Delhi Experience Program offers an exciting opportunity for the volunteers with a combination of volunteer programs and weekend excursions in the capital city of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Amritsar and Dharamsala. This program gives you an opportunity to volunteer in Delhi and volunteer in Palampur as well as explore the most popular destinations in North India.
Project fee from EUR 1,600
Your role as a volunteer
As a volunteer at the first project you will work with various projects in and around Delhi, with emphasis on helping street children. Working in shelter homes gives you the opportunity to teach English, as well as stimulate the children with all sorts of educational games. Things you will focus on as a volunteer will be mathematics, geography and teaching personal hygiene. The children you will meet need plenty of love, mentors to look up to, friendship as well as your time and attention.
The second project you will volunteer at is Childcare-project in Palampur. At this project you will assist by creating a colourful and inspirational environment for the kids. You will also play with the children while creating a playful atmosphere at the day care; teach the children basic English and make educational toys.
The project’s mission
The project aims at teaching English to the children you meet during your volunteer time, see each child and give them attention, renovate schools and children care houses and for you as a volunteer will be able to experience the Indian culture and see the most famous places in the country while making a difference for the locals.
Day 1 – Arrival at Delhi
You will be picked up from Delhi Airport and transferred to your accommodation. You can have some rest on the day of the arrival. You can also venture out to the nearby local market and get familiar with the local area around the accommodation.
Day 2 (Sun) – Program Orientation and Sightseeing of Delhi
After breakfast, your coordinators will be discussing your program itinerary for the days to come and give you the essential information. You will then start the Delhi Tour by visiting some of the most famous places which include Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. You will have lunch at a local restaurant during the tour. In the evening, you will be welcomed with a sumptuous Indian welcome meal.
Day 3 (Mon) to Day 7 (Fri) – Volunteering in Delhi
Volunteer work begins. Volunteers will be working in the Street Children project or Orphanage Project in Delhi. Under these project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with the children and introducing them to different new activities. Volunteers work at the various contact points or shelter homes, being run by various organizations, which serve as day care centers for these street children. They can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time and shower affection on them.
Exciting evening programs during volunteering week
One evening you will be doing a Cooking Session where you would see, learn and make delicious Indian meals. An other they will take you to visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple followed by a spectacular Water Show. This would be a memorable evening for you as you would be seeing one of the largest temples with superb architecture followed by an amazing laser water show.
Day 8 – Free Day in Delhi/Delhi-Palampur by overnight air-conditioned bus
This day is free for leisure activities or for optional sightseeing tours. You can also go for shopping in famous markets like Janpath, Palika Bazaar, Dilli Haat, Lajpat Nagar or Sarojini Nagar. In the evening we will drop you at the Bus Terminal in Delhi from where you will board an air-conditioned bus to Palampur.
Day 9 – Arrival at Palampur/Palampur Program Orientation/Visit to local market in Palampur
Upon your arrival in Palampur, our Program Coordinators will transfer you to your accommodation. Our program coordinators will brief you about the volunteering schedule, which will begin from the next day. Later we will take you for a market tour of the Palampur city. In this market visit, you will be familiarized with the area and the facilities like ATM, Bus/Taxi stand, Restaurants, Pharmacy, General Shops etc.
Day 10 to Day 14 – Childcare Volunteering and Development/Renovation Work in
After a brief orientation as well as a local city tour with the coordinators you will be joining your Childcare Project Placement for one week. While working at child care center, you will be expected to create a fun and learning atmosphere for the kids. You can also help in the administrative tasks of the center or help in decorating the center with the use colorful charts and posters. Volunteers will also help in the renovation work of the centers and the tasks will include painting murals, assisting in renovation work and so on. It is a great opportunity to work outdoors in the lap of Himalayas with your group and enjoy the experience. During free time, you can see the nearby monasteries, tea gardens, restaurants and markets. A special Yoga class during the week is also given to all volunteers in Palampur.
Day 15 – Trekking in Himalayas (2 days and 1 night)
Along with other volunteers, you will head to Dharamsala. From here, you will trek to Triund which is around a 10 km long trekking route. Before starting the trek, you will be given packed lunch and two bottles of water. Make sure that you have them before starting the trip. After reaching Triund, you will get to see the magnificent view of snow clad Himalayan mountain range. Accommodation will be provided in tent or in shared guest house.
Day 16 – Trekking ends at Dharamshala / Stay at Dharamshala-Mcleodganj
In the afternoon, you will come back to Dharamsala / Mcleodganj and check-in at the accommodation. After a short rest, you can go to see the famous Dalai Lama Temple. In the evening,
you can relax and have dinner in any of the rooftop restaurants.
Day 17 – Dharamshala-Mcleaodganj-Amritsar / Sightseeing in Amritsar
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Amritsar, city of the famous Golden Temple. Upon arrival at Amritsar, check in at the accommodation arranged for you. After getting refreshed, we would take you to visit Jalianwala Bagh (Marty’s Memorial). Later, you will visit the Golden Temple. After taking a break, they will take you there again to see the illuminated views of the shrine. Free time can be used to explore the local markets and local food (which is very famous in India)
Day 18 – Amritsar-Delhi by train / Delhi-Agra
In the morning, we will transfer you to the train station in Amritsar from where you will boarding an air-conditioned train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to Agra through Taj Express Way, one of the finest highways in India. Upon arrival in Agra, check in at the accommodation arranged for you. For your lunch/snacks during the train journey, we suggest buying packed snacks before you board the train or to buy food onboard. Your Program Coordinator will give you some advice.
Day 19 – Visit to Taj Mahal / Agra-Jaipur / Cultural Evening in Jaipur
Early in the morning, they will take you to the TAJ MAHAL. Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed among the NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF WORLD. TAJ MAHAL is also known as the monument of love as it was built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, they will transfer you to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the accommodation. At around 6.30 pm, they would take you to Chokhi Dhani, a village resort where you can enjoy live entertainment, folk dances and traditional vegetarian dinner.
Day 20 Visit to Historic Amber Fort / Elephant Volunteering at Elephant Village in Jaipur
Day starts with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and then they take you to the historic Amber Fort. See this amazing fort and palaces and then they will take you to the Elephant village. Here you will be doing the volunteer work in which you can feed elephants, help the mahouts (caretakers of elephants) in cleaning the premises, helping them in bathing the elephants and assisting them in their work. You would be also having a good opportunity to interact with families and children of the mahouts.
Day 21 – Sightseeing in Jaipur / Jaipur-Delhi
In the morning, we will take you to the historic and magnificent City Palace. You can see the various parts of the palace and museums which will take you to the old days of “Rajpur Rule”. Later in the afternoon, you will return to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, check in at the accommodation arranged for you. In the evening you’ll have time to relax or to go out for last minute shopping.
*Entrance ticket at all monuments in Jaipur and Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and Taj Mahal in Agra.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
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Your flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can purchase them from any of your local travel agents or an agent of your choice. You need to arrive in New Delhi the day you start at the project, a Saturday. If you arrive earlier you will be responsible to cover any costs involved from transport to food and accommodation. You will need to book your return ticket for a day following Friday, (i.e. Saturday or Sunday), which is your last day at the project. Please make sure that your ticket dates correspond with your booked dates at the project.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible for your insurance covers, such as sickness, damage and theft while working as a volunteer. You can get the travel insurance from your ticketing agent who will be able to suggest the best options, regarding the type of travel insurance that you need. However, included in the tour price is liability insurance, covering you for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages, if you have unintentionally hurt someone or damaged someone else’s property.
Please contact your nearest vaccination centre or general doctor regarding questions about vaccinations need to travel to India. Volunteer Travels recommends that you get Hepatitis A and B, as well as tetanus for traveling abroad.