Rural Community Development Bodhgaya

Walk on the land where Buddha walked over many years! Volunteer in the sacred land of Bodhgaya, India with IVI today. Bodhgaya radiates the culture and spirit of compassion and enlightenment. Volunteers seeking a truly unique and real Indian experience are encouraged to apply.

Rural Community School Development, Bodhgaya

Project Type

Bodhgaya Placement | Volunteer Center, Single, twin or shared dorm style rooms available.  Rural Grassroots India teaching and community based volunteering experience.  Highly recommended program!

Duration

1 week +

Start Dates

All year round

Location

Bodhgaya, Bihar India

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Whats Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – single or twin share rooms)
  • Training & Supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Local touring & excursions 
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfares & Visa fees
  • Additional Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Application Procedure

  • Click ‘apply now’ to complete your online application.
  • Click ‘pay deposit’ to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement.
  • A confirmation and invoice will be sent via email within 48 hours.
  • Final payment will be due 30 days prior to departure, after which a full program pack will be sent including all necessary information

Background Information

Bodhgaya, the most fascinating and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centre in the world is the site where Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the Enlightened One in approx 525 BC.  Bodhgaya, is famous for Mahabodhi temple (left) which stands above the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is mesmerizing.Inside the temple, there is a colossal image of the Buddha in sitting posture touching the earth by his righthand.  Within the temple grounds you will be witness to thousands of devout Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world in colourful burgundy and saffron robes, congregated to worship at the feet of Buddha.

Outside the temple, you will see a crazy, buzzing mish mash of diversity, colours, culture, food stalls, rick-shaws, wild dogs and of course, sever poverty.   Venture further out from the city centre, into the local
villages, and this is where you will experience the true heart of India.  This is where the IVI placement operates.

Overview

This placement is centered around a rural school just outside of Bodghaya.   The school is an educational institution that truly caters to the most vulnerable communities.

The students come from the surrounding villages (approx 600 population) which lack basic infrastructure and without this school, would have virtually no access to education.  For these agricultural driven
communities, the reality of unjust social hierarchy simply does not allow children of poor families to
receive an education.

The school is the first of it’s kind in this area as such it has faced incredible resistance from the village
elites with a lack of understanding of the community benefits associated with ‘new’ knowledge systems and
formal education opportunities.

Slowly but surely, the pupil base has grown exponentially over the years harnessing a powerful spirit of pride, acceptance and opportunity.

As a volunteer and guest you will receive truly incredible Indian hospitality, as you are welcomed by hundreds of intrigued and appreciative smiling faces.   There are a myriad of inspiring activities you can get involved with that will make a lasting difference to the school and community.

School Projects
-Teaching English & Other Subjects
-Essential Children’s Nutrition
-Maternal & Health Education
-Safe Birthing Kits
-Community Gardening
-Basic Vocational Training
-Develop Fundraising strategies
-Draft grant applications
-Resume Development
Tribal Community Projects
-Primary skills development
-Inter-cultural Dialogue program
-Basic nutritional care
-Ground water provisioning
-Vocational training such as computer training, carpentry, plumbing, sewing and clothing, diesel engine repair, organic gardening etc

Who Can Participate

Anyone seeking to experience first hand the richness of Indian community spirit while offering services to those in need.  Knowledge of the Hindi language is a major advantage.  Many do speak some English, however it is very scarce in the rural areas.

What to Expect

What you will experience is the most incredible welcome, warmth, friendliness, acceptance, and Indian hospitality.  Be prepared for a celebration where children shower you with flower petals and then performed a series of native hindu and Indian songs and greetings.

Yoga
We immensely appreciate yoga as one of our intrinsic approaches to inculcate internal faculties of volunteers.   Yoga is provided for volunteers by a trained yoga instructors where possible.

Accommodation

The volunteer center is safe, clean and comfortable.  We have eight rooms with living hall and separate
kitchen. Each room has double beds and attached western toilets.  It is very close to world heritage Mahabodhi Temple.

Volunteers can choose from basic single, double or dorm style rooms depending on availability.  All standard amenities are included such as beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, towels, water purifier, fans &
coolers, mosquito netting, western toilet, cleaning supplies, chairs and  tables.

Meals

Three vegetarian meals a day.  We provide fruits, bread and butter with tea or coffee for breakfast.  For lunch, we offer non spicy or spicy Vegetarian meals (Rice pulses and green vegetables, Soup and Salad)
for dinner, we again provide non spicy or spicy authentic Indian vegetarian food

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is at Gaya 7 Kms and Patna 135 kms. Indian Airlines and Sahara Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and various other cities.Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya (17km).Road: Bodhgaya is well connected by road to Gaya (17km), Nalanda (101 km), Rajgir (78 km), Patna (135km), Varanasi (252 km), Calcutta (495km)Local Transport: Taxis, Tongas, Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws are available.

Bus: Regular direct bus services are available from Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation run buses from Patna- Bodhgaya route twice a day.