Volunteering With India
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(47 Reviews)

Volunteering With India

Volunteering With India gives you opportunity to work in India for various development volunteering program including work with children, Orphanage work, Work with elephants,Women empowerment & Theater Volunteer program.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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MELISSA
Female
San Francisco, CA

Amazing Experience and People

10/10

I spent a week volunteering for the Woman Empowerment program and taught English to a group of nearly fifty wonderful women. Both groups were on slightly different English levels. I had to improvise the first day with a lesson, then the next couple of days I'd have something prepare before the class. The women loved group exercises that allowed them to practice with each other and also everyone's pronunciation a loud and in front of the group. They were shy at the beginning, but always warm, welcoming, focused, ready to learn. They always had a smile on their faces. I was impressed on how driven and smart the group was and how grateful they were.
I used to teach from 12-4:30 and got back home around 5pm, so there's time to sightseeing locally in between.

Sukret was very helpful from the beginning, promptly responded to emails and any questions I had. He welcomed me at the host family house; where a lovely family ensure we felt comfortable and provided homemade meals everyday. Tip: Bring your own mosquito net if you don't want to get bitten. I installed mine using a command strip and I only got bitten once because that night I did not use it. The house has wifi, fan and a dessert cooler. You get your own room with bathroom.

The organization's driver was very kind and professional - it was fun commuting to work on a tuk tuk everyday. Due that I was traveling solo, I hired on my own a private driver to take me sightseeing in Jaipur the day before I started volunteering, went to the Taj Mahal and back to New Delhi to fly out to Nepal. Unfortunately, I did not have any additional time to spend on trips with other volunteers, but it was nice getting to know another volunteer at the host family house. If you want to see some of the places I had a chance to check out in Jaipur you can see them on Instagram @m.elissaponce

How can this program be improved?

The program can be improved by providing more guidance about what the assignment will be, so volunteers can prepare in advance, bring any materials (if needed), know what topics the group has already covered with other volunteers.

Karen
Karen
Female
47 years old
Australia
Other

A fun and rewarding experience!

9/10

In March 2017, my 14 yr old daughter and I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Womens Empowerment group.
It was a wonderful experience getting to know the girls. At first everyone was a little shy, but over the course of the week, we became a part of the group.
This experience gave us a small insight into the local culture and the opportunity to interact, share, and positively impact the lives of the women we met.
We learned about the challenges these women face in their society, as well as the joy they get from being in a supportive environment that allows them to learn valuable skills which they can take and use in their community.
There was no set program for us to follow, so we improvised, teaching the girls a little English, then joined in with them in their henna drawing and sewing classes.
We became models for the girls to practice their new hair dressing skills, nail polish techniques and latest henna hand designs. They also taught us some great Bollywood dance moves in an impromptu dance class, providing an invaluable lesson in self confidence for everyone.
As part of the program, we also spent some time each afternoon in a children's after school program near the women's centre in rural Jaipur. The kids were keen to learn and practice their English, keeping us busy with setting math problems, marking book work and playing games.

The Volunteer with India program was a great package and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a grass roots experience.
The host family was very welcoming and caring, feeding us very well with an abundance of traditional meals. Our assigned driver, a happy guy named Totaram, promptly picked us up each day for our assignment, doubled as our weekend tour guide on our day off and occasionally took us for chai at the local stall ‘after work’.
A great experience overall - I would highly recommend this program!!

How can this program be improved?

Have a set plan for the volunteers. There was a lack of instruction on what would be the most beneficial way to assist during the time with the women.
It would be great if the organization could provide more information about the women and projects/activities they will be working on during the volunteer time, prior to your arrival.
This would allow the volunteer to bring ideas, supplementary materials, additional activities or skills along, which could be integrated into the program.

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Vicente
Male
30 years old
TOULOUSE
Complutense University of Madrid

Excellent project and staff

9/10

Thank you to VWI for such an amazing experience in Jaipur. I participated in the street children project for two weeks teaching English and mathematics. The staff from all the projects is very professional, helpful and friendly which makes it very easy to adapt to the organization. Every morning the taxi driver picks you up and takes you to the school. There you will spend the morning with the children, teaching them basic subjects and doing many activities such as playing, crafts and dancing with them. This was the most rewarding part of the experience. In the afternoons, you have free time to visit the city or do other activities. One evening I went to another project for women empowerment to help them develop skills such as sewing, doing henna drawings or learning English. The staff members are very flexible and accommodating so you can profit 100 per cent of all their organization. If you want to learn about Indian culture and traditions, this is the best way to do it. During the volunteer program you will live with an Indian family where you will be able to get to know their traditions, religion, food…. The host family is very welcoming and helpful. For instance, we were made part in the Sister’s day celebration with the family this special occasion. In the weekends VWI staff also organizes some sightseeing activities to do some tourism around Jaipur. It was really fun as you can spend as much time as you like at the different forts, palaces with other volunteers.
I would definitely recommend for future volunteers to work with the children and women empowerment project

How can this program be improved?

It could be helpful to have some guidelines in advance to know what to teach to the children and how the school works.

John
Male

Great Program

10/10

I recently volunteered to teach English and math at the school for street kids. It was a great experience to work with the kids. They were eager to learn and loved to play games and interact with me and the other teachers. The guest house was a nice accommodation and in a very good location to see things in Jaipur during free hours. The only strange thing is the curfew hours, I'm not really used to that as an adult but it wasn't too much of a problem. I wish I would have planned more time to stay because working with the kids was very rewarding and I was able to establish good relationships with several of them in a very short amount of time. The work being done is very important and allows an opportunity to make potentially a life long impact on their lives. I highly recommend the program and would suggest planning some teaching games or activities in advance to make the most of the experience."

How can this program be improved?

Maybe creating a set curriculum for the kids and preparing teachers a bit more ahead of time.

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Melissa
Female
30 years old
Miami, Florida
Miami International University of Art & Design

VWI - Street Children Program

10/10

I participated in the Street Children Program through Volunteering With India, and every minute of the program was incredible. From the moment I arrived in Jaipur I felt at home. Sukret met me at the airport and drove me to my host family's home. Every morning our host family prepared a wonderful breakfast for us, before our driver (Tota Ram- who is amazing!!) would pick us up and take us to the school to teach and play with the children. Teaching the boys English was the highlight of my trip! Everyday they are eager to learn and excited to play new games. The boys greeting us with smiles each morning made for a really rewarding experience. I also learned how to cook chapati, while helping prepare lunch for the boys one day. Govind and Sukret are so kind and helpful with guiding you throughout the entire experience. My host family left an imprint on my heart - my trip would not have been the same without them. Thanks to my host family, I was able to see Jaipur and Indian culture through an authentic perspective. I learned a lot about traditional food, Hinduism, family practices, fun local activities like flying kites. One night I went to the local temple with one of the family members. I will never forget how welcome my host family made me feel - they will forever be extended-family in my heart. I also became close with my fellow volunteers, and have made new friends for life. I will definitely stay in touch with everyone from the program, the entire experience was unforgettable. I will be back. If you are considering this program, don't think twice - just sign up!

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