Project Location India, Delhi
Volunteers on this worthwhile program have the pleasure of experiencing a stay in India's capital city. Delhi is a sprawling metropolis absolutely crammed full of everything you can possibly imagine. From the walled city of Old Delhi, where visitors can be forgiven for thinking they have been transported back in time, to modern architecture and commerce in New Delhi. An absolute assault on the senses and a wonderful introduction to India, this is a must visit destination for travellers and volunteers alike.
This essential program plays an important role in helping women who have been disenfranchised and discriminated against, even in this day and age. Sadly, there are countless women in India who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Living in a male-dominated ‘classist’ society, many women in India (especially those of ‘lower social status’) are illiterate and lack the opportunities to develop this and other fundamental skills. However, the fight for equality starts with support and education. Love Volunteers works with several non-governmental organizations in Delhi to provide work opportunities for international volunteers to help support these women with informal training in skills such as written and spoken English, beauty therapy, computing, sewing, embroidery and knitting (as applicable to volunteer’s skills and experience). Love Volunteers will help women gain the kind of exposure and independence they need. Volunteers work in various centers set up by local non-governmental organizations working for women’s development, focusing on the development of women and young girls living in the poorer urban areas (the slums) in Delhi and surrounding areas. These centers provide counseling and help women by providing adult literacy classes, computer and IT training, and guidance on income generating activities.
Goals of this Project:
Provide essential teaching and support to vulnerable girls and women
Improve the future prospects of young women and girls who have been discriminated against
Give impoverished women and girls a quality education, compassion and a sense of hope
Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
Volunteers work alongside the women and local staff in these centres and offer their services in whichever activity is most suited to their skills and experience. Please note that unless volunteers have practical skills and experience in beauty therapy, computing, sewing, embroidery or knitting, they will be teaching English as a second language. This is most suited to volunteers who have some experience in either general teaching or teaching English as a second language, as they will need to develop and deliver classes to women with varying levels of ability in English. The facilities at the projects are generally very basic, and there may only be a blackboard and chalk available to use. Volunteers are encouraged to prepare for this and bring relevant materials for the classes.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
Teach and enhance the participants knowledge of the English language
Improve their English listening, reading, writing and speaking skills
Teach participants about computers and how to operate them
Organize activities and provide skill-based training
Teach participants about the world, cultures, food and general knowledge
Teach students about basic personal hygiene
Volunteers may also enhance their skill and confidence with other fun creative activities
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the ongoing support and development of marginalized and at-risk children of India. This highly interactive and varied project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist. However, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
This project is available year round and starts the 1st and 3rd week of each month with arrivals on SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation Airport Pickup Included
Volunteers are met on arrival into Delhi airport and taken to the volunteer house where they can meet with their hosts and fellow volunteers. The following day (Monday) an orientation session is held to introduce volunteers to the programs and their new environment. The session will cover safety, transportation, basic culture and history and is a chance to get to know other volunteers and the local team and ask any questions you may have.
Volunteers in Delhi also have the option of joining the one week orientation program before starting their placement (details provided in the Additional Info. section).
Arrival Day: SUNDAY 6:30AM - 10PM
Departure Day: SATURDAY
Arrival Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India (DEL)
Accommodation & Meals Volunteer House / Meals Included
Volunteers on this incredible program are accommodated in a fully equipped and comfortable Volunteer House in the pleasant residential area of Greater Kailash (colloquially known as ‘GK’) in South Delhi.
Rooms are shared by up to 4 volunteers in dormitory style (bunk) or single beds. Bathrooms have western-style facilities with hot showers and air-conditioning is provided for comfort in the summer months. Bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries and towels. A laundry pick-up service is available from the Volunteer House for very reasonable rates. Super easy!
WiFi is available in the house so keeping in touch with friends and families is both free and easy.
The volunteer house is conveniently located close to metro and bus stations as well as great local markets and shops so exploring the locality and city is easy and recommended! Volunteers may also stay on-site at the project if preferred and available.
Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner daily at the volunteer house throughout their placement and lunch can be purchased from the many local eateries near to the placement (the local team will show you their favourites during the orientation).
Indian food is not restricted to the ubiquitous ‘take-aways’ Westerners might be used to and there will be something for every palate from delectable street food to rice based dishes and curries, naans and kebabs and so much more. Dishes are often vegetarian with lentils (known locally as dal) a common ingredient.
Delhi is an extremely cosmopolitan city and international cuisine is readily available as well.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 5 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
8:30am Breakfast at the volunteer house
9:30am Travel to the project site
Placements are located within a 15 - 30 minute commute from the volunteer house using local transport. Volunteers will be shown the transport options during their orientation and can choose the one that suits them best (bus, metro or rickshaw). Some placements are within walking distance.
9:50am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor
10:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
Lunch can be taken at nearby cafes and restaurants which the local team will point out during the orientation session.
3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
3:10pm Debrief with project supervisor
3:30pm Free time before dinner to spend either in the volunteer house or out in the city
6:00pm Dinner at the volunteer house
Evening Free time to spend exploring the city or relaxing in the comfort of the volunteer house.
In addition to the program fees a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).