India’s farmers face severe water scarcity. The country’s water issues are perhaps most significant to the country’s farming population. In order to help combat the lack of water, DWC has implemented Water For Life.
About The Trip:
This DWC team will be joining hands with our in-country partner Sahyog Sansthan, an organization with projects impacting more than 85 villages in India in the Udaipur and Chittorgarh districts. The group’s goal is to help with long-term, sustainable improvement of the rural poor and play a role in promoting equitable and democratic institutions in the region.
As a Developing World Connections volunteer in India, you will work with others who are like-minded a nd passionate about giving others a hand up, not a hand out. You’ll be assisting farmers to return their desert land into arable, productive farmland through catchment and containment structures. The structures are designed to conserve and direct the community’s sole source of water which develops during the annual monsoon in the area. Teams will work directly with community members, subsistence farmers and their families to construct small sub-surface dams, water barriers and land partitions.
This is a two-week trip and you can also extend your stay if you wish to do additional travelling after your volunteer portion is completed.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the India Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
DWC teams’ volunteer work is based around Udaipur in Rajasthan province, a cultural and tourist centre offering spectacular views, palaces and other historic sites that are a photographer’s dream. Additionally, a sunset dinner on the rooftop restaurant of the Jaiwana Haveli hotel in Udaipur is a must.
October offers an excellent view of Rajasthan and is considered to be in the window of the best time to visit. Temperatures vary between 10°C to 27°C. It can get warm, which means you will want to pack a lot of sunscreen, a water bottle and clothing that’s respectful of the local modesty standards but also light and breathable.
Furthermore, if you’re sticking around after being a volunteer in India, you might want to add a trip north of Bhinder to the Thar Desert or take a side trip from Delhi to Agra to see the stunning Taj Mahal.
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As a volunteer in India, there may be some heavy work to do but it will be made lighter by the team pulling together and by the participation of the locals themselves who appreciate the benefit the project will have for their community as a whole. You’ll be assisting farmers to return their desert land into arable, productive farmland through catchment and containment structures. The structures are designed to conserve and direct the community’s sole source of water which develops during the annual monsoon in the area. No special skills are needed to join the team of volunteers in India.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 – Team arrives in India and travels to accommodations
- Monday, October 12 to Friday, October 16 – PROJECT WORK near Udaipur
- Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 18 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23 – PROJECT WORK near Udaipur
- Saturday, October 24: Travel home or continue your adventure in India
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. which means your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
The team will stay in accommodations that are comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
The program cost is estimated at $2,500 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This price is based on a 10 person team. The price will be reduced as more volunteers join the team, so sign up your brother, your mother and the neighbour across the street to bring your trip cost down!
This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to your project, which is organized and hosted by our host partner, Sahyog Sansthan. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
DWC Team Leader:
Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.
We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.
Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.