Community Education

India

The Community Education project support children’s homes and schools to promote education and break the cycle of poverty within the communities of Udaipur.

You will teach alongside the team local at primary schools, creating a fun and interactive teaching environment. By reinforcing the syllabus and boosting their confidence, the project is working towards increasing the number of students progressing to high school. Volunteers design creative and fun games and lead arts and craft activities at community outreach projects, children’s homes and a disabled school which the children would not usually have the opportunity to take part in.

Living on the outskirts of Udaipur, you have the opportunity to explore the beautiful 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 continually expand their reach of educational support.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: Every Sunday
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (11+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available.
  • Cost: From £675 / €790 / $865 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers support primary schools in rural communities outside of Udaipur. You will work alongside the local team in the classroom, creating a fun and interactive teaching environment for students aged 7-11 years. This inspires learning and boosts the children’s confidence whilst reinforcing the class syllabus. The local team have a range of lesson plans and resources which you can use to design each lesson, making them enjoyable and effective.

In the afternoons volunteers work together to play games and lead arts and crafts activities at community outreach projects, children’s homes and a disabled school. You can use your skills and experience to plan games, sports, dance, arts and crafts sessions or additional English and maths lessons. These volunteer-led activities are for children who are mainly 5 - 14 years old.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work for 5 days a week and get weekends off to experience the free time activities and the exciting trips which are included in their placement fee. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-4 volunteers taking part in the Community Education project at any one time and volunteers work alongside the local team.

Volunteers at the Community Education, Child Care and Animal Rescue roles in India share the accommodation so there can be up to 18 volunteers at one time.

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.

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.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our India Community Education reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide essential assistance to support underfunded and understaffed day care centres, children’s homes and schools in an effort to improve the educational levels of children in the city of Udaipur. Volunteers are able to draw on their own experiences to organise, and run fun new games and creative activities for the children.

Volunteers support the children in developing the maths and English skills required if they are to proceed into higher education. Schools can have as few as 3 teachers for every 6 classes, so the extra level of attention volunteers can provide plays a vital role in their success. The school pupils are often the first generation to receive schooling in their community, volunteers are very much part of the efforts of the local organisation to promote education and break the cycle of poverty within the communities. By running activity sessions at the community outreach project, volunteers are encouraging an interest in education among the rag picking community.

“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

Closure dates

This project is closed between 13 May - 23 Jun 2018

Location, free time and accommodation

India

India is a popular tourist destination and it’s clear to see why as it offers a unique immersive experience. It is 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 – travel around and try them all!
  • 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

Local area 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.

Volunteers can arrange weekend trips to some of India’s famous sights and cities including the Taj Mahal or Jodhpur desert safari. Your first weekend has trips included (see trips below).

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

On your first weekend the local team arrange trips to the following local sights:

  • Monsoon Palace - offers stunning views of Udaipur!
  • Waterfront cultural theatre dance and puppet show
  • Medieval hilltop fortress of Kumbhagargh (the second longest wall in the world!)
  • Ranakpur Jain Temple – a beautiful temple of intricate marble carvings

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.

Accommodation

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, resources and lesson planning area and has WIFI.

Read volunteer reviews from the Community Education project

Daisy

“Volunteering in India changed my life for the better. It is hands down the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Working with children who have little in the way of material things but have the most positive attitude was so eye opening. I really enjoyed teaching and planning lessons and activities for the children to do.

The warmth and welcoming nature of all the local people we met, especially our hosts Ravi and Gurav and their family was great and it felt like a home away from home which made things easier. It was my first time away by myself and it’s encouraged me to get more involved in other projects, both at home and going abroad again.”

Wendy

“The whole process from beginning to end has been excellent. If anybody is considering volunteering I suggest you do it. I volunteered on a community education project in India and it has been the best thing I have ever done. It was a great opportunity to see life in a different country whilst contributing and hopefully making a difference to the community.

I stayed at the volunteer house which was a warm and friendly place to be and really felt like home. I met lots of amazing people from all over the world. I learned new skills and learned a lot about myself and other cultures. The project was run really well and professionally. It was great to see the children making progress. I would not hesitate to recommend this project to anybody who asks. I have lots of really happy memories.”

Lucy

“All absolutely fantastic, very organised and always felt I had the help there if I needed it. Couldn’t do enough for you. I cannot thank Ravi and Gaurav enough for their hospitality & making my trip to India an unforgettable experience – The work that this pair do and the passion they have for every aspect of it is incredible. Two absolutely amazing humble men with huge hearts and so much compassion.

The people of India have taught me a great deal about humanity, integrity and gratitude. Some of these people have next to nothing and would still give their last to help someone in need. It’s been an enduring, character building, rewarding and challenging trip - Immense, emotional rollercoaster. India will always hold a place deep within my heart. I will miss every part of this diverse beautiful and unique culture but I know I’ll be back.”

Harriet

“The project was well-organised and all that were involved were friendly and supportive. I had the opportunity to get involved with a variety of different activities from teaching at the school, to playing games at the orphanage, to doing crafts at the disabled school; every single minute of my time volunteering felt so rewarding.

Everyone was so welcoming! I also had the chance to experience a lot of Indian culture, from henna and cooking workshops, to traditional songs and dance at performances for Independence day. Most rewarding is seeing the children’s understanding develop at the school, and the pure joy when we arrived to play games or do crafts.”

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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 - Lucy is your dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online teaching course
  • 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:

  • Community Education volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up from Udaipur airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - shared room
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Hindi language lessons
  • Food - all main meals
  • 2 day tours of 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 Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. 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 £675 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £135 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 - There is a discount of £150 for volunteers combining Animal Rescue with Child Care or Community Education in India

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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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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

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