VOLUNTEERING IN INDIA
Fascinating and spiritual, two words that define the incredible country of India that attracts the attention of everyone who visits it. It’s not only a destination, but an unforgettable experience.
You can learn about the country’s traditions much more as a volunteer. We collaborate in social programs that you can take part in. Therefore, coming as a volunteer gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the country and to get to know its people and customs.
India is a wonderful country, but in spite of all its splendor, there is also much need for help. So, if you want to be part of this experience, we encourage you to get to know the volunteer programs and start planning and organizing your adventure.
This is general information, you will find specific information on each project in its section. Depending on each program, different information will be included and there will be different arrival and cooperation timetables.
PROGRAMS IN INDIA
Activities at the care centre take place from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, from Monday to Friday. You will have the weekends to get to know and travel the country.
We collaborate with the local organisations all year round.
Volunteers stay in the volunteer house in central areas and outside Jaipur.
You will share rooms with other volunteers (approx. 4 volunteers per room) and will be provided with 3 daily meals.
Important to bear in mind: In India, toilet paper is rarely used. The volunteer must bring or buy it on their own. You can find it in the supermarkets.
For us, volunteers have been an important pillar in the development of our volunteer programs. Therefore, participating in our volunteer programs doesn’t require being an expert.
However, it’s important that you are:
- 18 years of age or older
- willing to participante in various activities
- a communicative, creative and committed person
- well-behaved and respectful to your colleagues and the local community
- aware of the culture and customs of the country, in which you will be volunteering
- capable of working in a team
In the specific case of the social programs in India, the volunteer must provide the following additional information:
- One passport-size photo
- Passport photocopy
- Criminal record certificate
The cost of the women empowerment and childcare programs starts at €585 per 2 weeks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED ?
- Airport pick-up
- Meals during your volunteering
- Orientation and induction to the program and country
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Volunteering certificate
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Flights to India
- Entry fees
- Medical Insurance
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
- Visa, if necessary
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
Upon your arrival in India, the local coordinator will pick you up from the Jaipur International Airport (JAI). You will be taken by public transport to the place where you will stay until the end of your project.
Depending on the time you arrive, the coordinator might give you the orientation the same or the next day. He or she will then inform you about the basic rules of the house and the place where it’s located. They will also tell you everything necessary about the project, in which you will take part.
The climate in India is tropical. Dry and very hot periods alternate with monsoon rains. In winter, from December to February, the nights and dawns are cool and the days have pleasant temperatures. The heat gains on intensity in the month of April and the temperatures keep rising until the month of June. In June the monsoon rains arrive, the temperatures become very pleasant again and the landscape is full of beauty. In mid-September the monsoon rains begin to disappear and the days become sunny and warm once again.
The official currency in India is the Rupee. The coins you can find are 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees, the bills are 5, 10, 20, 50 as well as 100 and 500 rupees.
For your volunteer trip, the money you carry must be in rupees. You can exchange currency in your country before traveling or withdraw money with credit cards in India.
Your must arrive at the Jaipur International Airport, from which you will be transferred to your project location.
Flights cost between 500 and 800 euros depending on the season. You can find flights with the following airlines: Emirates, Lufthansa, KLM, Iberia Air Canada.
MUMBAI OR BOMBAY
The financial capital of India and one of the largest megacities in the world. The dimensions and the explosion of life that takes place in its streets justify its visit. In this beautiful city you can observe, like nowhere else, the encounter between east and west.
We recommend visiting the area of Colaba, still brimming with the colonial heritage left by the British, and the elephant island, patrimony of humanity, with its cave temples excavated in the rock.
You also shouldn’t miss the largest open laundry in the world or the experience of walking at sunset along the promenade of Marine Drive and other streets in the city.
It’s a magical enclave, surrounded by spectacular mountains on the shores of the artificial lake created by the English when they built the Wilson Dam. Around the lake you can visit the villages belonging to tribal groups, surrounded by rice fields.
You can also learn firsthand about the life of the original settlers of India or Adivasi. In the town of Ratanwadi you can visit the both ancient and millenary temple of Amruteshwar. From there you can also go trekking to Ratangad Fort. Not far from there lies the impressive Sadhan Valley Canyon.
It’s one of the oldest holy cities in India. In the old town you can admire what the traditional constructions were like. The epicentre of the city is Ramkund, crossed by the sacred river Godavari, known as the South Ganges. Around this area there are many temples, some of incalculable historical and artistic value.
To get to Nasik by local bus, it takes about an hour and a half. In Nasik you will also find the nearest railway station to Sangamner, from where you can travel to almost any point in central and northern India.
Located in the city of Agra, it’s considered the best mausoleum in the world and one of the seven wonders. It’s not only a building, it’s made up of 22 small domes, which symbolize the years that the construction lasted. Above the main building we can see the great dome that is the Crown of the palace.
Its immense courtyard, with its marble pond and the various gardens and fountains highlight its beauty. The Taj Mahal is a magical place that will surely surprise you.
ELLORA AND AJANTA IN AURANGABAD
The city of Aurangabad is about five hours by bus from Sangamner. One of the reasons everyone visits Aurangabad is because it’s the starting point for visiting one of India’s main artistic and cultural treasures, the Ellora and Ajanta Caves, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Ellora is located about 30 km from the city and can be visited in a day along with the impressive medieval fortress of Daulatabad. Ajanta is a little further away but it’s well worth it.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?
India is a very large country, so it’s difficult to determine the best time to travel there. We can say that the ideal time depends on the area you are interested in visiting. In general, you can go both in summer and winter, only in winter you must take into account the monsoon (overflowing rivers) that occurs in some parts of India.
CAN YOU TRAVEL TO INDIA WITHOUT KNOWING ENGLISH?
It will be a little difficult for you to communicate with people if you don’t know English as this language is the most commonly used by tourists. Carry a dictionary in your suitcase or practice a bit before traveling.
Your place is reserved for 7 days after filling out the registration form for a program in India.
To secure your place, a deposit of €150 must be paid during the 7-day period. Once this is done, your place will be guaranteed and you will formally become part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
As soon as you make the payment, we will send you an email to confirm your place. You will also be informed of everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly. The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.