Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience

India

A two week trip for 16-17 year olds to plan and run fun games and creative 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 within the communities.

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

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Udaipur, Northern India
  • Start dates: 3 August 2019
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age requirement: 16-17 years old at the time of travel
  • Availability: 2019 trip - spaces available
  • Cost: £1395 / €1630 / $1785 - 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

Culture and trips

Throughout your time in India, you will become immersed in the local community, something few tourists ever experience. You will able to 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 including the fortress of Kumbhagargh (the second longest wall in the world!), Ranakpur Jain temple, the Monsoon Palace, cultural dance and puppet show and Udaipur city tour and boat ride.

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.

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

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.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our India Group Trip reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

As part of the Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience, volunteers support underfunded and understaffed schools in the city of Udaipur in an effort to improve the educational levels of children.

The school pupils are often the first generation to receive schooling in their community and volunteers are key in the efforts of the local organisation to promote education and break the cycle of poverty within the communities. In running activity sessions at community outreach projects, a much wider group of children are being educated and engaged.

“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

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 lakes and mountainous scenery!

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!

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. 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 Under 18 Teaching and Cultural Experience

Laura

“Overall the trip was an experience of a lifetime, and exceeded my expectations fully. It was so rewarding, working with the rag pickers and at the school and was just so much fun. Neha, Ravi and Gaurav were so welcoming and provided us with comfort and help wherever needed.

Gemma also added to the experience with her positivity and support. On top of this, visiting local sights and the night train to the Taj Mahal was amazing- I even enjoyed the night train, after worrying about it! Definitely book this trip without any doubts or worries, as it was just so enjoyable.”

Anna

“Every day was different and there was always new challenges and activities to enjoy; the school kids would be so happy to see you and so eager to learn that it always made you so happy to see how much they value their education. However it was hard trying to juggle all of the different abilities effectively, with some kids needing more help than others. The best part of the day was going to see the ragpickers, who were so fun and full of life - be warned that they will tire you out with how much energy they have!”

Christina

“The Under 18 Cultural trip to India was unlike any experience I have ever been through. POD made sure myself and my group were all prepared prior to the trip and more importantly, our amazing guide Gemma was there to help us throughout the 2 weeks. I was able to really throw myself into the amazing culture of India through building connections with the kids and understanding their lifestyle. I would highly recommend this trip!”

Kellan

“My trip to India through POD was without doubt one of the best experiences of my life. Both the other volunteers and the family we stayed with were welcoming and the local knowledge of Gaurav and Ravi really made the trip special.”

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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 - a dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • 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:

  • Teaching and Cultural Experience placement
  • 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 - shared room
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Hindi, cooking and henna lessons
  • Food - all main meals
  • Weekend trip to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Tours of the city and local sights
  • Pod Volunteer T-shirt
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod Volunteer 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. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Price table
2 weeks £1395 GB Pounds
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"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 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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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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