A Broader View offers incredible volunteer opportunities for Brits looking to volunteer in India. One of the oldest and most storied nations in the world, India has a lot to offer for any traveler. From incredible architecture to some of the world’s most influential religions, India is home to incredible cultural sites that you won’t want to miss out on. Despite the nation’s unique and formidable history, however, it remains mired in poverty and struggles to develop into a modern economy.
With ABV’s incredible programs, you can be part of the difference in helping the nation take that next step. ABV’s projects involve quality education, healthcare, community development, and more so that you can work up close and personal with local citizens and help them build a better foundation for the future. Against this backdrop, let’s dig deeper to find out why ABV is the perfect volunteer organisation for Brits looking to go to India!
Gap Year India: An Overview
India is one of the oldest countries in the world and boasts one of the most ancient cultures anywhere in Asia. The birthplace of Hinduism, the nation also gave rise to Buddhism and some of the region’s most storied tales. Today, India remains a nation that proudly displays its history; from the Taj Mahal to the city of New Dehli itself. In addition to this, the country is also the land of Bollywood and contains one of the most diverse and interesting entertainment industries anywhere in the world.
Against this backdrop, it’s hard to figure out why you wouldn’t want to take an adventure holiday to India. You’ll love exploring the varied architecture, sights, and sounds of India. Keep reading to find out why your work in this classic nation is of the utmost importance!
How You Can Help
According to recent estimates, around forty percent of Indians remain mired in poverty. This means that hundreds of millions of Indian citizens, including millions of children, live and suffer in slums. These underdeveloped regions offer children poor education, poor hygiene, and a lack of resources that could be used to provide a better future.
ABV projects primarily focus on children support, community development, and education programs that emphasize the bringing of resources to at-need communities for long-term benefit. Ranging from two to eight weeks, our programs are flexible and provide you with many opportunities to experience the local culture in Jaipur and Udaipur. If you’re ready to contribute to community-based and led programs, it’s time to join with ABV to make a long-term impact on the lives of children and families who count on people like you to move ahead.
As a 501 c(3) nonprofit, ABV is one of the most respected volunteer organizations in the business. For this reason, consider making us your first choice when going to India for your next adventure holiday. With so many program options to choose from, you can be sure that ABV gives you the ultimate volunteer experience!
Join with us today for the adventure holiday of a lifetime!
- Project length: From 2 weeks to 8 weeks
- Arrival Airport: Maharana Pratap (Code: UDR) or Jaipur Airport (Code: JAI) Airport transfers included
- Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 4 to 6 hours per day
- Requirements: Police Check/Clearance report
- Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
- Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.
- Airlines: Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Spice Airlines
- Vaccinations: Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov
Volunteering Projects in India Udaipur
Volunteer Programs in India Jaipur
Bird Rescue & Care (Animal Rescue)
ABV Volunteers collaborates with a local NGO which provides bird rescue and care facilities. In Jaipur, birds are easily injured or at risk especially during kite festivals and during firework displays which are common during the Diwali festival. Wings can be damaged by strings or fireworks, or simply from other bird attacks. The NGO has ambulatory services and receives calls from regular citizens when they identify birds in need. They incident location, make the rescue and will take the bird to the shelter for care and attention.
The center functions as an NGO, all birds receive medical treatment by vets, stay in cages and receive water and food as they recover. When fully recovered the bird will be returned to nature.
ABV volunteers fully engage not only in the rescue process for birds, but also help local staff in treatment process, feeding the birds, taking care of them and finally when they fully recover, the volunteers can take the birds into freedom. Besides the practical experiences in rescue service, volunteers can help the local staff with promotional materials for awareness raising about birds being injured and the negative sides of fireworks and other environmental education topics for school students and children, provide vet services (if professional or vet student), etc.
Suggested volunteer tasks:
- Join the ambulance team on rescue calls
- Assist with the treatment of the birds
- Feed the birds and give water to them
- Clean cages are needed
- If volunteer has the relevant veterinarian background then doing injections, healing and medical treatment will be a part of the volunteer’s work
- Assist the NGO in the environmental projects writing proposals, supporting the social media team, advocacy events and campaigns, etc.
Elephant Care (Conservation / Environmental)
The project is situated nearby Amber fort. Over the years, due to the pressure of multiple animal welfare associations, the Government of Rajasthan has been regulating Elephant tourism. This includes ensuring that elephants have water and shade, are regularly checked by vets, work only in the mornings for the fort ride.
The mahouts, the elephant trainers and keepers are under-paid and earn less than $50 a month. Without enough funds available, the care of the elephants can be harmed. ABV Volunteers identified and works with a specific Mahout Family. At this project they do not allow rides and do not chain the elephants. This program relies 100% on volunteer support and foreigners visiting the elephants and interacting with them and feeding. We consider this more sustainable as the mahouts in the project are ready to cooperate and treat elephants positively upon some help.
ABV Volunteers financially assists the project to ensure the elephants get enough food and water and volunteers make the working process smoothers both for mahout and for the elephant. If you have ever dreamed of helping elephants or being part of a small but dedicated team of animal welfare lovers, this program is for you.
Suggested volunteer tasks:
- Observe the mahout during their daily work routines
- Help clean the elephant’s enclosure
- Prepare bamboo for feeding and watering
- Wash and clean the elephant
- Walk the elephants
- Apply oil to elephant to prevent sun burn
- Mobilize the local children to provide education and social support activities
ABV Volunteers collaborates with three childcare projects in Jaipur. These shelters are receiving minimal government support and reply on international volunteer organizations to supplement the daily needs of the children.
Two of the projects are transitional shelters for young boys ages 4-14 years old. These children have been rescued from child labor or were found abandoned on the streets of Jaipur. The aim of the shelter is to provide food, shelter and a safe option while family or a family home can be identified.
The third project is a home for young girls, many of whom are HIV positive. Stigma is still very high in India and most of these girls have been discriminated by their own family or abandoned to the streets. In all three shelters volunteers are highly needed to engage the children into studies, arts and crafts, teach some life skills, etc. Volunteers can also assist caretakers with cooking, serving food, teaching homework, seminars and providing health and hygiene talks and information about healthy living, positive reinforcement and encouraging education.
Suggested volunteer tasks:
- Engage the children with stories, read to them
- Help the caretakers with cooking, serving the food, cleaning
- Assist the students with homework
- Teach basic English to children who lack knowledge
- Teach arts & crafts to the shelter children
- Provide talks on friendship, kindness, hygiene, hazardous effects of chewing tobacco
- Assist the local staff with email writing, proposal writing, project management, event coordination if applicable
Women Empowerment (Support)
Gender equality and women’s rights are a sensitive but vital topic in India. If you are a female ready for challenges and motivated to support Indian ladies in their education, empowerment and self-development, then this is the best project for you.
Today, one of the major issues in India society is the discrimination against women. Many girls are born with a spot of shame as many Indian families prefer boys to girls because of some mal practices like dowry in marriages, less chances of profitable jobs, etc. Parents do not encourage education to their girls as a result of which in 2011 it was estimated that illiteracy rate in India is 17.86% for men and 34.54% for women. In Rajasthan, which is a traditional and conservative state, the figure is worse, female illiteracy rate is 47.88%.
ABV Volunteers partners with a local grassroot NGO in Jaipur which aims to provide vocational education to girls who are either left out of education or face social barriers. The NGO works targeted in Muslim & Hindu dominated slum areas where girls are not allowed to go to school and thus don’t get a chance to self-realization. The NGO is running free of cost stitching classes, beautician classes for girls after the completion of which girls can work for themselves and get financial income. The NGO highly relies on volunteers’ taskforce to empower young women, support women rights and equality to women and men. An added challenge, women do not speak English which means the main method of teaching should be interactive sessions, visual arts, non-verbal communication. ABV local staff supports all their women empowerment volunteers with once-twice a week translation provision to ensure that content is delivered smoothly to women.
Suggested volunteer tasks:
- Observe and learn how the local NGO project focus is implemented
- Teach English, basic math, budgeting house based on the interest of the ladies
- Lead yoga & physical education lessons (dance, Zumba, stretching, tai chi)
- Provide health and hygiene classes about nutrition, healthy cooking
- Teach how to use smartphones (some women have cheap local phones)
- Provide health talks about menstrual hygiene and importance of sanitary pads
- For English speaking locals, help them with resume writing/career guidance
- Introduce self-defense techniques
- Share stories about successful females of other countries and break job-related gender stereotypes among younger girls
- Come up with ideas of games, songs, dances to make the teaching interactive
- Assist the NGO head with writing projects, proposals, annual reports,
- Arts and crafts, handmade item production is very useful to enable the women sell their products and earn money independently.
Disable Care Center
According to recent census dates, in India twenty-one million people have some kind of mental disability or learning challenges. Children with disabilities face a lot of discrimination in the Indian society. They face negative attitudes or taboo from their own family members and community.
ABV Volunteers support a local special needs school which provide education to children making sure that they have access to basic education, that they have a chance to gain life skills to sustain themselves on their own.
Due to the lack of social support, this program is in high need of special education volunteers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and psychologists. In Jaipur we work with two types of schools: foundation school for children whose parents can afford paying for their education; and a community daycare center which ensures special needs children are not left alone without any support or supervision throughout the day.
Program Schedule / Information
- Project duration: 1-12 weeks
- Beneficiaries: 5-10 students per class.
- Working days: 5 days a week, weekends off
- Volunteering hours: 9am - 1:00pm
- Age criteria: 18 and above
- Advisable for teachers, psychologists occupational and physiotherapists, special educators, students of these fields.
Sports Education (Teaching / Education)
Based on the government academic curriculum, it is recommended that all Indian children have daily physical education classes during which they will do various sports. However, in Jaipur most slum schools lack the funds to hire a coach or sports director. As a result, these school students do not have any chance of organized sports or physical activity.
To change this reality in small schools and poorer communities, ABV Volunteers recruit travelers to join us in Jaipur and devote their time for the healthy sport classes with students. We believe that through sports students can become physically healthier thus stimulate their mind work better, they can learn teamwork, leadership, etc.
Volunteers are welcome to teach martial arts, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, running, or other activities like yoga, Zumba or Tai chi. By keeping these children active and involved it lessens the time they spend on the streets and aware from harm.
Suggested volunteer tasks:
- Do needs assessment and planning session with the students
- Divide the groups age-wise and in rare cases gender-wise
- Engage students in activity, teach new games and practice techniques
- Organize a match/game or a competition for the students to showcase what they learnt
- Enjoy and have fun with super excited and joyful students
Medical / Health Care
The primary objective of the project is to provide basic promotive, curative and preventive healthcare facilities to the inhabitants of these slums. Volunteers with medical and nursing training are needed in the slum clinics and slum health global health focused projects. Currently enrolled medical and nursing students are welcome. Medical providers are most needed.
The city of Jaipur has over 250 slum areas where almost 25% of the total population live. The slum population at state capital more than doubled during the past eight years. These slums have continued to swell despite the urban welfare initiatives of center and state governments.
The residents have poor living conditions with inadequate availability of water and sanitation facilities and overcrowding. The excess in the urban poor population has created a gap in delivery of healthcare services to the underserved children and families. Among the slum dwellers, communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria get easily spread due to ignorance of health-seeking behavior.
Despite the presence of a good network of public and private healthcare facilities, addressing the growing demand of the health needs of the underprivileged section of the city is a big challenge. Moreover, with majority of the slum population surviving on a very low annual income, spending on healthcare services becomes a big concern for the families
Project Activities: As a student volunteer your main work will observational and non-evasive support required by the local physician. Volunteers may also take patients’ vitals: blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and carry out health center tasks. You may provide treatment for minor injuries or wounds and document patient records. The tasks and activities vary day by day.
Volunteers work as a support staff and can help in daily activities like taking blood pressure, first aid treatment, cleaning the hospital, assisting the patients, helping the doctor while visiting the patients and other as per the need of the hospitals. Volunteers also work on the special health check-up camps and they will be helping the team in taking health survey and encouraging people to come for the check-up. Health and medical projects are uncertain and sometimes volunteers can feel different from what they have thought of as hygiene is a big concern in Indian healthcare.
Pre-Dental / Dental Volunteering
This program is suitable for both dental and pre-dental students. Our dental projects and dental electives are based in the slum clinics in Jaipur. The program is designed with a structured and disciplined working environment, under the supervision of expert medical staff who are there to both challenge you and guide you. Our ABV Volunteers dental programs and electives are aimed at dental students who are keen to learn from dental care in India and sharpen their hands-on experience.
While first and second-year dental students will only assist in basic tasks and shadow the doctors, third and final year students will be given hands-on tasks such as extractions, fillings, and scaling depending on their level of knowledge and experience. Oral health outreach is an important part of this program to increase awareness of oral hygiene techniques and problems such as gum disease.
Volunteers need to bring their own face mask, gloves, and medical scrubs. Volunteers are encouraged to bring dental hygiene education materials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and educational materials for local schools.
Teaching English to Women Groups
With thousands of yearly international travellers visiting Jaipur, having foreign language skills can lead to a better life opportunities. By volunteering to teach a “second” language such as English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Italian you are giving the student an opportunity for a career in tourism (which is huge in Jaipur).
This is an 8 week minimum commitment and volunteers will need to come with a proper syllabus of a language to complete. These lessons can be arranged at a local school, orphanage, or woman empowerment center. This will be a challenging by rewarding program.
*Imp: The transportation in not included to the program. The transportation cost is around US$2 - 4 a day by Tuk-tuk (motorcycle ride) can be divided between 2 - 3 volunteers (10km ride).
Volunteer India, although the Indian government works hard to provide quality education to poor needy communities, our volunteers are assisting in great ways! Teaching can be very rewarding, but in India the program is challenging. By providing English learning opportunities to poor children they gain a chance of a better life and breaking out of the cycle of poverty.
Kindergarten and primary school levels are available. You will assist the local teacher, focus on teaching English and other basic subjects. You may be given a syllabus or curriculum to follow. However volunteers are encouraged to use visual aids and other non-traditional teaching methods using sports, creative games and arts and crafts to encourage participation. Having some Hindi phrases will be very useful for the volunteer. Volunteers should be pro-active, reliable and open for challenge.
*Imp: The transportation in not included to the program. The transportation cost is around US$2 - 4 a day by Tuk-tuk (motorcycle ride) can be divided between 2 - 3 volunteers (1km to 7km ride).
Are you ready to help people in need, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and culture of a new country and have the experience of a lifetime? With poverty, disease and a lack of skilled providers putting a strain on important services such as health and childcare in developing countries across the globe, there are many corners of the world which rely on the help of volunteer travelers like yourself.
Volunteer in India with A Broader View Volunteers a top rated non-profit charity organization, which works tirelessly to support our wonderful volunteers and serve the local communities where our volunteer programs are located. Placements in India are based in the cities of Jaipur / Udaipur. Program placements are tailored to the volunteers different interests and skill sets, but still allow volunteers time to explore the Asian local culture and activities during their free time.
The type of programs in India vary widely, offering everything from education to health care. Volunteers can choose between 14 program opportunities in the orphanage. International volunteer help is not only appreciated by the local community, it is severely needed by the millions of Indians living below the poverty line. With thousands of children living and working on the streets, as is so often the case in developing countries like India, our volunteer programs are designed to support the needs of local teens and children in desperate need of assistance.
Many of our volunteer abroad programs cater to underprivileged women and children’s care, education and health requirements. Our extensive range of social programs near Jaipur / Udaipur, India programs include: Pre Health Students, Elderly Care, Community development, women Empowerment, Animal Rescue, Orphanage Care, Children Education, Elephant sanctuary and many more.
Volunteering in India is an incredibly rewarding experience. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds to join us. Whether you’re seeking volunteer abroad programs for college students or voluntary work for over 60s, as a trusted non-profit organization which prioritizes the safety of our volunteers, we are the go-to for volunteers across the globe. We also offer customized programs with flexible arrival dates to best suit the needs of the remarkable volunteers we depend on to help us make the world a better place.
If you’d like to volunteer, India is just one of the countries we’ve taken under our wing, supplying a steady flow of volunteers and providing year-round financial support to local projects in near India. Wherever you decide to volunteer, A Broader View give you the opportunity to participate in meaningful community service work, learn a foreign language, make lifelong friends and discover that one person really can make a difference. Your search for the best volunteer abroad programs ends here – volunteer in India with us and gain A Broader View of the world.
Welcome to India! 🇮🇳. Our Names are Gaurav and Hasmik G. and we are your ABV coordinators while you are staying in Jaipur or Udaipur.. Our country has one big city, New Delhi. But you will be working in Jaipur or Udaipur We will be ready for support 24/7 in case you need to contact us urgently. We will introduce you to your volunteer location and staff. You are most welcome to seek our assistance and don’t hesitate to ask us questions while in country.
You are most welcome to seek our assistance and don’t hesitate to ask us questions while in country.
Reviews & Multimedia
This has been a very eye opening experience for me. I have done so many things that some people could only dream of. I couldn’t have had a better experience traveling to a poverty stricken country. The support was good and helped in a lot of ways.
It was an amazing experience. I come back to my home very happy and grateful. I want to come back to continue this great program very soon. It was excellent. I felt like I was at home all the time.
I got exactly what I was hoping for when I booked this trip. I learned a lot about how to help injured and disable animals while also learning about a new culture. It was a whole new adventure everyday and I am already planning a second trip to India.
Prices for India
Since A Broader View Volunteers is a 501c(3) charitable organization, You can fundraise (optional) for the expenses of the trip after you get confirmed in our programs. Prices are per person and in US dollars (US$).
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|India Jaipur (Elephant)||$1000||1100||$1250||$1380||$1510||$1640||$1790|
- Accommodation: Share Volunteer House
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch box and dinner daily
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
- Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Hindi Lessons: 5 Days included
- Optional: Indian Cuisine, Yoga, Henna and Dance lessons (not included)
Extra costs: Flights to India. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet
Most of our programs run year round, you can start any volunteer/internship program on any day. When you apply you will lets know your start and end dates. Our programs run year round and have volunteers arriving almost every day from many different countries.
Since our programs sometimes depend on the local holiday calendar, there are brief occasions when normal programs work is suspended. For example, schools/daycares often close for long winter/summer vacations. During these times, we arrange for alternative work programs that are similar in substance to our ongoing programs, but address the short-term, direct needs of the local communities.
If you would like to arrange your start and end dates around the local holidays, please call us at 1.866.423.3258 or email us at [email protected].
Once in country our local coordinator can help you find the most reliable and safe tour agencies for weekend trips, you can pay in cash or in most locations with a credit card. These tours are not part of the ABV fees.
Private Day-Trip To Agra Including The Taj Mahal From Jaipur By Train
For anybody visiting India, the Taj Mahal is a must-see attraction. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site and New7Wonder of the World in luxury on a private 15-hour day-trip to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort from Jaipur. Travel by deluxe express train from Jaipur in order to arrive hours faster than by car, freshen up at a 5-star hotel, take a guided tour of the monuments, and enjoy free time in Agra. Lunch, dinner, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Private Full-Day Tour of Jaipur
Experience a private 8 hour tour of Jaipur! In the morning, there will be a 9am pickup from your hotel by your guide. You will be driven in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the outskirts of Jaipur to visit the Amber Fort, a World Heritage Site, Jai Mandir Temple, Temple and the hall of mirrors, the Rajput-style Jal Mahal (Water Palace) which sits in Man Sagar Lake, the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and much more. The palace also contains a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani clothing. Lunch will be provided and the tour will conclude with a ride back to your hotel.
Private Day Trip: Samode Village including Camel Ride and Royal Lunch at Samode Palace
Experience rural life and royalty in India on a private full-day tour from Jaipur to Samode village. Explore the village and its surroundings on a camel safari, then tour the Samode Palace and have lunch in its elegant restaurant. Includes private guide and driver, lunch, camel ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
Festivals and Festivities
IMPORTANT FESTIVALS IN JAIPUR
Festivals in India plays a vital role in portraying the typical Indian traditions which are not only important part but rather they share a deep meaning in the Hindu mythology and are considered priority for every Indian family. Every state of India shares a special and unique traditions and customs. We will discuss about ten most important festivals in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
This festival is mainly for the women and girls who pray for the well bwing and long life for their husbands or future husbands. The festival is celebrated in Chaitra between the month of March and April according to the hindu calender in the name of goddess Parvati and god Shiv.
On this festival, women and girls wear colourful new Indian apparels and enjoy their day, by singing and dancing together. On this day, women pours mehndi on their hand and do a fast for a day for their husband and break the fast after watching the glimpse of the moon. They perform a special pooja of Goddess Parvati and take blessings from her.
Maker Sanskrit is celebrate on January 14th of every year, where everyone in Jaipur fly kites in the high sky and enjoy their day with joy and lively feeling. The families meet up together and celebrate this festival together by sharing sweets and flying colorful kites.
On the day of full moon phalgun purnima, the elephant festival is celebrated which includes the Pujan of elephants and amazing activities associated with them like elephants racing, decorating elephants and many more. Elephants have always played an important role in the hindu Myhtology.
Sitla Mata Fair
In the village seel-ki-dungri of Jaipur, this fair is celebrated with great joy and happiness dedicated to the sitla goddess when people in Jaipur take blessing from the almighty and performs many art forms to impress the goddess and fulfill their wishes. This festival is celebrated in the month of march-april. Sitla mata let all the troubles to shoot on her and bless the people for happy life.
This festival is an interesting moment of joy and happiness where the donkeys are gathered at one place with their pet parents and many types of fair are performed which includes decorating donkey, donkey racing and many more. This festival is one interesting festival that is only celebrated in the region of Jaipur.
Kajli Teej Festival
Followed by the same rituals which are shared in the festival of teej, women celebrate this festival by engaging themselves in dancing, singing and performing such arts. This festival plays an important role in the state Rajasthan because of its significance and meaningful purpose.
Diwali is one important festival in India which is celebrated to share the victory of Lord Ram against Ravan and his return to the home back. This festival is initiated with the Pooja and then is celebrated by blowing many crackers so as to realize the joy ans happiness of the festival which is full of light and blessings.
Raksha bandhan plas an important part in the Hindu rituals that explains the love of a sister towards her brother. Sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist and ask for the lifetie protection by his brother.
Dusshera was a day when the evil raven was killed by the lord ram. This day signify the lesson of truth winning on the lie and betrayal. This festival in Jaipur is celerated by burning the puppet of raven and performing different dance forms and arts on this day.