A mixture of international metropolis, medieval chaos and regal splendour, Delhi is crammed with tombs, temples, monuments and ruins, side by side with modern suburbs. As a volunteer in Delhi, you will work at street children’s shelter homes.
Project fee from EUR 800
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer to this 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.
- Assist teachers with English lessons.
- Teach mathematics, geography and basic literacy.
- Teach manners and good behaviour.
- Assist teachers with administration.
Arrive in Delhi and begin your orientation and introduction to the project. Following your orientation, you will begin work immediately in the shelter home.
Arrive in Delhi and begin with an initial culture week, where you are given a deeper understanding to Indian culture, history lessons, introduction information to Delhi, as well as Hindi lessons to be able to communicate in basic terms. Other activities during this week include a trip to a Bollywood movie as well as lesson in Indian cuisine. A day trip to the Taj Mahal is included for the weekend activity. Following your culture week you will be introduced to the project and will begin work. The week’s schedule runs as then below:
Day 1: Introduction to the program in Delhi, safety issues, basic culture and history about India.
Day 2: History, culture and traditional insight about India followed with Hindi language class for 2 hours as well as opportunity to explore Delhi in the evening.
Day 3: Hindi language class continues. Explore the local markets in the evening time.
Day 4: Full day tour of New Delhi including India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 5: Hindi language class 3 hours. In the evening you will go on an organized trip to the local markets and then watch a Hindi movie in the evening. Bollywood produces more movies in a year than Hollywood does!
Day 6: Weekend trip to Agra for a visit at the Taj Mahal which is considered one of the modern seven wonders.
* The schedule of the cultural week can be subject to change due to any unavoidable circumstances.
The Project’s Mission
The aim of this project is to teach English to the poor and vulnerable street children that are found in the shelter homes. It is essential for anyone in India, wanting a job to know English. The project also aims to provide the children with role models to live up to, and be taught that there are many people out there to provide love and care for them. By giving these children a better start in life, you give them the promise of a better future.
Volunteer Travels partner in New Delhi is an established local organisation that has been running since 2004. They run a handful of projects in and around Delhi, as well as throughout northern India. Through our cooperation, we are able to provide volunteers with a safe and organised stay in India.
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.
Accommodation and Food
Someone from the organisation will pick you up from the airport when you arrive in Delhi. Accommodation will be provided with either a local host family or in other selected volunteer accommodation. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from whoever you will be staying with. You will need to either make or buy your own lunch. On Sunday’s, only breakfast is provided. Food is very cheap in India and it is not difficult to find good food that you will enjoy, not matter your dietary requirements.
You will need to use local transport to get to the project site and home and this you will need to pay for yourself. Local transport in India is very cheap and the project is located approximately 30minutes from your accommodation. On your first day, you will be accompanied by the coordinator to help show you the way.
As a volunteer you will work for 5 hours, Monday to Friday at the shelter. During the afternoons and evenings you will have time to yourself to explore the city and do what you like.
In terms of population, India is the largest country in the world after China. It is a country where all world religions have been represented for centuries, but Hinduism is by far the largest, making Hindi the official language of India (together with English), as approximately 80% of its people are Hindu. India, known as the world’s largest democracy, gained independence from Britain in 1947, yet despite this still has many old British touches in its culture and country today. India boasts incredible natural wonders and wildlife, with beautiful varieties of birds and other animals not found anywhere else. In the north are the Himalayas, a well-known mountain range, while in the south beautiful beaches stretch for miles. In the north-west are deserts probably unlike any you have seen before, that you can explore by camel. India is an extremely colourful country, in people, culture, food and scenery. India is also unique in that it has 6 seasons with the additional, summer monsoon and winter monsoon.
A mixture of international metropolis, medieval chaos and regal splendour, Delhi is crammed with tombs, temples, monuments and ruins, side by side with modern suburbs. A surprise lies around every corner – regal British architecture combines with ancient Mughal ruins, modern developments and a touch of rural India. Reminders of long-ago empires co-exist with magnificent museums, temples and mosques, bustling bazaars and elegant shopping emporiums. European grandeur combines effortlessly with a strong Mughal legacy.
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. Whether you choose option A or B, you need to arrive in New Delhi sometime between 06:00 and 23:00 local time on Saturday or Sunday before your start date at the project. 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.
Should you select Option B, you will need to arrive a week before your time at the project starts. Arrivals are Saturday or Sunday between 06:00 and 23:00.
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.