Volunteering & India Expedition Program

India expedition volunteering

This six week expedition combines travel, adventure and four week volunteer work in Jaipur. A full week of your program will take to visit several cities of Rajasthan including desert and camel safari and last week of program will take you on another weeklong travel to north India including Himalayan trekking, visit to Taj Mahal and Golden Temple.

Age Limit: 16 Years +
Length of program: 6 weeks
Working days: Monday to Saturday
Working hours: 4-5 hours/day
Volunteer Location: Jaipur
Accommodation: Volunteer-House
Volunteer Work Option: At the time of orientation you will have the chance to select the volunteer work option that best fits your goal or interest. Volunteers will always receive their first preference, you can choose from below: The participants will work closely with local people helping them to work towards the upliftment of children of the downtrodden society.

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi/Jaipur International airport, pickup and transfer to volunteer house, Jaipur
Day 02: Orientation
Day 03 - 07: Volunteer work activity begins

Day 08 - 09: Agra... City of Taj Mahal
Day 10 - 14: Volunteer Work Activity

Day 15 - 16: Ranthambhore... On Tiger Trial
Day 17 - 21: Volunteer Work Activity

Day 22 - 23: To Jodhpur...Sun city of India
Day 23 - 24: To Jaisalmer... Golden City
Day 24 - 25: To Desert.... Camel Safari
Day 25 - 26: To Pushkar...Feast of colors
Day 27 - 28: Volunteer work activity

Day 29- 30: Free Weekend
Day 31- 35: Volunteer Work Activity

Day 36: Free
Day 37: To Dharamshala... Dalai Lama's Home Town
Day 38: Himalayan Trekking - Day 1
Day 39: Himalayan Trekking - Day 2
Day 40: Himalayan Trekking - Day 3
Day 41: To Amritsar... City of Golden Temple
Day 42: Travel back to Delhi

On working days, volunteers get up and make their own breakfast before heading out to their volunteer sites. Our staff provides transportation to and from the volunteer site of your choice. At the volunteer site, you will spend approximately four hours. Lunch is included and will be served at 1pm upon return to the volunteer house. Open afternoons provide volunteers the opportunity to explore Jaipur and learn about the local culture and customs. Evening meals 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 weekends are free time, where you can choose to relax or explore the local area. Volunteers often travel to other parts of the country on the weekends. If you don't know where to go don't worry; ask the staff, they are always happy to make recommendations..

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 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.

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.

Arival / Pickup Departure / Drop-off
08 March 19 April
15 March 26 April
22 March 03 May
04 October 15 November
11 October 22 November
18 October 29 November

Arrival - pickup will be provided from Delhi International airport, you can arrive anytime, our personal driver will be there to pick you up.

Departure - we drop you at Delhi International airport around 08:00 am at end of program.

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.

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.

All of our program fees are in US Dollars.

Duration Application Fee Program Fee Total Cost
6 weeks $245 $1990 $2235
Add $150/week for each week over 6 weeks

Fee includes
• Pickup from 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
• Support and 24 hour back-up from our staff
• 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
• Visit to Golden Temple (Amritsar)
• Visit to Dharamshala
• Three days Himalayan Trekking adventure including breakfast, lunch & dinner.
• All hotel stays during the expedition
• All Transportation for trips
• All monuments entry fees
• All taxes and bank charges
• Drop-off to Delhi airport

Read more about why we charge a fee and how your money is spent!  

Who volunteer with Sankalp?
Volunteers are welcome on most of our programs from the age of 16 upwards and there is no maximum age limit. Many of our volunteers are between 18 and 25 years old.

Many younger people take part in our Volunteering & Travel combined programs before starting university or even after graduation. You can choose whether to go with Volunteer Only programs or travel combined volunteer programs.

Group Volunteer Trips are available for teens and college students year-round on specific and customized dates. For more information on teen and high school trips, please see our Group Trips section.

How do I become a Sankalp Volunteer?
You can apply on the application link at the top of the website page. The application will ask for personal information, program you are applying for or interested in, and how long you'd like to be volunteering with us.

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 travelling 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 to us to check program availability and go-head.

Why do I need to pay an application fee?
The application fee is not an additional fee; this is part of total program cost. The application fee needs to be deposited after application approval. We ask that this be done right away so your spot can be secured on the program.

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