• India
    • Jaipur

Program Details

Year Round


Starting Price
Price Details
The cost of a two-week volunteer trip to India is about $2,400 CDN.

Cost includes:
• Three meals a day and water
• In-country transportation
• Two- to three-star level accommodation
• A dedicated trip co-ordinator and travel agent
• Pre-trip resources and orientation
• A substantial donation to the project

This does not include airfare, however the entire cost of an international volunteer trip paid through Developing World Connections, including airfare, is 100% tax deductible in Canada. You can fundraise and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Equipment Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 11, 2019
Aug 05, 2013
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About Program

Developing World Connections volunteers work with one of our two Indian in-country partners in the Rajasthan state. Located in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan is home to more than 68 million people. High rates of illiteracy, insufficient water sources, inadequate health care and limited access to social services are pervasive problems.

You can work in villages around Bhinder, a community on the outskirts of Udaipur known as the Venice of India, with Sahyog Sansthan. You will work with farmers building water harvesting structures or and well and land partitions. These allow farmers to grow two crops a year instead of one, giving them more food for their families and income through sales.

Or you can work with Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots organization that has developed a range of programs over the years aimed at empowering women, children and youth. The organization's programs focus on health, education and employment, including such projects as building washrooms.

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A highly recommended volunteer trip that was a remarkable and life-changing experience

I have participated in two volunteer trips with Developing World Connections (DWC), once to Cambodia as a team member and once to India as a team leader. I found the five week volunteer experience in India to be an incredibly fulfilling adventure, with a very meaningful and organized project to work on, many cultural experiences, and an overwhelmingly kind and welcoming host partner, Youth Touch.

DWC worked with myself and the host partner’s leader for a year prior to organize trip details and provide me with training and resources while I recruited volunteers and organized fundraisers, etc. I highly recommend applying to become a Student Trip Leader with DWC if you would like to improve your leadership and communication skills, meet new people and of course, participate in a life-changing volunteer experience in a developing country. There is no past volunteer experience necessary to lead a Student Volunteer Trip with DWC, although the experience I had volunteering in Cambodia certainly helped. Student Trips’ through DWC are 4-5 weeks in length and held through May-Aug. for participants aged 15-29.

Our project in Sikar, India was to help build a three-story children’s home just outside of the city and near the poorest area within the region. The home was going to be used by Youth Touch to house gifted students who expressed interest in focusing on their studies, and whose parents had given their consent. The goal of the home was allow ~80 students from the poor slums of Sikar to live, study and be cared for in an environment that would accommodate their learning and development. The well-educated young adults would be candidates for well-paying government jobs and would be able to support their families still living in the slums, thus breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our group helped a mason and construction workers carry rocks, sand and other supplies from piles to where the foundation was being laid. We used large metal bowls and formed a chain, handing bowls off to one another. A runner would collect the bowls and bring them back to the start of the chain. This technique really added to our team spirit! We worked in shifts, one in the morning and one in the evening; we couldn’t work during mid-day because it was too hot. Although the work could be strenuous at times, breaks were encouraged and taken for water or for anyone who required a little extra rest.

The Youth Touch organization in Sikar was lead by an inspiring and kind leader, who ensured his guests and volunteers who stayed in his home were well cared for and comfortable. Meals were cooked by our leader’s wife and his sister-in-laws. The food was authentic and delicious. All of our food concerns and preferences were taken into account by the family who worked with us to ensure our needs were met. During our mid-day break from work, the leader of Youth Touch would engage our group in activities that familiarized us with the culture and ways of life in India. We dressed up in traditional clothing, learned how to cook our favourite dishes, and were given lessons on the social traditions, geography, Hindu religion and their language.

On weekends, we would travel around the Rajasthan area and visited monuments, temples, and cities, including the Taj Mahal in Agra. A highlight included an overnight camel back safari through the desert, and visiting Udaipur, known as the “Venice of India”. These excursions were not planned through DWC but instead through Youth Touch. As a trip leader, I researched tourist destinations and through recommendations by the Youth Touch leader and suggestions from other group members, we decided on a final list of destinations and activities to do on our weekends off from work. The Youth Touch leader budgeted costs (which were incredibly reasonable!) and planned an itinerary for these excursions.

When we left India after the five weeks we all agreed that we left with a very good understanding of the region and all felt that we had contributed to a very worth while organization that was hugely impacting the lives of some of the poorest children and their families in Sikar. India was an incredibly beautiful and fascinating country that stole our hearts. We all would like to return some day soon!

Overall, I highly recommend participating in Developing World Connections trips, either as a trip participant or leader, especially to Sikar, India with the non-profit organization and host partner, Youth Touch.

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes there wasn't enough work for all of us to be on site at once. This was due to the fact that since we weren't skilled laborers were unable to help with all aspects of construction. During this time some of the team members would visit the children and spend time with them, or have some down time.
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A Wonderful Experience Through and Through

We volunteered in a small village and lived in a Palace in Bhinder, Rajasthan for four weeks as part of a student-led trip in May of 2009. The villagers we worked with were amazing and incredibly inspiring. Their pace of life is so wonderfully simple, and it was nice to have the opportunity to assist them in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change in their village. I learned much about rural Indian life and what real work in 40 + degrees (Celsius) weather was like. I also got to visit several other cities and villages during the weekends and went backpacking for several weeks afterwards. My experience with DWC helped me to understand and appreciate the world's largest democracy and the coexistence of the Hindu and Muslim faiths. It was also a very secure experience and apart from a mild stomach flu/fever lasting a few hours, I had no real negative experiences in India. I Highly recommend this trip for anyone looking for a real adventure where anything is possible!

What would you improve about this program?
I would work on trying to devise ways to facilitate more productive work on the part of volunteers (that one might mean splitting the days up into mornings and evenings?)
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Questions & Answers

Our trips range from two to four weeks, unfortunately we don't have longer ones. We work with two organizations in India, so we have two locations there we could send people. We have had couples on our trips who share a double room. As much as possible, we use hotels that are clean and comfortable, but they not luxurious by Western standards.