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WHY we need you in India
WHAT does the 14 Day India Road Trip Involve?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: 14 DAY INDIA ROAD TRIP
LOCATION: UDAIPUR, AGRA & GOA
START DATES: 1ST & 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH (every month in July)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) & HOTEL (Agra)
MIN DURATION: 14 DAYS
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
This 2 week volunteer road trip offers a unique experience that combines the old India history and culture through visiting of palaces, temples, forts and historical places, together with India’s premier beach destination for sun and fun. Learn about the Indian culture, experience their way of life, learn Indian cooking and traditional Mehendi art, and rejuvenate your body through yoga. You will be given the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for the local people through active participation in various community volunteer projects from construction and renovation to teaching and slum outreach.
This organised 2 week getaway is fantastic value and a great way to experience some of the best sights in India in a short period of time. Step outside your comfort zone in new exciting ways within different environments and perspectives. Enjoy inter-cultural learning and gaining insights from the wonderful people who are intrigued and happy to meet volunteers.
See itinerary in FAQ section below.
Arrival: Maharana Pratap Airport (Udaipur)
The beach goers destination with the right mix of infrastructure and order coupled with that crazy un-ordered Indian charm. Goa is a really fun destination, with plenty of party goers and a relaxed funky vibe great for the free spirited types who want a more ‘westernized’ taste of India!
Udaipur is commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings and perfect for those who want to experience the history and culture while volunteering in India.
- Volunteer on local projects
- Learn & immerse yourself in cultural activities
- Explore some of India’s best sights
Food & Accommodation
All accommodation is included during your stay. All accommodation is simple, yet clean and comfortable with running water/showers and adequate western style bathroom and toilet facilities. You’ll be sharing a room with other volunteers of the same gender, normally a maximum of 4 per room.
Within both Udaipur and Goa, the volunteer centers consist of spacious houses with 2 levels ground and first floor, a big living area, dining area, kitchen and 4 bedrooms with attached toilets and shower with running hot water. Other amenities includ TV, DVD player, Wifi, computer, toaster and fridge
Within Agra, you’ll be staying in a hotel with spacious rooms and attached toilets.
3 good meals are also provided every day of the program. Mainly Indian and western food served within the volunteer center at set times. Visits to various restaurants for breakfast lunch and dinner are also included. The food served is mostly vegetarian and is authentic Indian with spicy and non spicy options available. (Note, if you ask for it spicy…. watch out!) The food will mainly consist of indian dishses with rice, pulses, vegetables and rotis with some chicken dishes 2 times in a week.
- Airport Pickup
- Local Transportation
- 1 Day Orientation
- 24/7 In-Country Support
- Project Materials & Equipment
- Pre-departure Expert Advice
- Preperation Tools & Checklists
- Certificate of Completion
If you want the ultimate adventure, whilst giving back at the same time, this would be a great option. This experience allows you to meet new people, interact with the community and to travel India, for an all round adventure!
Week 1 – Udaipur
Arrive in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan and be immersed in Indian culture and as well as witness historical architectural UNESCO world heritage sites and cultural experiences. A general overview of the first week may include;
- Cultural orientation, do’s & donts, customs & habits
- City tour and local sightseeing at various markets and natural sightsin groups or individually
- Cooking classes
- Language classes
- 3 days as a volunteer in a renovation or community based project
- Weekend Excursion – Agra
On the Saturday, travel by train from Udaipur to Agra and stay in a hotel with your fellow volunteers. Visit the Taj Mahal and experience local guided sight seeing. On the Sunday afternoon, travel by train to Delhi and then board a plane to Goa (Included in program costs)
Week 2 – Goa
You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to the volunteer centre to enjoy the 2nd week of your experience in the funky and unique beach setting of Goa. You’ll have time to laze on the beach and also enjoy guided tours to historical architectural UNESCO world heritage sites, and taste the best of the cuisine goa has to offer. A general overview of the 2nd week may include:
- Brief orientation and overview of volunteering projects available, and local customs
- Local sightseeing and socializing with other volunteers
- Visit local markets and historical world heritage sites
- 3 days as a volunteer in a renovation or community based project
Saturday departure (If departing on Sunday, the extra nights accommodation is US$55 p/night including meals but must be booked in advance).
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost unless specified.This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.
Udaipur – The main mode of transport will be by TUK TUKs.
Udaipur to Agra by train. Agra to Delhi by train. Delhi to Goa by flight
Goa – The main mode of transport will be by Jeeps
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organise additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.
No extra requirements for this program.
India is an eclectic and intoxicating cultural experience like no other! Home of the famous Taj Mahal, the Himalayas, the sacred Ganges river, and over 1 billion people of varying languages, cultures and beleifs, India is sure to push you to the boundaries of your comfort zone.
IVI is focused on establishing sustainable employment and education through volunteering efforts in India. Children in some of the regions we service have not had basic nutritional background. Over 950,000 newborns per year in India die from infections. Education about health for families provides a strong foundation for self-care in the communities we service in India.
India’s climte ranges from tropical down south to alpine up in the northern mountain regions.
From April until the start of October is summer, and in most places in India, is very hot. In June the monsoon rains start in Kerala down south, and move inland. Further north and in the rural areas of Rajasthan, it can get pretty cold from December to January- sometimes as low at minus 5 degrees!
Be prepared for some hot temperatures but if in the Sikkim region, bring along some warmer clothing as it can get cold in the mountains.
India is a country FULL of culture! From the beautiful colours, different religions, ancient traditions and the smells of spices- India is a country like no other. It’s the the second most populous nation after China, with over 1.2 billion people.
The most prominant religions are Hinduism and Buddhism and around 13% of the popualrtion are Muslim. Because there are so many religions, India celebrates a large number of festivals throughout the year. Some of these include Diwali, Holi, Eid and Good Friday.
In India, the cow is considered to be a Holy animal and you will see cars either driving around, or simply waiting if a cow is in the road holding up traffic! In some parts of India it is forbidden to eat meat or drink alcohol.
You will see many temples in India, as well as colourful clothing, particually the sari’s that the local women wear, and many cultural dance shows and activities.
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