There are many young people in India that have either never gone to school or dropped out for various reasons. Efforts to provide youth in rural Rajasthan with education and technical training energizes them to improve their social, physical and economic wellbeing and become agents of change in their communities. By being a volunteer in India, your team will be building a place for them to learn.
About The Trip:
This DWC team will be joining hands with Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots organization in the district of Rajasthan, India. Our in-country partner has a history of various initiatives geared towards social and demographic issues involving youth and adolescents, with an additional special emphasis on young women and girls.
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. Furthermore, you will leave behind a community space that will serve people for decades to come. The volunteer team will work alongside local people in a town called Railmagra in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan.
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 the volunteer portion is completed.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the India Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
The site is about two hours north of Udaipur, 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.
November offers an excellent view of Rajasthan. Since it is the beginning of the peak season of tourism, it is considered to be in the window of the best time to visit. November is also a peak month of cultural festivals. 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, you will work to construct a multi-purpose community centre in the town of Railmagra. The space will be used as an E-lab, library and training center to benefit rural youth.
This resource is a key part of an empowerment program that aims to establish internet capabilities in rural communities. This is important because access to computer education builds confidence, self-respect, and employable skills in disadvantaged youth.
At times 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. Due to the focus, 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 in Railmagra
- Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 20 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25 – PROJECT WORK in Railmagra
- Saturday, October 26: 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 about $2,300 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to 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.
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Are You Ready To Go?
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.
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