Volunteer with Elephants program in India is exclusively designed to combine some best experiences that we have to offer to those who have limited time.
Participants joining this particular program will get to explore three destinations (as can be understood from the word ‘Triangle’) - Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Each of these destinations has something unique to offer to the visitors.
You’ll get a chance to volunteer with the lovely elephants at a village near Jaipur and befriend them for life! Spend your time playing, bathing and feeding those huge creatures while interacting with the locals of the village.
Volunteer Program Schedule
Duration: 2 weeks
Arrival in Delhi - On Sunday, before the Program starts.
Minimum Age Requirement - 17 years
Volunteering India assures to make these 2 weeks absolutely perfect and memorable for the participants.
Our in-country coordinator will make sure to orient you and help you during your stay in India.
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.
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.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival at Delhi and transfer to accommodation
Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, our coordinator will welcome you and then take you to your accommodation. Take some time-off to relax and overcome jet lag. Later you can have a walk around the accommodation or select from one of the optional activities for the day.
(Meals – Dinner, subject to arrival time)
Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation
Enjoy your breakfast at the accommodation, which will be followed by a detailed orientation session. In this session, our program coordinator will give you all the information about your program and schedule. Rest of time is free for leisure activities or for optional tours.
Day 3 (Tuesday) – Delhi city tour
Today, after breakfast, we will take you for a city tour of Delhi. You will be visiting some of the most famous places in the capital; such as Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. You can have lunch at local restaurants (at own cost).
(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)
Day 4 (Wednesday) to Day 6 (Friday) – Volunteering in Delhi
The exciting part of your journey begins now, as you'll be volunteering with a bunch of amazing kids. You'll be placed at the Street Children or the Child Care Project in Delhi. Your main role will be to keep these kids engaged in activities that'll also help them to learn certain basic lessons, and make them dream of a better future. But above all, you'll have to shower these kids with utmost love and care. Your days will pass by the wink of an eye, and we can assure you that you'll long for spending some more time with the kids.
(Meals – Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 7 & Day 8 - Free Day To Explore Delhi
You'll have the weekend for yourself, to explore all that's there on your checklist. You can head towards a theatre to catch a Bollywood movie or go for shopping at the local markets. Don't forget to binge on some delicious spicy cuisine.
Day 9 - Travel to Jaipur and Start your volunteer work at the Elephant Village
Today, be ready early morning as we will transfer you to train station in Delhi and you will be traveling to Jaipur by air-conditioned train. You'll be served with light breakfast, tea-coffee etc. Once you arrive at Jaipur, our coordinator will pick you up and then you will be taken to the accommodation at a hotel. Later, you'll be given a brief orientation about the program and your role in the project.
At 1 PM, our in-country coordinator will take you to the elephant village. Once you reach there, you will be introduced to the local staff. The volunteer work here would include feeding elephants, helping the mahouts (caretakers of elephants) in cleaning the premises, preparing atta (flour mixed with water to prepare roti), helping them in bathing the elephants and assisting them in their work. Also, this will provide you a good opportunity to interact with families and children of the mahouts.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 10 (Tuesday) and Day 11 (Wednesday) – Elephant village volunteering
You will continue your work at the Elephant village continues. It’ll be an incredible learning experience for you, and trust us when we say this, you will absolutely fall in love with the gentle giants.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 12 (Saturday) – Jaipur city tour
Your day will start with a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and then we take you to the historic Amber Fort. This is followed by a visit to the amazing City Palace. You can see the various parts of the palace and museums which will take you to the old days of “The Raj”.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 13 (Friday) – Jaipur to Agra
Today, we will drop you to the railway station in Jaipur from where you will be boarding air-conditioned train to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, our representative will pick you up from station and transfer to the booked accommodation. If time permits you can go to the market area in Agra.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 14 (Saturday) – Visit to Taj Mahal / Travel from Agra to Delhi
Early morning, you will be visiting the great TAJ MAHAL, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Popularly known as ‘The Monument of Love’, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, for his beloved wife, Mumtaz.
Later, you can also go to see Agra Fort and other monuments in Agra (optional tour at an additional cost). In the evening we will drop you to the railway station in Agra from where you will be taking an air-conditioned train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we will pick you up and transfer to accommodation.
Day 15 (Sunday) – Departure
This is the last day of your Program. You can contact program coordinator if you would like to arrange airport transfer at a nominal cost.
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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
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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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