India Summer Volunteer Program is apt for high school/ college students, gap year travelers, backpackers, and solo travelers. Get your ‘groove on’ this summer while exploring the winding streets of Incredible India. This extensive trip is designed to give you a meaningful travel & volunteering experience as well as connect you to the cultural, historical and popular highlights of the major Indian cities.
Walk down the bustling bazaars and the streets of Delhi that are perfect for souvenir hunting and binge on some mouth-watering cuisine. The art and history lovers can feed on the kaleidoscopic stance of ingenious ancient Indian architecture and designs during the Golden Triangle Tour – Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur.
Experience the bliss of visiting the monument of love – Taj Mahal, on the banks of River Yamuna and know why it’s considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Take a tour of the Pink City, Jaipur, and enjoy the traditional Rajasthani ambiance. Visit the holy city of Amritsar and trek up the Himalayas at Triund.
Under volunteering projects in New Delhi & Palampur with Volunteering Solutions, you can teach, play and take care of children. In your free time, you’ll have the leisure to explore the nearby areas and check out the top things you wanted to do in India.
No matter whether you are looking forward to making a difference during your Summer Break or wish to contribute during your gap year in India, this program would definitely be an apt choice!
Day 1 – Arrival at Delhi
Welcome to India. Today, you will be received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and will be transferred to your accommodation. Pickup timings are between 6 AM to 10.30 PM. (Meals – Dinner – subject to arrival time)
Day 2 – Orientation & Sightseeing of Delhi
After breakfast, your coordinators will discuss your program itinerary with you for the days to come and give you all the necessary information for the trip. Post orientation, you will begin the city tour of Delhi. In this tour, you’ll visit some of the famous monuments in the city including the Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and the Lotus Temple.
Day 3 to Day 7 – Volunteering in Delhi
Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or the Child Care Project in Delhi. Under this project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with them and introduce them to different new activities.
On Day 6, we will take you to the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple followed by a spectacular Water Show. This will be a memorable evening as you will witness one of the most beautiful temples with superb architecture followed by an amazing laser water show.
Day 8 – Free Day in Delhi / Delhi-Palampur by overnight air-conditioned bus
This day is free for leisure activities or for optional sightseeing tours. You can also go shopping in famous markets like Janpath, Khan Market, Dilli Haat, Lajpat Nagar or Sarojini Nagar. In the evening, we will drop you at the Bus Terminus in Delhi from where you will board an air-conditioned bus to Palampur.
Day 9 – Arrival at Palampur / Palampur Program Orientation / Visit to the local market in Palampur
Upon your arrival in Palampur, our Program Coordinators will transfer you to your accommodation. While looking at the beautiful scenery around, get familiar with the volunteer house and the surrounding area. Today, our program coordinators will brief you about volunteering schedule which will begin from the next day.
Day 10 to Day 14 – Volunteer work in Childcare Project in Palampur
Volunteering in Palampur will begin from today. You will be joining Childcare Project Placement for one week. It is a great opportunity to work outdoors in the lap of Himalayas with your group and enjoy the experience.
During free time, you can see the nearby monasteries, tea gardens, restaurants, and markets.
A special Yoga class during the week will be conducted for volunteers.
Day 15 – Trekking in the Himalayas (2 days and 1 night)
Today, you will head to Dharamsala along with other volunteers. From here, you will trek to Triund which is a 10 km long trekking route. Before starting the trek, you will be given a packed lunch and two bottles of water.
Day 16 – Trekking ends at Dharamsala – Stay at Dharamsala/Mcleodganj
In the afternoon, you will come back to Dharamsala / Mcleodganj. After taking rest for some time, you can go to see the famous Dalai Lama Temple. In the evening, you can relax and have dinner in one of the rooftop restaurants in the town.
Day 17 – Dharamsala/Mcleodganj-Amritsar -Sightseeing in Amritsar
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Amritsar, the city of the famous Golden Temple. We will take you to visit Jalianwala Bagh (Martyr’s Memorial).
Day 18 – Amritsar-Delhi by train / Delhi-Agra
In the morning, we will transfer you to the train station in Amritsar from where you will be boarding an air-conditioned train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, we will transfer you to Agra through Taj Express Way, one of the finest highways in India.
Upon arrival in Agra, check in at the accommodation arranged for you.
For your snacks/refreshments during the train journey, we suggest buying packed snacks before you board the train or to buy food onboard. Your Program Coordinator will brief you about the same.
Day 19 – Visit the Taj Mahal And Transfer To Jaipur
Early in the morning, we will take you to the Taj Mahal, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, we will transfer you to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the accommodation and relax for the day.
Day 20 – Sightseeing In Jaipur
The day starts with an exciting visit to the City Palace. A beautiful traditional Rajasthani Palace with a royal fervor like no other. Before reaching City Palace, we will take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).In the evening there would be a cultural evening, where you can enjoy folk dances and puppet show followed by dinner.
Day 21 – Exploring the Historic Amer Fort – Transfer to Delhi
In the morning, you get to see one of the fascinating monuments of the Hindu Rajput architecture. Later in the afternoon, you will return to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, check in at the accommodation arranged for you. Evening time is free to relax or to go out for last minute shopping. For those who have booked flights back home can depart for the airport.
Day 22 – Depart for the airport to board the flight back home or join Goa Beach Week
You would need to check out from the accommodation before noon. We recommend booking your flights for Friday night or Saturday morning.
GOA BEACH WEEK EXTENSION (OPTIONAL)
What can be better than wrapping up your journey in India with some fun at the beaches! Goa is known as ‘the Hippie Paradise’ and you’ll only get to know the vibes once you are there. You can chill on the beaches, take a dip, go for water sports and binge on delicious Goan cuisine! To say the least, this week will pass by the wink of an eye, and we won’t be surprised if you crave for more.