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Summer Volunteer Program India 2014 | Volunteering India

We all get summer breaks and travel is always on top of the "things to do list". For those who want to travel and also make meaningful changes in their lives, Volunteering India offers an exciting opportunity for the volunteers with a combination of volunteer programs and weekend excursions in the capital city of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Amritsar and Dharamsala. This program gives you an opportunity to volunteer in Delhi and volunteer in Palampur as well as explore the most popular destinations in North India.

Program Details

Duration: 3 weeks
 
Start dates: June 27th 2014, July 11th 2014, July 25th 2014, August 8th 2014, August 22nd 2014
 
Arrival in Delhi - On the Program Start Date.
 
Working hours: 4-5 hours, 5 days (Monday to Friday)
 
Weekends: Travel/Sightseeing included in Cost

Program Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi- Volunteers will be picked up from Delhi International Airport and transferred to their accommodation. You can relax for the day or you can explore the local area or the markets.

Day 2 - After breakfast our coordinators will be discussing your program itinerary and provide you a briefing about the do's and don’ts during your stay in India. You will be starting the first part of Delhi Tour by visiting some of the most famous places such as India Gate, Swami Narayan Temple and Akshardham Temple (World's Largest Temple). During the evening we will take you for an authentic traditional Indian meal with the rest of the group.

Day 3 - Continue the Delhi Tour and visit World Heritage monuments Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb. The group would also be visiting the beautiful Lotus Temple. In between stop for lunch to savour the famous South Indian cuisine.

Day 4 - 8 - Volunteer work begins. Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or Orphanage Project in Delhi. Under this project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with the children and introducing them to different new activities.

Volunteers work at the various contact points or shelter homes, being run by various organizations, which serve as day care centers for these street children. They can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.

Day 9 - Golden Triangle Tour

Saturday - Visit the world famous monument – ‘TAJ MAHAL’ in Agra

The TAJ MAHAL is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed among the NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF WORLD. TAJ MAHAL is also known as the monument of love as it was built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Overnight stay at Agra at hotel accommodation.

Day 10 - 11 Visit to Jaipur - Pink City

After breakfast, depart from hotel accommodation in Agra and travel to Jaipur - The Pink City. While in Jaipur you will visit some of the most exotic palaces including: - The Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jaigarh Fort. You will also be exploring Jaipur’s famous Johary Bazar which is a shopper’s paradise for hand crafted materials. Accommodation provided in Jaipur for 2 nights.

Day 12 - Return to Delhi and free day
After breakfast head back to Delhi. Rest of the day will be free at your own leisure. Travel to some of the best markets in Delhi or savor the famous cuisine.

Day 13 - Leave for Amritsar to visit the famous 'Golden Temple'

In the morning take the train to Amritsar to reach in the afternoon time. After reaching Amritsar, check in to the hotel and have lunch. Visit Golden Temple in the evening for a beautiful night view.

Day 14 - After an early breakfast drive to Dharamsala in the Himalayas by car. In the afternoon, check into the hotel accommodation. Afternoon is free for excursions or having rest. Volunteers can visit Dalai Lama temple, water fall in Bhagsu or can do shopping in McLeodganj.

Day 15-16 - Trekking in Himalayas (2 days and 1 night)

Along with other volunteers, you will head to Triund located around 10 kms from Dharamsala. While on the route, you will be stopping for refreshments. The trekking trip would be definitely one of the highlights of your India experience trip. After reaching Triund you will get to see magnificent view of snow clad Himalayan mountain range.

In the evening, after returning back to Dharamsala, head to Palampur which will be your base for the coming week. Palampur is located around 40 minutes from Dharamsala and is famous for its beautiful Tea Gardens and Himalayan mountain views. It is a beautiful setting for your volunteer placement.

Day 17 - 21 - Volunteer work in Childcare Project in Palampur

After a brief orientation, briefing as well as local city tour with the coordinators you will be joining your Childcare Project Placement for one week. While working at childcare center, volunteers would be helping in creating a colorful and enjoyable environment for the children. Volunteers help in care giving activities and can also refurbish and give a fresh life to the center by decorating it beautifully. Volunteer duties vary daily and also depend on the placements allocated by the local project staff.

Day 22 - Travel back to Delhi. Drop off at Dharamsala Airport for return journey. For those volunteers, choosing to travel by bus, you will be dropped off at the bus station.

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What does your Program Fee Cover ? 

  • Pre Departure information
  • Airport Pickup in Delhi
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • In-country support
  • Delhi Sightseeing Tour, Trip to Agra and Jaipur
  • Trip to Amritsar to visit Golden Temple
  • Trekking Trip ( 2 Days/1 night)
  • Airport drop in Dharamsala
  • Support of Local friendly staff

What your Program Fee does not cover?

  • Airfare
  • Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses such as toiletries etc
  • Any entrance fees to Monuments
  • Local transport
  • Travel Medical Insurance
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