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The Great Tiger Experience

Volunteer with tigers and play a vital part in a grass-roots tiger conservation project, in India's stunning Kanha National Park.

About the Project

This project is situated inside the prestigious Kanha National Park, renowned as one of the best locations to witness Bengal tigers in the world. Kanha tiger reserve is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. It is home not only to a significant population of tigers, but a myriad of bird species, leopards and much more. It is the perfect setting to play a part in tiger conservation efforts and help these endangered animals in their own incredibly picturesque natural habitat.

In addition to walking and vehicle-based safaris, you will take part in all manner of tiger conservation activities, wildlife management, and community focused initiatives during your time on the project. This includes tasks such as setting up and checking camera traps, learning how to identify animal tracks, educational talks, assisting at a local school, taking part in a scheme in conjunction with a tribal village to help them minimise their carbon footprint, and meeting local artists and artisans to learn about the importance of their work to the region's culture.

The programme combines tiger conservation in India with community work, aimed at reducing human-animal conflict. It also champions a number of initiatives to promote more sustainable and alternative living for those living on the edge of Kanha National Park.

Your donations as a volunteer are used to take tribal children from the local school into Kanha Tiger Reserve to educate them on human-animal conflict, to purchase camera-traps, and for providing essential health care to villagers.

Before Arrival

Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport on the project start date between 7am and 5pm. You will be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and transferred by road to a temporary hotel, and the next day, to the project site. The journey will be split up, first by flying from Delhi to Jalapur and finally driving to Kanha National Park itself.

All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India. A Tourist Visa is granted to those who are visiting India for tourism. Tourist visas may be valid for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year with single, double or multiple entries. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. Many Indian embassies have outsourced visa processing in full or in part to third party companies, so check ahead before going to the embassy. Foreigners coming from or through Yellow Fever countries must have a valid vaccination certificate. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

DAY 1 - The Adventure Begins: 

After arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet the project staff and transfer to your hotel. Once checked in, take the chance to relax, or explore Delhi and all of its cultural gems. 

DAY 2 - Transfer To Kanha National Park: 
After breakfast at your hotel, fly to Jabalpur and then transfer to the species-rich haven of Kanha National Park, before settling in at Kipling Camp and enjoying a welcoming lunch. You'll help the Naturalist install camera traps and learn conservation techniques. After this you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of Wildlife Protection in his work before enjoying the rest of the evening at leisure.

DAY 3 - Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park: 
In the morning, you will embark on your first jungle safari, then pay a visit to a local school, watching a class take place and experiencing the impact of volunteering. You'll teach the local children about wildlife and the importance of environment conversation and later watch the talented Baiga Tribe perform a dance for your group. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner before retiring to your beds in preparation for the next days activities.

DAY 4 -Another Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park: 
Today you will take a tour of local villages, getting to know local residents and taking part in local crafts or harvest. Enjoy a picnic lunch away from the park. You'll then venture out to a safari and soak in the beautiful landscapes of Kanha, and its vast array of wildlife. Head to the training centre to watch an informative wildlife film. 

DAY 5 - Tiger Safari and Conservation Activities: 
Start the morning with another safari, and then take part in after-lunch art classes with the local Gond artists, learning the basic techniques of Gond arts and the inspiration behind the paintings. Later you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of WPSI in his work, visiting a forest village and teaching the villagers about conservation, helpful government schemes, and the anti-poaching policy.

DAY 6 - Tiger Safari and Camera Traps: 
You will begin today by heading out on a trek on a nature trail within Kanha Tiger Reserve, taking the opportunity to bird watch and learn how to track and sign difference species of wildlife. Enjoy lunch at the Lodge before heading out for an afternoon safari. You'll say farewell to camp Kipling by having dinner around a campfire outside Bamboo House.

DAY 7 - Kipling Camp to Chitvan Jungle Lodge
Leave for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, located approximately an hour’s journey away on the other side of the camp. You will take part in an orientation before visiting the Corbett Foundation, an organisation which works for the local communities distributing solar lanterns and offering health care among other things.
Pay a visit to the Tribal Museum for a guided tour to learn a little more about the local culture. You will then finish the day by watching the Wildlife Film Show and partake in discussions with experts about the issues faced in tiger conservation.

DAY 8 - Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge): 

Today you'll head out on a morning safari to the Mukki Zone of Kanha National Park and then take part in an orientation of organic farms in Chitvan, discovering the concept of solar cooking, rain water harvesting and other such activities which help to reduce both carbon and water footprints. You will then enjoy evening drinks and dinner with the field director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India.

DAY 9 - Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge)  
After breakfast, visit the local school and begin to understand the education patterns and routines. You'll get the chance to educate the children about their role in maintaining the ecosystem, and the importance of wildlife conservation. Join an evening safari in the Mukki zone of Kanha.

DAY 10 - Kanha Safari:  
Today you will veVenture out on a new safari in the Kisli zone of Kanha before taking the afternoon to visit the buffer zone to learn the process of tiger census, setting of camera traps, and the old pugmark tracing method of census' with a wildlife biologist/forest official.

DAY 11 - Baiga Village Visit: 
You will pay a visit to the Baiga village and begin to understand the local’s concerns regarding man-made animal conflict, their dependence on the forest, and how to work in their fields. Pay a visit to the local Aanganwadi, a nursery school in the nearby village. You will finish the evening by going on a safari in the Mukki zone.

DAY 12 - Morning To Relax & Then A Transfer To Delhi: 
After breakfast, you'll leave for Jabalapur Airport to catch the flight back to Delhi. On the way back to Jabalpur, stop briefly at the WWF centre and learn all about the activities and community work done by WWF in this particular landscape.

Details on Arrival


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 (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills or experience are required, only a positive attitude and full commitment to the cause. You must be prepared to work as part of a team.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with The Great Projects straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at The Great Projects are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities whilst on the project, including wonderful experiences, such as tiger safari's and nature treks and you will also get to work and interact with the local communities. Alongside the productive volunteering, you will have the chance to relax and take in the stunning scenery of the Khana National Park.

Swimming
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Included Services

What's included?
  • Full board basis for 12 nights, and Bed and breakfast in Delhi
  • Airport transfers using air-conditioned vehicles and assistance by our representative
  • Conservation donation
  • 9 Jeep safaris (shared basis) and 1 day of trekking to Kanha National Park and Kanha Tiger Reserve
  • Naturalist fees
  • Internal return flights between Delhi and Jabalpur
Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International

On the first day of your project you will arrive into India via Dehli's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Here you will be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and subsequently transferred by road to your first nights accommodation in Delhi. The next day you will take a short flight to Kanha National Park to begin your project.

Accommodation

On your first and last night, you will be staying at the Holiday Inn next to the New Delhi Indira Ghandi International Airport to allow for an easy transfer to your project the next day. Your superior room will provide either one king bed or two twin beds, as well as all amenities such as a minibar, tea and coffee maker and power shower.

Situated in an idyllic setting and surrounded by remote forests, Kipling Camp is the perfect destination for budding conservationists who also like to spend their nights in relaxing comfort. The rooms have twin or double beds, tea and coffee making facilities, and tiled en-suite bathrooms with showers.

Finally, the dense jungle of Kanha provides a secluded location for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, which in itself is equipped with spacious rooms that are all inspired by the emotions of nature. The rooms once again have fine amenities and large beds, with the rooms themselves intentionally set in the core zone of the jungle, giving you the opportunity to wake up to the sound of calling deer and chirping of the sun birds.

Hotel
Food & Beverages

During your time at the Holiday Inn, you will be staying under a B&B meal plan. Conversely, your time at Kanha will provide you with a full-board meal plan. Your time will be split between the Kipling Camp and the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, for 5 days a piece and in a cottage each time.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
13 days (min. stay)
$3,637.00
13 days (max. stay)
$3,637.00
Average fees
$1,958.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kahna/India between 13 days and 13 days. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Great Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 The Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in India

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for India. Please check the visa regulations for India.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in India and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in India.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International (DEL) in New 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in India while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
India, Kahna, India

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