Teacher and Admin Assistance

founded in 2007
Sambhali Trust
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Coordinator | Govind Singh
Coordinator | Govind Singh
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Explore Marwari culture and life in the Thar Desert
Improve your teaching abilities by giving English lessons at the local government school
Contribute to society by offering empowerment and self-esteem workshops to disdvantaged children
Help fundraise Sambhali and learn about the basic structures of running a grassroot NGO
Get to know more about North Indian cuisine and have a camel ride in your freetime
You will teach English to underprivileged children in Setrawa, in the Thar desert and you will also help fund-raise the Sambhali Trust organisation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The founder of Sambhali Trust, Govind Singh Rathore, wants to ’give back’ to the community of his father and grandfather. Setrawa’s inhabitants are faced with many challenges including water shortages and cultivating dry land but also the lacking access to education.


Children in the village attend government schools, that are faced with a lot of problems:

  •       Being understaffed
  •        Overcrowded classrooms
  •        Lack of appropriate material to make lessons work


Sambhali now wants to focus on supporting the government schools with volunteers to help the local teachers in English and Maths lessons. Volunteers are encouraged to improve the lesson quality by applying as many  interactive teaching elements as possible and prepare workshops on general knowledge to extend the student’s knowledge.


In Setrawa, you will be able to explore rural life in the Thar Desert as well as Marwari culture. Govind turned his family home, Dev Bagh, into a Guesthouse in which tourists, volunteers and he will live in. Not only is the Guesthouse situated in a beautfiul rural setting, but volunteers also have the possibility of going on a ride with Govind’s horse to the dunes. Volunteers will have enough time to explore the surrounding Thar desert.


Volunteers coming to Setrawa should have a desire to live and work in a rural setting with basic amenities. There is no need to have prior experience in teaching, but certainly it would help your work in the schools. Volunteers should be able to improvise and be patient with their students as all of them are on various learning levels.


We will take care of your accommodation in Dev Bagh but it is your responsibility to take care of your flights, visa and vaccinations.

Typical day

Your working day will start between 10am and 11am. You can prepare lesson for the day, write your day logs etc. 
You will teach English, Maths and workshops on general knowledge at the local government school from 11am to 2.00pm. It is important that your teaching methods are as interactive as possible. Please focus on spoken English, everyday life problem solving in maths e.g. -working out prices at the market- and practical activities e.g. outdoor games, arts and crafts. 
On top of that, it is essential for you to provide dental care (brushing) and hygiene check-ups for the pupils as many of them have no access to running water at home. 
After lunch In the afternoon from 3pm to 5pm you will work as an admin and will monitor the Sambhali fundraising sites, write proposal letters and update the Sambhali work policies. . 

Free-time activities

At our Dev Bagh Resort you can go horse riding with our horse Shanti that lives on the property. In the Setrawa village you have many different shops where you can get anything that you need for your daily life as well as shop clothes. You can also enjoy the beauty of the Thar Desert by going on a walk to the sand dunes. At Dev Bagh we have many comfortable spots where you can enjoy the quitness of the Desert by doing some Yoga and Meditation. In the Indian culture music plays an important role. For that reason you will be able to enjoy lots of Rajasthani music and dances. For a small additional fee you can go on a camel ride through the Desert organized by our neighbours. On the weekends you can take the local government bus, which only takes about 1,5 hours to go to Jodhpur to look around the city or visit the Fort.  



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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and police clearance certificate (criminal record)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
good level of English (Level B1)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Sambhali Trust

Included in our fees is the accomodation at our beautiful Dev Bagh Resort in the middle of the Thar Desert. On top of that you will enjoy three home cooked meals every day and if you are not home ofr lunch we will provide you a lunchbox. We also provide transportation to our projects as well as a local volunteer coordinator who can help you with everything that you need. 

Airport Pickup at Jodhpur Airport

The closest airport is located in Jodhpur, a city around 100km away from Setrawa. There you will be picked up and hosted at our Durag Niwas guesthouse in Jodhpur for approximately two days to have an orientation day and get to know India a little more before we take you to Setrawa.

This is a place for nature- and animal lovers who can also take a ride through the desert on our horse Shanti. There are always peacocks in the village and camels will roam around the landscape as well as Chinkara deers. You will be able to have an entirely peaceful experience away from the hustle and bustle of the towns, gaze at the wonderful starlit skies at night and feel the tranquillity and calm of this area. You will be able to enjoy bonfire nights full of Rajasthani music and dancing and meet the local families and kids around the Guesthouse. At our chillout area you can chat with the other volunteers or rest at on of our rooftops.
We also provide Wifi, a laundry machine and a TV at our Resort.
Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Dev Bagh provides three home cooked meals every day. Using only the freshest ingredients we will give you a taste of many Rajasthani dishes. If you are at your project during lunch you will get a lunchbox from us. 

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 Jodhpur Airport (JDH) in Jodhpur. 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.
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


Details on arrival

In General, volunteers can join throughout the year. It is advisable for the volunteers to stay at least for two months to adapt to the local working and living culture. We would very much appreciate volunteers coming in the time slot during April - September to help run the Setrawa projects while Govind, the Founder, will run the projects in Jodhpur. You will have regular correspondence on a daily basis.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
13 weeks
15 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$51 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Sambhali Trust will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sambhali Trust during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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