Looking for volunteer work and travel programs in India? This four-week option from Sankalp Volunteer combines volunteer work and travel around incredible India. The volunteer...
I got every bit of experience I had expected to out of it and this was my first trip to India.
Submitted by Denille York - US | February 08, 2016
My volunteering experience with Sankalp was amazing and definitely a highlight of mine during my trip throughout S&E Asia. I got every bit of experience I had expected to out of it and this was my first trip to India.
They were very accommodating and as we were planning our visit to Jaipur with their Orphanage work and project for Street Kids. We first heard of Sankalp Volunteer via their facebook page and made contact with them through email. We had flight issues and their flexibility allowed for us to rearrange our dates to stay as well as pick up from the Jaipur airport. The couple who run Sankalp Volunteer that picked us up was shy at first, but of course by the end of the trip they were just like a family member.
The volunteer house simple and authentic, you have rooms with 2 bunk beds which are comfortable for four people. Most of the rooms are located on first & second floor and can be accessed by stairs, they accommodate old age volunteer on ground floor. There a lounge area in the center on every floor. Each room has their own private western toilet/shower room as well as lights and power outlets.
We were fortunate to split our program duration between their Project for Street Kids and Orphanage work. The school for street kids was a 15 minutes rickshaw ride from volunteer house and orphanage situated in city center on 40 minutes rickshaw ride, the good thing is this; the program fees cover all daily transport to project!!
Teaching and working in the schools and orphanage gave me so much joy, and taught me to consider a new normal from a child’s perspective. Dressing in a different way, eating different food and even walking down different streets: everything that was completely opposite to the life I knew suddenly presented itself to me, and I had no choice but to accept it. And I loved every second of it.
Approximately $26 USD/day; you get accommodation (sharing rooms) and shower, transportation from the airport, meals, daily transport to projects, 24 hour wi-fi internet access, staff that turn into family, and a beautiful, relaxing place to chill at roof-top.
I highly recommend making Sankalp a part of your Indian adventure!. You won't regret it!!
Program: Orphanage Volunteer Work in India
Sankalp has given me a trip of a lifetime out of this gap year.
Submitted by Albert Parks | January 30, 2016
The Sankalp in India was most definitely a worthwhile experience. Sankalp was particularly flexible and resourceful when helping me to find learning and volunteer opportunities. Furthermore, it allowed me to adjust my ideas and interests as they changed during my stay. With everything from reading recommendations and tips on trekking, I found Sankalp to provide me with an invaluable local perspective that entirely enhanced my Himalayan experience through their Summer Program. I have been very happy with everything for me. Everything has been great here. Sankalp has given me a trip of a lifetime out of this gap year. I can't wait to get home and talk to some of my younger friends from high school about it. I'm also planning on asking my old high school if I can do a short demonstration on gap year and what I did during my gap year and about Sankalp.
The Sankalp experience has been truly worthwhile for me both personally and intellectually. The design of the program enables students with the right balance of consistency and independence that is so important when one experiences such a different culture and environment. The accommodation was a nice, clean home where I had plenty of space and good facilities. The food was delicious and filling and not to spicy.
The Sankalp volunteer program is run well by a group of young, enthusiastic men and women who truly want all of the volunteers to succeed and to have a good time during their stay in India. Though the program is not very big but it is very well run and I think the size of it help to make it more authentic experience in India.
I would recommend this organization to everyone! Thank you!
Program: Summer Volunteer Program 2016
Working with the street kids is something I will never forget !
Submitted by danielle | January 28, 2016
I and my friend volunteered with Sankalp through Summer Program last year and participated in their Street Children program in Jaipur. The program is professionally organized and managed and because it is running directly by the people you will stay with you can see exactly where money is spent. Many other companies/organizations charge a lot but here program cost considerably lower than what is available in your home country. When we arrived I didn't know what to expect and I have only been pleasantly surprised. The volunteer house is fantastic, it is not glamorous but it is cozy and welcoming and it really feels like home. The team is so helpful and really gives you a sense of comfort and security while you are here. We took a few of their organized excursions during our volunteer time. It is very nice to have everything planned for you; we didn't have to worry about a thing. We saw some great things on week long travel trips but overall what I the most is just the relaxed day to day life here and the chance to really live in another city. Working with the street kids is something I will never forget. They are so eager and bright they are a blast to teach. Also seeing the spirit and generosity they have towards one another is really something to be inspired by.
Program: Summer Volunteer Program 2016
I would recommend Sankalp to everyone.
Submitted by Craig Finlay | January 21, 2016
The Street kids Program was very interesting. I really enjoyed participating overall. This program was different than others in which I have worked with and I believe it truly was a good experience. My experience was overall great with Sankalp. I love the culture and people here in India - specially the children. I love the children and the community! The volunteer house is beautiful and very nice. The food was very good. Staff and the team were friendly and helpful. The entire volunteer at the volunteer house was very nice and fun-everyone gets along very nicely. I would recommend Sankalp to everyone.
Program: Project for Street Kids
A great experience with Sankalp...
Submitted by Christina Nguyen - University of Technology, Sydney | April 11, 2015
I've read about many volunteer programs featured in my university newsletters and they all sounded amazing. However, after spending quite a bit of time researching. I decided that Sankalp Volunteer suited me best in terms of my budget, program dates and location. I was a little bit nervous travelling to India on my own so the Summer Program sounded perfect! I did the street kids teaching program and I would highly recommend it if you're great with kids. If I had stayed for longer I think I would have asked to try the women's empowerment program, as we were told by previous volunteers that it was a very rewarding experience. it was a wonderful experience and we had a very informative briefing session upon our arrival. I would definitely recommend Sankalp Volunteer for the comforts, the location, the work itself and most importantly, the selfless people behind it all - Pranay and Amita, thank you for an incredible three weeks. I will never forget my first trip to India.
Program: Summer Volunteer Program 2016