Work & Travel Overseas
If you're planning to do some volunteer work abroad and also want to explore India you've found the right place without a doubt. This is one of the easiest ways to discover everything incredible India has to offer. The travel in India combined with volunteering work will truly enrich your unique experience.
"I have always wanted to travel to India and volunteer so when I finally decided to do it I spent a lot of time researching organization after organization to find the right fit. I was looking for a good variety of program/volunteer work choices, good and safe location and good value for money. Sankalp ticked all these boxes and seemed too good to be true. I sent many emails to Sankalp prior to booking and arriving and they always replied back within hours and answered all my questions. I decided to participate in the Work and Travel program option. The organization provides all transport to and from work. On weekends I travel with a group of people from the volunteer house. I visited Agra and the Taj Mahal, Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, went on a Tiger Safari and best of all went on a Camel Safari in the Desert where we slept under the stars on the sand dunes. Incredible. We are transported by lovely drivers in private air conditioned cars and mini buses and stay in beautiful hotels. I am here at a busy time with the house having twenty volunteers at the moment. The house is beautiful and very big; it's always clean and cool with western style toilets, hot water and internet at cheap prices and is situated in a nice and safe neighbourhood close to supermarkets and a short rickshaw ride to the city center. The couple who run the organization, are lovely and always willing to answer your questions and help with your problems. On the rare occasion that we have a problem they fix it straight away. They make sure that we are happy and safe without being over bearing and controlling which is nice. We have curfew at 09pm but this is purely for your safety and I think reasonable. They have good hearts and genuinely care about their volunteers, children and the success of the programs"
Sasha Nancovski, Australia
In this 4 weeks volunteer program you may
participate in one of available volunteer
program at Jaipur location and will travel on
every weekend safely to culturally rich
destinations in India. Here volunteers can
participate/ immerse in local culture and enrich
their knowledge about India and its heritage and
culture. The inspiring and attractive
volunteering work venture and premium tour
programs will come at an affordable price
Age Limit: 16 Years +
Program start: Every Saturday (Oct to Mar)
Length of stay: 04 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 experience, 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: Jaipur, India Arrival
Personally meet at Jaipur Airport and transfer to volunteer house.
Day 02: Orientation
An orientation will be organized on the program next day of arrival.
Day 03 -07: Volunteer Work begin
Day 08 - 09 (Saturday - Sunday)
Trip to Agra: City of Taj Mahal (approx 4.5 Hrs journey from Jaipur)
This weekend will visit Agra. On Saturday you will travel to the hotel in Agra and next day the visit to the stunning Taj Mahal is planned.
Day 10 - 14 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer Work
Day 15 - 16 (Saturday - Sunday)
Ranthambhore.. On Tiger Trial
This weekend we will take you to Ranthambhore, Tiger Reserve National Park for an overnight stay and the next day early morning in the morning (06:00-10:00) you will go for Tiger/Jangal Safari.
Day 17 - 21 (Monday - Friday) - Volunteer Work
Day 22 - 23 (Saturday - Sunday) Visit to Pushkar
We will drive to Pushkar after breakfast. Pushkar is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus and famous for its only Brahma Temple..
Day 23 - 24 (Sunday - Monday) Visit to Jaisalmer
We will travel to Jaisalmer and transfer to the hotel and visit Jaisalmer fort in the evening to see its nighty beauty. The next day in the early morning a visit to Gadisar Lake is planned to see the sunrise. Afterwards we return to the Hotel for breakfast, followed by Jaisalmer sightseeing and markets visits. In the afternoon we will proceed to the Desert.
Day 24 - 25: (Monday - Tuesday) Visit to Desert and Camel Safari
In the afternoon we will visit a desert village and enjoy a camel ride to the Sunset Point and sand dunes. When taking the camel safari you'll explore the true experience and delights of the desert. Immerse in the spirit of Rajasthan all through the night by staying in the mud-huts, meeting warm rustic people of Rajasthan and have a touch of their culture with their enchanting music, folk dance and singing performances and other cultural programs.
Day 25 - 26: (Tuesday - Wednesday) Visit to Jodhpur
Today we will travel to Jodhpur and transfer to a hotel in Jodhpur. In the evening it's possible to make a visit to the markets. On the next day; we will visit Mehrangarh Fort after breakfast and afterwards checkout from the Hotel.
Day 26: (Wednesday)
We will head back to Jaipur and arrive there before dinner.
Day 27-28: (Thursday-Friday) - volunteer work
Day 29: (Saturday) - Checkout
*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.
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.
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.
USD $ 1190
Additional Week(s) $140 / week
PROGRAM START DATE: Every Saturday (arrival in Jaipur) October to April
- Pickup from Jaipur Airport
- Program orientation
- Extensive information prior to arrival
- Accommodation & meals
- Placement and assistance in work area
- Daily transport to project site
- All program relevant materials
- Visit to Ranthambore including Tiger Safari
- Visit to Agra including Taj Mahal
- Visit to Pushkar
- Visit to Jodhpur
- Visit to Jaisalmer
- One night in Desert including Camel Safari
- 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
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Bank transaction charges as applicable