Volunteer in INDIA
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Hindi, English
POPULATION: 1.21 billion
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$): India $3,700 Canada $41,100
% of Population BELOW POVERTY LINE: 25%
WHY VOLUNTEER IN INDIA?
Though India is emerging as one of the world’s more powerful countries with an increasing middle class, the majority of its people still struggle within the context of endemic poverty. India has many long-term challenges that it has not fully addressed yet, including inadequate physical and social infrastructures, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities, and scarce access to quality basic and higher education. A large number of India's poorest people live in the country's semi-arid regions. Deforestation and poor land management, compounded by the harsh climate, has made it very difficult for many rural poor to eke out even a subsistence living. Drought and water shortages hinder the development of sustainable agriculture.
Volunteers work in the villages around Bhinder, a community on the outskirts of Udaipur known as the "Venice of India", with our Host Partner, Sahyog Sansthan. Located in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan is one of India’s poorest states where the lack of water is a pervasive problem. You will work with subsistence farmers and their families in the construction of water harvesting structures, like small sub-service dams, water barriers, well and land partitions. These new water sources allow farmers to grow two crops per year instead of one, which enables them to provide for their families and earn an increase income by selling their produce.
You and your team of volunteers will work with our Host Partner, Youth Touch, in the village of Banjara Basti near Sikar, north west of Jaipur. This area is locaed in one of India's poorest states, Rajathan. Banjara Basti is a village inhabited by gypsy communities. There are more than 500 families who don't have access to schools, primary health facilities, electricity, and safe drinking water. You will help with the construction of schools and medical facilities that help improve the lives of women and street children. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to assist with teaching and learning activities.
Upon completion of the volunteer experience, we encourage participants to spend ample time in Udaipur, known as the ‘Venice of India’. Udaipur is a beautiful lakeside city in the state of Rajasthan and one of India’s most romantic and picturesque destinations. Visit Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer and experience Rajasthan’s fascinating history, evident today by the numerous and impressive forts, palaces and castles that dot the landscape. Witness the stark beauty of the Thar Desert by taking a camel safari. A tour would be incomplete without visiting Agra to see its Red Fort and experiencing one of the world’s seven wonders – the Taj Mahal. To see another side of India, don’t miss the impressive organized chaos of Delhi. You will have an unforgettable shopping experiences.
WHEN CAN I GO?
|Volunteer Experience Schedule|
|NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 23 Short Term (all ages): Udaipur|
| FEBRUARY 1 - FEBRUARY 15 Short Term (all ages): Udaipur|
|OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 1 Short Term (all ages): Udaipur|
Note: The Volunteer Experiences Schedule will be updated every two weeks.
It is subject to change depending on flight arrangements and suitability for host communities.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
SHORT TERM TRIPS: A two week volunteer trip to Udaipur costs $1,959. This includes in-country food, in-country transportation, in-country accommodation and a substantial direct donation to the host partner. Airfare is not included; however, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including your flights.
STUDENT TRIPS: A four week student trip to Sikar varies in price between $2,000 to $2,400 (flights not included) depending on the number of participants. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.
Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.
We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Indian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.