Street Children Volunteering in India

  • Program Location Program Location
    Delhi
  • Program Duration Program Duration
    1 to 24 Weeks
  • Starting Program Cost Starting Program Cost
    $475 (1Week)

Volunteers who want to be a part of street children volunteering program in India should be empathetic and compassionate enough to understand that these kids are deprived of love and care, and should shower them with what they need most.You can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them. 

Street Children Program consists of taking informal education classes with the children, playing games with the children and introducing them to activity-based learning. Volunteers work for 5-6 hrs in a day for 5 days in a week.

The need for improvisation & creativity in teaching methods is paramount and can challenge the most experienced ones as well, but the rewards are amazing.

Our volunteers can bring along pens, pencils, books and other teaching material which will help them while teaching.

What the volunteers need to do:

  • Emphasize on activity-based learning.
  • Playing recreational and fun games with the children, while introducing them to new lessons.
  • Make them aware and imbibe some good habits in the children, such as cleanliness, hygiene, and greetings.  
  • You can plan a trip with the children to a museum or zoo in Delhi. Such educational trips are very useful for the children where they love spending time and playing with the volunteers.
  • Participants should provide love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.

Living

Volunteers/Interns are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Saturday.

You would be staying at one of our Volunteer home base in South Delhi. The accommodations are neat and clean. 

Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for your convenience.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping arcades. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Volunteers/Interns will be shown their placement site on the first day of work.

On Sunday, participants are free to eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. 

Some volunteers/interns are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case. 

 

Orientation and Briefing
There will be an orientation session on the first day of the program. Volunteers/Interns will be told about India in general, and about their specific project and if there’s any question, our in-country coordinators will be glad to reply.

 

Meals
To give a proper feel, mostly Indian food will be provided to the volunteers/ interns.

Breakfast - Paratha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.

Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.

Volunteers/Interns will have to manage their lunch on their own. Our coordinator will assist you regarding the best places for lunch, that's near the program location.

We'll ensure that you get to experience a pleasant stay.
 

Itinerary

Anyone joining the Street Children Program in Delhi with Volunteering India are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis.

A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows:

  • Sunday : Arrival in Delhi
  • Monday : Orientation & a tour of the neighbourhood. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering important areas such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestions over things to do in Delhi. Those who chose the Language and Orientation Week will carry on with the same for the entire, rest of the volunteers will begin their volunteer work from Tuesday.
  • Tuesday to Friday : Volunteering at the placement site.

Breakfast - 08:30 am onwards.

Working hours at the placement - 10:00 am (leave the accommodation by 09:30 am) to 04:00 pm.

Lunch - Between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (manage lunch on their own expense).

Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards.

The same volunteer work schedule will continue from the second week onwards.

Weekends : Free to explore the city (No meal is provide on Sunday, as volunteers are encouraged to try the local cuisines).

Cost / Start Date

Program Cost
Program Duration Program Fee Registration Fee Total Fee
1 Week $250 $225 $475
2 Weeks $390 $225 $615
3 Weeks $490 $225 $715
4 Weeks $590 $225 $815
5 Weeks $690 $225 $915
6 Weeks $790 $225 $1015
7 Weeks $890 $225 $1115
8 Weeks $990 $225 $1215
Extra Week $110 $225 $110

Note: You will be required to pay USD 225 / GBP 185 / AUD 320 / EUR 220 as an Application Deposit which is part of the program fees mentioned above, at the time of application to confirm your spot.

A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment

Inclusions

  • 24/7 assistance from in-country coordinator
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation Session
  • Accommodation and meals (2-3 times a day as mentioned)

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Visa Costs
  • Vaccinations
  • Airport Drop (Can be arranged for an extra cost)
  • Meals not mentioned, and on weekends
  • Local Transportation

Program Start Date Available Fast Filling Not Available
Months 2018
January 0721
February 0418
March 0418
April 0115
May 0620
June 0317
July 0115
August 0519
September 0216
October 0721
November 0418
December 0216

Reviews

Street Children Program

Kate Wood

It was an eye-opening experience. The staff working at the shelter was very supportive. I have such admiration for those staff working there. It was an inspirational place.

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Sarah Hearld

The host family was very nice. Meals were great. The family was very kind to me and were generous enough to let myself and other volunteers participate in their family Diwali celebration.

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Keith Wiggins

Will never forget it. Staff was very helpful. Did much cleaning and washing, painting etc.Took kids to zoo.Hope to keep contact. The host family was nice and friendly.

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Daniel Snell

I really enjoyed my placement, mainly due to the other teachers making me feel very welcome. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. Meals were nice and delicious.

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Chantal Van Liere

I liked my placement very much. The people and children were all very nice. The accommodation was very good. If possible I would certainly do this again.

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Janie Steel

It has been a wonderful experience. Thank you, Rajeev and Priya for making me feel so welcome in your home. My experience in India, Delhi has been a delight and I will be back.

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Christine Neustaedter

I really enjoyed my placement. The accommodation was pretty good as well. My highlight was actually the fellowship and stay sharing between all the girls.

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Aaron DeBoer

Volunteering India is great Volunteering program. I will highly recommend this program to everyone. Thank you for the wonderful time. Coordinators and staff were great.

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Thomas Carroll

I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 weeks placement. I got the opportunity to work at first hand with very underprivileged children. I found the experience both challenging and rewarding.

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Shivani Sonecha

The children were definitely my highlight. Full of energy and love. Always made me Happy to put a smile on their face. Also met some great people on my project.

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Sophie Harris

I enjoyed working with the children at the shelter. They are truly inspirational children. If I could stay with them forever then I would.

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Sean O Riordan

I really enjoyed working at the placement, I learned so much from the experience. The accommodation was very simple plus basic but comfortable. I enjoyed being around the other volunteers.

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Jessica Elie

Saurabh was very helpful in answering any questions I had and always replied to my emails quickly. Working with the children was such an amazing and rewarding experience and they definitely had a large impact on me.

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David Gonzalez

We really enjoy with the kids and we are very grateful for the kindness of the staff. I absolutely recommend this experience because the organization is good.

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Barbara De Palo

I really loved it. The staff was helpful and I had a great lesson of humility, patience, adaption, spirit, and love. I would definitely recommend this project.

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ANNA MELONI

The street children program was great. The kids were very happy to see us. I will never forget their eyes. I will do it again.

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ALLY LE BOUTILLIER

I very much enjoyed working on my program placement. Accommodation and meals both were good.

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Hayley Rochford

I loved working with the street children. I succeeded in making them smile, but they too make me smile. I would recommend this program as it is user-friendly.

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Jamie Hastilow

Accommodation is really nice, in a good quiet area close to the volunteer place and only a short ride from sites. Food has been really good. Our cook was really very good, nice and helpful and always made delicious meals.

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Miroku Hina

The pre-departure booklet was really nice and helpful. The slum I have been walking through was so fascinating. The place was full of power and I felt so alive.

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Moira Hood

I did enjoy working at my placement; it has to rate as one of the most moving experiences in my life. The culture/sightseeing was excellent. Our coordinators were good guides too.

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Sarah Homer

The pre-departure booklet was very informative and clear. Each day held new experience and highlights but it was always great to see students really understand and watching students learn.

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Mar Serra Bigas

The pre-departure booklet was good. The support of the local teachers was also really helpful for us to interact with the children.

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Lucia Cullivan

The Pre Departure booklet was very good and informative. I enjoyed the placement very much. It was hard work and tiring but very rewarding.

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Elag Frig

I thoroughly enjoyed working with and helping the children at my placement. It was an enlightening experience that I would definitely recommend to friends.

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Saskia Vingerling

The project was a lovely place with friendly staff. The kids were willing to learn and there was enough structure to make this happen.

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Benjamin Ray

Thank you for providing me with this interesting opportunity. I will look into possible future options at Volunteering India.

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Sarah Smith

The program placement and the children were wonderful. Overall the accommodation and food were great. Really enjoyed it.

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Sarah Dufour

I really enjoyed my placement. Being with the children was wonderful. The experience made a huge impact on my life and I hope I made an impact on them as well.

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Harjeevan Randhawa

I absolutely loved the program placement. The staff, the children were absolutely amazing and it is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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Jonathan Jeppsson

The school, the teachers, and the manager were all very good. And the kids were fantastic. The accommodation was good from the start and then became even better.

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Josefine Tedenlind

I really enjoyed working at my placement. I felt so welcome there both the kids and staff were lovely. I also felt very needed there and that was important for me.

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Sandra Jivander

I really enjoyed the project. The kids have been so nice to us and also the teachers have been wonderful. The meals were wonderful and tasted delicious.

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Catherine Bartlett

The kids were so lovely and eager to spend time with us. It was difficult to say goodbye. Meals were lovely. Accommodation is great.

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Erika Nilsson

I really enjoyed being there. The kids are so funny and nice to work with, The information we got was also good and it matches my expectation of Delhi.

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Milly Aylott Harvey

I loved being at the project, The children were amazing and very welcoming. staff answered all queries very promptly. I only wish I could have done more.

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Zoe Petmezas-Walker

I had such a fun 3 weeks and feel very lucky to have had the experience. The accommodation is very nice, Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

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Elisa Emiliani

It was a great experience better than I imagined. Everyone is so nice and kind. Stay with children and help them was the highlight of the trip.

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Serena Gasparroni

The experience and the time spent with the children is the best you can expect from this trip. It has been one of the best experience of my life.

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Helen Gillespie

The project was very enjoyable, they made us feel very welcome. The accommodation and meals were great. Would definitely recommend this program.

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Florence Theobald

Working with the children- a great experience. really interesting work and met some lovely people. The placement was great. Really enjoyed the program.

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Amanda Linderoth

I really had a great time during these weeks. It was fun to get to see the real India and get to know the kids. The weekend trips were good as well.

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Frida Bodlund

It was a very interesting experience, To meet the children to see what their life looks like that was a unique experience that we will never forget.

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Neola Andrews

I Really enjoyed working with the kids. All staff were friendly and welcomed us to the program. Would surely recommend this program!

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Erika Brunnander

I loved the program placement and it was very beneficial. The accommodation was good, Staff coordinators were very helpful, The whole trip was the highlight.

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Natasha Rowan

I loved my placement. The children were lovely and it was a safe, vibrant, colorful environment. Traveling around a city so culturally different to our own.

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Angie Vaughn

I absolutely loved working on my project. The highlight of this trip was celebrating Holi with the street kids at placement. I would for sure recommend this program and will be returning soon.

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Beata Lausmaa

I loved working on the project & had a great time. Celebrating Holi at placement with the kids was probably the best experience I have had with the project.

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Carys Davies

I enjoyed the project very much. The people I met were the friendliest children and I feel blessed to have shared a week of my life with them.

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Araba Brown

It was the most incredible experience. The people were extremely nice and welcoming. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and amazing food! Lovely, welcoming family.

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Danielle Stryker

The staff was very cooperative. They helped me with my preparation in planning English games and craft projects for the kids. I had a great time with the children.

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Emily Napier

The kids were so inspiring and so creative, it\'s so fantastic to help them get more out of life, it was a great experience and I would love to do it again.

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Leona Day

The children in the program & all the lovely people in Delhi are the highlights of my program. Meals were delicious & accommodation is in a good location.

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Rebecca Liebeskind

The kids and the staff at large site were amazing. We felt so warmly welcomed. The orientation session by Rajiv was great and tours of Delhi were also great.

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Liz Smith

I enjoyed my placement very much. I wish I could have stayed longer! The kids were smart, engaged and very eager to learn from us and get to know us.

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Gerld Carter

I loved the project. The organization has a tremendously important mission, the staff is very kind and the kids are phenomenal. The only regret is not staying longer.

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Narissa Hooper

The highlight of my trip in total would definitely be the children. It was amazing to share in their lives and see them smile. I feel I've developed quite a bond with them all.

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Marie Mcgrath

I enjoyed my placement as the boys are incredibly sweet and courteous, eager to learn and excited to hear about whatever you can tell them. I really feel like I was making a difference.

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Kathleen Reiss

My placement was the best I could have hoped for. The Golden Triangle Tour (especially Jaipur) and my placements were the highlights of my trip.

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Corey Schalke

I enjoyed working at our placement very much! the kids were great. so much energy and very eager to learn. The house was very nice and the meals were great, exceeded my expectations.

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Michael Tauber

It was a great experience, those kids are the blast and working with them is the highlight of my volunteering work. I would recommend this program to everyone.

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Allison Cope

I loved the kids and my placement. I think I was able to get a lot out of my experience. I would recommend this program to everyone :)

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Emma Gillersten

I had an amazing experience. I love all the happy, smiling and wonderful kids in the school that I have been working with for the last seven weeks.

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Jenny McArthur

Seeing how the children can progress even in a short space of time and seeing how a little bit of attention makes them so happy. The hospitality of everyone I meet was amazing.

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Mak Ming Shan Vincent

I did enjoy, it was quite good. The street children were very attentive and responsive and the location was not far from where I lived.

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Saskia Vingerling

Our group was at Okhla and we thought Mr. Rajiv was very kind and dedicated. We felt very welcome there and the kids were great. Thank you for taking care of me and our students!

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FAQs

People from which countries can join the volunteer programs offered by Volunteering India?
We welcome people from any part of the world to join our programs irrespective of which part of the world volunteers belong from outside India. Majority of our volunteers are from USA, UK, Europe and Australia.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Delhi volunteer programs?
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the India volunteer projects :

  • Volunteers must be 17 year or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.
  • 16 year old volunteers can participate in Childcare projects with a Letter of Consent from their parents.
  • Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. India is a country of different cultures and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • Must be in good health.

Will I get an airport pickup facility?
Volunteering India representative would be there to receive you at the airport, holding placards, displaying your name. You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken by a car to your accommodation. Volunteers need to send us their arrival information at least 10 days in advance so that we can facilitate your airport pickup.

Can I volunteer as part of a group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the India Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the Indian programs.

 

Flights and Visa


Does Volunteering India helps with Visa?
All enrolled participants are provided information about the appropriate Visa requirements for India in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.

What are the recommended airlines to fly to Delhi?
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. Some of the major flight carriers operating direct flights to Delhi are :
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Swiss Air, KLM Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Finn Air.

 

Health & Safety

How safe is India and Delhi in particular?
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. and Delhi being the capital city is home to varied ethnicities. Like in any new foreign country, participants are advised to follow the guidelines specified by the project coordinator to enjoy their Indian experience fully. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about the do's and dont's.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need ?
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to India. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to India, click here.

Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering India. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.

 

Accommodation and Living

How do I get to the program location?


Your project coordinator will take you to your project placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation as well as the best and the most affordable mode of transport you can use. Volunteers use a variety of modes of transport to commute to different locations in Delhi. Major modes of transport are Delhi Metro and auto rickshaw (tuk tuk).

I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the volunteers from Monday - Saturday.

On Sunday, volunteers eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for volunteers’ convenience. Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case.

Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in India.

Would I have free time during my program ? Can I do sightseeing during my program ?
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. You can utilize this time to visit local markets of Old Delhi, Janpath or simply visit the Central Park (Garden) and Connaught Place. During the weekend, you have the option to take a short trip to Jaipur and Agra, and the Golden Triangle tour. Strategic placement of Delhi also allows you to take quick weekend trips to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh in Punjab as well as Amritsar. There is a lot to do and explore, and the local Delhi office team would happily assist you in making travel plans and arrangements for short trips.

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Delhi?
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50-60 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.

For how many hours will I volunteer every day?
Depending on the project, elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday. You will have weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.

What if I do not speak the local language? Would that interfere with my volunteering experience?
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non-Hindi speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, love is expressed better through actions than the language.

To add to the project experience, you can also join the Language and Orientation Week in Delhi before beginning the program. It's an optional week, besides that we recommend participants to brush up their Hindi skills (learn basic terms and phrases, greetings) before traveling.

Where can I change my money in Delhi? Are there ATMs in Delhi?
On arrival at the IGI airport, you can change your foreign currency to Indian Rupees (INR) at the money exchange counters. India has a modern banking system and all the major credit and debit cards are accepted without any problems. ATMs are available in plenty and you will be shown the nearest ATM from the accommodation as well.

To know about the necessary items that you should pack before setting out for India, Click Here.

To know more about the things to do in Delhi while volunteering, Click Here.

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