Under 18 Teaching and Cultural ExperienceIndia

A two week trip for 16-17 year olds to plan and run activities at local schools around Udaipur.

You will assist children in improving their maths, English and creative skills by leading fun and interactive lessons. These sessions reinforce the syllabus and boost the children’s confidence. Volunteers also run activity sessions at community outreach projects so that more children are being educated. The project strives to increase the number of students progressing to high school and to break the cycle of poverty.

Experience Indian culture and explore Northern India including the world famous sights of Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.

Join a group on this supported trip, accompanied by a dedicated Pod Volunteer Team Leader.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: 2020 - not scheduled, 2021 - TBC
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age requirement: 16-17 years old at the time of travel
  • Availability: TBC
  • Cost: £1395 / €1535 / $1730 - see fees table below
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Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

You will be part of the Pod Under 18 team spending 2 weeks volunteering with children and travelling to explore Northern India. You will be working with your group to support children in improving their maths, English and creative skills through fun and interactive sessions.

In the mornings, you will run activity sessions together in the local schools to classes of around 8-25 students aged between 7 and 11 years old. The lessons aim to inspire learning and boost the children’s English and maths skills.

In the afternoon sessions you will play games and lead arts and craft activities at community outreach projects and a disabled school for children aged 7-17 years old.

As a team you can choose to run the following types of activities:

  • Games
  • Sports
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Music and dance
  • Competitions and quizzes

“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

Culture and trips

Throughout your time in India, you will become immersed in the local community, something few tourists ever experience. You will learn about Indian culture through Hindi lessons, cooking classes, a henna workshop, cultural classes and a Bollywood cinema trip.

The volunteer team will visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort at the weekend. You will also have the opportunity to explore Udaipur and there are many local trips.

The Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience includes evening and weekend free time activities as part of the placement.

Working days and hours

The Pod Under 18 team volunteer at the projects for 5 days per week and explore the local area at the weekends. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.

Other volunteers

There will be up to 9 volunteers in the Under 18 Team accompanied by a dedicated Pod Volunteer Team Leader. There will also be other volunteers staying at the accommodation.

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.

Local support

You will be accompanied by a dedicated leader who travels with the group from the UK.

In India, 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 and 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

The Pod Volunteer Under 18 team live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. You will share a room 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, resources and lesson planning area and has WIFI.

Outside of volunteer accommodation

Meals

All main meals are included, those provided at the accommodation will be vegetarian. 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.

Purified water is available at the accommodation for you to use. During trips bottled water will be provided. 

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!

Sunset view over Udaipur

The Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience includes evening and weekend activities as part of the placement (see trips below). You will be immersed in Indian culture through Hindi lessons, cooking sessions, and a henna workshop. When you have free time in the evening, you can relax, read a book and watch films and TV in the communal areas.

Trips

The Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience includes visits to:

  • Taj Mahal – the volunteer team will have a weekend trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, travelling to and from Agra on a traditional sleeper train
  • 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
  • Monsoon Palace – offers incredible views of Udaipur!
  • City tour and boat ride – lake views of the city are picture perfect
  • Bollywood cinema trip – an unforgettable cinema experience!

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!

For more information on India and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our India country page.

Taj Mahal

Climate

The city of Udaipur has a tropical climate. 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

2020: Not scheduled

2021: TBC

What's Included

Included

  • A dedicated group leader - who will travel out (from the UK) with the group and support you throughout the placement
  • Airport pick up from Udaipur airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction
  • Hindi, cooking and henna lessons
  • Weekend trip to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Tours of the city and local sights
  • Pod Volunteer T-shirt
  • 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
  • Vaccinations and medication
  • Living costs - snacks, drinks, laundry
Price table
2 weeks £1395 GB Pounds

Discounts

  • £75 discount for every additional project you book as part of the same trip
  • £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 Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience

Jessica – 2019

“There was so many parts of the trip I loved but my favourite was visiting and teaching in the school. The children were all so bright, joyful and full of energy ready to learn, we had such a positive impact on a huge amount of children's lives and even after 2 weeks we could see the improvement which gave such a rush of emotions. I was so happy and made me feel as though I was making such a huge difference. 

I loved the experience and hope to go back and volunteer with Pod in the future, they gave me unforgettable memories, friends and helped me impact the lives of children who needed our help.”

Rowan – 2019

“It was an amazing trip and every activity was very fun and enjoyable. All of the people we met were very friendly and it is safe to say I have made friends for life. 

The children at the school were an absolute delight to teach and spend time with and every activity we went on was organised perfectly, such as our weekend trip to Agra where we visited the Taj Mahal. 

There was a perfect balance of rest time as well as having plenty to do and not once did I get bored. I would highly recommend this trip and Pod as a company. “

Katie – 2019

“I feel that the teaching experience was absolutely amazing, seeing the kids’ faces every day when we arrived at the school was so welcoming and made you not want to leave.

It was such an overwhelming feeling knowing how much I helped the kids with their learning just with the 2 weeks I helped! 

I would highly recommend this trip and experience to anyone as I got such an amazing experience out of it and it changed my perspective on everything.”

Nikki – 2019

“I never thought in a million years that I would have the chance to do such an amazing trip like this. The full experience was truly life changing from start to finish through teaching in the schools, visiting the rag-pickers community, and helping in the disabled school. It gave me chances to do things and meet people that will remain in my heart forever. 

The opportunity to visit so many unforgettable places such as the Taj Mahal, monsoon palace and many more. This trip greatly exceeded my expectations and has left me with memories I will never forget I highly recommend this trip to anyone.”

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children attend the creative educational sessions

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India volunteer – Isabelle

    “Volunteering in India was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I decided to join the project. Is a great to get to know and experience a different culture and way of life whilst making a difference to some people's lives.”

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  • India volunteer – Jaqui

    “The placement itself was so rewarding. The local team were knowledgeable, informative, hospitable and I was so impressed by their personal commitment to the ongoing work in the area.”

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  • India volunteer – Laura

    “There isn't anything about the experience I didn't enjoy, did so much in the 2 weeks of the trip and enjoyed every minute. My experience was definitely life changing and would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it.”

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