Himalayan Trekking & Meaningful Adventure

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Varun
Coordinator | Varun
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High­lights

Pick up from Delhi Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member & transfer to a pre-booked (AC – Air conditioner) hotel which we have already booked for you in Delhi.
Volunteering with children at stunning location of Dharamsala, which is a home of Dalai Lama. 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week (5 hours in a day) Delhi City Tour at the time of Arrival in India.
Two days weekend Trekking in Himalayas & visit the Mini -Tibet of India – McLeodGanj - Two days trip to Amritsar, visit world famous the Golden Temple & wagha border ceremony.
Visit the iconic Taj Mahal— One of the seven wonders of the modern world - the Taj Mahal.
Delhi airport drop off at the end of the program.
Be a responsible tourist: Combine volunteering with adventurous travelling! Take a meaningful volunteer trip in India and support local communities in need. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs
We offer volunteer programs in Dharamsala - a region of unparalleled beauty nestled in the Himalayan mountain range. In the village communities surrounding Dharamsala town, iSpiice programs promote education, empowerment and care initiatives. By focusing on one community at a time iSpiice have a greater impact, assisting in practical and sustainable ways. 

Dharamsala is located at an elevation of 1,400 metres on the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh - known as the Land of Gods. Not surprisingly His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls Dharamsala home, and he gives public teachings in the area throughout the year which can be attended by all. The peaceful town of Dharamsala is a stark contrast to India's bustling cities which are also visited during the program.

iSpiice responsible travel and volunteer opportunities place you at the heart of rural India; work alongside local communities and be welcomed into their daily lives.  Expand your network in cross-cultural teams and benefit from renewed creativity, motivation and a vision that will carry into many facets of your life. Volunteers in India leave Dharamsala feeling that they received much more than they gave, or had expected, while local institutions greatly value the efforts in time and energy that volunteers give.

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities while volunteering:
  1. Teach the basics of English & Computers to the children and women, and Create a playful environment by encouraging them to learn arts and crafts, singing, dancing, grammar etc
  2. Become a volunteer teacher and inspire children in India.
  3. Make a vital contribution to the education system in India and make a real difference in the lives of local people.
  4. Improve the teaching standards  by introducing fresh and exciting ideas.
  5. Interact with the local community and get to know friendly Indian Children and women.
  6. Teach basic computers to children & typing skills or Microsoft word and use of Internet.
  7. Educating young girls about their rights.
Itinerary: Here is a sample itinerary of what you might expect to see and do during these 6 weeks.

Day 1 (Sunday - Delhi) 
Welcome to Delhi: Pick up from Delhi International Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member & transfer to a pre-booked (AC – Air conditioner) hotel which we have already booked for you in Delhi. Overnight Stay at hotel in Delhi 
(Meals - NA)  

Day 2 (Monday – Delhi to Dharamsala)9 hours by AC Train / AC Volvo Bus
After Breakfast, your coordinator will discuss your program itinerary with volunteers. Check out and get ready to witness Delhi including, India Gate, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple which are must see tourist places of Capital City India. Later we will transfer you to Dharamsala by AC train/AC Cab. 
(Meals - NA)
For your snacks/refreshments during the train/bus journey, we suggest buying packed snacks before you board the train/bus or to buy food onboard. Your Program Coordinator will brief you about the same.

Day 3 (Tuesday- Dharamsala) 
Enjoy your breakfast at volunteer house with other volunteers and take part in orientation. Volunteering will start today programs include, Teach basic English & computers skills (Word, Excel, paint & typing skills), women’s empowerment and much more. Evenings are free to explore local area. 
(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 to Day 6 (Wednesday - Friday): Volunteering 
(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 to Day 8(Saturday- Sunday): Trekking in Himalayas (2 days, 1 night) 
(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  1. Depart Saturday morning in a vehicle arranged by iSpiice and travel to McLeod Ganj where the trek begins.
  2. Trek comfortably for 5-6 hours, stopping for food and plenty of photos whilst passing donkeys and local shepherds along the way.
  3. Once at the top enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, relax, watch the sunset, eat dinner and warm up by the fire before retiring to the guesthouse or tent. 
  4. Wake up and watch the sunrise early on Sunday morning.
  5. Eat breakfast, pack up your belongings and begin the descent.
  6. Arrive in McLeod Ganj for lunch at local restaurants and explore the area. (Lunch not included in the cost).
  7. Travel back to iSpiice Volunteer House. (Sunday Evening for Dinner) with iSpiice team member. Private vehicle will be provided by iSpiice.
Day 9 to Day 13 (Monday- Friday): Volunteer work
(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 to Day 15 (Saturday - Sunday): The Golden Temple Trip/5 hours by cab
(Meals –NA)

  1. After Breakfast, We will transfer you to Amritsar, reaching Amritsar by lunchtime the city of the famous Golden Temple. Upon arrival at Amritsar, check in at the hotel arranged for you. 
  2. Explore the local market and drive to the Pakistan border to experience the famous Wagha border ceremony in the early evening
  3. Be wowed by the Golden Temple at night (the building, the lights, the prayers, the live music and of course the people). Visit the temple kitchens and food halls feeding thousands. Overnight stay at hotel.
  4. Sunday morning after breakfast, we will transfer you back to Dharamsala.
Day 16 to Day 39: Volunteer work
(Meals –Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Weekends are free to explore local area or take part in optional weekend add on tours. 

Day 41 - Day 42 (Friday - Saturday): Taj Mahal Trip
Visit the iconic Taj Mahal—India's most stunning homage to love. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty.

Day 43 (Sunday)
At the end of your program you will be drop off to Delhi International airport by an iSpiice team member (AC Train or Volvo bus) to catch your departure flight on Sunday. We usually request our volunteers to book a departure flight any time between Sundays early morning 02:00 AM to Sunday afternoon before 02:00 pm.

Typical day

Typical Schedule of the Day while volunteering:

• 7:30am – Wake up and enjoy a Tea or Coffee.
• 9:00am – Breakfast and preparation for your class.
• 10:30pm – Volunteer Program.
• 12:45pm – Break for lunch and preparation for class.
• 2:30pm – Afternoon Tea and preparation for class.
• 3:00pm – Volunteer Program.
• 7:00pm – Dinner.
• 7:30pm – Relax, go shopping, prepare for tomorrow’s classes.

Free-time activities

Weekends and evenings are at your disposal to explore the local area and pursue personal hobbies. There are many activities to enjoy in the area such as yoga, meditation, temple visits and shopping.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be 18 years or older. You must have an open mind for working in a new and different environment. We don’t require you to have any specific qualifications or experience. All you need is the desire to help, a willingness to learn, and the motivation to succeed. We believe that volunteering opportunities should be open to everyone.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by iSpiice
  • Pick up from Delhi International Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member & transfer to a pre-booked (AC – Air conditioner) hotel which we have already booked for you in Delhi. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Delhi.
  • Sight seeing in Delhi including, India Gate, Red fort, Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple which are must see tourist places of Capital City India.
  • Transportation to Project site at Dharamsala (by overnight train, AC or by bus AC)
  • Volunteer work in Dharamsala.
  • Experience trekking in the Himalayas and visit the Mini -Tibet of India, McLeodGanj.
  • Two day, one night trip to Amritsar to Golden Temple and Wagha Border ceremony.
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal—India's most stunning homage to love. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty.
  • All monuments entry tickets. 
  • All accommodation during the placement.
  • All transportation during the trip.
  • All meals at volunteer house. (B,L,D)
  • Material required for teaching, pens, pencils, colors, notebooks, work books  & other teaching material.
  • Delhi Airport drop off at the end of taj Mahal Trip.
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels during tours.
  • Experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India.
  • All transportations.
  • Stay in a safe apartment with other volunteers and with iSpiice staff member.
  • Taxes.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport
Pick up from Delhi International Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member & transfer to a pre-booked (AC – Air conditioner) hotel which we have already booked for you in Delhi. 
Accommodation
We provide accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house, with separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms. The house is comfortable and the location is beautiful with access to all local amenities. Accommodation is very communal – food is eaten together and bathrooms and living spaces are shared. The number of people you will share with depends entirely on the number of volunteers we have in the house, but the maximum number of people in a room is 4. And in case you were wondering we have western toilets and hot water.

As with most Indian homes, there is no washing machine at the iSpiice house. You will have to get used to the Indian way of washing your clothes by hand and drying.
Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared freshly and hygienically by iSpiice’s talented Indian chefs. Filtered purified water is also supplied at the volunteer house. We have fabulous cook that make authentic home style Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (all of which are included in your Placement Fees). We mainly serve vegetarian food (lentils, vegetable curries, eggs, rice, and Indian breads) but can cater to any dietary requirements if you give us some warning. Our volunteers miss the iSpiice food when they’re back in their home countries.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Due to high demand of the program we pick up volunteers at the time of arrival in India on every Sunday. Pick up timings: Whole Sunday
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
6 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
$1,800
7 weeks
$1,950
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,100
Average fees
$281 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. iSpiice will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with iSpiice during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Himalayan Trekking & Meaningful Adventure

Be a responsible tourist: Combine volunteering with adventurous travelling! Take a meaningful volunteer trip in India and support local communities in need.

$281/week

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