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Jaipur volunteer project

Jaipur, (Rajasthan) India


With our International 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.

I've read about many volunteer programs featured in my university newsletters and they all sounded amazing. However, after spending quite a bit of time researching, I decided that Sankalp Volunteer suited me best in terms of my budget, program dates and location. I was a little bit nervous travelling to India on my own so the Summer Program sounded perfect! I did the street kids teaching program and I would highly recommend it if you're great with kids. It was a wonderful experience and we had a very informative briefing session upon our arrival. I would definitely recommend Sankalp Volunteer for the comforts, the location, the work itself and most importantly, the selfless people behind it all. I will never forget my first trip to India.
- Christina Nguyen, USA

You'll use skills your that you might take for granted to make a valuable difference in the life of children and women. In Jaipur, the program provides the perfect balance between cultural excursions and the opportunity to do volunteer work with vulnerable groups of children and women in this Land of Kings. 

 


Age Limit: 16 Years +
Length of stay:   01 - 52 weeks 
Program start: Every Saturday [arrival in Jaipur/Delhi]
Working days: Monday to Friday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: Start from $98 for 1 week
Accommodation type: Volunteer House
Average number of volunteers: 12-15/month

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.

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 an 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.

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 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.
 

APPLICATION FEE
USD $210

PROGRAM FEE

1 week $ 98
2 week $ 258
3 week $ 408
4 week $ 548
Additional Week(s) $140 / week

Long term (16 - 52 weeks)
4 months $ 1745
Additional Month(s) $450 / month

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

INCLUDES

  • Pickup from Jaipur Airport/Railway/Bus Stop
  • Program orientation
  • Extensive information prior to arrival
  • Accommodation & meals
  • Placement and assistance in work area
  • Transport to program site
  • All program relevant materials

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

EXCLUDES

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