can you help?
you can do?
- Assist in slum outreach and teach English, inspiring the children to gain an education
- Educate children and adults on diet, basic first aid and personal hygeine
- Teach at kindergartens, schools and special needs centres
- Work on women empowerment programs and inspire the local women!
- Use songs, dance, music, creative activites and more to encourage conversational skills in English
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: EDUCATION & COMMUNITY SUPPORT
LOCATION: GOA, UDAIPUR & SIKKIM
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
PROJECT COSTS: From US$275 + APPLICATION FEE
Volunteers are needed to support various on-going community and school based projects designed to help underprivileged families and communities in various parts of India. Depending on your preference you may choose between with Goa, Udaipur or Sikkim. Here you will be encouraged to be creative and apply your specific passions such as art, music, dance etc to help intercultural learning and interaction with people from all walks of life.
The projects are designed to provide basic informal education and life skills through teaching subjects such as English, maths, science, geography, hygienic standards and behavior skills etc. There is a wide range of projects to be involved with. You can choose from the below options.
All projects are centered around education mainly english language skills for underprivileged children of the local community who cannot afford to get good quality education. Volunteers will work as an assistant to a teacher with whatever skills you may have. You’ll be surprised what skills you never new you had! You will make an important contribution by improving students’ spoken English, Mathematics, Geography, Science and other subjects in the school curriculum. It is an experience and memories neither you nor they will ever forget.
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.
Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Spectacular scenery coupled with buddhist monasteries are the highlight of this fascinating region. Our projects here are in the early days of development so volunteers in Sikkim looking for off the beaten track should choose this option.
- Slum Outreach (Goa)
The project focuses on teaching underprivileged children from slums, whose parents cannot afford to send to school. The main aim is to interact with children using games and activities to try and instill the importance of academics.
- Woman’s shelter (Goa)
Help women and young girls from broken families. Aged between 10 and 30 years old, you’ll help teach the girls English in fun and interesting ways. The cultural exchange and interaction provides the girls & women with much needed confidence and exposure to new ways of thinking to break old habits and form new opportunities to better their lives.
- Old age Home (Goa)
Give back to the over 50 year old’s. They love to laugh and spend time talking about life and experience alternative viewpoints.
- Kindergarten Teaching (Goa, Updaipur, Sikkim)
Coordinate with qualified teachers and assist them in various tasks in education combined with syllabus and curriculum in English. It can be nice to bring presents with you for students. In our experience, the students are less interested in toys (some typical toys of your country might be interesting), but pictures of your family/house/pets are always well received.
- Primary School Teaching (Goa, Udaipur, Sikkim)
These schools accept a non-formal approach to teaching and also followed partly with a curriculum. This means that we will not have to conform to the local Indian teaching methods or style, but everyone will be free to choose their own way of teaching and may bring their own ideas into class. The subjects to be taught can alter, depending on current activities in the schools which might include, for example, environmental issues or geography.
- Special Needs Teaching (Udaipur)
In the schools for the mentally challenged and hearing impaired, you’ll create an atmosphere conducive to learning and growth in which you can teach and interact these beautiful children under qualified supervision from regular teachers. Communicate with students using very basic sign language and through activities which will help them understand their subject matter better.
Food & Accommodation
In Udaipur, the volunteer center is located five kilometers from the heart of Udaipur’s where you’ll find all the standard things like ATM’s, gyms, shops etc, a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow volunteers. The house is equipped with all standard western style amenities (eg. Fridge, running water, Wifi toilets etc). Please note the quality of Wi-Fi will be slower than you’re used to! Basic Amenities include 4-6 persons p/room, Wifi in public areas, laundry facilities (at a small fee), safety deposit box, lockable rooms, hot showers, private bathroom, bed linen provided, bring your own towel.
The Goa Volunteer center is a large western style house with a lovely garden and large outdoor area. The house features and hot water (solar powered), WiFi, dining room, mini library and travel desk, lounge areas, television with satellite connection, safety lockers and lockable rooms, fridge and western style toilets and purified water. Bed linen is provided, however you should bring your own towel. You’ll be sharing a room with max of 4-6 volunteers at any one time in single gender rooms. You can wash your clothes by hand otherwise there is laundry services available for an additional fee. The center is located located about 1 hour from the airport and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket with ATM and personal SIM card for additional Wifi if desired as the quality of internet is not the greatest! The closest city is Mapusa.
In Sikkim, you will stay either at a monastery or close by in our volunteer centre. Spectacular scenery surrounds the Buddhist monasteries and you will see some incredible views from your accomodation! Please note, this project is in the early stages so please contact us for more details.
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.
Anyone seeking to experience first hand the richness of Indian community spirit while offering services to those in need. This project would suit anyone willing to put themselves out their comfort zone, to interact with the community with a caring and understanding nature. The projects here are truly rewarding.
- 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
- Introduction meeting, General rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and insuring you have all your documents.
- Indian Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural introduction, learning about the countries history
- Tour around the accommodation and local area.
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.
Each day can be different and depends on your skills/ where you would like to be working. You can volunteer at schools or out in the community. It’s really up to you to decide where you would feel most comfortable and could make the biggest impact.
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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