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Summer Volunteering & Work Experience


The program will bring you an unforgettable cultural and volunteering experience. The participants of the summer program will do volunteer work in Jaipur for two weeks and after that explore the sights of India for a full week in group including Pushkar, Amritsar, Agra, Dharamshala and Himalayan Trekking.

" 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

 

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Why choose Sankalp Volunteer?
Experience: We have more than 10 years of experience running our volunteer program successfully in India.
Flexibility: You can choose your own start date and end date!
Meaningful: You will experience worthwhile and fulfilling volunteer projects serving our local community.
Safety: We have full time staff close by in our volunteer placements.

Why should I pay to Volunteers?
Although volunteering is a great way to give your time, it does come with a cost in order for you to live comfortably while volunteering within our program. Your fees will help cover the cost of paying our staff (driver & cook) along with accommodating you with a safe, comfortable living environment; which include daily amenities, two meals a day, and internet access. A partial sum of your fee will also help our programs continue to run and help the children we serve.

How do I choose a program options?
Make sure you look at the two different kinds of programs we offer - The "Volunteer & Travel" option has set dates throughout the year and it is the most popular option available. Under this option there are four different programs for you to choose from. If none of these options fit your schedule you can do the "Volunteer Only" program which allows you to volunteer anytime for as many weeks as you like would like.

Do I need experiences, special skills to be a volunteer at Sankalp?
No, you don't need any special skills. We are happy to welcome everyone that is enthusiastic and driven to help other people. It's necessary to speak English since it is the language we use to communicate, 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 constantly.

How it is safe?
At Sankalp we make safety a high priority for each and every volunteer and staff member that join our program. Our program has been running for several years and we have had the great joy in welcoming hundreds of volunteers into our program, please trust that we have extensive experience in caring and protecting all of our volunteers. This includes safety within the house, transportation provided by us, safety at the program locations, and any emergencies that may arise. We do not conduct any program that could in any possible way jeopardize the safety of any volunteer or staff member. We are very proud of our ongoing commitment and provision of safety for all that join our team. In the past 8 years we have had hundreds of volunteers within the age group of 16-65 years of age, with a maximum of 30 volunteers at the house, with no miss-happening to anyone in our program. In order to continue our priority and contract with safety, our organization maintains very set rules and regulations. We ask that you join our program with adherence to the set rules and respect them appropriately for your own and others personal safety.
 
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 SUMMER PROGRAM


"I wish we had more time with the kids, but I will never forget the time that I did get to spend with them. Pranay and Amita, the program directors, took extremely good care of all of us during our stay in India. I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable during the entire program! Most of the money spent on your volunteer program of choice through Sankalp goes directly to the cause you are volunteering for which in my opinion, is pretty cool"

Melanie Niquette, USA


"I recently spent 5 weeks in Jaipur volunteering with the Sankalp under their Summer Program, and I can honestly say it was a life changing experience. The street children program is fairly well organized and the bonds you form with the kids is incredible. One of my favourite parts of this program is that it allows for so much exploration. It really is the trip of a lifetime"
Carly Moskowitz, USA

 

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Age Limit: 16 Years +
Length of stay:   3 weeks
Program start: 30th June, 14th July & 28th July  
Working days: Monday to Saturday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: US $1190
Volunteer Location: Jaipur
Accommodation: Volunteer-House
 
Volunteer work in Jaipur

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.

Where we are based in Jaipur

With our abroad volunteers, we are working on several volunteer programs in rural & urban areas of Jaipur. The orphan child care and street children education program are located within the city limits of Jaipur, rest of all programs are in rural locations within a range of 25 kms from outskirts of Jaipur city. As a volunteer you will have a once in a life time great volunteering and cultural experience in Jaipur.

General Information on Jaipur

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 10 kms away from the city centre of Jaipur city. 


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
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 09:00
▪ 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 

Our program fees include your airport transfers, food, accommodation, transport, travel and support. Program fees are set by a weekly basis ranging from one to eight weeks. If you want to volunteer for more than eight weeks, you can add as many extra weeks as you like (within visa restrictions).

Here is a more information about what we provide:
 
Visa Help

Obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the volunteers. To obtain a short term visa, go to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . If you wish to volunteer longer than 8 weeks you will need a long term visa, please visit your own country's government visa website for more information, as each countries long term via requirements vary.

Volunteer work and travel through Sankalp falls under the category of volunteer tourism and we recommend you state your purpose of travel as "tourism" on your visa application. Stating any other purpose of travel will not be applicable to us. Sankalp will provide information such as references and local address following the approval of the volunteer application. For any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Pickup and Transfer

Pickup & Transfer service would be available to volunteers from Jaipur or Delhi airport. It is 40 minutes' drive from Jaipur airport to get volunteer house (included) and its approximately five hours drive from Delhi airport. Our personal driver will be awaiting your arrival at the airport. You will find him in the arrival hall, past immigration/customs/baggage claim, with a placard displaying your name.

Program Orientation

Next day of your arrival at the destination we organized an orientation for each program where you will gain an understanding on the entire volunteer program, introduction to rules and regulation of the organization, Indian history, its culture and traditions.

Accommodation & Food
 

DURING VOLUNTEER -
In Jaipur, you are provided accommodation in our volunteers' house which is a building owned by the organization. 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. The volunteer house is safe and secure. The house is 3 stories and contains 8 shared bedrooms with en suite washrooms. All washrooms have a shower and a western toilet. There is a basic kitchen and living room on each floor. During summer season the rooms have Air Conditioner at night. The cook serves quality Indian food to the volunteers and UV treated & Ozonated water is provided in the home, which is clean and safe to drink. Daily lunch and dinner are included.

DURING TRAVEL -
The participants will be provided star hotel accommodation, the room will be clean, air conditioned and attached with western style washrooms sharing with other volunteers. The participants may have meals of their own choice by paying tab amount at their own but almost break-fast will be provided by the hotels.

Daily Transportation

You will be provided daily transportation to the project site by rickshaw and transportation for all travel trips by car.


At Sankalp-Volunteer we make safety a high priority for each and every volunteer and staff member that join our program. Our program has been running for several years and we have had the great joy in welcoming hundreds of volunteers into our program, please trust that we have extensive experience in caring and protecting all of our volunteers. This includes safety within the house, transportation provided by us, safety at the program locations, and any emergencies that may arise.

We do not conduct any program that could in any possible way jeopardize the safety of any volunteer or staff member. We are very proud of our ongoing commitment and provision of safety for all that join our team. In the past 8 years we have had hundreds of volunteers within the age group of 16-65 years of age, with a maximum of 30 volunteers at the house, with no miss-happening to anyone in our program.

In order to continue our priority and contract with safety, our organization maintains very set rules and regulations. We ask that you join our program with adherence to the set rules and respect them appropriately for your own and others personal safety.
 
 
Flexible Start Dates

We are flexible; you can start any volunteer program on any day, starting date begins on your arrival.

Fix date Group Trips

We are flexible; you can start any regular volunteer program on any day. However, we recommend arriving on Saturday, as all volunteer work begins on Mondays.

When should I apply?

There is no firm deadline for applications. Some travel combined volunteer trips require at least four weeks to process an application, arrange for travel, and advise you properly on how to prepare. Whenever you are thinking of traveling combined volunteer programs, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Having more time to prepare makes it easier for you to fundraise, and for us to advise you on preparations.

What if I want to go very last-minute?

If you decide to go with us at the last minute, just contact us to check program availability and go-head.
 


PROGRAM START DATES

2018
30 June 21 July
14 July 04 August
28 July 18 August


PROGRAM FEES

Application Fee US $ 245
Plus
Program Fee
3 weeks $1190
Onwards $150/week


 FEE INCLUDES

  • Pickup from Delhi IGI international airport
  • Program orientation
  • Extensive information prior to arrival
  • Accommodation (sharing)
  • Breakfast (tea-coffee & Bananas)
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Placement and assistance in work area
  • Daily transport to program site
  • All program relevant materials
  • 24x7 In-house wi-fi internet access
  • 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
  • All taxes and bank charges
  • Delhi IGI International airport drop-off

EXCLUDES

  • Airfares
  • Visa/Visa fees
  • Travel/health/life insurance

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