Developing World Connections Projects in India
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• 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.
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.
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.