Summer Volunteering in India
Our summer volunteering travel adventure in India takes place in the beautiful coastal city of Cochin in Kerala, South India combined with the Golden Triangle Tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in North India. So if you’re looking for the ultimate volunteering experience abroad with a real taste of India, this program is the perfect combined trip. This 3 week holiday volunteering experience is ideal for anyone who wants to find a volunteering project to fit in around studies and school / college semesters or for someone who wants to find a short term project to be involved in over the summer.
There are set start dates in 2017 and 2018 to suit your schedule and the volunteering work will give you a chance to form deeper connections with others whilst giving back to poor, disadvantaged communities. Through education volunteering, sports coaching or women’s empowerment, you contribution to our summer project can help to rebuild and reshape communities whilst improving the lives of those you meet.
A minimum group size of 4 will be required to run this program. If you are a group of friends or a family this is a great way to experience India.
Taking place over 3 weeks, this summer volunteering program will have 2 weeks volunteering in Kerala where you can choose either in English teaching, working with disabled children or women’s empowerment in the urban slum areas of Fort Kochi. The work you do will help to improve life skills and instil confidence into the young people of the local community and you will touch the lives of everyone you meet along the way. Whether you choose to work in local schools or in local community centres, you will contribute towards a better society and inspire an improved education system or help to tackle the issues of gender inequality. If you would like a medical placement please sign up to our Medical Electives Discover India Program.
Followed by a full 1 week Golden Triangle tour in the North of India visiting the major tourist cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, your trip will be finished with an exciting finale and you can reward yourself for all your hard work. Some of the highlights of the Golden Triangle Tour will be visiting the Taj Mahal, Palaces and forts of Jaipur and Old and New Delhi. Your tour will have an English Speaking guide.
You can also join this program for 2 weeks with 1 week volunteering and 1 week travel. Last minute bookings will not be possible on this program. The last date to apply is 30th April for any year. There is a minimum age requirement of 17 years for this program.
All The Details
If you are a group of 4 or more we are happy to provide you with a date of your choice. However if you are an individual applying then please select from the below dates.
|3 Weeks (2 Weeks Volunteer & 1 Week Travel)||2 Weeks (1 Weeks Volunteer & 1 Week Travel)|
|17th June||16th June||24th June||23rd June|
|15th July||14th July||22nd July||21st July|
|12th August||11th August||19th August||18th August|
|This will not include the backwaters overnight tour|
All our rates are in GBP £
|3 Weeks Summer Volunteer in India with a North India Tour (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra)|
|2 Weeks Summer Volunteer in India with a North India Tour (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra)|
The 2 week program excludes the backwaters tour.
If you want to extend your summer volunteering program to more than 3 weeks get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport
- Accommodation and Meals (Breakfast and Lunch)
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Location orientation and project training with the local Program Manager
- Project resources – e.g. school curriculums and books, past volunteer notes
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- Transport to the project site when needed
North India Tour Includes:
- Flight to Delhi from Cochin
- 3* Hotel Accommodation and daily breakfast at coffee shop or restuarant
- All transfers and sightseeing
- Air Conditioned vehicle tranport
- Vehicle Costs, Fuel charges and other permits
- English speaking guide in Agra and Delhi
- Assistance by our rep on arrival and departure
- All government taxes
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destinations
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
- Project materials that you personally need *
*We provide basic resources, school books, online resources, and use of our computers for further online research for project ideas. Please bring your own resources from home if needed. Photocopying and printing or buying materials you need for projects is at your own expense.
North India Tour Excludes:
- Flights to Delhi
- Any Monument entrance fees
- Personal shopping, laundry and telephone bills
- Gratuities to guide and driver
- Lunch and Dinner
Local Team On Ground
Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager
Geetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work, and is very forward thinking. She is instrumental in Kerala Program development. A born leader, Geetha will give you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave.
Midhu Anthony: Kerala Program Coordinator
A young mother of two, Midhu wanted to give back and be involved in her community. As a local she is culturally aware and will give you all the little do’s and dont’s of Kerala! Midhu is instrumental in preparing everything for our volunteers arrival, health and safety, accommodation, food, housekeeping and departure. Midhu will be taking you on a walking area tour of Fort Kochi when you arrive. She also helps Geetha on the projects from time to time.
- Your arrival airport is Cochin International Airport (COK)
- Your departure airport is Delhi International Airport (DEL)
- If you wish to book flights to this destination please fill in this form.
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. You can get e Visas for India for less than 4 weeks travel.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- For support on any of the above email us email@example.com
Plan for your 3 Week Winter Or Summer Program
Day 1 (Saturday) Arrive to Kerala
Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation
Day 3 to 7 (Monday to Friday)Volunteering begins with various cultural activities planned in the evening.
Day 8 to 9 (Saturday- Sunday) Backwaters houseboat adventure
Day 10 to 14 (Monday to Friday) Volunteering during the week
Day 15 (Saturday) Depart for Delhi (flights will be arranged by us)
Day 16 (Sunday) Delhi sight seeing Tour
Day 17 (Monday) Agra Taj Mahal
Day 18 (Tuesday) Jaipur
Day 19 (Wednesday) Jaipur to Delhi
Day 20 (Thursday) Free day in Delhi
Day 21 (Friday) Depart Home
Please email us for detailed trip notes if needed firstname.lastname@example.org
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for this Program:
You will be living in shared accommodation with other volunteers, so you will always be able to make friends with likeminded people. All rooms are shared with one other volunteer from the project and will include a fan and an en-suite bathroom for your personal comfort. If you would like to upgrade to a private room or a room with air conditioning, please contact our team in advance and we can arrange this on your behalf. All shared houses will offer free WiFi connection but please be aware, this will not be the same high speed internet that you get back home.
Meals will also be provided and will be delicious local cuisine. If you prefer a western menu, feel free to visit the many local cafes and restaurants in the nearby area.
On the North India tour accommodation will be in comfortable and clean 3 Star hotels. Rooms will have air-conditioning but please do not expect WiFi. You will be sharing with one other person. You have the option of upgrading your hotels and getting private rooms. Let us know in advance what your preference is. Only breakfast will be provided whilst on tour. Lunch and Dinner places will be shown to you by our guide on the tour.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.
We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification and a reference checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for our Kerala Program.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’