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Gapyear India Expedition


We offer an incredible six week India Expedition and Volunteer work program that is perfect for your gap year! It will give you a great cultural and volunteering experience of a lifetime. It combines travel, adventure and volunteer work, so the Gap Year is full of rewarding experiences and action.

"The basic idea of the program is to combine volunteering with travel which is what initially attracted me to the program and I have been very happy with my overall experience. I volunteered for 4 weeks in the street kids program teaching a class of 11 students between the ages of 5-11. I had never taught children before so I was first pretty nervous about going in but the kids are used to being taught by volunteers and are all very eager to learn. I had a great time and am really sad to be leaving the kids! With the travel was as advertised with very nice accommodations and everything included in the itinerary was included. There are rules in the house and I think it was better to have more rules than less just to ensure safety and security for everyone. Overall I had a fantastic time and would recommend Sankalp for people wanting to travel and make a difference with a very structured and safe organization."

- Patrick Laidlaw, Canada
prlaidlaw@gmail.com

This program provides you with the opportunity to get involved in meaningful volunteering work in Jaipur and travel to India's most interesting destinations on weekends. As a volunteer you will work in one of the available volunteer programs at our Jaipur location. You will be working with alongside the local people in working towards the upliftment of children of the downtrodden society. 
 


Age Limit: 16 Years +
Program start: 
[2016] 27th Feb, 05th Mar, 12th Mar, 01st Oct, 08th Oct, 15th Oct
[2017] 02nd Mar, 09th Mar, 16th Mar, 5th Oct, 12th Oct, 19th Oct
Length of stay:   06 weeks 
Volunteer work location: Jaipur
Working days: Monday to Friday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: $1999
Accommodation type: Volunteer House, Jaipur

You will probably spend about 4 to 5 hours at your volunteer placement. The rest of the day will be filled with opportunities to learn about the local culture and customs, field trips to places of local interest, discussions on local issues and others.

On working days, volunteers usually get up and have breakfast before leaving for their Volunteer Placements. Our staff will provide transportation to and from your Volunteer Placement if required.

Evening meal-times provide another exciting chance to enjoy authentic food provided by our staff cooks. The food is delicious and healthy and takes full advantage of local cooking traditions. The evenings and weekends are free time, to relax or explore the local area. 

Do I need experiences, special skills to be a volunteer at Sankalp?
No, you don't need particular skills. We are happy to welcome everyone that is enthusiastic and driven to help other people. It's necessary to speak English if coming here, but it's perfectly fine if English is your second language. You'll also be able to improve your level of English here, as you'll be speaking it here constantly.

What volunteering projects can I participate in Jaipur?
You can choose to work in the Project for Street Kids, English Teaching, Orphanage Work, Women Empowerment, Sports Volunteering or Child Care programs. We also offer travel combined volunteer programs that are life time experience of volunteering work with an action-packed adventure tours. 

What kind of travel combined volunteer programs does Sankalp offer in Jaipur?
Combining meaningful volunteering work with travelling to explore this incredible country will be a rewarding and unique experience. Sankalp offers three different programs that can bring you the experience of a lifetime. In the summer we offer the Summer Program, this program is a 3 week special including 2 week of volunteering one weekend away and concludes with a whole week of travelling. From October till March Sankalp offers the Work and Travel program, this is a 4 week special including a weekend trip every week, a full travel week to various cities of Rajasthan. Sankalp also offers a Gap Year India Expedition program; this is a 6 week special including many weekend trips, a whole week of travelling and the trekking to the Himalaya as well.

Do I need a Visa to come to India?
You do, it's the responsibility of the volunteers to obtain the visa. Note: the visa is valid from date of issue, NOT from date of travel. Your trips fall under the category of volunteer tourism. Therefore, you will need to obtain tourist visa to India as it's way easier than other visa's and part of most of the programs consist under travelling activities.

Is it safe?
We are very much concerned about our volunteer's security and safety.

Our commitment to safety and well-being of every participant takes a top priority in the planning and operation of each program. Because hundreds of young adults from around the world participate in our volunteering programs and travel combined volunteer programs each year, we have extensive experience in our response to handle incidents and emergencies. Please assure that "volunteer overseas" will not conduct a program that we believe will jeopardize the safety of any person.

Our team members having proper identity will pick you up from Delhi airport on landing. We place volunteers at very comfortable accommodation located in a secure and peaceful environment. While staying and during the currency of the project we take care of the volunteers with utmost vigilance and proper security.

The team is perfect in giving suitable guidance and follow up instructions about the local and national transportation and about the outing for the project location surroundings.

All the team members have mobile phones, so getting in contact in an emergency is not difficult. You are always welcome to get in contact with the staff at any time on our cell phones during your entire stay.

Mobile phones are also common on the all project location SIM cards and pre-paid cards are pretty affordable. So, bring your phone, staff will help you to get a SIM card.

The volunteer's home/host families are chosen near health care facilities.  

How many volunteers do you have at same time in Jaipur?
On an average we have 10-15 volunteer in Jaipur.

How much money shall I bring?
That's all up to you. Prices in India are definitely low compared to the prices in your home country. But never take too much money with you; you can always get more money from an ATM if needed. It's advisably to bring your debit card and a credit card as well, so in case one of them dysfunctions. You will need $80 to $100 per week for evening activities, weekend travel and picking up gifts/souvenirs.

How will I get to/from the project every day?
You will be provided transportation during the whole program. This includes pickup from airport, daily transportation to & for project site and during the all travel program. 

When should I apply for the program?
You should apply as soon as to secure your place on the program but you must be 100% sure that you wish to join us. If you are signing up within 4 weeks of your program start date, please email us to confirm the places availability, especially, when you are signing up for a travel combined program.

Do I need vaccinations to come to India?
Most likely you'll need them! As we do not have a medical background, we cannot provide you with an answer. We advise you to talk with your doctor/ travel clinic, they can advise you! Be sure to go there sometime before you plan to come here, as some vaccinations need to be given multiple times.

Can I do anything to prepare for the volunteering work at home?
You don't need to prepare, everything will be explained at your program orientation.

Can I bring materials for the projects?
You could bring some writing materials etc for your use. Other program material will be provided by us.

Can I bring gifts for the children at the projects?
We prefer you don't bring presents. Because if you bring presents and the next person is not bringing anything the children will be disappointed. Just spending your time with them is a precious gift to their lives and society.

[First Week]
Day 01: Arrival in India (Saturday), Pickup and transfer to volunteer house, Jaipur. 
Day 02 (Sunday) - Orientation 
Day 03 - 07 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer work activity begins

[Second Week]
Day 08 - 09 (Saturday - Sunday) - Agra... City of Taj Mahal
Day 10 - 14 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer Work Activity 

[Third Week]
Day 15 - 16 (Saturday - Sunday) - Ranthambhore... On Tiger Trial 
Day 17 - 21 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer Work Activity 

[Fourth Week] 
Day 22 - 23 (Saturday - Sunday) -To Jodhpur...Sun city of India 
Day 23 - 24 (Sunday - Monday) - To Jaisalmer... Golden City 
Day 24 - 25: (Monday - Tuesday) -To Desert.... Camel Safari 
Day 25 - 26: (Tuesday - Wednesday) - To Pushkar...Feast of colors 
Day 27 - 28: (Thursday-Friday) - volunteer work activity

[Fifth Week]
Day 29- 30: (Saturday - Sunday) - Free
Day 31- 35 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer Work Activity

[Sixth Week]
Day 36 (Saturday) - Day off
Day 37 (Sunday) - To Dharamshala... Dalai Lama's Home Town
Day 38 (Monday) - Himalayan Trekking - Day 1
Day 39 (Tuesday) - Himalayan Trekking - Day 2
Day 40 (Wednesday) - Himalayan Trekking - Day 3
Day 41 (Thursday) - To Amritsar... City of Golden Temple 
Day 42 (Friday) - Travel back to Delhi

*The travel sequence may change as given in the itinerary.

We offer comfortable accommodation with easy approach to project sites for the volunteers. In Jaipur, you are provided accommodation in our volunteers' house which is a building owned by the organization. The volunteer's home is fully residential and well arranged with some modern as well as traditional equipment. 

The volunteer home is an independent multi-storey building which is in northern part of Jaipur. You can reach the centre of Jaipur in 30 minutes by Auto Rickshaw by paying 140 - 180 Rupees only. The building is safe as it comes with a night security guard. 

The house contains sharing 8 bedrooms with bunk bed facility with attached washroom. All washrooms have a shower and a western toilet. There are separate recreation and dining halls and big open roof top terrace. During summer season the rooms are cooled up by Air Conditioner on fix timings. 

There is separate Kitchen facility for volunteers in the house where you can prepare your breakfast. Essential utensils and equipment like refrigerator, hot-pot, and popup toasters and others are provided. 

The cook serves quality Indian food to the volunteers and UV treated & Ozonated water is provided in the home, it is totally clean & safe for you.  The team serves quality Indian food prepared by the cook in the volunteers' home itself. Most meals (Lunch & Dinner) are included for the volunteer program duration.

During the week long India expedition program participants will be provided a star hotel accommodation. The provided rooms will be clean; Air conditioned and attached with western style washrooms. The room will be on twin or triple sharing basis with other volunteers. During this travel period the participants may have meals of their own choice by paying tab amount at their own.

Jaipur is known as Pink city. It is the Heritage City & one of the fastest growing cities in the India. It is India's first planned city. Jaipur has fort, Palaces and lot of shopping places. It has become a major tourist destination among foreigner tourists. One more thing, people who are found of Jewellery, clothes, handmade stuff this place will be a shopping heaven for them. Volunteer House is located 12 to 13 KM away from the city centre of Jaipur city. 

Weather
The weather of Jaipur is semi-arid type. Temperatures remain comparatively on the higher end all around the year. The summer season begins from April and continues till July where the temperature begins to ease off slightly, and lasts until the end of August. There are no traces of humidity in winters but the city is dominated by the dense cover of fog in mornings and evenings. The cold waves at times lead to freezing temperature in this season. Jaipur is warm during summers and cold during winters, though the nights are cooler throughout the year. 

Local Transportation
Travel from volunteer House to Jaipur centre and surrounding areas is easy and quite cheap. This city can be easily visited with ease and comfort by the various means of transportation including taxis and cabs, auto-rickshaw and cycle-rickshaw. These transportation means are easily available in every corner of Jaipur and the charges are also nominal. Jaipur is well connected to almost every corner of India via different means of public transport including air, rail and road. Every day the public transport is used by over millions of travellers travelling to and around Jaipur with various purposes and destinations.
 

PROGRAM DURATION
6 weeks

APPLICATION FEE
USD $245

PROGRAM FEE
USD $ 1999
Additional Week(s) $150 / week

PROGRAM START & END DATES
2016 (Pickup from Jaipur) (Drop-off Jaipur airport)
27th Feb - 09th Apr *
05th Mar - 16th Apr*
12th Mar - 23rd Apr*
01st Oct - 12th Nov **
08th Oct - 19th Nov **
15th Oct - 26th Nov **

There is a good chance that color festival or light festival could be included in your plans :
* [Holi Celebration (festival of colors) on 23rd Mar 2016]
**[Diwali Celebration (festival of lights) on 30th Oct 2016]
 

2017 (Pickup from Jaipur) (Drop-off Jaipur airport)
02nd Mar - 13th April*
09th Mar - 20th April*
16th Mar - 27th April
05th Oct - 16th Nov**
12th Oct - 23rd Nov**
19th Oct - 30th Nov

There is a good chance that color festival or light festival could be included in your plans :
*[Holi Celebration (festival of colors) on 13th Mar 2017]
**[Diwali Celebration (festival of lights) on 19th Oct 2017]

INCLUDES

  • Pickup from Jaipur Airport 
  • Program orientation
  • Extensive information prior to arrival
  • Accommodation & meals
  • Placement and assistance in work area
  • Assistance for local sightseeing
  • Daily transport to project site
  • All program relevant materials
  • Visit to Agra including Taj Mahal
  • Visit to Pushkar
  • Visit to Jodhpur
  • Visit to Jaisalmer
  • One night in Desert including Camel Safari
  • Visit to Golden Temple (Amritsar)
  • Visit to Dharamshala
  • Three days Himalayan Trekking adventure
  • All hotel stays during the expedition
  • All Transportation for trips
  • All monuments entry fees
  • Internet (wi-fi) access in volunteer house

* Pickup service from Delhi airport available on extra cost of expenditure US $90

EXLCUDES

  • International airfare
  • Meals during the weekend tours
  • Visa fee
  • Phone calls
  • Insurance
  • Mobile phone
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank transaction charges as applicable

 

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