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GoEco

Teaching and Community Supporter

Udaipur, India

Agency | GoEco

This project is one of the best ways to see and experience the real India. Join us and make an impact in this magnificent region in India.

Location

India is incredibly rich in both culture and heritage.  From its cuisine to its festivals, many are entranced by the country’s beauty and delicate intricacies.  Udaipur received its “Venice of the East” nickname because of its spectacular lakes, the most famous being Lake Pichola. The wealth of ornate palaces, ancient temples, colorful streets, and stunning views make Udaipur feel like it comes straight out of a fairy tale. The friendly, open nature of its inhabitants adds to its charm, while the hustle and bustle of local markets and endless restaurants leave much to explore.

About the Project

This project works to serve disadvantaged populations that are often marginalized for reasons far beyond their control.  In order to have the greatest impact on those who need it most, this project focuses on assisting with educational initiatives at a school for the hearing impaired and a school for children with special needs, as well as running an outreach program for children living in a local slum. 

Orientation Week

Before you begin volunteering, you will enjoy an exciting orientation week designed to introduce you to India.  You will have the chance to visit and tour some of the many nearby sites, including the Monsoon Palace, SasBahu Temple, Lake Pichola and a few local markets.  Through yoga, language, self defense sessions and cooking classes, you will begin to understand more about Indian culture and traditions.  This week is also a great opportunity for you to bond with your fellow volunteers and to enjoy cross-cultural exchanges.  The orientation program runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you start work at your project.

Volunteer Work and Contribution

After your one week orientation, you will be assigned to a specific project depending on the needs of the community and then your personal preference.  

These projects include:

  • School for the Hearing Impaired: At this school, which serves more than 200 students, you will be assisting qualified teachers with daily lessons. You will also learn basic sign language so that you can communicate with the children.
  • Special Needs School:  The school provides a stimulating and educational environment for children with autism and special needs. You will assist qualified teachers and help the students learn in a way that caters to their specific needs. By helping to create a supportive and caring environment, the children can gain confidence and grow at their own pace. 
  • Kindergarten and Primary School Aid: Volunteers will work together with the schools' qualified teachers in tasks such as leading classes, building a syllabus and daily lesson plans, and assisting in other classroom activities such as games and crafts.
  • Slums Outreach Program:  Many of the children living in the slums cannot afford to go to school, so the education they receive during these informal lessons may be their only learning opportunity.  Since classes are held outside, much of the learning is done through games and other fun activities. 
  • Holidays: Schools are affected by a long summer holiday from mid-May to the 1st of July as well as certain Public Holidays. During these times, volunteers may be involved either in renovation work or in special classes and English camps depending on the need of the local community. Special events will also be organized for cultural festivals such as The Holi, Diwali and Dasara.

Important Notes

A tourist visa must be applied for and obtained before traveling to India. A visa cannot be obtained for a stay exceeding 180 days. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to have the appropriate visa before travel. Please consult your local Indian consulate.

You should to apply to this project at 1 - 2 months before your chosen start date in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper visa.  The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2 months.

Typical day

Your day will begin around 9:00 am at the School for the Hearing Impaired, the Special Needs School or in a Kindergarten or Primary School Aid placement.  You will be picked up from the school at noon and taken back to the volunteer house for lunch.  From about 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, you will volunteer at the Slums Outreach Project and then be taken back to the volunteer house where you will have your evening free.

Free-time activities

Enjoy the cultural diversity in India and discover Rajasthan in your free time!
You may consider joining this special program before or after your volunteer placement to add another dimension to your experience in India:

Body and Mind Week: Learn about yoga, meditation practices and Ayurvedic treatments to improve your health and well-being.  

Please note that there is an additional fee for this program.

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV / Resume and Police Clearance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Besides Accommodation, Food and Airport Pickup the fee includes:

  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Orientation: All the Rajasthan volunteer projects include a one-week introduction program
  • Pre-Departure Kit: Full project details will be sent following registration

Airport Pickup at Maharana Pratap Airport

We will pick you up on arrival.

Accommodation

You will stay in a comfortable, clean, two-story house with single-gender dormitory style bedrooms and adequate bathroom and toilet facilities that include running hot water. On the first floor there is a dining area, kitchen and a living room with a TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi and a computer, which you are able to use.  

Laundry: You can wash your clothes by hand if you’d like. There are laundry services available for an additional fee.

Internet: WiFi is available at volunteer house.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian foods, consisting mainly of vegetarian cuisine, including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice a week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

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 Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR) in Udaipur. 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)
$1,270.00
5 weeks
$1,510.00
6 weeks
$1,750.00
7 weeks
$1,990.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,230.00
Average fees
$298.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Udaipur/India between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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