Volunteering With India (VWI)

Theater & Art Mentor

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This program is about to support children who are disadvantaged because of poverty. Help organizing a theater program and teaching them in performing. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the Program

Do you have  passion for theater, travelling and helping young children? Volunteer with India offers people like you the fantastic opportunity to teach underprivileged young children living in the iconic Pink City of Jaipur. During your time on the program you will be placed at a local school or orphanage where you’ll have the freedom to create and organize your very own program. Volunteers have to put on plays, teach dance routines, make masks/puppets and facilitate scenes from well-known scripts. Volunteers may also wish to consider teaching core performance techniques (acting, singing, dancing), teaching scenes from musicals or teaching children how to make their own costumes. 

There is a lack of free, quality education in Jaipur. The children you will  teach don’t usually receive theater education, so all will be inexperienced and some will be shy. Furthermore, many of the children in the schools are children from difficult backgrounds; therefore volunteers who can find a balance between sensitivity and fun are perfect for these children who aren’t given the chance to experience the excitement of education. The beauty of this program is that we can see how the children’s confidence, happiness and unity increases during the program process.

The project was created in 2010.The project is based in Jaipur, India, a city which is also called Pink City. The children in our center need attention and support from the volunteers.Volunteers can help them to deal with their sad past and so they can reach their full potential. English speaking volunteers can also help the children practicing English which is also good for their future.

Mission of the Project

Our mission is to provide the best care and protection for these children; to preserve and protect their childhood rights.To bring them back into society by providing them with their basic necessities for life. Teaching them about art can build their confidence in their future. 

Role of the Volunteer

You as a volunteer will be involved in activities such as teaching theater,  making sets, design it, music selections, making masks, and organize the program. We don’t need an expert actor, director or an artist. We just want for our volunteer to offer love to the children, support them in trying out being theater actors and to help the ones that are talented but are shy or just not able to bring it out. There is a lack of theater education in the city. We expect the volunteers to offer good help and to be good teachers in the workshops. Volunteers can also work in the children's rural areas. This helps to building up confidence and makes them be more united. Besides it helps them seeing their future with more hope and joy. The volunteers are also asked to support the orphanage children in drama play.The children at the orphanages are always eager to learn new things and this shows them the fun part of life, at the end of the day the children fall asleep with a smile on their faces. 

Employees

We run this project with our partner NGO which has local volunteers who take care of these children. One of our program coordinator will always be there at the project site to assist the foreign volunteers. Local volunteers are not good in English so the coordinator helps foreign volunteers in all stages. 

Project Location & Daily transport Facility

We provide accommodation to participants at Indian Host Family which is in the center of Jaipur. Our project locations is just 15 mins of tuk-tuk ride from your accommodation. It is in the main Jaipur. Everyday the project taxi come to pick you and once you finish the program it will drop you back at your place. 

What you will gain from this project

  • Memorable working hours by spending time with children as a theater artist
  • An enormous satisfaction from the impact of your work 
  • Unforgettable memories by spending time in India 
  • The opportunity to get to know the Indian culture, language and their traditions
  • A life time membership with VWI 
Volunteer Week Detail 

Day 1: Today you will arrive in Jaipur. A VWI staff member will pick you up from your arrival destination and welcome you. After picking you up, we will transfer you to the host family accommodation. We will introduce you to the host family members and guide you through the accommodation facilities and your local surroundings. You will be given a run down about the project, your daily working schedule, rules and regulation of volunteering. 

Day 2 to Working days : You will be transferred to your project site. Your first day will be a learning experience, meeting new faces and seeing what your role will be. Days at the project site will include taking part in many of the activities you have read above. And maybe even a few spontaneous Bollywood dance-offs.

Weekends: The weekends are free for you to relax and enjoy the Pink City of Jaipur. Every weekend we arrange sightseeing tour of Jaipur beautiful historical places, cultural places and programs with our VWI staff team. Volunteers have opportunity to meet with other volunteers also from other projects sites as everybody gets together on these days. There are several other side trips that you can join which will greatly enhance your experience of Rajasthan, India.

End of trip: After finishing the Volunteering India program you can choose our Add on tour Programs to explore India. Volunteers can join to visit Taj Mahal, Golden Triangle Tour, Wildlife Safari in National Park, New Delhi and more. 

We can offer you advice on travelling on to your next destination, whether it be another Indian city or on to the airport for home or more of the world.

Typical day

Schedule of a typical working day ( Monday to Friday )

Volunteers work for 3-4 hours a day. Volunteers will work  from Monday to Friday, but if there is more work required they can also be send to work on a Saturday as well.

The work includes typical tasks like:

  • Supporting children in discovering their talents
  • Helping them with their local performance
  • Organizing theater plays
  • Teaching performance techniques (singing, dancing, acting)
  • Supporting them in creating their own costumes

 

Free-time activities

Every Weekend we arrange sightseeing tours for volunteers of the famous tourist destination in Jaipur. There are other tour activities you can involved yourself in like visiting the famous  Taj Mahal Agra, Go for Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park, Visit the Blue City Jodhpur or to Gold Place city Jaisalmer in to Desert. All these places can be visited in weekend free time. 

Also in a day during free time you can visit the famous temples in Jaipur, go for cycle rickshaw ride, visit the local bazaars ( market ), buy some souvenir, go to shopping malls and many more activities which you can make yourself involved in it.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There are no specific skills required to join the program. But volunteers need to be Love & Passionate about helping those who are in need, and also they should have interest to learn about the culture/life of the people in Country.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Volunteering With India (VWI) (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Volunteering With India (VWI)

  • Arranging your Program
  • Pre-departure information and support by email/phone
  • Accommodation and 3 meals per day
  • Arrival Pick up service from Jaipur, India Airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation
  • Transport to and from your program
  • Program relevant materials
  • Local in-country team support and backup. 
  • Weekend Sightseeing’s Tour for the famous Tourist Spots in Jaipur

Airport Pickup at Jaipur Airport

One of our Team member will come to pick you at the Jaipur, Airport. We will be there with the pla card mentioning your name. Our team is happy to pick you anytime your flight lands in jaipur.

Accommodation
Accommodation

VWI will make arrangements for room, food and transportation for the volunteers, from the first day of the volunteer’s arrival in Jaipur, India. Volunteers will be living with an Indian host family. You will have your own room that you may or may not share with another volunteer of the same sex. Our host families are carefully screened and selected based on VWI requirements. Host families are experienced in the realm of hosting international travellers for a least 10 years.

The accommodation and meals provided at the host family will be basic. You will be getting three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), the very same food your host family themselves will be having, traditional but very nutritious. However if you are unable to adjust to food or need more nutrition/protein/special diet you can arrange your own meals from produce at the near local market. Staying with a host family is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs. Every host family will have internet facilities so you can stay in contact with your own family. 


Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Host family mother prepares food for volunteers. Volunteers will be getting  3 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) , traditional but very nutritious. Only vegetarian meal is provided by the host family.
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 Jaipur Airport (JAI) in Jaipur. 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 970
5 weeks
$ 1,150
6 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,330
Average fees
$ 232 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Jaipur/India between 4 weeks and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering With India (VWI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
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 Volunteering With India (VWI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia India  Jaipur, 54, Govind Nagar East

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