Community EducationIndia

The Community Education project supports community outreach projects and schools to promote education and break the cycle of poverty within the communities of Udaipur.

With the support of the local team you will teach at primary schools, creating a fun and interactive teaching environment. Following the school syllabus you will teach new vocabulary and skills through engaging fun lessons, helping to give the children the confidence to progress into high school. Volunteers design creative and fun games and lead arts and craft activities at community outreach projects which the children would not usually have the opportunity to take part in.

Living on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Udaipur, you have the opportunity to explore the mystic lakes, palaces and temples the city has to offer and to learn more about local culture and history.

Join the local team to help them to expand the reach of their educational support.

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Key Info

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  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: Every Sunday
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (5+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £695 / €765 / $860 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers support underfunded and understaffed primary schools in rural communities around the city of Udaipur in the northern state of Rajasthan, which is one of the least developed states in India with below average income and literacy rates. 

In the mornings volunteers are based in schools and in the afternoons volunteers work at community outreach projects. You can let the team know if you have a preference in working with a particular class age group. The team are on hand to assist volunteers in planning their classes and activities and help running the fun interactive sessions.

Morning activity sessions – local primary schools

Teaching sessions run for 2-3 hours every morning. The students and teachers love to have volunteers in their school as volunteers are able to support over-stretched teachers (who often need to run more than one class at once!). There are usually 7-15 children who attend class each day.

Early years (age 3-6 years old)

Volunteers assist younger students in adjusting to school by creating a relaxed ‘classroom environment’, running fun and interactive activities to develop the children’s English speaking and listening skills through songs and games. Volunteers create arts and crafts activities and the children love the opportunity to be creative which they don't usually get a chance to do. The sessions are invaluable for setting the groundwork for younger students as they progress through primary school.

Junior years (7-11 years)

Volunteers work with students in a more ‘structured’ classroom setting with slightly older students who are more settled into primary school, helping them to develop their English and numeracy skills. By reinforcing the class syllabus with interactive board work and educational games, volunteers provide essential assistance to help students gain the skills to proceed to their next grade.

Afternoon activity sessions – community outreach projects

Volunteers work together at community outreach projects leading games, sports, dance, arts and crafts sessions or additional English and maths lessons. The sessions run for around 2 hours and the children are mainly between 5-14 years old.

The outreach projects include supporting a rag picking community where the children collect and sell rubbish to generate an income for their families. By interacting with volunteers, the children and community can start to engage in the education system. The children are full of life and love to get stuck into a new game!

“Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals and help underprivileged communities. 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

Typical day

During your first few days you will be given a full induction and cultural introduction for your volunteer placement. The local team have a range of lesson plans and resources which you can use to design each lesson and they are there to support you in leading classes and activities.

Volunteers work 5 days per week, from Monday to Friday. Working hours vary, some afternoon activities will finish at 4:30pm while others finish at 6:30pm. In between the morning and afternoon session, volunteers return to the accommodation for lunch and will have time to rest and plan the afternoon’s activities.

Daily travel to the project sites is arranged by the local team and varies from 10 to 30 minutes, using a rickshaw or car.

Weekends are free to experience free time activities and the exciting trips which are included.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-6 Community Education volunteers.

Animal Rescue and Community Education volunteers all live together so there are normally 5-10 volunteers at the accommodation with a maximum of 18. Some volunteers choose to combine the two 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.

Child protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy. All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Local support

Ravi and Guarav are brothers and run a social enterprise which supports communities around city of Udaipur to help break the cycle of poverty. They provide ongoing assistance to local schools, child care centres and community outreach projects. They also tackle wider issues including gender bias, female infanticide, child labour and marriage.

Ravi and Gaurav support volunteers together with Ravi's wife, Neha, who teaches volunteers cooking and henna and can help buy locally made saris and spices. Gaurav lives at the volunteer accommodation and Ravi and Neha live nearby.

Accommodation

Volunteers live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. You share a bedroom with up to 3 other volunteers on a single-sex basis and each bedroom has its own bathroom.

Volunteer bedroom

The accommodation is simple but clean and has a TV room, dining room, kitchen and has WIFI.

Outside of volunteer accommodation

Meals

All main meals are provided and are vegetarian. 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

In the afternoons there is sometimes local chai tea to enjoy.

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 lake 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.

Stunning sunset views over Udaipur

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 evening 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

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.

Travelling in India before or after your placement

Popular activities in India that you might like to combine with your project are:

  • Visiting the Taj Mahal – a visit to India is not complete without a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Exploring the spectacular city of Jaipur and its beautiful palace and fortress complexes
  • Experience life in the Thar Desert and the iconic ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur
  • Look out for the elusive wild tiger in Ranthambore National Park and see the best of Northern India’s wildlife including jackal, crocodile and sambar deer

For more information on India and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our India country page. This also features all our other India volunteering projects as you might like to consider combining this project with one of the others we offer to make a trip of a lifetime!

Taj Mahal

Climate

The city of Udaipur has a tropical climate. Temperatures are coolest from November to February, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 19 to 23˚C and can go down to 7˚C on a cold night. The dry season coincides with these ‘cool’ months.

The hottest months are from April to June, average daytime temperatures are approximately 28˚C but can reach to 35˚C on a hot day. Temperatures remain high during the monsoon season which generally runs in Udaipur from June to September.

Dates

Start dates are every Sunday. This project is closed between 16 May - 26 June 2021 and 15 May to 25 June 2022.

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
  • Donation to Pod Environmental Fund supporting reforestation in Belize and solar lights in Ghana
  • 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
2 weeks £695 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £175 GB Pounds

Discounts

  • £150 discount for volunteers combining Animal Rescue with Community Education in India
  • £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 Community Education project

Luke - 2019

“We had an amazing family experience teaching in the school. The children were incredible and very keen to learn and show us what they knew. We saw a lot of hardship but despite all this they were the happiest children we'd ever seen and always had smiles on their faces (especially when the colouring was brought out!) 

Our hosts were superb and taught us basic Hindi, we also had henna painted, cooking lessons and local trips...not to mention the daily Chai time. 

Overall the experience has taught us so much and is on we will cherish and never forget!”

Elizabeth - 2019

“From the first enquiry, through to coming home after my placement, both Pod Volunteer in UK and local team of Ravi and Neha made sure the experience (for a first time volunteer) went smoothly and I felt confident in knowing they were there to help me get the best experience possible.

Although I'd been in India before, and I have worked for charities in UK for most of my career, I'd never been a volunteer before so signing up was a bit of a gamble, really. However, from that first conversation with Lucy, all the way through I've felt supported and am so very glad I took the plunge.”

Sara - 2019

“I have never travelled that far away from home before so throughout the process of booking and planning for the trip I was very nervous; however, Pod Volunteer and the local team/host family made everything so easy.  As this was my first time really traveling outside of my country and outside of my comfort zone, I couldn't be more grateful, thankful, and appreciative for this experience. 

Everything was so smooth, the accommodation and the host family made the experience very special, in the beginning they were all strangers and at the end of my two weeks stay they were all family. I feel like I left India with a new perspective on life. The children melted my heart.”

Daniel - 2019

“I would 100% recommend this project to anybody. The role itself is fantastic and being able to help make a difference in the children's lives is extremely rewarding. You are able to quickly form great friendships and bonds as all the help is so greatly received helping to create great memories. 

In addition to the role, the support from Gaurav and Ravi is exceptional. They are really great people who do everything to ensure you have the best experience all day every day! From helping with daily activities to taking you to explore the local sights they accept you into their family making the whole experience truly memorable.”

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children supported by the community education project

"It was an amazing experience that will stay with me forever! Pod Volunteer provided the ideal amount of support and guidance"Satvinder

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India Community Education volunteer - Emily

    “My volunteer experience in India was truly amazing. I highly recommend anyone who wants to travel, volunteering is a great way to see the country as well. I cannot wait to use Pod again!!”

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  • India Community Education volunteer - Mary

    “The project in Udaipur is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone! I think it's a fantastic way to learn about a culture, as you become part of the community for the time you are there.”

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  • India Community Education volunteer - Sian

    “It truly was the most rewarding experience you could ever have & I urge anyone with even a remote interest in volunteering abroad to try to break out of their comfort zone and book themselves a journey.”

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  • Best Volunteering Organisation
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