Welcome to the Jaipur-a jewel in the Indian heritage! Being part of the Golden Triangle of tourism in India, it is one of the most visited and photographed city of the world. Famous sites like—The Wind Palace, Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar keep the tourists glued to the city.
Project fee from EUR 710
Your role as a volunteer
With regards to your role as a volunteer in Jaipur you can choose between many different areas of work, the choice is yours! You can work with the following:
- Day-care (so called aanganwari)
- Women’s Project
- Medical project/Healthcare
- Beautification and renovation
As a volunteer, you usually work Monday to Friday, and the working time is approximately 5-6 hours per day, but you can participate in extra work in the afternoons if you want. Usually, you work in pairs, so that you have a partner when you work.
On arrival in India, you will visit each of the locations and choose what you would like to participate in.
As a volunteer with this project you will teach in a primary school. Examples of what you can do is:
- Teach English and mathematics
- Creating a playful environment for the children, and encourage their creativity through educational games, singing, drawing and more
- Helping the local teachers to develop appropriate training materials at low cost and to assist teachers to make teaching more fun for kids
- Keep track of the children’s school attendance in order to reduce dropouts
- Create a more “child-friendly” environment in the school by helping to decorate fix and paint schools and playgrounds.
The school will be closed 15th of may to 25th of june and 22-31 of december 2018.
Holistic development of the deprived slum children is one of the millennium goals of the Indian government, and so is the aim of our volunteering programs. Achieving this by contributing in a child’s cognitive, academic, emotional and social growth, Idex and its volunteers bring about some lasting and sustainable changes in their lives.
Many volunteers want to work longer than they do at the day care or school.
Here are some helpful tasks that you can perform in the evenings:
- Help teaching children with learning difficulties. If you wish, you can help these children extra in their home after school. It gives you an opportunity to get to know the children and their parents, and also learn more about the children’s home environment.
- Maintenance of the school and day-care.
- Some days you can stay after school hours and decorate and renovate the school and the playground.
The children attend school in the morning but will need help in the afternoon with homework and extra-curricular activities.
Some activities you might be involved in:
- Helping the children with homework, especially children with learning disabilities.
- Teach writing and English.
- Teach computer skills.
This projects works to strengthen the position of women in the community through education and enrichment of their livelihoods. A variety of educational and confidence building activities are being organized by the volunteer organization in India for the benefit of adolescent girls and women of the local community. These activities are geared towards expanding the horizon of this often neglected section of the community with the purpose of giving them a sense of self-worth and empowerment. Some of the activities you might be involved in include:
- Teach them basic computer skills. More knowledge, will provide more opportunities for women to find a job
- Teach and help the women to become better in their English, This also gives the women an advantage when they seek a job. Few adults in rural areas speak English so there is a lot to contribute in this area.
- Teach them some basics such as how to fix a flat tire on a bicycle or other skills that will help them increase their self-confidence.
Some activities you might be involved in:
- Assist excising health professionals in their daily work.
- Provide support to patients and their families
- Assist with administration tasks
The Project’s Mission
In some parts of Rahjastan the unemployment rates are high and opportunities for extra earnings are low. Even schools in these areas have scarce resources and you can be of great help. The project primarily aims at trying to better the conditions for the locals but also to help promote a cultural exchange between India and foreign volunteers, by working you will uplift the community.
The projects are run in collaboration with our Indian partner. They have received volunteers since 2002 and thanks to their cooperation with Volunteer Travels, we can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.
This partner has great experience in welcoming participants to their programme in India and can with confidence assure that they have happy travellers every week on their project placements. Their dedication to give the best experience for their participants is refected in the Complete Satisfaction Garantee that they offer to support each and every volunteer with comfort and quality.
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.
When you arrive in Delhi you will be met by staff from our partner organization and then go to their accommodation in Delhi for a two day introduction. When you arrive in Jaipur, it is time for a small introduction at the Centre before it is time to begin the actual volunteer work. During the days you will apart from volunteering, learn about Indian history, customs and cultures. You also get an introduction in Hindi, the main language spoken in India. If you want you can also go to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, but it is not included in the tour price.
The project is open all year round except during certain holidays.
Accommodation and food
During the introduction in Delhi, you live with an Indian middle class family with at least one other volunteer. The centre in Jaipur is a facility consisting of 9 bedrooms, a kitchen and toilets/showers. You both live and eat in the centre, and you share bedroom together with other volunteers. There is access to computers, books, movies and more. Food will be prepared by Indian staff and it will primarily be vegetarian. If you get tired of Indian food, it’s safe for you to cook your own food. It can also be fun to invite the others to do this!
The Jaipur Accommodation is ideal for the participants attending our programs and also useful for travelers who wish to enjoy the riches of Rajasthan.
Please note that lunch and dinner are not included when you are on your weekend getaway.
Tours and Workshops
When you are not working, you are free to explore your surroundings on your own, or simply enjoy life in India. During volunteer time you have the opportunity to make trips (contact us for more information.) Both during your free time and during working hours there will be local assistants to help you. Assistants should be viewed as guides, interpreters, and someone you can turn to if you need advice or support. They also give you tips on excursions you can do on your own.
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.
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.
British nationals do require visas to travel to India. Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist visa for 6 months, effective from the date of issue. A tourist visa is non-extendible and non-convertible. Please be sure to check about a visa long in advance of your trip. Please note that as a volunteer you are considered a tourist. For more information please contact the Indian embassy www.india-visa.com/uk
Your flight tickets are not included in the tour price. Either you can purchase them from any of your local travel agents or an agent of your choice, or Volunteer Travel partners with Tranas travel agent. When you book your trip you will receive a travel suggestion for a ticket via email. If you are interested in their proposals, answer them. Remember to book return flights Delhi.
Your ticket must be booked so that you arrive in Dehli between Monday (the first day at the project) at 10 am until Tuesday at 6 am.
Your home tickets sholuld be booked after midnight on Sunday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer, or until 11:59pm on Monday.
NOTE! You will return to Delhi by train earliest on Sunday after 12:00 (the trains are often delayed) so it is important that you do not book the trip home earlier than after 20:00 on Sunday.
Be sure to check that the arrival and departure dates on the tickets are right and that your names are spelled correctly.
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.