India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure

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  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Experience real life in India as you stay with a local family for 3 nights
  • Visit one of the Wonders of the World - the magnificent Taj Mahal
  • Experience Himachal Pradesh, set in a beautiful northern region of India
  • Choose from a variety of different volunteer projects including teaching, childcare, or helping out in a school for children with special needs.
  • Help to make a real difference to the live of people living in Himalayan India

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Based in a beautiful region of northern India, this Himalaya volunteer and India adventure programme is an excellent choice if you want to make a difference to the lives of local people as well as having a real India adventure in an area that is normally forgotten by many travellers to Asia.

 

For your first few days in India you'll get to spend some time in the Capital City, exploring some of the best that buzzing Delhi has to offer including a detailed orientation and tour of the city, as well as morning yoga sessions, Bollywood dance classes, a henna workshop and a visit to a local market. If this isn't enough you'll even get to see a Bollywood movie!

 

With a variety of different volunteer placements to choose from, you will be able to leave safe in the knowledge that you have helped to make a lasting difference to the lives of the children and young people that you have met.


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What will I be doing?

  • Days 1 - 8 Arrival and Orientation (9 days)

  • Your role as a volunteer: Education Projects (2 - 6 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role: Childcare projects (2 - 6 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role: Women Empowerment (2 - 6 weeks)

  • Extra Afternoon Volunteer Options in Himachal (2 - 6 weeks)

Days 1 - 8 Arrival and Orientation: 9 days

Next Leg

Destination info

Starting with an overnight stay in Delhi, the group spends 3 days in Jaipur for orientation and sightseeing. Then you’ll board an overnight train bound for Palampur, which is a quaint hill station set high in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests it is a wonderful setting for your volunteer placement. With this setting in mind you probably would not be surprised to hear that Palampur is also known as the tea capital of this region of north-west of India.  Its name comes from the local word ‘pulum’ which means ‘lots of water’.  

  • Location: Delhi

For both programmes (four or eight weeks) the schedule is the same for the first seven days:

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi
Personally met at Delhi Airport and shown to a hotel to refresh and chill out.

 

Day 2 to 3 - Visit the Taj Mahal
Today starts with a run down of what you will be doing and when during your time in India and then after lunch the trip gets started as you head to Agra for what we are sure will be one of the highlights of your trip, a visit to the Taj Mahal! The breathtaking experience of seeing this landmark is simply mesmerizing! You will have the opportunity to have a morning visit to the Taj Mahal on day 3 before heading off on your journey to the Himalayas by boarding your overnight train.

 

Day 4 - Rest and Orienation
You'll start the day arriving into the Himalayas and being transfered from the station to the camp, your home for the coming weeks. The camp is located in the Bindravan village, which is part of Palampur town (1.5km away). You will then have free time to relax, unpack and become familiar with your new home. Following this you will also have a detailed orientation that will cover Indian culture, introduction to the projects and the facilities at your accommodation, project activities, cultural responsibility, how to do volunteer work, as well as many other topics. This is a great time to highlight any other questions you may have for the team.

 

Day 5 - Visit the project and dinner with a local family
Today you will make the first visit to the project you will be volunteering at for the coming weeks, meet the team and start to plan how your activities for when you truely get started next week. In the evening you have will have a great insight into local culture by visiting and having dinner with a local Indian host family.

 

Day 6 to 7 - Trekking in the Himalayas!
What visit to the Himalayas would be complete without going trekking! So after an early start to the day by transfering to the mountain town of McLeodganj where you will have time to explore before you begin your trek into the majestic mountains of the Himalayas. You will camp overnight in the mountains to get a true trekking experience! The next day you will have breakfast and then trek back to town where you will have a little free time before you transfer back to the volunteer house for the night.

 

Days 8 to 12 - Volunteering at the Project 
On your first day at the project you will meet with all the friendly guides that will take care of you for the duration of the project. They are there to offer on-site assistance, helping with any language barriers and will attend the projects with you so there is always help and advice if needed. During this time you will also have the opportinuty to particapate in a few one off worshops including a couple of yoga sessions, henna painting and sari dressing, basic Hindi lessons and a demonstration of local cooking. 

Your role as a volunteer: Education Projects: 2 - 6 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Starting with an overnight stay in Delhi, the group spends 3 days in Jaipur for orientation and sightseeing. Then you’ll board an overnight train bound for Palampur, which is a quaint hill station set high in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests it is a wonderful setting for your volunteer placement. With this setting in mind you probably would not be surprised to hear that Palampur is also known as the tea capital of this region of north-west of India.  Its name comes from the local word ‘pulum’ which means ‘lots of water’. 

  • Location: Palamphur

Weeks 2 to 4 / 2 to 8 - dependent on length of stay

 

Depending on your interests and local needs, you are placed in work settings where you can make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of local social services. You can volunteer by helping, the three main areas are education, childcare centres and a school for mentally challenged children.
You also have the opportunity to do further volunteer work on free afternoons.
Typical placements include additional tutoring for slow learning children, maintenance of institutional facilities, computer training and other similar community orientated projects and services.

Volunteer Options
1. Education
2. Childcare
3. Women Empowerment

Wherever your volunteer placement occurs, the general pattern is to work five days a week for approximately three to five hours per day. Most work occurs in the morning before lunch. But some placements require afternoon work as well.

Volunteer Role: Education projects

Class sizes in India can be extremely large, leading teachers to become little more than traffic police attempting to keep order.

Activities include:

  • Teaching children English, Maths and social skills
  • Creating a playful environment through painting, playing games, singing etc
  • Working with local teachers in creating low cost teaching materials
  • Take responsibility for everyday attendance of a few children to the school
  • First aid training and creating basic hygiene awareness amongst children for healthier living
  • Between the end of March and mid-April, from mid-July to early August and from mid-December to the end of December, the government schools are closed for holidays. If you are here during this time you will have the opportunity to teach at independently sponsored schools (using community centres).

Volunteer Role: Childcare projects: 2 - 6 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Starting with an overnight stay in Delhi, the group spends 3 days in Jaipur for orientation and sightseeing. Then you’ll board an overnight train bound for Palampur, which is a quaint hill station set high in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests it is a wonderful setting for your volunteer placement. With this setting in mind you probably would not be surprised to hear that Palampur is also known as the tea capital of this region of north-west of India. Its name comes from the local word ‘pulum’ which means ‘lots of water’.  

  • Location: Palamphur

Childcare volunteers assist in local childcare centres, known as Aanganbari. The concept of ‘pre-school' childcare is a new one in India. Unlike Western countries, where childcare facilities exist primarily to free women to work, the aanganbari's main purpose is to provide a safe, healthy and hygienic space to young children who would not be able to receive proper care at home.

Activities include:

  • Ensuring maximum attendance by the children of the area to these centres
  • Personal attention and care to the children coming to the centre every day
  • Assistance to the local worker for record maintenance for each child based on health, vaccination, growth and nutritional condition
  • Making and feeding the children a specially prepared nutritious meal every day with the help of a local worker
  • Playing games with the children, singing  songs, rhymes and shape concept by colouring different shapes
  • Teaching English, Maths and the alphabet as well as sensory development teaching
  • Creating a colourful and enjoyable environment for the children with games, stories and other creative activities (all material, support and training for such activities is provided)

Volunteer Role: Women Empowerment: 2 - 6 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Starting with an overnight stay in Delhi, the group spends 3 days in Jaipur for orientation and sightseeing. Then you’ll board an overnight train bound for Palampur, which is a quaint hill station set high in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests it is a wonderful setting for your volunteer placement. With this setting in mind you probably would not be surprised to hear that Palampur is also known as the tea capital of this region of north-west of India. Its name comes from the local word ‘pulum’ which means ‘lots of water’.  

  • Location: Palamphur

Many communities offer a variety of educational and confidence building activities to benefit young girls and women. These activities are geared towards expanding the horizon of this often neglected section of the community, giving them a sense of self-worth and empowerment.

 

Activities include:

  • Teaching basic English
  • Making women self-reliant through learning activities, creative workshops or vocational training
  • Help create awareness amongst girls about their rights

Extra Afternoon Volunteer Options in Himachal: 2 - 6 weeks

Destination info

Starting with an overnight stay in Delhi, the group spends 3 days in Jaipur for orientation and sightseeing. Then you’ll board an overnight train bound for Palampur, which is a quaint hill station set high in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests it is a wonderful setting for your volunteer placement. With this setting in mind you probably would not be surprised to hear that Palampur is also known as the tea capital of this region of north-west of India. Its name comes from the local word ‘pulum’ which means ‘lots of water’.  

  • Location: Palamphur

If you would like to get involved in more volunteer work than your core option offers. You may have the option to further volunteer work which can include;

Conversation English and computer education classes to women
A variety of educational and confidence building activities are organised 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. Volunteers contribute significantly in the areas of:


Computer training - Computer knowledge can give students an employability advantage and make it easier for them to access modern means to information and expression. Volunteers can make use of the well-tested and developed modules of imparting basic computer skills to enthusiastic local girls and women.
English classes - In an increasingly unilingual world, knowledge of English can make a huge difference to the confidence, employability and social status of an individual. With English not being the first language in the rural areas, people from a vast majority of Indian population miss out on quality opportunities of gaining confidence in the use of language. Volunteers, with their involvement in teaching English to local women can help the project achieve a multitude of objectives like empowerment and increasing employability.
 

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change.

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What's included?

  • Personally met at Delhi airport
  • Authentic Indian Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) (Delhi- just breakfast)
  • All transport between projects
  • Detailed orientation and sight seeing tour of Delhi
  • Excursion to the Taj Mahal
  • Weekend excursion to Dharmshala
  • Dedicated on-site assistance from English speaking guides
  • Yoga lesson
  • Use of facilities
  • All material required for various activities during the volunteer work

What's not included?

  • Tourist Visa
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Flights
  • E-mail and telephone calls made
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

18 years old 

 

Accommodation

On this programme you will be accommodated in a shared single sex room. These are simple but clean and comfortable rooms and you will share with up to three others in your room. There are a number of bathrooms with western toilets and may have Indian showers- basically you fill a bucket of water and use a jug to pour the water over you (this is to conserve water). It takes a few days getting used to but its fine, all part of the cultural experience. Besides from your personal space, volunteers benefit from a dining area where they eat food prepared by our staff, a kitchen where they can cook special meals, a common area for relaxing, watching movies and holding cultural workshops. Close by there is a small market where you can purchase any additional snacks/drinks and international phone calls are easily made within a short walk. Internet cafes are available in Palampur town (around 1.5km from the camp). There is internet at the camp, however this is not always reliable.

 

Meals

Three meals per day will be provided for you throughout your volunteer programme. They will normally consist  of traditional Indian cuisine which is extremely tasty and nutritious. Although the food you will experience will be very different to food you are used to back home, we are sure that you won’t be disappointed. During project days you will be provided with a packed lunch to take to the project.

 

Travelling at Altitude
Parts of this trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects on your health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

 

Please note: for this trip the deposit payable at the time of booking is £199 plus 10% of the total trip cost.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How much spending money will I need?

We recommend that you take around £70 per week

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2. What type of clothing do you recommend I take with me?

Whilst volunteering you will need clothes that cover your shoulders, mid-rif and length should be to at least your knees.

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3. How will I wash my clothes while I'm away?

All washing will have to be done by hand, so either bring some washing powder or buy some from a shop near to your project.

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4. Can I do both options year round?

You can do the Himchal option year round, however, the Rajasthan option does not run over the summer months as it is far too hot in the desert.

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5. Do I need a visa to visit India?

You will need to obtain an Indian Tourist visa before you leave the UK.

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6. How high is the trekking in Himachal?

The trek will take you through the foothills of the Himalaya and normally reaches a height of 3200 metres.

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7. Do I need to take a sleeping bag with me?

No, you won't need to take one with you as the quilts & mattresses are provided at all of the accommodation & during excursions for the duration of the trip.

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8. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No you won't need to take one with you as all the rooms are equipped with mosquito nets.

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9. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box?

There is locker facility at all the Camps where you will be able to keep your valuables & you will be responsible for the key.

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India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure

Hollie Wheatland - July 2016

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Absolutely amazing experience, incredible food and the best people!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering and the trekking.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack dry clothes for the trek. Pack home sweets for the stay! Enjoy every minute - it goes so quickly!

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2016-07-15

Kate Leighton - July 2016

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Incredible, eye opening, amazing and beautiful

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What were the highlights of your trip?

trek to triund and trip to manali for the weekend

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring spare change of clothes for the trek to triund and sweets/chocolate/biscuits for your stay overall as you lack intake of sugar and need some!

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2016-07-15

Molly Swire - July 2015

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Visiting the amazing sights of India and seeing rural India and actually getting a feel what it's like to live there. And of course, teaching the kids.

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Shevangi Sadesh Kumar - October 2014

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The main highlight of my trip was the kids i met and working with them for 3 weeks. It was a pleasure to spend time with these kids and teach them. The girls form Palampur that i taught were absolutely loving and kind and it felt great to have made a difference in their life even if it was in a small way. Being in the middle of a beautiful village surrounded by the Himalayas was amazing. Another highlight was definitely going to see the Taj Mahal, i think it is something everyone has to see.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- take mosquito repellent - don't be afraid to ask the staff at the camp anything, they're the most kindest people who are always willing to help - just enjoy!

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2014-10-20

Ruby Richardson - October 2014

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Not for the faint heartened, but will make your heart fuller

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Seeing the Taj and the Golden Temple were amazing trips, but the highlight was definitely working with the kids each morning at the local day care, it took them a while to get comfortable with me, but reading to them and building lego with them made me incredibly happy

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Just do it, whatever it is, if the opportunity is there to do something that could be amazing just do it, it will always be better than you imagine. Take a good book everywhere you travel Talk to everyone you can, locals, volunteers and staff, it will make your trip so much more interesting

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2014-10-06

Francesca O'neill - May 2013

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made great friends from all over the world. India= WOW

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the poorer girls in the slum area of palamphur was extremely fulfilling, getting to know the team at the himachal camp was wonderful and climbing the himilayas was an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. the golden temple was stunning and holi was irreplaceable as my best memory there. i would love to go back out to palamphur again and i recommend the adventure week to anyone who is considering not doing it before they do the volunteering its completely worth it to see India's marvelous sights.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.Definitely do the adventure week 2.don't be afraid to ask the staff questions they were all extremely knowledgeable and helpful we became friends with them all which enhanced our trip greatly 3. take 10000000 photos and take part in all volunteer work offered it was so rewarding and incredible!

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2013-05-01

Jesse Ivelja - January 2013

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Amazing, meeting people and becoming friends for a life time! Unbelievable

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Being in the middle of the Himalayas was amazing, getting off the train after a long trip through the centre of India (Jaipur and Tajmahal) it was just so calming and sereine Getting the chance to help out in the community was amazing! and well worth my time

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Dont expect anything. India, is a country where you dont know what to expect Elephants on the highways. Insane drivers And absolutely...no sense of road rules...but thats all part of the experience

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2013-01-07

Emma Fox - October 2011

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(9/10)
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The first week was probably the best, visiting well known places for e.g the Taj Mahal. Another was staying with an Indian family in Jaipur and really experiencing the way different cultures live.

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2011-10-11

Suzanne Fletcher - July 2011

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Amazing! Made great friends, some hard work but worth it!

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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering, as I had great fun teaching the children, and (hopefully) they got a lot out of it. Visiting the golden temple. It is so beautiful, and it is not something I would have thought to do if I was travelling independently.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you are going to be teaching, take some grammar and story books with you, aswell as ideas for lesson plans. Keep baggage to a minimum...you want to be able to buy lots of things when you are away. Make sure you have plenty of money for travelling, so you can afford independent weekend trips away with other volunteers!

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

Thomas Noel - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome trip, Delhi was crazy , beautiful mountains

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The visit to McLORD Ganj and going up the mountain to Trinud was awesome.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring dark clothes because they will get dirty. Don't bring to many clothes because u will buy so many clothes here

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

Safia Elammami - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Mostly good experience, met lots of different people, unforgettable time.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I really enjoyed the excursions that were included like the trip to the amber fort and the one to the taj. The actual volunteering work was also a highlight of the trip for me.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Be prepared to be stared at and have your picture taken a lot, which can be uncomfortable at times. 2) Try to learn a few key words and phrases before arriving as this will help bridge the communication gap. 3)Don't expect everything to go smooth sailing, that way you'll be prepared if any difficulties arise or be pleasantly surprised if all does go without a hitch.

India Himalaya Volunteer and Adventure2011-07-04

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