Volunteering with Children in Indian Orphanage

Getting to know India requires your time, a lot of information and the desire to have a great adventure. It is a country that can give you a cultural shock that very few other countries can give you, it is unique. That’s why, what could be better than volunteering with children in an orphanage in India.

But not everything is as beautiful as we would like it to be. The problems of poverty, inequality and child labour mean that many children do not have the opportunity to access education, mainly children who have been abandoned, or because they have lost their families and in some cases are children rescued from child labour. These realities take our children away from the joys of their childhood and make them need a lot of affection, love, attention and mainly a good education. Many of the children who come to the volunteer project in India are looking for attention and support from all of us who collaborate in the centre, including the volunteers. We take care of children from 0 to 18 years old. These are important ages for the development of their skills and knowledge.


WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WORK IN AN ORPHANAGE AS A VOLUNTEER?

Volunteers are always welcome in volunteer programmes with children in orphanages in India. We need volunteers who are willing to do their bit. The volunteer can be involved in all programmed activities such as:

  • Support in the teaching of subjects such as: mathematics and English.
  • Organisation of didactic and educational games.
  • Collaboration in the areas of dance, singing and drawing.
  • Support in health and hygiene awareness programmes.
  • Assisting the orphanage staff in daily tasks in areas such as: cooking, cleaning and food distribution.

As a volunteer in the social orphanage volunteer programme, you must be prepared for difficult situations. You will almost always work in a place where you must be a person who is prepared to listen to painful stories. You must also be adaptable and flexible because you work with children and in rural places. Don’t let this discourage you, the children welcome you and thank you with the best of their smiles for the support and time you share with them in volunteering with children in orphanages in India will be an experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.


WHEN TO VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN IN INDIA?

ARRIVALS

  • The project is open all year round. Also on special dates such as festivals you can join in and participate in the activities that are organised. So you can arrive any day of the year and you will be welcome to be part of our volunteer programme with children in orphanages in India.

TIME AND PLACE OF ARRIVAL

  • The pick-up point is Jaipur International Airport.
  • Scheduled arrival times are Fridays preferably at the airport from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm.

WHAT IS MY TIMETABLE FOR VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN IN INDIA?

In the volunteer programme with children in India you will work from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the childcare centre. You will have the weekends to get to know and visit the country.


WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE WHEN VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN IN INDIA?

Volunteers in the volunteer programmes with children are accommodated in selected host homes in central areas and towards the outskirts of Jaipur. The houses have access to wifi connection. They have kitchen, living and dining areas that you can use. There are rooms that you will share with other volunteers of the same gender.

In the accommodation you will be provided with 3 meals a day, during your stay in the programme (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

  • Breakfast: Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Coffee, tea, milk, bread, jam, butter or egg is served.
  • Lunch: Lunch (meals) are usually served between 12:00 and 14:00 hours. These are typical Indian meals.
  • Dinner: Dinner is similar to lunch and is usually served from 19:00 hours onwards.

The house is supplied with drinking water from the tap, although we recommend that volunteers buy bottled water to drink. This costs 20 rupees (€0.25) per bottle.

It is known that toilet paper is not commonly used in India. Volunteers can buy their own toilet paper from supermarkets or shops where it is available.