WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of India through a dedicated orientation week. Taking in local sites of special interest, cooking lessons, and possibly your first taste of yoga and meditation, you will learn practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, you will receive your briefings for the volunteer work programme.
Your work programme and schedule will vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you are sure to have a wonderful experience. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on the project work, and the range of activities available to you includes:
Udaipur Slum Outreach programme
This project mainly focuses on teaching underprivileged children from slum areas where their parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Volunteers will work with the children, creating fun and engaging activities. The aim of the programme is to impose a positive role model on to the children, encouraging them to value education and help teach them personal life skills that will equip them for the rest of their lives!
School for Learning Difficulties
You will help with the day-to-day operation of the the centre as well as assisting with supporting the children and rehabilitation work. You will provide vital support to specialist staff and provide the children the care they need. Having volunteers at the centre also enables children to get more one to one attention. This can be truly amazing for them as staff frequently see quiet or withdrawn children totally open up in the course of a couple of weeks. Your work programme will be tiring and challenging but deeply fulfilling.
School for the Hearing Impaired
On this programme you will coordinate with qualified teachers, assisting them in various tasks to engage the students. You will learn basic sign language enabling you to engage and teach the students the value of education. Your programme will be challenging yet rewarding leaving you with memories lasting a lifetime.
Care for homeless people, many of whom are physically and mentally disabled. You will work with residents, from a variety of backgrounds, who rarely have visitors and love meeting new people. The aim of the programme is to encourage residents to become more involved in the local community, helping them develop imperative life skills and greater independence.
Please Note: All volunteer projects include a one-week introduction program.