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Volunteer Work & Travel


This four week work & travel program offers a combined experience of exploring India while also volunteering in a program of your choice. You will spend a week traveling to organized excursions such as visiting the Taj Mahal, several famous forts, Camel safari in desert, Tiger safaris and much more. During your remaining three weeks, you will volunteer at Jaipur location.

"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 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-Volunteer ticked all these boxes and seemed too good to be true. I sent many emails to Sankalp-Volunteer prior to booking and arriving and they always replied back within hours and answered all my questions. 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
 

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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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WORK & TRAVEL


"I have been with their Work & Travel program. I enjoyed every aspect of my time on this program and my time in India. I would definitely like to come back and volunteer again. Accommodation was fantastic. The food was nutritious and enjoyable. I enjoyed both very much. Staff was very helpful and looked after me. I greatly appreciate all of the assistance they gave. I really enjoyed my weekend travel trips. All were fantastic. All Hotels were great and helpful staff. Transportation was great and very comfortable. I will definitely recommend it. Sankalp is fantastic organization"

Megan Kuleas, Australia


"I did Work & Travel with teaching program in government school. The school was very nice and I found it comforting that I was joined by other teachers when I first started. I feel like my help was appreciated especially by the kids. I feel like I did a lot for them. They were adorable and I hope they will remember us. The weekend trips are great selection of things to do in Rajasthan. I enjoyed all of them. Favourite was definitely the camel Safari. I love all the hotels, really good value for money. The transportation was very good. I will definitely recommend Work & Travel program to others. I don't think that there are better organizations in India then this one."

Elsbeth Wolrich, Netherlands
 

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Age Limit: 16 Years +
Length of stay:   4 weeks
Program start: Every Saturday - Oct to Mar   
Working days: Monday to Friday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Program fees: US $1290 for 4 weeks
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: Jaipur, India Arrival
Personally meet at Jaipur/Delhi 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 (Sat - Sun) : Trip to Agra: City of Taj Mahal
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 (Mon- Fri)
Volunteer Work

Day 15 - 16 (Sat - Sun) : Ranthambhore, on Tiger Safari
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 (Mon - Fri)
Volunteer Work

Day 22 - 23 (Sat - Sun) : 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 (Sun - Mon) : 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 (Mon - Tue) : 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 (Tue - Wed) : 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 (Wed)
We will head back to Jaipur and arrive there before dinner.

Day 27-28 (Thu-Fri)
Volunteer work

Day 29: (Sat)
Checkout


 


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
You can start Work & Travel program on any Saturday, (October to March).
Please note - starting date begins on your arrival.

PROGRAM FEES

Application Fee US $ 245
Plus
Program Fee
4 weeks $1290
Onwards $150/week


 FEE INCLUDES

  • Pickup from Jaipur/Delhi 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 Ranthambore including Tiger Safari
  • Visit to Agra including Taj Mahal
  • Visit to Pushkar
  • Visit to JodhpurVisit to Jaisalmer
  • One night in Desert including Camel Safari
  • All hotel stays during the expedition
  • All Transportation for trips
  • All monuments entry fees
  • All taxes and bank charges

EXCLUDES

  • Airfares
  • Visa/Visa fees
  • Travel/health/life insurance
  • Drop-off

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