Summer Volunteering Camp

India

Join a team of volunteers to help teach English in schools and support activity sessions at children’s homes and community outreach projects. Volunteers help to promote the importance of education alongside the local organisation. The team will visit the famous Taj Mahal and other incredible sites while immersing in Indian culture.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: 29th July 2018
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £895 / €1075 / $1210- see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers join the 2 week group volunteer project which supports and encourages underprivileged children in local schools, children’s homes and community outreach projects to learn through educational activities.

During the camps volunteers run fun English sessions which may include:

  • Creative educational lessons
  • Games and music
  • Organising group sports
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • English and maths projects
  • Fun competitions and quizzes

Working with a team of volunteers, your role will be to create and run activity sessions in local schools for 2 hours each weekday morning.

In the afternoons volunteers play games and support art activities at a community outreach project, children’s homes and disabled school for children aged between 7 – 15 years old.

This is a brilliant opportunity to volunteer to help improve the children’s English skills and run activity sessions for children whilst becoming fully immersed in the local community and learning about Indian culture which few tourists ever experience.

Throughout the two weeks volunteers are able to learn about Indian culture through Hindi lessons, cooking classes, henna workshop, cultural classes and Bollywoood cinema trip. During the evenings and weekends volunteers will visit the infamous Taj Mahal, palaces, fort, temples plus a dance and music show.

Working days and hours

Volunteers will work 5 days a week and explore the sites at weekends. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.

Other volunteers

There are usually between 6-10 volunteers on this project. Summer Volunteering Camp, Animal Rescue and Child Care volunteers in India all live together so there is normally 10 to 12 volunteers at the accommodation.

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

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 Summer Volunteering Camp reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide assistance to support the underfunded and understaffed children’s homes and schools, in an effort to improve the support and education 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 are an important part of the community outreach project since they assist in the running activity sessions and encouraging interest in education.

“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 Summer Volunteering Camp project making a difference?

The project in India provides continuous assistance to day care centres, children’s homes and schools which have limited funding and resources. The community outreach project was established by the team in 2015 to support a neighbouring community who rely on collecting rubbish to sell in order to generate income for their families. The project aims to encourage the community to start engaging with the education system and increase the communities skills.

The children’s homes provide care for children who would otherwise be on the streets. The homes not only provide the children with food and shelter but also allow the children to develop life skills and further their education to help to give them the best possible start in life. The Summer Volunteering project gives the children an opportunity to get involved in arts and crafts activities which are otherwise not available.

New government initiatives now provide free education to all children but desperately low staff numbers mean that the team and volunteers assistance is essential to help support the children’s education.

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.

The Summer Volunteering Camp volunteer placement includes visits to:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Waterfront Theatre dance and puppet show
  • Medieval hilltop fortress of Kumbhagargh
  • Ranakpur Jain Temple
  • Monsoon Palace
  • City tour and boat ride

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 placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • 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:

  • Summer Volunteering Camp placement
  • Airport pick up from Udaipur airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - shared room
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Hindi, cooking and henna lessons
  • Food - all main meals
  • Tours of the city and local sights
  • Visit to Taj Mahal
  • T-shirt
  • 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, 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 £895 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

200+

children attend the creative educational sessions

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

Lucy

Pod UK Specialist

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • India Summer Camp 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 Summer Camp 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 Summer Camp volunteer – Laura

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

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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