TRIP #IND1021:

Volunteer in India and change lives

Trip Dates Are Tentative

Oct 9, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Approx. $2,700 (approx) based on 10 volunteers
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Volunteer in India and change lives


About The Trip:

In recent years,  our host partner, Jatan Sansthan, 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 Sansthan 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 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:

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.

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The Project:

Join a volunteer team and participate on a two-week, all-ages Developing World Connections international volunteer experience in India in October 2021. DWC is a Canadian charity that supports international development projects by sending volunteers overseas. We will be working on various construction projects with local host partner, Jatan Sansthan.

Jatan Sansthan is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization working with the rural population of the state of Rajasthan in the districts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, Jhalawar and Bhilwada. Jatan works in more than 250 villages on programs related to health, education, violence against women, strengthening women in governance, migrant labour and livelihood issues. Today Jatan’s efforts are both endorsed and supported by the government authorities at all levels. Because their work involves youth and women in areas of health and education, the projects are usually construction projects such as building community centres and school classrooms.

This is a two-week trip. As a Developing World Connections volunteer, you will work as part of a volunteer team alongside local people on a sustainable project selected by the host community. If you can’t make it for the full two weeks, a shorter option is available as well. 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 »


When / 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

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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. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?

The team will stay in Bhinder 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 about $2,700 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.

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:

Ray FowellIndia_Volunteer_Team
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.”

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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