TRIP #IND1019:


Support sustainable farming and livelihood in India with improved water access

Oct 12, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Approx. $2,500 (based on 10 volunteers)
Udaipur, India


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 and 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. However, if you can’t volunteer in India for the full two weeks, a shorter option is available as well. Moreover, 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.

Learn more about India »

The Project:

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. No special skills are needed to join the team of volunteers in India.

When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 – Team arrives in India and travels to accommodations
  • Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18 – PROJECT WORK near Udaipur
  • Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 20 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25 – PROJECT WORK near Udaipur
  • Saturday, October 26: Travel home or continue your adventure in India

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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. which means your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

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.

DWC Team Leader:

David Lyon

Since taking early retirement, David has focussed on creating and participating in projects that have a positive and lasting impact on his local community and internationally. “I want my actions to bring positive change to individual lives.” David worked in the market research industry for 20 years, and then pursued his passion for woodturning, selling his work both wholesale and retail. David is married, has one daughter and twin grandchildren. He lives in Warkworth Ontario with his wife Elizabeth, and their Golden Retriever Zoe.

Seven years ago David launched, and remains the driving force behind a local grassroots organization called The Abundance Project which promotes healthy eating and social interaction around food. He particularly enjoys coordinating the cooking and nutrition classes provided to the senior public school students by him and local foodies.

David has volunteered with Developing World Connections and Habitat for Humanity in Bolivia, Vietnam, northern India and Nepal. “I am captivated by the people and landscape, and am looking forward to discovering the similarities and differences between India and Nepal.” This will be David’s second DWC project in India. An important aspect of all of David’s travels is the opportunity to meet and work with local people. “I really like the fact that the DWC projects are driven by local grassroots NGOs that have a past and future in their communities. This fosters a deeper sense of connection with the project and the people we’re there to help.”

David’s leadership style is informal and inclusive. “It is really important to me that all team members feel comfortable, valued, involved and are provided with many opportunities to connect with the project community.” Join David to experience India and to be a positive force for change.

Are You Ready To Go?

Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address].

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.

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