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Summer Program in India


Our summer program is a three week special program. The program will bring you an unforgettable cultural, travel and volunteering experience. The participants of the summer volunteer program will do volunteer work in Jaipur for two weeks and after that explore the sights of India for a full week. It's a combination of travelling, adventures and volunteer work, so the summer program is full of rewarding experiences and action.

I was in Jaipur, India with Sankalp Volunteer Society for 3 weeks working in a local orphanage doing the Summer Program. Most of the volunteer programs are in the morning, so you are able to explore the city in the afternoon with others. The volunteer house itself is in a very convenient place.. just down the street from a grocery store and within a residential area in Jaipur and is very nice! Volunteers had a lot of liberty and freedom to go where we want and explore the city, but with a curfew and being safe, which was awesome because we got to explore India and do things we wanted. Overall, the experience was spectacular, and I was able to see so much of India in a very short time, so this program is very worth it. I have nothing bad to say because my experience in India was so fabulous because of Sankalp! I strongly recommend this program; you'll have so much fun! :)

- Tessa Fredericks, USA

The volunteers will be working in one of the available programs at our Jaipur location. The participants will work closely with local people helping them to work towards the upliftment of children of the downtrodden society. 
 


Age Limit: 16 Years +
Program start: 27th June, 11th July & 25th July
Length of stay:   03 weeks 
Volunteer work location: Jaipur
Working days: Monday to Friday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: $1190
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.

Day 01, Tuesday: Delhi, India Arrival
personally meets at Delhi airport and transfer to volunteer house, Jaipur.

Day 02, Wednesday: Group introduction & Orientation
An orientation and group introduction will be organized on next day of your arrival.

Day 03 - 05, Thursday to Saturday: Volunteer Work begins

Day 06, Sunday: Travel to Pushkar...
Drive to Pushkar around 06:30 AM, Pushkar sightseeing > Back to Jaipur by the late evening

Day 07 - 12, Monday to Saturday: Volunteer Work

Day 13, Sunday: Free

Day 14, Monday: Volunteer Work (Last Day)

Day 15, Tuesday: Travel to Agra...
Drive to Agra around 09:00 AM > Transfer to hotel > Free for Lunch > Visit to Fort & local market.
Next day; visit to the Taj Mahal at 10:00 AM after breakfast (included).

Day 16, Wednesday: Travel to Amritsar...
Checkout from AGRA Hotel around 11:00 AM and travel to Delhi to catch Train to Amritsar. Arrival in Amritsar around 11 PM and transfer to Hotel.

Day 17, Thursday: Amritsar sightseeing, Visit to Golden Temple at 10:00 AM after breakfast (included) and evening will proceed to visit Vagha Border at 04:30 from Hotel.

Day 18, Friday: To Dharamshala... Dalai Lama's Home Town
Checkout from AMRITSAR Hotel (Around 11:00 AM) and drive to Dharamshala and transfer to trekking base camp, dinner and overnight stay

Day 19, Saturday: Himalayan Trekking - Day 1
▪ Early morning breakfast and tea
▪ Begin trekking excursion from the trekking base camp at 09:30 (Approx)
▪ Trek throughout day, with frequent breaks for water, tea, packed lunch.
▪ Reach at Triund (mid-way point) afternoon and take Lunch
▪ Reach at mountain's summit at Ilaka Glassier and continue trekking onwards to Snow Line (Lhasa)
▪ Trek downwards; back to Triund and dinner.

Day 20, Sunday: Himalayan Trekking - Day 2
▪ Next day, trek downwards after breakfast and tea
▪ Reach at Base Camp in afternoon and Lunch
▪ Visit to nearby village to see the Water Fall (optional)
▪ Dinner and overnight stay at Base Camp

Day 21, Monday: Himalayan Trekking - Day 3
▪ Breakfast and tea and checkout from Base Camp
▪ Free in Mecleodganj (Dharamsala) till evening
▪ Overnight Volvo AC Bus to Delhi at 07:00 pm from Mecleodganj (Dharamsala) Bus stop.

Day 22, Tuesday: Drop-off at Delhi airport around 08:00 am. 

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
3 weeks

APPLICATION FEE
USD $210

PROGRAM FEE
USD $1190/person
Additional Week(s) $140 / week

PROGRAM 2017 START & END DATES

Pickup Drop-off
27 June, Tuesday
11 July, Tuesday
25 July, Tuesday
18 July, Tuesday
01 August, Tuesday
15 August, Tuesday


 INCLUDES

  • Pickup from Delhi 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 (same day trip)
  • 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

EXCLUDES

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Insurance
  • Bank transaction charges as applicable
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