Volunteers work with a local organization that supports poor girls in rural communities.
The Delhi area offers enormous potential for cultural micro-enterprises, which are community organizations that promote local culture using business approaches. The main challenge facing cultural micro-enterprises in the developing world is their ability to simultaneously meet their social goals and remain economically viable.
The projects support organizations that largely work with rural people to preserve traditional cultural practices by training and linking them to market opportunities in the city. Volunteers assist an organization in designing and implementing strategies for economic sustainability. Volunteers live in Delhi and work in organizations in the area.
Supporting an NGO for girls
Volunteers work five to seven hours a day with a local organization that supports poor girls in rural communities by teaching them how to make, market and sell traditional textiles like placemats, tablecloths and napkins. Volunteers assist the local team by creating marketing materials, managing social media and doing administrative work, including research and dealing with clients who want to buy the girls’ products. Depending on need, there may also be opportunities to travel outside Delhi to visit the girls and work directly with them.
There is no typical day :-)
Volunteering abroad is all about finding your role in local communities. Unlike a tourist, volunteers travel to serve instead of to be served.
Also, remember that you’re working in the developing world in very poor contexts—conditions are constantly changing. There is no script to follow and being adaptable is crucial. This is what makes international volunteering challenging and rewarding.
In general though, you’ll be working Monday through Friday. Weekends are off. Every project is different, so you want to read the detailed project descriptions.
Connecting with the locals and other volunteers is also a big part of the experience. You’ll have plenty of time after your work and on the weekends. Volunteers often check out tourist sites together, hang out in the evening, travel on the weekends, etc. It’s up to you, don’t worry you’ll have a lot of fun too :-)
Living in Delhi is the experience of a lifetime. You will mingle with the millions of people who take the streets of the capital from very early in the morning in a kind of organized chaos. Just in moving around in a rickshaw or by foot, you will discover new things, no matter how familiar you have become with the sounds, smells, tastes and colors of the city. It’s difficult to get bored in Delhi. There is always plenty to do in your free time, including visiting parks, monuments and museums. If you look for it, you can find in Delhi almost anything you would find in other big modern global cities. At the same time, Delhi preserves the unique flavor of Indian urban culture: you can experience a Bollywood movie in an old theater; have a cup of tea and sweets with locals on a street corner; or bargain in the many popular markets around the city, particularly in Old Delhi. Volunteers also love to venture outside Delhi on weekends to explore rural towns, and most take the opportunity to visit nearby Agra and see the Taj Mahal.
The fees include: Reservation Fee, Preparation Booklet, Briefing Meeting, First week extra R&R day, Housing, Food, Airport pick-up, UBELONG Mentor, Orientation, In-country support, Reference letter, Fundraising and networking and United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
When you arrive at the Indira Gandhi international airport in Delhi, a driver meets you and brings you to your accommodations.
Volunteers have the wonderful opportunity to live in bustling South-East and South-West Delhi in either a Volunteer House or with a local host family. The homes are very welcoming and friendly, and volunteers usually share a room with one to three other volunteers. There are flush toilets, although depending on your room you may have to bathe with a bucket instead of a shower, as is the tradition in India. Conveniences like banks, grocery stores and internet cafes are nearby. There is internet at the house, although like in most of India the connection can be spotty. You can also have your laundry done for a small fee. As India is a conservative society and we are committed to respecting the local norms, except for married couples we do not house men and women in the same room. Married couples should let us know of their desire to live in the same room in their application.
Indian cuisine is one of the most diverse, flavorful and complex in the world. During your stay you would be served vegetarian meals. These are mainly focused on vegetables, cereals and fruit. Every day, volunteers receive breakfast and dinner.