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Community Development Volunteer in India

Assist projects which focus on education, childcare and women empowerment and visit India’s famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal & the Golden Temple.

Community Development Volunteer in India

Volunteer in the Community Development Volunteer in India project and help this community by empowering the women and the children for a better future.

Do you want to experience and help the rural communities of Northern India?  Whilst at the same time get the chance to visit the Taj Mahal?

Our in-country partner is a voluntary social organization set up to assist rural Indian communities. With that aim in mind, they are also providing volunteering opportunities for volunteers from all over the world to assist in their projects located in India which focus on education, childcare, healthcare and women empowerment. Volunteers are able to choose the field where they are able to help while at the same time experience the Indian culture and attaining personal development. The India volunteering programme also includes trips to India’s famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Himalayan Trek and the Golden Temple. If you feel you are an outgoing, friendly person and able to fully immerse yourself into Indian daily life in the various work areas and the community, come join us and have an amazing Indian experience with us!

If you don’t have the opportunity to volunteer but had always wanted to do something for a good cause, why not fundraise for these projects! Visit our Fundraising page for more info or write to us here

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  • Cost

    2 weeks MYR 2200 (approx. £420)
    4 weeks MYR 3200 (approx. £610)

    MYR – Ringgit Malaysia

    Includes:
    Meet & Greet at Delhi airport, transfer to, and one night stay at the hotel in Delhi.

    Two Pre-Departure information booklets.
    All transportation to and from work areas.
    Volunteer work with communities in rural areas.
    All meals at base camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
    All accommodation for the program duration.
    Basic teaching materials and use of computer/internet.
    All material required for various activities such as color, pens, books, paper and toys (volunteers may also bring some resources if they wish).
    Basic sporting equipment for volunteer activities and use in the camp.
    Cultural activities to include Indian cooking and decorative henna painting.
    Certificate of service and reference on request.
    Ecoteer Responsible Travel Membership

  • Optional Add-On Tours
    Two day excursion visiting The Taj Mahal – (regarded as one of the wonders of the world) and finishing in Delhi. This add on tour includes transportations, hotel accommodation in Agra and Delhi, monument entry fee and drop off to Delhi airport. Cost – $200 USD.
    Two day weekend Himalayan trek including one night’s camping/guesthouse accommodation, meals and transfers. Cost – $75 USD.
    One night two day excursion to Punjab state visting The Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Wagah border ceremony and Jallianwala Bagh. Trip includes one night hotel accommodation and all transfers. Cost – $125 USDAirport dropoff. Cost – $100 USD

    Download the Community Development Volunteer in India brochure here

    Bookings

    Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.

    Please make an initial inquiry by telling us about yourself and what project you would like to join. Contact us here

    To make a booking, please contact us here.  We will then email you back with more information and the application form.  Please complete the form and send back to us so we can confirm your reservation and inform you how to make the deposit payment. If the deposit is not received within 2 weeks from the date your reservation is placed, your reservation will be cancelled automatically. Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account. Once a deposit has been paid we will email you our Know Before You Go guide, which will give you useful information to help you prepare to volunteer.

    Cancellation Policy

    a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.

    b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:

    c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
    8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
    3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
    2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST

  • Volunteers to choose one or a combination of the following area

    Teaching English to women and children
    Work in local schools at primary and secondary level or provide private tuition to students whose families cannot afford quality education. Village schools have small class numbers with students who are keen to learn. The children value class time with fluent English speakers and it gives them the opportunity to improve and practice English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. For volunteers teaching English, it is not necessary to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. For those volunteers with a professional interest in teaching, this is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your skills in a new environment. For those without prior experience it will be a learning journey and a rewarding experience working with the children of Dharamsala.

    Women Empowerment
    Promote educational and training activities for women and adolescent girls in the villages of Dharamsala. English teaching, computer classes and job-skills training open doors and increase employment prospects while classes offer a platform for network building and social interaction.

    Childcare
    Childcare volunteers work in village day care centres alongside local staff. Assist staff in providing a safe environment for preschool children to play and learn. Set up games, sing songs and develop arts activities to enhance social skills and creativity. Make each day fun and whether you’re teaching ABC’s, nursery rhymes or numbers create a colourful and positive learning environment. Just as energies are running low from a morning of play assist staff in serving nutritious meals to refuel the children, and then, let the fun recommence!

    Private Tuition
    Volunteers meet with children in their home and teach one-to-one or perhaps two-to-one. Help the children acquire new knowledge, develop their confidence and show them that learning is fun and valuable to their future. Build rapport with students and tailor a learning program suited to their needs. Perhaps you could provide English language tuition along with some math, or bring along a lap top to introduce the children to computers for the first time. Hold lessons indoors or out and take arts materials for a fun and creative Friday lesson!

    Teach IT Skills
    Teach computer skills to students from primary age to adult lessons. Work with students who have little or no knowledge of computers – teaching things such as switching on the computer, using the mouse, managing different windows or word processing skills. For those students who already have some knowledge of computers – compliment their studies and teach intermediate skills such as internet, email, spread sheets, presentations, printing documents and how to connect with computer devices. Learning computers is exciting and sometimes challenging for those who have little experience or opportunity to use them. Show students that with regular use, computers are easy and fun and not only used for work purposes but for recreation and as a self-learning tool too.

    Health Education
    Deliver health awareness education in basic first aid, sanitation and nutrition – at different stages of development including pregnancy. Conduct community health visits and with the assistance of local childcare centres, check that children are up to date with vaccinations. Deliver health awareness training through small independent projects and give short talks in partner institutions aimed at empowering communities to acquire the knowledge required to make quality health decisions.

    Renovations
    Day care centres and schools provide valuable services in the local community and manage to run on minimal resources. However at the end of the year there is little money left to maintain the buildings themselves and monsoon rains make regular maintenance and renovation work an ever more pressing need. Volunteers are needed to repaint classroom walls and adding some touch of children friendly design will make the classroom a better place to learn new things!

  • Dharamsala in north India, Kangra Valley district of Himachal Pradesh.Volunteers live in a shared house and we do not operate homestay programme. The house is set in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, offering magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. Only a short bus or taxi ride away are the towns of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj (residence of the Dalia Lama and Tibetan Government in Exile).

    Volunteers of the Community Development Volunteer in India project stay in shared houses of 2-3 per room. Accommodation is clean and comfortable with western style toilets and hot running water. Sometimes it may be necessary to take Indian bucket showers which will be a new experience! And be prepared for power cuts which are
    common throughout the area! Staff are present at camp and volunteers chill out in the large recreational area, play games, listen to music, relax and usually make lesson plans together here.

    Meals:
    Three meals are provided each day at the base camp; breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are small shops nearby to buy soft drinks and snack food. Generally main meals will consist of traditional Indian food and Himachali food in particular. Vegetarian and meat dishes are served as part of the weekly menu along with fresh fruit and salads.

    Access to Services:
    Phone:To purchase an Indian SIM card, you will need 2 passport sized photos and a single copy of your passport and Indian visa. The SIM costs approximately $3 and call rates are much lower than in other countries. Local internet cafes provide international phone call services.

    Internet: Internet facilities are available and internet cafes are located nearby. These will also be useful for help with lesson planning.

  • Minimum 2 week stay

    Volunteers are expected to arrive between Sunday 12:00am to Sunday 02:00pm on fixed start dates. Arrival outside these hours will incur an extra cost of $50 USD.

    Programme starts from Delhi International Airport

    Sunday 19th Oct 2014
    Sunday 2nd, 16th, 30th November 2014
    Sunday 14th & 28th December 2014
    Sunday 4th & 18th Jan 2015
    Sunday 1st & 15th Feb 2015
    Sunday 1st, 15th & 29th March 2015
    Sunday 12th & 26th Apr 2015
    Sunday 10th & 24th May 2015
    Sunday 7th & 21st June 2015
    Sunday 5th & 19th July 2015
    Sunday 2nd, 16th & 30th Aug 2015
    Sunday 13th & 27th Sep 2015
    Sunday 11th & 25th Oct 2015
    Sunday 8th & 22nd Nov 2015
    Sunday 6th & 20th Dec 2015

  • What kind of volunteer work is available?The activities done by volunteers in our programs primarily relate to education, childcare, women empowerment and health care carried out in various partner institutions. We constantly seek expansion of our programs by developing new initiatives and volunteer activities which meet the needs of the local population.

    What durations are available for volunteer programs?It is available for participation with 2 weeks to 12 weeks options. We welcomes any volunteer who wishes to extend the volunteer period beyond the pre-determined 2 weeks to 12 weeks options. The program starts on fixed dates.

    Who will pick me up from the airport?Depending on the time of your flight arrival, you will be picked up at the New Delhi Airport, by one of our supervisors waiting for you in the arrivals lounge. You will be taken to the hotel in Delhi where you will stay overnight and meet other volunteers. Please note that you may be sharing a room with another volunteer.

    What countries do volunteers come from?People join from all parts of the world, creating a diverse international team. There is no restriction based on your country of residence.  Prices are quoted in American Dollars to make conversions to other currencies as simple as possible.

    What time should flights be arranged to arrive in Delhi and when should I inform Ecoteer about my flight details?Flights should be arranged to arrive at New Delhi International Airport on the fixed start dates between 12:00am Sunday up to 02:00pm Sunday. Arrival outside these hours will incur an extra cost of $50 US. When you have booked your flights email explore@ecoteer.com and let us know your flight number, arrival date and arrival time in Delhi. There are many flight comparison and booking websites to help you get the best deal for your travel to India. Links to such sites are provided below or you may wish to book direct through individual air carrier web sites or via high street travel agents.
    www.farecompare.com
    www.cheapflights.com
    www.travelsupermarket.com (From UK)
    www.lastminute.com (From Australia)

    Where do I obtain my Visa for my trip?You need to get your Indian Visa from your home country by applying to the Indian Consulate/High Commission and opting for a Tourist Visa. Click on the links below for Indian Visa application services from your home country.
    From Australia:http://www.vfs-in-au.net
    From Canada:http://in.vfsglobal.ca/
    From France:http://www.vfs-in-fr.com
    From Germany:http://www.igcsvisa.de
    From USA: https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/
    From UK:http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

    How do I qualify for a volunteer program?There are no specific educational requirements for our programs (except those in health care) and anyone with a heart to help is welcome! Proficiency in English is required and volunteers should be patient, committed and willing to learn.Programs require people who are outgoing and friendly with a good sense of fun and who will be able to fully immerse themselves into daily life in the various work areas and the community. It is important that you are committed and able to work off your own initiative when required. An enthusiastic and positive attitude is a must.

    Is there an age limit to join the program?No, there is no age limit. However, you should be fit to travel and work. We accept anyone above the age of 16 years to join our program.

    I am not fluent in English. Can I become a volunteer?English need not be your mother tongue but you must have at least conversational English to participate in the program. If English is not your first language the program also presents a great opportunity for you to improve your own English language skills.

    What kind of accommodation will be provided during my stay?All accommodations are included in the program fee. Volunteers stay in shared rooms of 2-3 per room and bathrooms are shared. Accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable. While allowing for personal space, the base camp comprises a large recreational area for volunteers to prepare lesson plans, watch movies and relax. On  Friday evening, volunteers often congregate here to enjoy a beer and unwind after the working week.  Internet facilities are also provided.

    What kind of food will I get during my volunteer placement?The weekly menu consists of regional Himachali dishes and north Indian cuisine.  This includes a lot of lentil, pulse, rice and mixed vegetable dishes. One or two vegetarian dishes along with rice or flat bread would be a typical evening dinner, self-serviced to allow for individual choice. Meat dishes (chicken, lamb or goat) are prepared as part of the weekly menu in addition to vegetarian dishes. Meal ingredients are bought fresh locally and therefore subject to seasonal change.
    Dining outside is not included in the package, but volunteers are able to visit local restaurants at their own choice and the meal charges are relatively cheap.

    Will I have time for sight seeing and in-country travel?Everyday after your volunteer work you’ll have the evenings and/or afternoons to yourself, giving plenty of time to explore the local region. Three weekend excursions are provided within your program and you can utilize free weekends for in-country travel.

    Are all trips included in the program fee?Yes all the trips are included in a program fee. Two and Three week programs include two excursions only (Himalyan Trek & Taj Mahal-Agra)

    Do I need Travel Insurance?Yes. Travel insurance is not included in the price of your volunteer program, due to individual preference of cover. You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance, adequate for the nature and duration of your trip.Not every policy will cover for every eventuality so it is important that you choose a policy tailored to your needs. Furthermore, be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions or medical cover may be found to be invalid.Please  ensure your policy provides cover for outdoor trekking.

    Do I need to carry cash for my personal expenses or ATM’s are available?Food, accommodation and general transfers are included in the program fee, however, you will need money to buy additional items such as snacks and drinks, alcohol, internet cafe use, telephone use, presents etc.  All of these items are relatively cheap in India.  ATM (cash point) machines are available in Delhi, Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj, Agra and Amritsar. Further clarification of spending money recommendations can be discussed on booking.

    Can I use my mobile in India?Please check with your mobile phone service provider before departure that you are on the best plan to facilitate international phone calls, as it can be particularly expensive to make or receive calls whilst overseas. Alternatively, you can purchase a local Indian SIM card relatively cheaply, which is in our experience the most cost effective way of using your mobile phone to dial home from India. You should provide a passport size photo and copies of your passport and Indian visa.

    What should I pack for my trip?You should bring personal medicines, walking shoes, a torch light,  light clothes eg: light trousers and T-shirts during Summer months or heavier clothes eg: long sleeved tops, jacket during Winter months. Please don’t forget to carry sun screen cream and mosquito repellent. Upon booking you will be given further advice on what to pack giving consideration to the time of year of your placement.

    Can I bring along children with me?Yes, we welcome children and families.

    Can I come with a friend, my family or in a group?Yes, you are welcome to join with a friend, family or in a group.

    What should I do incase of an emergency during my trip?You will be provided with a Pre-Departure Manual after you have secured your program. This will have the phone numbers and addresses of our country co-ordinators whom you may contact in case of emergency.

    What does the program fee cover?Your Indian Volunteering program includes:

    • Meet & Greet at New Delhi Airport, transfer to, and one night stay at the Hotel in Delhi.
    • Two Pre Departure Information Kits. (Practical Preparations and Indian Culture).
    • Three Weekend Excursions
      • Himalaya trek and McLeod Ganj visit including one night’s camping and transfers.
      • Visit to Taj Mahal – (regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world) transfers and one night stay.
      • Visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one night stay and transfers.
      • *Volunteer programs of 2 and 3 weeks include only two excursions; Himalayan trekking and Taj Mahal.
    • All transportation
    • Volunteer work with community in rural areas.
    • All meals at Base Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
    • All accommodation for the duration of your placement.
    • Basic teaching materials and use of Computer/Internet.
    • All material required for various activities during your volunteer work like color, pens, books, paper and toys (you may also wish to bring some resources with you).
    • Basic sporting equipment for volunteer activities and use in the camp.
    • Cultural activities to include Indian cooking and decorative Henna painting.
    • Hotel accommodation in Delhi on the final Saturday night if required.
    • Delhi airport drop at the end of your project.
    • Certificate of service and reference on request.

    What does the program fee not cover?1. Insurance and Visa.
    2. Application fee of $200 which is paid separate to the program fee before arrival via PayPal.
    3. Personal expenses e.g. toiletries, soap powder.
    4. Mineral water and soft drinks.
    5. Dining outside of base camp and restaurant dining while on weekend excursions.

    Do I need any vaccinations before I leave for my trip?Yes, you must consult a travel doctor from your country well in advance and get the needful done well before your arrival date. We have put down a list of immunizations required by most participants, however it is best to check with your doctor.
    -Hepatitis A and B.
    -Typhoid.
    -Polio.
    -Tetanus and diphtheria.

    How do I apply?Decide on dates to suit your schedule and have an idea of the work area(s) you would like to volunteer in, then  start the application procedure by filling in  the application form
    After your application form has been  submitted you will receive confirmation and further instructions for the application procedure. You can contact us at any time throughout this process by writing to us at explore@ecoteer.com

  • To make an enquiry or to book, kindly email us using our Contact Us form.

Testimonials

“I never thought that I would be brave enough to go to India by myself, but I am so happy that I did. It was such an incredible experience – it changes the way you see life and you meet so many amazing people along the way. India is a beautiful, crazy place and once you’ve taken part in this volunteer program you will take all of it’s kindness, adventure and spirit back with you. If you’re thinking about doing this India community project – do it. You won’t regret it!!”
Rosalie Craft

“I honestly am not able to fault this programme, the staff worked extremely hard to ensure all my comforts was met and experiences were positive. The Indian women and children I worked with were absolutely beautiful, they were all so warm and welcoming and I feel in just two weeks I was able to become immersed in authentic Indian culture and community. The organization provided me with an enriching experience of a lifetime that I shall never forget.”

“My daughter & I shared the volunteering experience & it was everything we hoped it would be & more. We felt completely safe in our surroundings and we were very well cared for. The students were enthusiastic & grateful. Although not necessary, I would suggest volunteers learn a few Hindi phrases before arrival.”
Sophie and Sandra Blake

“It is hard to explain in words what an experience I had with the Ecoteer’s partner staff in India. They were our guidance through a remarkable journey. Thank you so much for one of the best experiences of my life”.
Kamal Mohamed

I am thoroughly satisfied with my time there. I really felt I developed a relationship with the children teaching English, and I actually felt I taught them something important and useful. I felt well looked after, and Varun really does all he can to make your stay what you want it to be. Before coming, I was worried about it being too sheltered but I found that there was a perfect balance between being immersed and looked after. The neighboring Norblingka institute and Dolma Ling monastery were added bonuses; Dolma Ling is one of the most beautiful places I have been to.
Christopher Painter

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