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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Besides Accommodation, Food and Airport Pickup the fee includes:
We will pick you up on arrival.
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.
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.
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