Affordable Volunteer Programs in Rishikesh, India

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About

Rishikeshi, is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Lying across the holy river Ganga, it is one of the most spiritual cities in India lcoated in the lower Himalayas.

As a volunteer you will work with an NGO providing formal education to children from slum area teaching them various subjects, sports etc. You can use your knowledge in various subjects or skills as an artist or musician to teach the students. As a foreigner, you can also give them various cultural sessions about your own country.

Don't worry though, it is not all work. Rishikesh is a cultural hub and their is no lack of places to visit and enjoy with various markets, temples, river side beaches, yoga ashrams to visit. For the adventure seekers there is no lack of adventure trekking trails and activities like bungee jumping near by.

Highlights
  • Spend you evenings lazying on the banks of River Ganga.
  • Lots of trekking trails and adventure activities for the adventure enthusiasts!
  • Volunteer with children and other student volunteers, doing something meaningful during your travel.
  • Explore the multi cuisine cafes at Tapovan while meeting other travelers from around the world.
  • Don't forget to take yoga classes. Rishikesh is known as the Yoga capital of the world for a reason!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

98%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
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Anam
9/10

Home country

Although I am Indian, I have never really lived here. I was born in the US and came to visit Delhi only a few times where my relatives stayed. When I decided I wanted to spend my summer break exploring my home country, I wanted to stay in a place away from the crowded cities, somewhere quiet where I could get the true essence of my home country. I found this place in Rishikesh with its beautiful valley and friendly people. It is like a small town with everything at a walking distance! I was hosted by Ramesh and worked at a small school run for poor children. Teaching them Maths and English was like therapeutic for me. Rishikesh will always hold a very special space in my heart and I will always remember it in my heart. Really thankful for TTW for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
The airport of arrival was Delhi which is almost 6 hours away from Rishikesh. The transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh was pretty tiring although I was provided with a cab. They should maybe look for better options.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jake
10/10

Changed person

I would’ve never thought that I would ever travel to India. I had often thought about travelling abroad after school but it had always ended with thoughts of partying in Europe. I would have never thought that I would go for a volunteering program in India and I am really glad that I did. The things that I learned through this experience were immense. Humility, understanding, respect for other religions, cultures - the list just goes on and on. I learned to respect the things that I had taken for granted for life. The children I worked with in the school didn’t even have a quarter of what I often took for granted and were still so happy, always enjoying life. Even after facing so many hardships they harboured no resentment or hate. They just spread love wherever they went. It was really a life changing experience and I will look back to these weeks in India even when I grow old. A huge thanks to Ramesh, my host during my stay in Rishikesh. You are a really amazing person and I hope you stay blessed. Also appreciate all the effort put in by TTW to make sure my project went smoothly and I never faced any issue from my arrival to departure.

How can this program be improved?
My only regret with this program is that I could not stay for a longer period.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eddie
10/10

Memorable

It was such a crazy and memorable experience. India is a beautiful country. My project was in Rishikesh but I spend my weekends travelling to all corners of Uttrakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan. There is so much to see that I think it will take me a lifetime to explore the whole India. There are so many things to see and to do. I could just go on and on and on. It might sound crazy but you will have to actually visit this country to find out the real beauty about it. There is no other way about it at all. Once you arrive in this beautiful country only then will you understand what I am talking about. There is so much to do and try that you will never get have to repeat the same activity twice. Things such as trekking, rafting, kayaking, camping etc are in abundance in Rishikesh. The place is also known for its yoga, being hosts to the Beetles and a lot more.

How can this program be improved?
Not much that I can think of.
It is an amazing project and I fully recommend it.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elaine
10/10

Yoga Capital of the world

From the very start to the end my volunteering project was very smooth. On sending an enquiry I got a response within an hour and by the end of the day I was already having a Skype call with Aryen who was my coordinator all through the application process and during my stay in India. On arrival I was picked up from the airport and transferred to Rishikesh which is a beautiful hill station. Opposite of what India is considered as noisy, it is such a quite little hill station with a beautiful river and so many fun things to do. During my stay here I did rafting, bungee jumping, camping, trekking, basic yoga classes and so much shopping. I was hosted in a school in Rishikesh itself where I taught children drawing. All the kids aged 5-12 were really sweet and funny. They would be playful all the time, always running around and very energetic. Overall as I said my trip was very smooth and anyone who comes to India, I would recommend either going for the Rishikesh program or at least staying there for a few days.

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't change it for the world. It was one of the best times of my life. TTW did a good job with this project.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ireri
10/10

Time of my life

My project to Rishikesh was amazing. Being a student, signing up for a budget project was very important for me. The Tarzan Way charged very less and I got my meals and stay included in the project fees. Before arriving in India, I hadn't expected super comfortable accommodation or meals considéringnth low cost. I was pleasantly surprised to see that that was not the case. Not only was my guesthouse super comfortable, but it was also located right across the river Ganga and I would go sit at the river banks every weekend with the other volunteers. The food was also pretty good and the cook knew how to make lots of different dishes. I ended up trying a different Indian dish every day.
Rishikesh is pretty famous for its' adventure sports so I ended up going for an adventure camp and river rafting. My coordinator from The Tarzan Way was really helpful in arranging all of these for me.
I will definitely cherish my experience in India for a very long time.

How can this program be improved?
Both Rishikesh and the project were perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program

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