Volunteering Solutions

Help the Street Children

New Delhi, India show on map
Spend some quality time and contribute for the overall development and welfare of unfortunate children, who lived on streets, but now are given shelter by local NGOs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Why it is important

Delhi, alone, is said to have more than 0.2 million children living on streets, railway tracks, traffic signals, and other roadside areas. Most of these children are runaways from home, due to physical abuse and poverty. 

Many are orphans, who have no relatives to live with, and are forced by misfortune to live such a life. These children can be seen scavenging the rubbish heap for a meal, sleeping between the tracks, often beaten and sexually abused, falling prey to drug peddlers and child traffickers. 

The project

Through extensive volunteer work in the street children program in India - Delhi this situation can be tried to be dealt with. Volunteers work at the various contact points or shelter homes, being run by various organizations, which serve as day care centers for these street children. 

Volunteer work

The street children volunteer program in India requires a high amount of dedication and personal involvement from the volunteers. A generic list of tasks to be done by the participants under this program includes work, such as; 

  • Taking informal education classes for the children
  • Playing recreational and fun games with the children, while introducing them to different and new activities.
  • Help make them aware and imbibe some good habits in the children; such as, cleanliness, hygiene and greetings.  
  • On some of the days, volunteers can, also, plan a trip with the children to a museum or zoo in Delhi. Such educational trips are very useful for the children where they love spending time and playing with the volunteers.
  • Volunteers can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.

Typical day

Volunteers joining the street children program in India are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. 

It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;

  • Sunday : Arrival in Delhi
  • Monday : Orientation + neighborhood familiarization tour. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Delhi. Those who chose the Language and Orientation Week will carry on with the same for the entire, rest of the volunteers will begin their volunteer work from Tuesday.
  • Tue to Fri : Volunteer work
  • Breakfast - 08:30 am onwards
  • Working hours at the placement - 10:00 am (volunteers leave the accommodation by 09:30 am) to 04:00 pm
  • Lunch - anywhere between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (volunteers have to manage lunch on their own expense)
  • Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards 

  • Weekends : Free to explore the city (No meal is provide on Sunday, as volunteers are encouraged to try the local cuisines.)

Details on Arrival

Volunteers joining the Street Children Program in India, needs to arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on the same date as the program start date. This program is available throughout the year with different start dates in each month. 

2018
January       07,21
February      04,18
March          04,18
April             01,15
May              06,20
June            03,17
July              01,15
August        05,19
September 02,16
October       07,21
November   04,18
December   02,16 

Program starts every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, throughout the year.

Airport Pickup will be provided from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Free-time activities

During the free time volunteers can visit the local markets, visit internet cafes and the different restaurants in Delhi and try out the different Indian cuisines. During weekends volunteers visit the neighboring states of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Our specialised Travel Desk can help you to book tours to any part of India or to neighboring countries like, Nepal. 

Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
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
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport and parental consent(for under 18)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

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Volunteering Solutions (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 Solutions

  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Placement to Project
  • Support from Staff
  • Orientation

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

Airport pickup is provided between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. Our local coordinator in Delhi will be there at the airport to receive the volunteers and transfer them to their accommodation place.

Accommodation

While volunteering in Delhi you would be staying at one of our Volunteer home base in South Delhi. The accommodations are neat and clean and provide volunteers a home away from home, while you are in Delhi. 

Both our homes are equipped with wifi internet, filtered drinking water, hot water showers, air conditioning, satellite television, modern toilets and comfortable beds. The homes are close to useful amenities like, banks, ATM’s, currency ex-changers, restaurants, cafes and shopping arcades. 

All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the homes and volunteers travel to the placements everyday and come back home in the evenings.

Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
While, staying at the homes you would be provided with freshly cooked breakfast and dinner, we have cooks at the home who prepare meals for the volunteers. A sample of the meals you can expect are mentioned below.

  • Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
  • Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
For lunch volunteers usually eat close to their placement at a local restaurant, our coordinators would show you around at the time of orientation. This also gives you a chance to eat a variety of food, India has to offer. You would be able to have a comfortable lunch for around $3-$4.

Vegetarians are welcome!
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 840
5 weeks
$ 940
6 weeks
$ 1,040
7 weeks
$ 1,140
9 weeks
$ 1,350
11 weeks
$ 1,570
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,680
Average fees
$ 175 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in New Delhi/India between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions 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 Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia India  New Delhi, Siri Fort Road

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