Animal RescueIndia

Our Animal Rescue team in India rescue, treat and rehabilitate animals including dogs, cows and donkeys in the city of Udaipur.

The project provides veterinary treatment and care to animals who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on the streets. The project works to educate the local community about animal welfare. Volunteers work with the team to provide care, food and enrichments for the animals. You can help to make a difference by giving your time to help hands-on with some of the project’s 200 + animals.

Live in the vibrant city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India which is famous for temples, palaces, handicrafts and food.

Join the Animal Rescue team to care for rescued animals and give them extra attention.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: Every Sunday
  • Duration: 1 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (7+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £595 / €695 / $760 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers work at a treatment centre and sanctuary for terminally ill animals. It is a home to over 200 animals including dogs, cows, donkeys, pigs, cats, tortoises, goats, birds, a buffalo and any other animal in need. Volunteers provide hands on help and care to the many animals on site and each day volunteers are needed to help with the daily feeding and cleaning of the animal areas.

In your first few days at the project you will receive an orientation talk and an introduction to the volunteer role.

Volunteers carry out a variety of different roles depending on the needs of the project at the time, which can involve:

  • Daily sessions in the dog areas - comforting, bathing, feeding and walking
  • One to one time with paralysed and recently injured dogs
  • Caring for animals after their initial treatments
  • Preparing and distributing food and water
  • Cleaning the animal enclosures
  • Assisting the vets and nurses
  • Helping to care for abandoned puppies
  • Monitoring the animals and helping with their rehabilitation
  • Giving physical and hydro-therapy to disabled animals
  • Spending time giving attention to each animal and recording any injuries or infections

Working days and hours

Volunteers work 5 days per week, Monday to Friday and travel to the Animal Rescue project in a taxi which is included in your placement fee. Volunteers are at the centre from around 9.30am to 4.30pm. During your first week you will have daily Hindi lessons.

Volunteers who stay 2 weeks or more have many exciting trips included in their placement fee and there are lots of free time activities that you can experience at the weekends.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-3 volunteers who work with local volunteers and staff at the centre. Animal Rescue, Child Care and Community Education volunteers all live together so there are normally 5 to 12 volunteers at the accommodation with a maximum of 18, but this varies considerably throughout the year.

Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in India.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our India Animal Rescue reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

With lots of animals requiring care and daily monitoring, the additional support from volunteers allows the centre to provide a high level of care to the animals, as well as allowing them to increase the number of animals they can care for.

“Volunteers can save lives at the Animal Rescue project by helping our nurses and doctors treat animals, encouraging sick or shy dogs to eat, bottle feeding orphaned animals and many more adventure await helping animals in India”
Raj, Street Animal Rescue team

Accomodation

Volunteers live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. You share a room with up to 3 other volunteers on a single-sex basis. The accommodation is simple but clean and has a TV room, dining room, kitchen and has WIFI. The accommodation is a 20 minute drive from the Animal Rescue centre.

Meals

All main meals are vegetarian and will be provided throughout your placement. In the afternoons there is sometimes local chai tea available to enjoy.

Here are typical examples of the food you will have: 

  • Breakfast – bread, toast, cereals, spreads and fresh fruit
  • Lunch and dinner – traditional Northern Indian curries with rice and local bread

Vegans are welcomed and can be catered for.

Drinking water is provided at the volunteer accommodation which you can take to the project with you. 

Location and free time

The project is based on the outskirts of Udaipur, a vibrant city that attracts visitors with its colourful temples and palaces. A day can easily be spent exploring the colourful street markets with beautiful Rajasthan jewellery and clothing. Known to locals as the “City of Lakes”, it is now considered one of the most romantic destinations in India, thanks to its lakes and mountainous scenery!

Lake Pichola is a relaxing spot to try local cuisines and admire the stunning views of the Lake Palace, Monsoon Palace and the surrounding mountains. The Jagdish Temple and City Palace are interesting places to visit to learn more about the local culture and history.

Volunteers can arrange trips to some of India’s famous sights and cities including day trips to the nearby medieval hilltop fortress of Kumbhagargh (the second longest wall in the world!) and Ranakpur Jain Temple, as well as weekend trips to the unmissable Taj Mahal or Jodhpur desert safari.

You can enjoy yoga, cook local dishes, learn Rajasthan dances or practise henna at the volunteer accommodation - a great way to learn about Indian culture. Volunteers have free time in the evenings where they can relax, read a book, watch films and TV in the communal areas.

Trips

During your first week the local team arrange trips to the following local sights:

  • Monsoon Palace - offers stunning views of Udaipur!
  • Waterfront cultural theatre dance and puppet show

Travelling in India before or after your placement

India is a popular tourist destination and it’s clear to see why as it offers a unique immersive experience. It’s a diverse destination from golden beaches in Goa to vibrant cities that will leave you wanting to see more!

Popular activities in India include:

  • Visiting the Taj Mahal – a visit to India is not complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • The Golden Triangle – is a popular route for travellers connecting the national capital Delhi, Agra (for the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur in Rajasthan
  • Trying Indian Cuisine – there is a huge variety of Indian curries and delicacies!
  • Experiencing one of India’s many festivals – Diwali and Holi festivals are a bright and colourful spectacle not to be missed

To find out more, see the Lonely Planet India

Dates

Start dates are every Sunday. This project is closed between 10 May - 20 Jun 2020.

What's Included

Included

  • Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you
  • Airport pick up from Udaipur airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction
  • Hindi language lessons
  • Local trips to a cultural theatre dance and puppet show and the Monsoon Palace
  • Support from the local team
  • Support from the Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Volunteering certificate and reference (on request)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Criminal record / police check
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Living costs - snacks, drinks, laundry
  • Any tourist trips / activities you choose to do in your free time
Price table
1 week £595 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £160 GB Pounds

Discounts

  • £150 discount for volunteers combining Animal Rescue with Child Care or Community Education in India
  • £75 discount for every additional project you book as part of the same trip
  • £100 discount for any family members who are under 18
  • £75 discount if you have previously volunteered with Pod Volunteer 

Where the money goes - financial transparency

Your fee covers the overseas costs of volunteering and the costs of running our organisation in the UK, on a non-profit basis.  For more details and a breakdown of our costs please click here.

Book with confidence - financial protection

All monies paid to us are financially protected through The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT). 

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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

Read volunteer reviews from the Animal Rescue project

Emily

“Volunteering at the Animal Rescue project was an incredibly rewarding experience that left me with long-lasting memories and a new perspective on compassion and empathy for other living beings. It is an inspiring place to be, and the efforts of the owners to provide a sanctuary for the city’s injured animals is humbling.

The host family were wonderfully accommodating and not once did I ever feel homesick. They were eager to help me make the most of my time in India and their hospitality was above and beyond what I could have expected.”

Shannon

“From the place to the people everything about volunteering in Udaipur was spectacular. At the accommodation I was made to feel like I was at home and nothing was too much trouble. In terms of Animal Rescue my experience went above and beyond me expectations. Every morning I woke up excited to go and see the animals, I especially loved spending time in handicapped heaven and feeding the calfs.

Not only did I get an amazing experience but I also made some volunteer friends who I plan to meet up with in the future. During my placement I also gained a lot of confidence and I now have more appreciation for simple things at home. The most rewarding aspect for me was just spending my time at the Animal Rescue, I enjoyed every moment of it.”

Nina

“I can definitely say that this experience changed me as a person. Working with people that have nothing but still manage to give 100% to animals in need really made me reconsider a lot of things. The staff at the Animal Rescue centre are amazing, they are all so nice and friendly and so good at what they do. I particularly enjoyed spending time with the calves and cows, which I would never would have thought of before coming!

We had to dedicate a lot of time just sitting and petting the dogs but after a while I understood that it really makes a big difference for them and moreover there’s always some more hands on manual work to do (poo to be scooped, sacks to be carried, dogs to be shampooed…)-you just need to ask!! Overall, it was a really intense experience I would recommend to anybody who truly loves animals.”

Maja

“I honestly had time of my life volunteering on Animal Rescue project! I’ve met so many great people and I am sure it was the beginning of a lifetime friendships. Never before have I learnt so much about Indian culture and customs or gained so much experience about working with animals. It was an adventure to remember and I am sure I will be back! I had an amazing time volunteering and I met so many lovely people.

I also loved working with the animals. It really gave me satisfaction to see that my help was needed. Last time I was in India I fell in love with that country but now I think I love it even more thanks to the volunteering project.”

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3,500+

animals are rescued by the team each year

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India Animal Rescue volunteer - Sarah

    “My time at the Animal Rescue project in India was definitely a worthwhile experience that I will never forget! The support from the Pod staff and the local coordinators was definitely exceptional.”

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  • India Animal Rescue volunteer - Persephone

    “Absolutely incredible experience. It is an amazing thing that you are doing for all these animals. I will be back, but this time for longer.”

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  • India Animal Rescue volunteer – Louise

    “Very positive experience. The wonder of spending time with a frightened animal and gaining its trust is a special memory.”

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal