Program Location India
Program Duration 1 to 24 Weeks
Starting Program Cost $475 (1Week)
Street Children Program In New Delhi

This is one of the most popular programs run by Volunteering India, with the aim of providing basic education to the Street kids of Delhi. There are more than 1, 75, 000 street children dwelling in Delhi, of whom around 10% are runaways. There are more than 25,000 children who live in and around the railways stations in Delhi.

We have tied up with shelter homes providing these kids with their daily requirements of food and clothing, and hopes to spread some warmth in their lives.

Volunteers who want to be a part of this program 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.

Participants who are willing to work with children can get engaged at different shelter homes in and around New Delhi. They can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them. It can make a world of difference to their lives.

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.

Let’s take a quick glance at what the volunteers need to do:

A generic list of tasks to be done by the participants under this program includes work, such as:

  • 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 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.

Volunteers 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 volunteers’ convenience.

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

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

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. 

Orientation
There will be an orientation session on the first day of the program. Volunteers 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. 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 will have to manage their lunch on their own. 

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
  • Currency
  • USD
  • GBP
  • AUD
  • EUR
  • 1 Week
  • $475
  • £398
  • $670
  • €463
  • 2 Weeks
  • $615
  • £517
  • $866
  • €599
  • 3 Weeks
  • $715
  • £602
  • $1006
  • €696
  • 4 Weeks
  • $815
  • £687
  • $1146
  • €793
  • 5 Weeks
  • $915
  • £772
  • $1286
  • €890
  • 6 Weeks
  • $1015
  • £857
  • $1426
  • €987
  • 7 Weeks
  • $1115
  • £942
  • $1566
  • €1084
  • 8 Weeks
  • $1215
  • £1027
  • $1706
  • €1181
  • Extra Week
  • $110
  • £94
  • $154
  • €107

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

Programs Dates
Months 2017 2018
January - 0721
February - 0418
March - 0418
April - 0115
May - 0620
June - 0317
July - 0115
August 0620 0519
September 0317 0216
October 0115 0721
November 0519 0418
December 0317 0216
Available Fast Filling Not Available Post Date
FAQ's

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.

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