Immerse yourself in a land famed for its beauty and spirituality; volunteer in India. Take in the breathtaking views offered up by a country famous for its impressive temples and waterfalls, and of course a visit to the Taj Mahal. Our group trips in India are open to anyone with a passion for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
A great variety of projects are available to groups volunteering in India. roups can join Care/Teaching, Community – including Building, Conservation, Sports, Language, Medicine & Healthcare – including Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, and Animal Care Projects; each offering their own attractions.
General Information on India
The vast, ancient land of India is the seventh largest country on Earth, and with an estimated population of 1.25 billion people is the second most populous country on Earth. This huge population and land area, when coupled with an ancient spiritual culture and a multitude of historical influences, has shaped India into the unpredictable, sensory-overloading country that has enthralled travelers for centuries.
With its well-developed infrastructure emerging from its colonial past, India is often spoken of as an emerging superpower but endemic poverty persists, particularly in the large cities, with its ever increasing population stretching the capacity of its infrastructure to the limits. India ranks 127th in the UN human development index, has the largest number of undernourished people of any country in the world, and four-fifths of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. However, its standard of living is expected to rise sharply in the 21st century. The national literacy rate is rising too, and is currently at 64.4%, although women lag far behind men.
The true-scale of how vastly different India is from the Western world becomes very apparent in the cities. Life truly is chaotic; the sights, sounds and smells of each location will overwhelm your senses. Nothing is predictable, everything is colourful and the most mundane tasks often become adventures.
The cultural heritage of India dates back over 5000 years. You’ll find fifteen official languages, a diverse array of religions and spiritual practices, a wide variety of performing arts, colourful festivals almost every day of the year, and tradition and variety in all aspects of life.
Where we are Based in India
Projects Abroad’s Indian office and operations are based in the city of Jaipur, 260km south-west of India’s capital; New Delhi. Located on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jaipur has a semi-arid climate with most of its rainfall falling during the monsoon season.
Groups volunteering in India will be located in various schools, hospitals, care centres and communities located around the city. Despite India’s colossal size, your group will experience a strong sense of community in Jaipur. You’ll all be treated as an exciting addition to any family or school that you join for your placement.
Travel and Tourism in India
On the weekends and in the evenings, groups will have free time to spend as they please. Whether it’s using your evenings to relax and unwind, or to really get into the hustle and bustle of the city to experience all the different sights, tastes and sound on offer, one thing is for sure, you won’t be stuck finding something to do.
On the weekends, trips further afield can be integrated into your group’s project so that you can really explore what this majestic country has to offer. From the towering Himalayas that mark India’s northern borderlands through to its plains, deserts and tropical rainforests, this is a country of awe-inspiring ancient temples and colourful tribal villages.
Being situated in Northern India, your group will be able to use your weekends to tick off many of India’s classic tourist destinations including the captivating pink city of Jaipur and, of course, the majestic Taj Mahal in the city of Agra. You could also explore the state of Rajasthan.
Almost every village in India is connected to the rest of the country by a vast fleet of rickety buses, and an elaborate train service. Public transport ranges from the eccentric to mind-boggling – an orderly queue is an alien concept!