TRIP IND1021

India October 2021 TRIP DATES ARE TENTATIVE

$2,700Approximate cost based on 10 volunteers
Oct 9, 2021 Oct 23, 2021 Bhinder, Rajasthan, India Adult & Family Trip Community Building

About the ProjectWorking together to bring people together

DWC’s model for COMMUNITY BUILDING improves the quality of life for impoverished neighbourhoods in the developing world. Projects that create the infrastructure for continuing education, economic development, technology, food security, sports, culture, and environmental stewardship transform local challenges into practical solutions.
A community centre, for example, can play an empowering role, functioning as a space for education seminars, training workshops, community group meetings or as a neighbourhood events facility. It can also serve relationships with NGOs and government in technical, organizational, and financial assistance.
Often, the sustainability and affordability of such projects rely on local sweat equity and donated or repurposed materials. A sense of belonging and ownership over these communal facilities is stimulated for households who participate in their neighbourhood’s development.

What to ExpectA Typical Workday in India

In recent years, Jatan has developed empowerment programs for women that contribute to their safety, well-being and productivity. This includes the construction of hygiene facilities, police and counselling facilities, as well as technical training and intervention. Jatan also works closely with migrant labourers and their families to improve their understanding of labour laws and commercial health risks. More recent DWC projects with Jatan have also begun the construction of community electronics labs and the establishment of Internet capabilities in rural communities.

You will be on a team of volunteers who are like-minded and passionate about giving others a hand up, not a hand out. And you will leave behind a solid structure that will serve the community for decades to come.

This is a two-week trip. As a Developing World Connections volunteer, you will work as part of a volunteer team alongside local people. You can also extend your stay if you wish to do additional travelling after the volunteer portion is completed.

It's Not All Work

Temperatures vary between 10°C to 27°C. It can get warm, so you’ll want to pack lots of sunscreen, a water bottle and clothing that’s respectful of the local modesty standards but also light and breathable.

Bhinder is close to the village where you’ll be working alongside local people to build a structure that will help change their lives. It’s also a short drive from the cultural and tourist centre of Udaipur, a city that offers spectacular views, palaces and other historic sites that are a photographer’s dream. A sunset dinner on the rooftop restaurant of the Jaiwana Haveli hotel in Udaipur is a must.

This time of year offers an excellent view of Rajasthan. It is the peak season of tourism and is considered to be the best time to visit many cultural festivals. October in India is an incredible time to visit the many nearby sights.
If you’re sticking around India afterward, 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.

Trip Details

Itinerary
  • Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 – Team travels to India and to Bhinder
  • Monday, October 11 to Friday, October 15 – PROJECT WORK in village
  • Saturday, October 16 to Sunday, October 17 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22 – PROJECT WORK in village
  • Saturday, October 23 – Travel home or continue your adventure in India
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
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. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. 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.

Meet the Trip Leader

Ray Fowell

Ray was born hundreds of years ago in the UK and lived in Yorkshire. He spent most of his early life chasing the material dream. By the age of 37, he had achieved it, or so he thought. Then after a couple of life-changing events, he realized that life was not all it’s cracked up to be. Materialism was left behind and, in its place, came time to enjoy life. Ray has worked on many projects around the world. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Canada and America. “I take my position as a team leader very seriously and strive to give my team members the best experience both in the build up to, and the time they spend in country. I aim to build a team that will work hard and play hard together, and one that is fun loving and adventurous. I must get something right as I seem to have a lot of repeat players joining my projects.” I look for awesome ‘can do’ and ‘what I can do to help’ attitudes, and openness to, and respect for, cultural and religious diversity within the team as well as the community we will be working.”

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