Bodhgaya Rural School Community Support

Walk on the land where Buddha walked over many years! Volunteer India in the sacred land of Bodhgaya! 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 Volunteer Support, Teaching and School Development, Bodhgaya India

 

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)

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 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, severe 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 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 in India

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.

Volunteer 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.

 

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Volunteering Bodhgaya India Review – 2016

I’m truly thankful for the past two months I’ve spent in this special country. I’ve met so many beautiful and inspiring people and have been exposed to a completely different way of living and have seen a completely different appreciation for life. I will cherish the memories, the friends and all the unconditional love and smiles I received 🌟 🇮🇳 …

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Rural Community Support Review Bodhgaya – 2016

Hi Lauren and Brian, Tomorrow is my last day here before I head to Sri Lanka and begin my travels. I just wanted to let you know that I have had an amazing, challenging and inspiring time. I cannot put into words my experience here, the children, the villages, the people, the staff are some of the best people I …

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Teaching English in Rural School Review – 2015

Link to Project My volunteer placement in Bodhgaya was a profoundly rich experience, which I’m quite sure has altered my path in life to align more closely with my soul’s purpose. I spent a lot of time…….. with the kids at the school, and I am indebted to them for opening my heart. It is incredibly humbling, rewarding and inspiring …

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Rural Community Support India – 2015

I can honestly say that volunteering with IVI has been the best experience! That’s why I decided to do a second IVI program this year, I have absolutely no regrets and wouldn’t change a thing. It was amazing living with the friendly locals in their simplistic (very hot) lifestyle. The opportunities that the lovely, crazy, one of a kind Dhirendra …

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Rural Community School Review – 2015

The project was seriously amazing, the amount of diversity with the activities was totally unexpected and made the experience ten times better than I would have ever imagined!…….. seriously know that I’ll be heading back to the Bodhgaya project at some point in my life.   As for Dhirendra, he’s without doubt one of a kind. Haha, I love the bloke! …

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Bodhgaya Placement review IVI – 2015

I blinked and now my time in India is finished! Just an overnight train ride and a flight away from being in the beautiful Maldives. I’m so grateful for my experiences here and in Nepal. Everything from a 10 day silent meditation retreat, meeting and holding the Dalai Lama’s hand, trekking the Himalayas, attending Indians school awards ceremonies and school openings, …

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Rural Community Support Placement Review – 2015

Yesterday I continued to help this family. As they have next to nothing in their home, I brought them new beds, mattresses, mosquito nets, clothes and 1 months worth of fresh milk. They were beyond grateful. Thank you to those who donated, this is where part of your money has helped! Sophie (2014) Sydney Australia Link to Project     …

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Medical Internship Bodhgaya Review – 2015

Namaste guys, I apologize for taking so much time to write to you all as a follow up to my volunteering experience in India…… I had a difficult time trying to recover from the trip and journey and had caught Dhirendra’s cold the day I left. It was an honor and privilege to meet Dhirendra who is a very special …

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Bodhgaya India FAQ for female volunteers

  My questions were all the things a girl needs to know when she is about to set off to a third world country…… Were you able to shower daily? Did you have to walk to another building for a shared shower or what is the situation? Was there ever the luxury of hot water? Was there time restrictions for …

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Rural Community Volunteering India – 2014

We experienced the most incredible welcome, warmth, acceptance, and hospitality unlike anything we could have imagined or hoped for. On our first visit to the school the entire school greeted us at the gates.  The children placed flower wreathes around our necks and performed a Hindu blessing.  As we walked through the entrance the school children showered us with flower petals …

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