The Great Projects

The Great Tiger Experience

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Take part in the conservation of endangered Bengal tigers, in the enchanting jungles of India.

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 their natural habitat. 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 the perfect setting to play a part in tiger conservation efforts, and to help these endangered animals keep their stripes around for generations to come!

In addition to walking and vehicle-based safaris on this project, you will take part in all manner of tiger conservation activities including; wildlife management, and community focused initiatives during your time here. Jump into action partaking in tasks such as setting 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 several initiatives to promote more sustainable and alternative living for those living on the edge of Kanha National Park. What’s more, 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 to provide essential health care to villagers. 

By participating in this project you’ll make a difference to the lives of not only to these incredibly beautiful and regal cats but to the community that lives alongside them. As well as, exploring the colourful culture that India has to offer, be it art, history, or food, you won't regret choosing this project!

Typical day

DAY 1 - The Adventure Begins: After arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be met by a member of the project staff and will 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. After orientation, you'll partake in a discussion and presentation on wildlife conservation, with a strong focus on Bengal tigers. The evening will be spent on your leisure. 

DAY 3 - Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park: In the morning, you will embark on your first jungle safari, the wildlife on offer could include Sloth Bears, Leopards and Dhole (wild Indian dogs), and of course, Tigers. After lunch, you'll visit a local school, 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!

DAY 4 -Second Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park: Today you'll wake up early and walk along the dry river beds in search of pugmarks, learning as you go! After breakfast you'll take a tour of local villages, getting to know local residents and taking part in local crafts or harvest. You may enjoy a picnic lunch or lunch in a local village, then venture out on a safari to soak up the beautiful landscapes and its vast array of wildlife. In the evening you'll watch an informative wildlife film on tiger conservation in India. 

DAY 5 - Tiger Safari and Conservation Activities: You'll start the morning with another safari, then take part in after-lunch art classes with local artists, learning the basic techniques of local artists and the animalistic inspiration behind their paintings. In the evening, you'll partake in a discussion and presentation with experts on wildlife corridors and their importance.

DAY 6 - Nature Trekking and Tiger Safari: 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 spot different species of wildlife. You'll enjoy lunch at the Lodge before heading out for an afternoon safari. In the evening you'll enjoy a farewell dinner from your first weeks' accommodation.

DAY 7 - Transfer to Chitvan Jungle Lodge: Today you'll leave for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, your new accommodation for the week, which is approximately an hour’s drive. You will take part in an orientation before visiting the Corbett Foundation, an organisation which works for the local communities. You'll also 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 and then take part in an orientation of organic farms in Chitvan, discovering the concept of solar cooking, rainwater harvesting and other such activities which help to reduce both carbon and water footprints.

DAY 9 - Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge): After breakfast, you'll visit the local school and will 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. After spending time at the school, you'll head out on an evening safari!

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

DAY 11 - Baiga Village Visit: On day 11, 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. Then, you'll 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 of the national park.

DAY 12 - 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

The national park is closed between Mid-June to October. 

All foreign nationals need a visa to enter India. 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

You will need to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport on the project start date between 7am and 5pm. You will then be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and transferred 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.

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
Sightseeing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

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)
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
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by The Great Projects
  • 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 Airport

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 Gandhi 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, your first weeks' accommodation is the perfect destination for budding conservationists who also like to spend their nights in relaxing comfort. Your second week's accommodation is at Chitvan Jungle Lodge. The rooms 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 sunbirds.

Hotel
Food & Beverages


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.
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)
13 days (min. stay)
$2,669.00
13 days (max. stay)
$2,669.00
Average fees
$1,437.00/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.
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 The Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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