountain range. Accommodation will be provided in a tent or in a shared guest house.

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 16 (Sun) – Trekking ends at Dharamsala - Stay at Dharamsala/Mcleodganj
In the afternoon, you will come back to Dharamsala / Mcleodganj and check-in at the accommodation. After taking rest for some time, you can go to see the famous Dalai Lama Temple. In the evening, you can relax and have dinner in one of the rooftop restaurants of the town. 

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 17 (Mon) – Dharamsala/Mcleaodganj-Amritsar -Sightseeing in Amritsar 
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Amritsar, city of the famous Golden Temple. 
Upon arrival at Amritsar, 
check in at the accommodation arranged for you. After getting refreshed, we will take you to visit Jalianwala Bagh (Marty’s Memorial). Later, we will visit the Golden Temple. After taking a break, we will take you there again to see the illuminated views of the shrine in the evening. Free time can be used to explore the local markets and enjoy local food (which is very famous in India)
(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 18 (Tue) – Amritsar-Delhi by train / Delhi-Agra 
In the morning, we will transfer you to the  train station in Amritsar from where you will be boarding  an air-conditioned train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to Agra through Taj Express Way, one of the finest highways in India. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at the accommodation arranged for you.
For your snacks/refreshments during train journey, we suggest buying packed snacks before you board the train or to buy food onboard. Your Program Coordinator will brief you about the same.
(Meals – NA)
Day 19 (Wed) – Visit to Taj Mahal And Transfer To Jaipur  

Early in the morning, we will take you to the TAJ MAHAL. 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 THE WORLD. Famously known as the Monument of Love, it was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his wife Mumtazmahal. 
After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, we will transfer you to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the accommodation and relax for the day. 

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 20 (Thu) Sightseeing In Jaipur – Elephant Volunteering at Elephant Village in Jaipur– Cultural Evening in Jaipur 
Day starts with an exciting visit to the City Palace. A beautiful traditonal Rajasthani Palace with a royal fervour like no other. Before reaching City Palace, we will take a photo stop at Hawa  Mahal (Palace of Winds). After visiting City Palace, we will take you to an Elephant Village in Jaipur. Here you will be working in an Elephant Camp where you can feed the elephants, help the mahouts (caretakers of elephants) in cleaning the premises, bathe the animals and enjoy the experience with the magnificent animal. You will also get a good opportunity to interact with families and children of the mahouts.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 21 (Fri) – Visit to the Historic Amber Fort – Transfer to Delhi 
In the morning, you get to see one of the most fascinating monuments of the Hindu Rajput architecture – The Amber Fort. Facing a beautiful lake called Maota, the fort is located high on a hill.  Volunteers can also take an Elephant ride to go to the top of the fort. Later in the afternoon, you will return to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, check in at the accommodation arranged for you. Evening time is free to relax or to go out for last minute shopping. For those who have booked flights back home can depart for the airport.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 22 (Sat) – Depart for airport, back home or Join Goa Beach Week
You would need to checkout from the accommodation before noon. We recommend booking your flights for Friday night or Saturday morning.


Beach Week in GoaGoa Beach Week extension is a great way to give an amazing ending to your volunteering experience in India. Goa is an ultimate party destination. White sandy beaches, several water sports, amazing beach side food and myriad things to do. The beaches are lined with bustling restaurants serving scrumptious seafood clubbed with the “feni”, other Goan speciality drinks and beers. As the sun goes down and the stars come up, get your party shoes on for a never ending night.

NOTE: The beach extension week is unguided but all travel tickets, airport/train station transfers, sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary and accommodation are provided). 

Day 1 (Saturday) – Departure from Delhi
On Saturday, we will transfer the Goa Beach Week participants  to the train station in Delhi. Participants will board the train to Goa. The train would pass through 8 Indian states, this journey becomes more exciting with beautiful terrain at the backdrop. Enjoy your train journey to Goa.  

Day 2 (Sunday) – Arrival at Goa
You will arrive at Madgaon or Thivim railway station in Goa. One of our representatives will be there at the station to receive you. You will be taken to your accommodation and can finish all your check in formalities there. You can either choose to rest at the hotel or venture out for a stroll around. 

Day 3 (Monday) – Sightseeing tour of North Goa and Panaji  
Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel. Later, we will take you for sightseeing tour of North Goa. In this panoramic tour, you will visit the famous Baga and Calangute Beaches. From there on we would take you to lovely amd charming city of Panaji, capital of Goa. In the late afternoon you can come back to the hotel. Rest of the time is free for leisure activities.

Day 4 to Day 8 (Tuesday to Saturday) – Fun in Goa
In these 5 days, you can have a lot of fun, sunbathing, water sports, and delicious sea food in the shacks on the beaches. One can try luck in the casinos or simply enter any of the beachside pub or discos for a lively evening entertainment. On day 8, Saturday, we will drop you to Goa International/Domestic airport or train station or bus terminus as per your onward connection. (Breakfast)

  • For volunteers going for Goa Beach Week, we recommend booking return flight from Goa or Mumbai to your country.  
  • Airport/railway station transfers and sightseeing would be by Non Air Conditioned vehicle.
  • Itinerary can be changed due to operational reasons without any prior information.

Cost for Beach Week Extension is $400 / £270/ €365 Per Person
Delhi - India Program Requirements

  • 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.

Start Dates / Arrival Dates

Volunteers can begin their program on 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month throughout the year.  Volunteers need to book their flights to arrive on the dates mentioned below.

2015 2016
Jun 27 25
Jul 11, 25 09, 23
Aug 08, 22 06
Delhi - India Program Cost

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. 

3 weeks€1.067$1,100£770$1,562
4 weeks€1.455$1,500£1,050$2,130
Extra week €117$120£84$171
What are you Paying For?
  •  24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
  •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  •  Pick up from the airport
  •  Orientation 
  •  Food (2-3 times a day)
  •  Accommodation 
  •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
What's NOT Included?
  • Airfare
  • Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Local Transportation
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccinations
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