Volunteering With India

Program Reviews

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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Came here as a solo traveler for 10 days and loved my experience. The local people are nice and the staff is always there if you need any help. Would recommend 100%! Great teaching experience for children and for older woman and great food/beverages. Even if you don’t speak the language, the staff will make sure the communication between you and the students is okay. Three hours per day, you go to the center, which is located closely to the accommodation, and teach the course of your choice. Very nice experience :)

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Audrey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved the one month I spent with this program. The staff and the children were amazing. It certainly was the experience of a lifetime and I will probably think about this trip every single day for many many years to come. It certainly will be very hard to top. I haven't been bored for one second and would love to stay much longer if I could. I will miss you all and your nice smiles and the future volunteers that will come will be very lucky to get to spend time with you all.

-Audrey from Canada

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would defenitely stay longer because once one is acclimated one doesn't want to leave.
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Mina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was in jaipur for the medical program with Volunteering with india. We could assist to the medical checkup of youngsters from other states who were found working in factories and now are temporarily living, learning and playing at the NGO center. After that we went to the street for medical checkups inside an equipped ambulance (bus-ambulance). The Bus-Ambulance is divided in two parts, First for Doctor and second for pharmacist. It was a great experience and I was able to learn from other fields of the volunteer programs.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, This was superb. not need to improve anything in this program.
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Bina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mobile medicine is a nice idea for local people who are in need or who live in some rural areas. During the experience of medical project here, I had chance to understand the local medical conditions and problems in India. I could discuss those problems with local workers, and tried to find a better ways of volunteering. I could participate in the process of medical consultation, preparing and giving medicine.
After a strong cultural impact due to diversity in the approach with the patient, inadequate medical devices and a huge language barrier I found a wonderful team that taught me to recognize the associations of Indian drugs, the most common diseases in India and to deliver medicines to patients.
So, even without ‘standard’ medical acts, I felt part of the team and it just made me feel like I was doing something.
Definitely I would do this experience a million times again.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Nothing , it is superb. This was the best experience in my life. i Can't forget it.
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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The medical program with Volunteering with India is an incredible adventure on a bus-ambulance in which volunteers help the medical and pharmacist in assisting rural areas of Jaipur that otherwise would not have access to treatment.
We also checked the physical conditions of children in the village once a week. I have also learned some local language to make a better interaction with local people. I really learned a lot by the observation and enjoyed these days! We also had similar program in my hometown, and I will bring my experience back to make a better medical service.
I was so proud of myself at the first time that I finished the all process of preparing medicine and giving them to the patients by their language. This is my life time experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
it is not necessary to be a medical student in this program.
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Ayesha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My partner and I have had so much fun during this programme! Not only did we achieve our dream of working with elephants, but the programme also offered heaps of opportunities to explore more of Jaipur, including forts, safaris, and more! We had an amazing and accommodating taxi driver who went above and beyond to get us wherever we needed to go, whenever we needed him! The host family has been super accommodating and welcoming; we even tagged along to one of their daughters’ wedding! We had such a blast throughout the programme and I would highly recommend this programme to anyone wanting a super stress free, fun way to explore the city, as we got heaps of our own spare time to explore on our own as well as with the super well organised activities prepared!

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Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had an absolute blast working with the elephants and seeing the sights of Jaipur! Everything ran smoothly and according to plan. Spending time with these elephants was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was amazing to spend an extended period of time with these beautiful creatures.
The staff of the program were second to none, our coordinator (Surendra) was absolutely fantastic and we were very lucky to have him. Surendra was great at suggesting activities and sightseeing. He also was great at talking to the locals on our behalf when our minimal Hindi did not suffice. Also special mention of the host family for their amazing hospitality. The family went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and to make sure we got the most out of our stay.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One thing that surprised me the most was how each elephant has such a unique personality!
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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 12 days volunteering with elephants. I loved the elephants and work was what it was described on the net.

Prity guesthouse was a great experience. They are very welcoming and they let me participate in their birthday party and diwali. They always made sure I am happy with everything and my trip is safe as I am a female solo traveler.

People at guesthouse answered all my questions about India and their culture and so did Surendra and the conversations were easy and interesting.

I also recommend to use VWI's drivers. Tota Ram and Shekra. They know the place well and have great characters. I had one scary experience with a tuktuk I took from a street so to avoid any risks I would use these guys. I highly recommend women travelers to be careful here.

My only disappointments were the chains elephants have. I am a huge animal lover and it was hard to see that but this is how it is for now. I heard some of the elephants were rescued from places like circus which I consider a lot worse option for them. Here the people who work with them genuinely care about them and they made sure I cleaned their blocks well enough. Hopefully one day they have bigger places where they can stay when they are not working. Also I had imagined there are other volunteers the whole time I am staying here but because of the time of the year (October) and people not having holidays I felt sometimes lonely even though VWI gave me ideas what to do on free time. I would definitely do this again but I would make sure that there would be company of other volunteers or my friends.

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Cara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the absolute pleasure of teaching on the childcare project. The day consisted of singing educational songs, teaching basic maths/English and playing ball. I taught them some ball games which they loved. The boys are beautiful and welcoming. On my last day I was able to join in on their art class and teaching their dance/theatre. I taught them a few dances from my childhood and we all had a blast. The school is very well run and doing giving these boys a wonderful education. The school staff were lovely and very welcoming also. The volunteering coordination was brilliant and helped to translate my words to the boys when needed. I will never forget this experience, one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Can’t recommend this project enough to anyone wanting to make a difference

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Cara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with elephants was truly an unforgettable experience I will never forget. If you love elephants and want something different with your time in Jaipur then this project is right for you. We got to spend lots of time with the elephants away from the traffic and crowds. We helped make chabati for them, fed them, cleaned their area, gave lots of hugs and pats. Was awesome to meet other volunteers on the program from other countries. The staff work very for these elephants. The staff are very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We also visited the baby elephant close by. I now have so many amazing memories bonding with these elephants and incredible photos to treasure. I highly recommend you join this program, you won’t regret it.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see the elephants enjoying free time unchained. I’m sure they would love a bit of playtime also (water and bucket)