My best trip till date
Submitted by Cathy Drew - Brisbane | May 04, 2015
I am 21 but I have been to 17 countries in my lifetime and I am sure here that my trip to India with Active Internationals was the best of them all. I participated in their India 360 program and was joined by four other participants from different countries.
Travelling with a multinational group was an experience in itself. It was such a wonderful trip where we were able to see forts, palaces, villages, wildlife, temples, Himalayas, Indo- Pak border ceremony, beaches and slums. All packed in one trip.
We also volunteered at a couple of locations and had a loads of cultural activities. It was really an overdose of India, which is still on my mind. I am really happy with the arrangements made by Active and appreciate them from pricing it so wisely for young people like us.
The highlight of my tour was the Tibetan temple in Dharamshala. I found it so peaceful and serene.
I would personally recommend all young people to go to India, and get on to a journey like this.
A worthwhile month of my life
Submitted by Kate Robinson - Melbourn | April 03, 2015
It has always been 2 month since I'm back home from India but every single day, I get flashes from the great memories I had during my time there.
I was booked on a travel plus volunteer program with Active Internationals whereby, we travelled to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Pushkar while doing some social work at Jaipur & Pushkar. The beauty of this country and new friends from India is what I have earned outta this program.
My mother volunteered in India back in 2006 with Active Internationals & therefore, I was quite certain about the safety & projects with them. My program included all meals, transports, city rides, tours and some visit to the greatest places I have ever been.
If anyone is booking a program with them, please let me know as one of my friends is willing to join.
Loved every moment of it
Submitted by Miguel Cox - Ontario | March 17, 2015
I am excited to share my opinion about my volunteer program in India, that I undertook with Active Internationals.
I volunteered in the rural location of Pushkar which is also a famous Hindu site. The stay there was fun and the whole team looked after us very well.
I was assigned to a computer teaching class for teen-age girls. These girls were bright and knew some basics of English. I was provided with a plan from my coordinator Navin, who ensured that different computing skills are covered.
We covered hardware, PC care and basics of windows. What liked the most was a handover that I gave to the next volunteer who would have taught them, MS Paint and basics of MS Office.
I loved the element of continuity in the project.
We also enjoyed our activities of Indian dress, yoga, bollywood dance and arts. We were taken out for a camel safari on one of the weekends and we also went to see the beautiful city of Udaipur.
Overall, it was so much fun and yet a gratifying experience. I strongly recommend Active Internationals and their team for the the fine work they are doing.
It was just great and highly dedicated
Submitted by Megan O'loughan - University of Saskatchewan | February 09, 2015
Initially I was apprehensive about visiting India. I used to think that it is a developing country which is doing much better than many other poor countries. So my services should be diverted to the most needy of all. However, I always had this itch of seeing India.
To my wonder, India is an extremely developed country when it comes to the hearts of the people. Rich or poor, they all are wealthy at their hearts. They are the most hospitable people I have seen in my life.
Volunteering in India last summer was the best thing that happened to me. My facilitators Active Internationals and their team were very well coordinated and made my stay comfortable. It could be sensed from the very first interaction that we can have as much fun as we want to, however the act of volunteering is ritualistic. It should be kept in mind that for doing good we might end up doing bad for the beneficiary community.
This was the best quality of these folks. They made us understand the needs of the community closely, explained the macro level plan to us and then opened up the activities that would contribute to that plan. We instantly got connected to the larger picture and wanted to contribute to it as much as we could.
I must say I learnt a lot. As Canadian girl brought up in a very developed country, I was unaware of the vagaries of life one can face. I am happy I made a difference.
We used to teach English, Math and General Science to the kids. Teach them to paint and make crafts. The best thing to teach was hygiene, etiquette and posture. This was overwhelming, when you could see a sea change in just a couple of days in the kids.
We also made a water tank for the school toilets, which was a success story in itself.
My recommendations to all who are reading this review -- Stay in India for sometime in excess of a month to really understand the meaning of real volunteering.
The people at Active Internationals are great and will ensure that you leave with a sense of achievement and gratitude together.
And yes - Jaipur is a fine city. We had great fun staying there and seeing places.
Pens down for now. Go out there and enjoy.
Truly - Travel for Good
Submitted by Anniken - Denmark University | October 02, 2014
Recently been on Volunteer plus travel program with Active Internationals. For me, the highlight of my visit was working at the Elephant village in Jaipur. I volunteer at Elephant village in Thailand as well but in India, the conditions and requirement are totally different from that of Thailand.
Not only I helped grooming the Elephants but also got to get in touch with the Elephant keeper community which is in terrible shape due to lack of funds. Teaching the kids over there was extra satisfying for me.
Thank you Active Internationals for all your hard work & support extended to me even when I fell ill for few days. Your motto of 'Travel for Good' is well justified by the kind of work you do in India.