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Working with Street Children

Dehli, India

Agency | GoEco

Spend time volunteering with street children of New Delhi. Make an impact in the lives of these underprivileged children through teaching & fun recreational activities.

Location

Delhi is located in Northern India, comprising Old Delhi and New Delhi, and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the world. This bustling metropolis is a true reflection of the meeting of the old and the new and offers exciting things to do and places to see.

As the capital city, and main gateway to India, Delhi is made up of spacious, tree-lined avenues, national institutions, museums, landmarks and chaotic markets or bazaars. With an incredibly rich history, a vastly diverse number of ethnic groups, and stunning temples, the capital of India has become an extremely popular destination for all types of travelers.

About the Project
It is estimated that more than 400,000 children live and work on the streets in India. Mainly because of family conflict or poor home situations, these children come to live on the streets caring for themselves, and often working, in an attempt to provide food or shelter.  In Delhi, the capital city, there are close to 175 000 street children of whom, 7-10% are runaways. This project aims to put smiles on the faces of these countless disadvantaged street children by providing them with opportunities to play games, engage in educational and recreational activities and spend time with volunteers like yourself. Through hands on activities, volunteers help to create an environment that is conducive for the holistic development of these children and encourages them to become a part of mainstream society.
 
Volunteer Work and Contribution
On this project, volunteers will have the chance to work at different shelters or homes for street children in and around New Delhi. The main focus will be to provide love and care for the children while engaging them in informal education, including basic literacy, as well as playing games and engaging in creative activities with them.

Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with informal education, including organizing and managing outdoor recreational games while helping to create a safe and positive environment for the children.
  • Helping teachers during English classes as well as other subjects like basic Maths and Geography. You may be asked to help design creative activities for these classes.
  • Assisting the staff with various tasks around the center.
  • Providing support and positive reinforcement to the children, talking to them about basic life skills and health management.

Important Notes

A tourist visa must be applied for and obtained before travelling 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

Volunteers are expected to work 5 days a week with evenings and weekends free.

At 8:30am, following breakfast,  you will travel to your project location with your choice of public transport, i.e. bus, metro or auto rickshaw. All project sites are approximately 20 - 40 minutes away by public transport. You will usually start work around 10:00 am for 4-5 hours, depending on the amount of work needed on particular days. Lunch can be taken at a nearby restaurant or cafe which will be shown to you during your orientation. Evenings are free for you to discover the city or relax at home with your fellow volunteers.

Free-time activities

Volunteers are encouraged to join the Orientation Week prior to their volunteer project. During this week you will learn the Language, History and Culture of this majestic country whilst exploring the different sights of Delhi.

The following excursions can also be arranged at an additional fee and offer a wonderful opportunity for you to visit other parts of the country whilst you are volunteering in Delhi.

Agra Day Trip - An incredible opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal - one of the 7 Wonders of the World, as well as the historic Agra Fort, seat of the Mughal Empire.        

Amritsar Weekend Tour -
Amritsar is one of the most important cities in the Indian state of Punjab and is home to the world famous Golden Temple, one of the most important Sikh pilgrim centers in the world.

Golden Triangle Tour (2 nights/ 3 days) – Take this trip to the famous cities of Jaipur and Agra - a perfect tour of the triangle. This tour captures the great Indian pageantry combining historic, bustling Jaipur - palaces, forts, and culture and Agra famous for the great Taj Mahal.

Jaipur Tour (1 night) -
Jaipur is the capital of the great historic state of Rajasthan. Also known as the pink city, it showcases the great culture, arts and history of Rajasthan.

Manali Weekend Tour - Manali is one of the most sought after hill stations in India. This Himalayan resort offers countless activities while the tour takes you to the famous landmarks including the Hadimba Temple, the Mall Road and Hot Springs.

Rishikesh and Haridwar Tour (2 days) –
This tour gives you a glimpse into the ancient and holy India. Rishikesh is one of the most important pilgrim centers in India along with its twin town of Haridwar. Most famous for its temples, yoga centers and river rafting, while Haridwar is one of the most sacred and holy destinations in India, located on the Ganges. This program gives you a chance to experience these holy Ganges, sacred bathing ghats (river front), ancient temples, priestly chants and the evening “Aarti” at Hark i Pauri.

Varanasi Weekend Tour - Varanasi is considered one of the holiest cities in India and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Located on the Ganges, Varanasi is home to numerous temples, ashrams and ghats

Water Sports
Swimming
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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Police clearance form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Motivation to work with children
- 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
50+

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

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Besides Accommodation, Food an Airport Pickup the fee includes:

  • Orientation Kit: All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
  • Pre-Departure Kit: Full project details will be sent following registration
  • Transportation: Volunteers will need to use public transportation such as buses, auto rickshaws or Delhi Metro to go to the projects.

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

We will pick you up on arrival.

Accommodation

Volunteer accommodations consist of shared rooms in a volunteer house. The accommodations have filtered water, a fridge, a microwave, running water and electricity along with air - conditioning for the summer months.

Internet: Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house.

Laundry: Laundry is not provided – but there are facilities in the area at an additional cost

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

From Monday  - Saturday, two meals a day are provided - breakfast and dinner.  Included meals are made up of typical vegetarian Indian dishes which may include Dal (Lentils), Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad, Yoghurt and Roti (Indian bread). On Sundays volunteers are responsible for their own meals.

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 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,080.00
5 weeks
$1,200.00
6 weeks
$1,320.00
7 weeks
$1,440.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$1,560.00
Average fees
$233.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Dehli/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.
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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%)
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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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