Volunteering India offers an exciting opportunity for the volunteers with a combination of volunteer programs and weekend excursions in South India under the Summer Program South India 2013. The program starts in the city of Bangalore, which is the capital of Indian state of Karnataka. The city is a major economic and cultural hub and enjoys a mild climate throughout the year unlike many other parts of India.
During the three week program, volunteers work in projects involving Teaching Work and Orphanage/ Childcare work.
Volunteers will be working in the Teaching or at Childcare/ Orphanage placement in South India. Under this project ,volunteers help in education activities with the children, play games with them and introducing them to different new activities. Volunteers assist the staff at the projects in different tasks and carry out the roles and duties allocated to them.
As a volunteer you can also carry out development activities at the project you will be working in along with the other volunteers. Generally volunteers help in decorating classrooms, childrens rooms in the orphanages and do cleaning work at the project.
You will be volunteering for five days in a week and spend the weekend on the tours and excursions organized by the local coordinating team.
The minimum age requirement to join the South India Summer Program is 17 years. Participants should be open minded, flexible and willing to work in a new culture and environment.
Duration: 3 weeks
10th June 2013 - 29th June 2013
08th July 2013 - 27th July 2013
05th Aug 2013 - 24th Aug 2013
Arrival in Bangalore - Saturday before the Program Start date.
Working hours: 4-5 hours, 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Weekends: Travel/Sightseeing included in Cost
First Weekend - Tour of Bangalore
Visit some of the famous tourist locations in the Garden City.
Second Weekend - 2 day / 1 night trip to Chikmaglur , 250 km from Bangalore and famous for Coffee Plantations
Chikmagalur is a small town situated in the Chikamagaluru district of the state of Karnataka. The city is located in the south-western part of Karnataka on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range . The name Chikmagalur means ‘younger daughter's town’ in Kannada. It is 250 km from Bangalore, the state capital and is a popular weekend getaway.
The town is surrounded by green hills and waterfalls. it is the place where coffee was cultivated for the first time in India.
Third Weekend - Day Trip to Mysore
Mysore is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km southwest of the state capital Bangalore. During the day tour volunteers will get an opportunity to visit the following famous tourist attractions :-
Pre Departure information - A comprehensive booklet to prepare you for your trip before you come. You will get this booklet as soon as you pay your registration fee after completing your application form online. The booklet provides information regarding the country , projects , coordinators , Things to pack , Visas and Emergency Contact Information.
Airport Pickup - All volunteers are picked up from Bangalore International Airport. All volunteers need to book their flights to arrive on the Saturday before the program start date. Bangalore Airport is well connected with major destinations accross India and has regular flights from Europe, Middle East and South East Asia destinations.
Upon arrival in Bangalore, volunteers are provided accommodation in a hostel accommodation in the heart of Bangalore city. When starting their project, volunteers move to project or host family accommodations.
Orientation - A half day orientation will be provided by the local coordinators in Bangalore. Topics relevant to the project, safety guidelines, customs, local transportation, weekend activities are covered in the orientation.
You are encouraged to join the Orientation Week - Learn Language, History, Culture & Discover India! in Delhi which gives you an opportunity to explore different sights in Delhi and also learn some basic Hindi.
Accommodation - Volunteers are provided accommodation in the project itself or in host families. Accommodation would be basic with amenities such as bed and bedding, fan and toilet facilities.
Food - Volunteers are served with three meals a day in this project - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Typical Vegetarian Indian meals may include Dal(Lentils), Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad, Roti (Indian Bread).
Weekend Excursions - Weekend sightseeing trip of Bangalore, Chikmaglur as well as a day trip to Mysore is covered as a part of the program cost. All meals and transportation provided to the volunteers during the weekend trip.
In-country support - You will have the support and assistance of the local coordinators and staff in case of any Emergency. All our staff and coordinators are available for any help which is required by the volunteers.