Building

India

Volunteers who can join together as a group of 4 + can help the local team of builders to help improve community buildings in India whilst Immerse yourself in Indian culture by assisting the development work. Build and renovate schools and community buildings while learning Hindi and have the opportunity to join yoga, cooking, dance and henna classes.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 – 3 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Space available for group of 4 +
  • Cost: From £840 / €1010 / $1135- see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers can support this project if they can join as a group of 4 + volunteers. Volunteers will work as a team alongside local craftsmen to complete specific building projects. Volunteers work on buildings that are in desperate need of renovation including child care centres, children’s homes and schools as well as building new community education centres.

Depending on the current local needs when you join, your volunteer role may involve:

  • laying cement
  • building walls
  • plastering
  • painting

Volunteers don’t need to have any specialist experience, just enthusiasm and energy! However volunteers with building experience are greatly appreciated since they can share their skills with the local team.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work for 5 days a week with weekends off. Generally volunteers start at 9 am and finish at 4pm. During your first week you will have daily Hindi lessons and a tour of the main attractions in Udaipur (including the Monsoon Palace and Jain Temple).

Other volunteers

This project is available for groups to join as a group of 4 + volunteers and the group will work alongside the local team who will teach you the required skills and will supervise your work.

Building, Animal Rescue, Child Care and Community Education volunteers in India all live together so there is normally 5 to 12 volunteers at the accommodation.

Start dates

You can join this project on any day. This project is closed between the 15 May - 24 June 2017 and 13 May - 24 June 2018.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers are needed to help the team of local builders make improvements. With the help of volunteers, the team in India have been able to improve worthwhile building developments at child care centres and help to improve community education buildings which have very limited funding and resources.

“Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals and help those underprivileged communities, as our work completely depends on our volunteers' involvement...together we can provide support to the less privileged people of India to develop the knowledge and skills which will assist them in leading positive and independent lives..." Ravi, Founder

How is the Building project making a difference?

The project provides regular assistance to schools, child care centres and children’s homes around the city of Udaipur. As education is key to solving many of the root causes of poverty, the improved educational facilities help to improve the future for the children.

With the support of volunteers the team in India have made classrooms water tight and painted community classrooms which help to create an inspiring learning environment for the local children. The project has improved child care centres’ playgrounds to ensure that they have safe and secure outdoor play area.

Where will I be living?

The project is based on the outskirts of Udaipur, which is a colourful Indian city with palaces and temples surrounded by mountains and with two lakes at its centre.

Volunteers live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. You will share a room with up to 3 other volunteers. Rooms are allocated on a single-sex basis. The accommodation is simple but clean and has a TV room, dining room, kitchen, resources and lesson planning area and has Wi-Fi.

You can easily organise yoga, cooking, dance or henna classes when you arrive at the volunteer accommodation which are a great way to learn about Indian culture. The area is a fantastic base from which to explore India, with the Taj Mahal easily accessible you could choose to visit it on your weekends off.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Building volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Udaipur) and return transfer
  • Accommodation - shared room in volunteer accomodation
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Hindi language lessons
  • Food - all main meals
  • 2 day trips to explore the city and local sights
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
2 weeks £840 GB Pounds
Extra week £195 GB Pounds
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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

Discount - For volunteers combining two or more of our projects in India

450+

children in schools, children’s homes and child care centres who have benefited from improved buildings.

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Gemma

Pod UK Specialist

Gemma has visited this project, apply and you'll hear from her soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India Building volunteer - Ariana

    “Volunteering in India was a life changing experience. The staff always made me feel supported and well looked after. I highly recommend volunteering to anyone who has the opportunity to. You will never forget it.”

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  • India Building volunteer - Jasmine

    “I was totally supported in my adventure and saw the most amazing culture, met people that had nothing and gave me everything! I fell in love with India.”

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  • India Building volunteer – Joshua

    “Volunteering in India was one of the most incredible and fulfilling experiences I have ever done!”

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  • Sunday Times
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  • Best Volunteering Organisation
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