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Summer Volunteer Program India 2017 | Volunteering India

Aching for that ideal summer trip abroad ? With a mix of volunteering work for the cultural service experience and oodles of traveling around in India, the Summer project for 2017 is perfect for high school, teens, schoolies and gappers as well. Spread over 3 weeks, this trip gives you a keen insight into the Indian living, culture, cities and its historic monuments. Covering cities like the capital city of Delhi, Pink City Jaipur, Agra, Hill station Dharamshala and the Golden temple city of Amritsar - the trip encompasses all important experiences offered by Northern India.

Participants also get to volunteer in Delhi for the street children and help in day care activities along with construction and outdoor works in the picturesque himalayan town of Palampur. 

Program Details

Duration: 3 weeks ( With option of add on Goa Beach Week)
Summer Program Start Dates - 2017
  • June 24th 2017
  • July 8th 2017
  • July 22nd 2017
  • August 05th and 19th Aug 2017
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 (Saturday) - Arrival
you will be picked from the New Delhi International Airport on the start date and will be transferred to your accommodation. Pickup can also be arranged to any hotel that you are staying in if you are in Delhi from before. The timings of the pickup are from 6.30 in the morning - 10.30 at night.

Meals - Are provided but also depends on the time of arrival.

Day 2 (Sunday) - Short Orientation and Sightseeing of Delhi
Post breakfast, all volunteers will get an orientation about the city, the itinerary and general information about the trip ahead. After this, an extensive tour of the city which includes monuments like Qutub Mindar, India Gate, Lotus temple and Humanyun’s Tomb. Lunch enroute. A welcome and get together meal in the evening with fellow volunteers.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3 (Monday) - Day 7 (Friday) - Volunteer Work and cultural experiences
Volunteer work begins on Day 3. All volunteers will be taken to the local project location in Delhi where everyone gets to work with street kids in Delhi. Activities will include teaching them, playing with them and decorating the center. Volunteers can adopt their own creativity to make the experience for more fun and a learning one for the kids. Catching hold of a few local phrases will go a long way for this project.

Special Highlights of the Week

Day 6 - This will be one of the most memorable experiences for all volunteers. One of the most beautiful temples in the city, volunteers will get to visit the Akshardham Temple and witness the fascinating water show. The USP of this temple is its breathtakingly beautiful architecture.

Meals Included : Breakfast/Dinner

Day 8 (Saturday) - Transfer in overnight coach to Palampur - the beautiful Himalayan town of India

Volunteers can use the day time for shopping and exploring the city. Buy some souvenirs from the famous shopping streets of Delhi like Paharganj Market, Dilli Haat, Janpath and many more. Make sure you come back on time to board the bus to Palampur at night.

Meals : Breakfast/Dinner

Day 9 (Sunday)  - Arrival In Palampur, Dharamsala
Breathe in the pristine surroundings of Himalayas as you arrive in the city. Located in the lap of mountains, the accommodation in Palampur is one of its many USPs.
The coordinators will acquaint you with the city and then take you for a tour of the local markets. All necessary information about the ATMs, shopping centers and the volunteer work next day will be given.

Day 10 (Monday) - Day 14 (Friday) - Volunteer Work In Palampur
Volunteer work in Palampur will begin from Day 10. The responsibilities will include working in a day care center for kids in the morning. The beautiful Himalayan surroundings will be an ideal setup to volunteer, work outdoors and bond with fellow volunteers.

During evenings, you can play badminton, visit the local market, check out local monasteries,  local food and experience countryside living in India. A complimentary yoga class during the week is also included in the trip.

Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15 (Saturday) - Triund Trekking - Weekend Travel
One of the big highlights of the trip is trekking in the Himalayas. Along with other volunteers, you will then head to Mcleodganj from where you will take up the 10 KM long Triund trek. Lunch and bottled water will be given before starting the trip. Camping and dinner overnight. A moderately difficult trip, the sweats you have when climbing will be worth it once you get the view of the beautiful Himalayan snow clad mountains.

Meals Included : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 16 (Sunday) - Return to Mcleodganj After The Trek
Sunday morning, you will return to Mcleodganj after having your breakfast. Take rest during the day time and then visit the well known temple of Dalai Lama. Dinner at any of the rooftop restaurants in the city for a perfect end to your trip in the mountains.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day 17 (Monday) - Visit the Golden Temple In Amritsar
After breakfast in Mcleodganj, you will be then taken to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple. You will also see the Jallianwala Bagh (a grim reminder of the British colonial rule in India). A view of the illuminated Golden Temple is also on the cards during the trip. Make the most of your free time in Amritsar by tasting the local food as it is one the big specialities of the city and is known all over the city.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day 18 (Tuesday) - Return To Delhi And Proceed To Agra
This is a day of journey as you first reach Delhi via train and then go to Agra via the Taj Expressway (fastest and smoothest highway in India). Check in at the hotel and rest for the night for an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal next day.

Day 19 (Wednesday) - THE TAJ MAHAL / Agra to Jaipur
Well, the monument of love and the beautiful wonder of the world Taj Mahal, finally welcomes you to its majestic view. An early morning getting ready episode might tire you after all the traveling but the minute you see the magic, all of the toil becomes worth it.

Post the memorable sightseeing experience at the Taj Mahal, we’ll take you to Jaipur, the royal and beautiful pink city of India. 

Meals : Breakfast

Day 20 (Thursday) - Sightseeing and Working In Elephant Camp In Jaipur & Cultural Evening
On this day, you will get to visit amazing City Palace in Jaipur. Later you will also get to visit the local Elephant village and help out Mahouts in taking care of elephants. A great way to interact with local families and work with elephants. In the evening, at around 7 pm, we would take you for a cultural evening, where you can enjoy live entertainment and dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast/Dinner

Day 21 (Friday) - Amber Fort visit And Return To Delhi
After morning breakfast, you will go to see historic Amber Fort. On the way to the fort there will be a photo stop at beautiful "Hawa Mahal" (Palace of Winds). Historic Amber fort is a great symbol of the grandeur of the Rajput rule in India. After visiting the fort, you will be returning to Delhi.  

Meals : Breakfast

Day 22 (Saturday) - Travel back home or Join Goa Beach Week Extension!

Extra Beach Week In The Party Capital Of India

An ideal way to end your summer escapade - a complete party panorama in the most happening beach town of India. Endowed with lip smacking food and affordable drinking options, all you need to do in Goa is take a shack, sit back and relax. Make sure that you’re relaxed enough for the evening parties in Goa, for which it is especially known for.

Although the tour is unguided, but all tickets, accommodation and morning meal are included in it along with sightseeing and transfers. Here’s the day by day break up of your time in Goa.

Day 1 (Saturday) - Leave for Goa Via Train
A great way to see the different cities of India as the train will pass through 8 Indian states! Just put your earphones on and enjoy the visual treat that is India.

Day 2 (Sunday) - Arrival In Goa
Reach Goa in the morning, get a pickup to your hotel, check in and prepare yourself for the non stop party heading your way.

Day 3 (Monday)- Tour of North Goa And Panaji
An extensive sightseeing tour of North Goa and Panaji to acquaint you with the city and enjoy its exhilarating and old school beauty.

Day 4 (Tuesday) - Day 7 (Friday) - Let Your Hair Down In Goa
All of this time is at your own free will - just enjoy the beaches, get tanned, drink the most affordable beer there ever was and let party fever engulf you.

Departure On Day 8 (Saturday)
Depending on your way back home, we’ll drop you to railway station or airport. It is highly recommended to book your flight back home from Mumbai. The transfers in Goa will be in a comfortable but non air-conditioned vehicle. Itinerary can be altered due to operational reasons.

Breakfast is included in hotel during your stay in Goa

Cost of Beach Week - $400

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What's Included in Program Fee
  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Round the clock assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation in Volunteer House/Guest house
  • Volunteering in Delhi, Palampur and Jaipur
  • Breakfast and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • City tour of Delhi
  • Cooking session and visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and water show in Delhi
  • All intercity transfers
  • Exciting trekking in the Himalayas
  • Visit to world famous Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • Visit to amazing Taj Mahal in Agra
  • City tour of Jaipur with visit to historic Amber Fort
  • Elephant experience in Jaipur
  • Services of program coordinator during tours
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels during tours
  • Experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India
What's not included in Program Fee
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Entry fees at monuments
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses

    Itinerary is subject to change as per local conditions, without any notice.
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