This fantastic program works with vulnerable children in dire need in India, educating and supporting them, and teaching them essential English language skills that will aid in securing work in the future. From teaching English and other subjects in a classroom program or assisting street kids living in the city’s slums and helping to improve their lives, whichever program volunteers choose to partake in will truly change lives.
The huge benefit of this program is that weekends can then be spent on a culturally rich tour around India on a safe, well-coordinated and economical travel extravaganza! Highlights include visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Tiger Trail through Ranthambhore, the Holy City of Pushkar, Jaisalmer and a Camel Safari in the Thar Desert. This is a truly remarkable volunteering and travel experience.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide English skills and daily support to children in Jaipur
- Improve the future prospects of the children of Jaipur
- Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both students and international volunteers alike.
This amazing program is based in the Pink City of Jaipur and offers the unique opportunity to contribute through volunteering during the week whilst getting to explore this amazing region during the weekend. Here is a sample itinerary of what you might expect to see and do during your 4 week stay.
Day 1: Saturday Arrive into Jaipur International Airport
Volunteers are picked up from the airport in Jaipur between 6:30am and 10pm and taken to the Volunteer House in Jaipur to settle in.
Day 2: Sunday Orientation
The local team will introduce you to this fascinating city; its culture, history, language and local customs and give you all the information you need for your stay.
Day 3- 7: Monday to Friday Volunteering
This week will be spent settling in to your volunteering role; either working with Street Children or Teaching English at a local primary school.
Day 8: Saturday Travel to Agra
Arrangements are made for your transfer to Agra. Hotel accommodation is provided and you may wish to visit the market area in the evening if time permits.
Day 9: Sunday The Taj Mahal
Today is dedicated to the wonder of this incredible UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 10 – 14: Monday to Friday Volunteering
This week sees you return to your volunteering role with the children of Jaipur. You will be feeling much more at home this week and continue to build bonds with the children and staff.
Day 15 – 16: Saturday and Sunday Travel to Ranthambhore on the tiger trail
This weekend we will take you to Ranthambhore, visiting the Tiger Reserve National Park on the Saturday, staying overnight and leaving early Sunday morning on a Tiger/Jangal Safari.
Day 17 – 21: Monday to Friday Volunteering
Your 3rd and last full week of volunteering with the children of Jaipur. You will note some real progress this week both in terms of learning and your own confidence.
Day 22: Saturday Travel to Pushkar
Today you travel to Pushkar: one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus and famous for its only Brahma Temple.
Day 23 – 24: Sunday and Monday Travel to Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert
Transport is arranged to the desert village of Jaisalmer on Sunday to view the impressive Jaisalmer Fort in the evening light. A sunrise trip to Gadisar Lake Monday morning sets you up for a day of exploring the sites of Jaisalmer before heading into the desert for a camel safari in the afternoon. Monday night sees you immersed in Rajasthani Desert Village life, staying in mud-huts and experiencing the local music, dance and culture.
Day 25 – 26: Tuesday and WednesdayTravel to Jodphur
Travel is arranged to Jodphur where you can enjoy the local markets. On Wednesday a visit is planned to Mehrangarh Fort (one of the largest in India) before travelling back to Jaipur in the afternoon.
Day 27 – 28: Thursday and FridayVolunteering
A chance for good-byes and cementing learning.
Day 29: Saturday Depart Jaipur