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Delhi volunteer project

Delhi, (Capital) India


In urban parts of Delhi, we are involved in English Teaching, Child care & Women Empowerment programs. Accordingly in collaboration with other local NGOs we place the volunteers to do their volunteer activities in Delhi.

IIt is a good program that helps the kids that need it. This is an excellent program and really enjoyed it. Our only problem is our stay is bit short but we will come back. People and children are very nice. Good place to work and stay. We enjoyed the food and accommodation was very nice. The staff was very nice and welcoming. We will definitely come back to visit.
- Shaun, South Africa

Capital of India, Delhi is the seat of administration and the monuments which tell the saga of a bygone era stand there. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of the past and also an attraction for the tourists. With an area of 1483 sq. Kms, Delhi is all set to acquire full statehood. The charm of Delhi has attracted Emperors and Conquerors. It is correctly said that Delhi is a land of 'DILWALAS' or for people with heart. This phrase acquires a true color when one goes around the lanes of Delhi. 

 


Age Limit: 16 Years +
Length of stay:   02 - 16 weeks 
Program start: Every Saturday [arrival in Delhi]
Working days: Monday to Friday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: Start from $394 for 2 week
Accommodation type: Local Host Family

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.

Evening meal-times provide another exciting chance to enjoy authentic food provided by the host family. 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 Delhi?
You can choose to work in the English Teaching, Women Empowerment or Child Care programs.

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 Dharamshala?
We place 3-4 volunteer at the same time.

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?
All projects are on walking distance for the Host Family.

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.

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.

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.

We offer comfortable accommodation with easy approach to project sites for the volunteers.
On placement, you ought to live with a middle class local Indian family in a remote area. A separate living-room on dual or triple sharing basis with other volunteers will be provided but you should not expect luxury on your stay and it is different from what you are used to at home. 

Host family will serve three local area meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You may help the host(s) in preparing the meals so that you may learn cooking of various India dishes, which would be liked by your mates when you go back home. You may also cook food of your own choice. Living with Indian families will prove for you the best track of learning the Indian tradition, culture and behaviour without much cost and effort.

Delhi
Delhi is India's capital city and the home of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. Delhi is a large metropolis with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times.

Weather
The weather of Delhi 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 host family to Delhi 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 Delhi and the charges are also nominal. Delhi is well connected to 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 Delhi with various purposes and destinations.
 

APPLICATION FEE
USD $210

PROGRAM FEE
2 week $ 394
3 week $ 574
Additional Week(s) $140 / week

PROGRAM START DATE: Programs are available year round, starting on every Saturday.

INCLUDED

  • Pickup from Delhi airport
  • Extensive information prior to arrival
  • Accommodation & meals
  • Assistance for local sightseeing
  • Placement and assistance in work area
  • All program relevant materials

EXCLUDED

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Drop-off
  • Visa fee
  • Excursions
  • Insurance
  • Local sightseeing
  • Bank transaction charges as applicable
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