Sasha Nancaski, USA
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 Volunteer 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. On weekdays I work on the Street Kids program, teaching English and maths to children who live on the street here in Jaipur. They are the most adorable kids you'll ever meet. Sankalp Team have good hearts and genuinely care about their volunteers, children and the success of the programs.
Sanjay Sood Smith, UK
I have very much enjoyed the street children education programme and have found it extremely rewarding. Teaching the children and seem make progress was very rewarding. I enjoy the life style, food, culture, walking every day and living more simply then I assumed to I enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers and working with them and spending my free time with them. The children were fantastic, very well mannered, polite, enthusiastic, cut and friendly. The accommodation was very decent with everything that I required. The food was always delicious. The Sankalp team were fantastic. Very friendly, welcoming and helpful and always willing to do their best to help the volunteers in any way they could which I very much appreciated. I would recommend this programme to anyone.
Sara Kangas, Australia
Overall I had a great experience with Sankalp I enjoyed every part of the women's empowerment program. I joined Sankalp because I wanted to be able to spend extended amount of time with a group and I was happy to be able to take part in the program. The women were welcoming and fantastic to work with. The girls were sweet and eager to learn. I felt like I was going to home when I went to volunteer. The volunteer house was comfortable and clean. The food was also great. The team of Sankalp was great. I would definitely recommend it.
Kelly Bates, Germany
I joined the street Kids program and it has been truly blessing for me coming here and experiencing the vibrant joy of the kids. My work with the kids has taught me quite a lot about myself and it has opened my mind to different cultures and worlds views. It is hard to describe this experience I think the best word that sums it up is overwhelming. I would recommend the program to many because it has been worth every penny spent. The work with the kids has brought me more joy then I could imagine and I would love to come back someday. Overall all I can say I am more than thankful to have been given this opportunity to experience a new culture, country, people and teach the kids everyday. I still have a long way ahead of me but my experience here are MERORABLE for life. Accommodation is good. Food is amazing too.
Delia Sundar, USA
I did the Program for Street Kids in Jaipur for three weeks and I have to say that it has been a truly amazing experience! I found out about Sankalp on Abroad Reviews and it fit my volunteering interests, budget, and location better than other programs I was considering at the time. Pranay and Amita took great care of us, and we felt safe at all times. The program itself is wonderful, as you get to interact and really make a difference in these children's lives. Coming from a western country, all the little things are so enjoyable, such as cows and goats roaming around in the streets, the colorful trucks, and the bumpy rides back home in an auto rickshaw.Thank you Sankalp for providing me with such a rewarding and fun experience! I really hope to do this again
Manel Nieuwland, Netherlands
I volunteered with Sankalp twice now, and I'm very positive about this organization. They are happy to answer all the questions you have about your stay and the programs. There's a special house for the volunteers, wich is very nice and comfortable. The organizers of Sankalp have an office in the house, so you see them every day. The staff members are very nice and helpful. There's a cook, and lunch and dinner is provided, the food is Indian, but it's not spicy. There's also a driver who drives everyone to the project locations. In the weekends you can travel around, and there's a lot to see around Jaipur, so you won't get bored. I had a great time staying here for 10 weeks. I met a lot of great people, had an amazing time with the children. I would recommend this program to everyone! I had a great experience, which I will never forget!
Pia Marino, UK
I have been wanting to go to India for a long time. So I decided to choose a volunteering program. It was one of the best decisions I've made! I chose the summer program so that I could also travel while I was there. In total, I volunteered in the orphanage for three weeks and travelled for one. I had an AMAZING experience! Life at the orphanage is hard... but I really enjoyed working with the kids. They always greet you with the biggest smile and it is very fun to play with them. It was really hard having to leave the orphanage. It taught me a lot about life, about how lucky I am, and about how everyone can make even a small difference in the world. I would definitely do it again. For a longer period of time. I miss India so much!!
Wei Gin Lim, Mayalsia
At first, I was a bit skeptical to travel to India after hearing a lot of news about India. But after my trip to India under the summer volunteer program 2013 organized by sankalp volunteer society, I would say I had one of the best moments of life in India. I really learnt a lot through this program and I would like to sincerely thank sankalp for providing this opportunity. I would highly recommend this society to those who would like to do volunteer work and travel at the same time. Sankalp also provides volunteer work only under different programs. I chose the street kids program which was a whole new experience. I also travelled to Agra, Amritsar and Dharamsala on the third week after 2 weeks of volunteer work. Everything was well-planned during the travel. The volunteer house, the food, the transport, the people, everything is so good. I will definitely return to India one day! Thank you sankalp:)
Milly Andrewes, UK
This was my second time volunteering in Jaipur, India. Yet again it was an amazing experience! I was volunteering in the orphanage, everyday was fantastic, the children are utterly amazing in their own right and the relationship that you can build with both the children and the staff who work there is something really special. I was only in Jaipur for 3 weeks and saying goodbye to the children was one of the hardest things! I didn't think it was even possible to become so emotionally attached to children after spending only 15 days with them until I was in tears when I had to leave!! As a whole I solely recommend the orphanage project to anyone of any age and believe that Shake Hands is a fantastic organization and that they have their hearts in the right place. I will definitely be going back again and canít wait until I do!