Volunteer in India with Volunteering Solutions
94% Rating
(29 Reviews)

Volunteer in India with Volunteering Solutions

Take a trip to India and volunteer with Volunteering Solutions! Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture while learning and giving back at the same time. Volunteering Solutions partners with local NGOs to ensure the quality of the projects.

There are many volunteer projects to choose from in India: 2-week volunteer special program, summer program, childcare, health care work in mobile clinics, work with orphans and street children, teach underprivileged children, and work to empower women and girls. With such a large variety of options throughout India, there's sure to be the perfect project for every volunteer. It is truly the Best Volunteer Program in India!

For dental students, Volunteering Solutions offers dental elective internship placements, where they will work with professional dentists. As with other Volunteering Solutions programs in India, this dental program has a 2-week duration, and it gives students hands-on as well as shadowing opportunities in a rural dental clinic setting. Check the Volunteering Solutions website to learn more!

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Locations
Asia » India
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Language
English
Housing
Hostel
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD

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Hi Maggie, according to the Volunteering Solutions site, "The minimum age requirement for individual participants for most of our programs is 17 years old. Some programs also have a minimum age requirement of 18 years. We suggest you to visit the specific program destination page to check the minimum age requirement. However, volunteers below 17 years old and children can join the program if they...

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Mohammed
Male
23 years old
Saudi Arabia
Harvard University

Indian volunteering

9/10

It was nice and fantastic volunteering experience. I volunteered in hospital and the doctor staff there was gorgeous and very helpful . I had fun in india i've been in many beautiful places . I stayed 6 weeks in delhi and I didn't get bored because every day I try new thing . I hope if i can go back to india and do another volunteering. I really like the voulnteering after this experiencea and it made my self more stronger and confident about volunteering work.

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Hannah
Female
26 years old
Chicago, IL, USA
University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

India Inspires

10/10

My time in Delhi, India was nothing short of phenomenal. I sincerely loved every minute of it and was always learning something new, whether it be about the Indian culture, Hinduism religion, native wildlife, or Hindi language. I was in Delhi, India to teach street children, but in fact those street children and the surrounding culture taught me. This ancient place, full with busy traffic and spice aromas, opened my eyes into a vastly different way of living and connecting with the world.

I taught street children: children mainly living on the street or in underdeveloped shelters with or without immediate family members, Mondays - Fridays at the nonprofit
Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS) center in Old Delhi. BUDS envisions a society where every child is in school, free from abuse, neglect, child labour and poverty. My role in helping this vision come to fruition at BUDS was to teach the children English, Mathematics, and other healthy life habits along the way. I adored each and every child here at BUDS and put my soul into teaching them all I could each day. I remember doing a math card game with them each day in order to practice differentiating numbers from letters and writing down new vocabulary words using pictures on my phone to illustrate what they were, such as “whale.”

Our biggest accomplishments as a class at BUDS was creating an entire alphabet poster that featured every letter of the alphabet with a picture that began with that letter, such as “B” for “ball.” The students colored and painted the letters and pictures of each alphabet card that we later hung across the walls of the room for the students to always have as a reference for learning their alphabet. The students greatly enjoyed this alphabet project and were already using the poster to refer to as it was being hung up. The teachers at BUDS were fantastic and even arranged Henna for me at the center one day. Having some of the older students and teachers do Henna art on my arms and hands is one of my fondest memories in India.

One of my favorite experiences in India was doing the weekend Golden Triangle Tour where we went to some of the most famous, historical sites in Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi. In Jaipur I visited the City Palace where many festivals and royal gatherings were conducted, the Hawa Mahal (or Wind Palace), and Chokhi Dhani restaurant. In Jaipur I also walked through Amber Fort and basked in the sun at the Monkey temple. I found Amber Fort to be extremely interesting as it consisted of royal courtyards and hidden rooms that the king and queens used to occupy. I very much enjoyed learning about these historical sites while actually standing inside of them and tasting the many traditional dishes at the elaborate Chokhi Dhani restaurant.

The Agra part of this Golden Triangle tour included visiting the famous Taj Mahal, which was truly astounding! This structure was certainly one of the most beautiful historic sites I have ever had the pleasure of viewing in person. While touring Delhi with our tour guide, I visited the India Gate, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, and Humayun’s Tomb. I relished climbing over the halfway broken structures of Qutab Minar and gaping at the detailed design of Humayun’s Tomb. On our Delhi touring day, we ate at a traditional South Indian cuisine restaurant called Naivedyam, which was quite delicious and not as spicy as other places I had been to in Delhi.

My most exhilarating experiences in India include riding an elephant up the Amber Fort wall and feeding monkeys at the Monkey (or Sun) Temple! It was breath-taking to view such an ancient structure from atop such a tall, majestic creature while also feeling that creature’s every step beneath me. Elephants are my favorite animal and I absolutely loved riding one for part of my India experience. Feeding the monkeys was quite a humorous experience as they jumped on me at any time and were quite forward in taking more bananas from my hands. I was with an experienced wildlife handler while doing this of course, but it still felt quite uncertain at times with monkeys approaching from all corners of the temple, seemingly out of nowhere. I truly delighted in this and found these creatures to be quite adorable.

On weekdays when I was not teaching my students at BUDS, I was often visiting local temples, mosques, and popular sites with a volunteer friend of mine. Some of the places we visited that I enjoyed most include Jama Misjid Mosque, Red Fort, Akshra Dham, and Iskcon Temple. Walking into the sacred areas of mosques and temples while observing the rituals people engaged in as a part of their religion was one of the most serene moments I remember having in India. I am thankful to have been able to intimately observe these religious monuments and practices in India. I also greatly appreciated the art I saw in India at various artisan shops such as the Blue Pottery store, an authentic Marble craftsman shop, cottage emporiums at Delhi Haat, and many more. Often times I was able to not only view the finished products, but also watch the artist at work creating their masterpieces and learning exactly how they completed them. As an artist lover, I definitely purchased several unique art pieces from these shops and plan to decorate my home with them soon.

While traveling within and around Delhi, India I saw much poverty and pollution. Many times there were people, including young children, approaching me; begging me to buy whatever they might be selling or simply to give them food. Further, it was often clear that the people living on the streets or in underdeveloped shelters were malnourished and did not have the opportunities to practice healthy hygiene habits, such as bushing one’s teeth each day or even bathing. While riding inside of a rickshaw, I could often see smog covering structures only 500 meters ahead and could feel myself inhaling chemicals from the exhaust of vehicles directly in front of me. Although viewing these inequities and dire situations people lived in was quite distressing at times, I am grateful to have observed this in India. I am grateful not only because it deepened my understanding of global inequity and disproportionality of wealth in the world, but also strengthened my allegiance to social justice. I know that so much more needs to be done to find and create solutions to this global poverty and pollution. These solutions are something dedicated to being a part of.

The experiences I had here will not only serve as fond memories of the past, but will most importantly inspire me presently to continue to make positive impacts in the places that need it most. I truly understand how big this world is, how many different lives are in it, and how each of us are intimately connected as humans that must care for one another. I believe that the future of our human species is dependent upon all of us not only being aware of the unique lifestyles and struggles that others in different parts of the world endure, but also acting to improve conditions for those in need. I am forever grateful to Volunteering Solutions and all the people I met in India for allowing me to experience a different way of life and be further inspired to continue to make positive, global impacts over my lifetime.

How can this program be improved?

Add more vegetables to dinner dishes

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Sumi
Female
51 years old
Singapore

Our Volunteer Solutions Journey...

10/10

My daughter who was 17 started me with Volunteer Solutions in 2015 (Kathmandu, Nepal) and recently in October 2016 (Palampur, Dharamshala in India). Looking back I have no regrets. the program is organised to immerse you in the culture and way of life of the people where you volunteer. At the same time, the program coordinators are always there to answer all your queries and see to your needs.
Our Program coordinators at Palampur, Dr Amit and Dr Afzal used to go an extra mile in making sure to see us almost every other day during our stay. At one occasion, my daughter was not able to get the public transport and was stranded at the bus-stop, Dr Amit personally drove her to her destination. As much as the coordinators wants us, Volunteers, to be independent, they also care for our safety. Another person who needs to be commended was Charanji. He cooked hot delicious meals.
We had real fun together interacting with the kids in the neighbourhood as well as the childcare where I volunteered. We had the advantage of being of Indian origin. Though we are not born in India, we can speak Hindi. I was able to speak to the mothers of the children in my care and discuss with them the importance of education. They really appreciated my help by giving me small memoirs to bring back.

I wish I had longer time to spend at both these places Kathmandu and Palampur, Dharamshala.
We are so grateful to Volunteer Solutions for giving us the opportunity to volunteer.

How can this program be improved?

Frankly, a well organised program.

Marta
Female
21 years old
Banyoles - Spain
Pompeu Fabra University

VOLUNESIA - DELHI 2016

10/10

The volunteering experience was great, I couldn't be more happy about it. It was a lifetime exprience. I am also very happy with volsol, it gave me the safety and reliablity and at the same time the enough freedom to be able to have a deep experience.

The most memorable thing was the time with the kids of course, who I could never forget and taught me so many things, I liked the fact that not only them could learn from be but I also could learn a lot about them, their courage, their happiness, their strenght and their smile taught me that life is not at all about having it all, but making it the most with what you have. They were also so grateful and tried to make me feel comfortable at any time, it was really impressive.

Not only I learnt from the kids but also from the city, the culture, the people. Learning that there are many different ways to do the things and different ways to think it is really important for our inner selves. People showed up to be really helpful, at any difficulty they were willing to help, when asking for directions or different problems that emerged, also very curious to know about you, your culture and your country. With the kids and as well as with other people it was always a way back relationship, you could learn a lot about them, they were always willing to learn from you.

While being in Delhi I lived in a cloud, my eyes couldn't stop looking around everywhere, there were so many things to see, to hear, to smell, it was a big fest for all the five senses. Every single second I was fascinated with everything, every second passed by you discovered new things, it was a completely pleasure for the mind and the heart, little pleasures of life. A rickshaw stucked in the mud and other drivers jumping to help to pull the vehicle out, a random person giving the water bottle they were carrying to some street children, a poor children smiling and laughing out loud while her mother watched him with a spark in her eyes while waiting the train at the station, a group of young women singing and laughing in the rickshaw next to yours, the boom of colors of the women metro coach, the smell of street food that flooded your nose and make your stomach beg to try it, the explosion that your tongue felt while trying spicy food, the non-stop noise of the horn of the cars that would make you feel that there is something missing once you are in the silent roads of your country...

I also went home with another great gift, friendship, not only the friendship built with the kids, but with the other volunteers, and what is better than making true new friendships? Having the chance to meet such wonderful people it really changed me, they all had their uniqueness, their way of being, their story, their kind hearts, they made you feel less lonely during the hard moments you could face, and at the same time they made you have the best during the moments of joy, they made the experience to climb to a whole different level.

I think that immersing yourself in this kind of adventure is an experience that changes you forever and gives you the opportunity to grow as a person and learn a lot about life. I am really really satisfied with the volunteering experience, I could not be more happy about it.

VOLUNESIA (noun) - That moment when you forget you're volunteering to help change lives, because it's changing yours...

Victoria
Female
19 years old
Maidstone, Kent

Streetchildren Project in New Delhi

10/10

One thing that I will never forget, is most properly my last day at the project and saying good bye to all of the gorgeous kids. I was expecting it to be a very heartbreaking day, but to my surprise the girls in my afternoon class which were about 8-10 years old, organized a little party for me. They had their mothers cook some delicious food and brought all sorts of snacks and cakes, from the little money that they have. This was a very touching moment for me, because I had realized that those girls were not only my students, but that they had also become my friends. We had lots of fun that day and they enjoyed styling my hair and giving me a "bindi", so that I would look like I'd just escaped a Bollywood movie. There was also a lot of dancing and singing and I must say that these experiences with the girls had let me love the Indian culture more than anything else could have! After our little party and all of our laughter, I then had to say goodbye to everyone. We all hugged each other a thousandth times and didn't want to let go. But sitting in the car on my way home to the accommodation, I had a grin on my face. Because on the one hand I knew that I would miss these girls, which mad me sad, but on the other hand I was so grateful to have taken part in their lives, because they have the kindest hearts and the brightest smiles,which I'll never forget.

How can this program be improved?

It was perfect, so I see no need of improvement:)

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Kara
Female
20 years old
Stirling

India Summer Camp

10/10

India was the most incredible trip I've ever been on. Teaching young kids from the age of 3 and developing their English was inspiring. These kids have very little to live from and still make the most of everyday and smile more than you can ever imagine. They're full of energy and will definitely put a smile on your face. Growing very close with certain kids makes it extremely difficult to leave without a tear in sight. These kids taught me more than I taught them and that life should never be taken for granted. Exploring the country after our two weeks of volunteering was hectic from the get go, but I enjoyed every part. One day you'll be at the Taj Mahal and the next at the Golden Temple, the culture shock is immense and it's lovely to see how differently they do things compared to the western world.

How can this program be improved?

The only negative comment I have is that I wish there was a better health and safety scheme put into place. Whilst I was travelling, a terrible thing happened to a fellow volunteer and no one was really sure on what to do, I wish we were put at ease more and knew what needed to happen next. Apart from that, the trip is incredible!

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Gregory
Male
44 years old
Joliet
University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

Dehli Volunteer Work

9/10

Saying goodbye to our students was one of the hardest parts of the trip. Although these wonderfully sharp children may lack physical resources, they make up for it with their energy and their wonderfully generous hearts!
On our last day, one of our students gave me one of his only earthly possessions; a little toy robot. I knew how much this toy meant to him so I refused. He said, "It's a gift. You helped me all week and I wanted you to always remember me." It brought me to tears and will be one of the many touching memories I experienced while participating in this program.

How can this program be improved?

Developing an emergency protocol when tragedy happens. I was on the trip when a fellow volunteer came down with a contagious disease and died while on the trip. We were all exposed, but no one from the organization followed up with our safety regarding our health. We all should have been checked!
They told us they would see us off to say goodbye but they sent the house boy instead. I felt that the organization knew something had happened but failed to communicate it with us. Luckily we were travelling with people who had connections to the medical profession and we were able to get medical advice and purchase precautionary medication while on the trip, especially since many of us were continuing on with further travels.

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Cara
Female
21 years old
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
University of Pittsburgh

Delhi Orphanage Program

10/10

In May 2016 I had the opportunity to participate in the 2 week orphanage program in Delhi. I worked with the NGO Jamghat and went to the girls' home Aanchal, which housed 12 girls between the ages of 12-18. These girls either did not have parents, or their parents could no longer take care of them. The girls were so welcoming on the first day I arrived and made leaving them nearly impossible.
One of my favorite memories was when I had gone in to visit them on a Sunday after their weekly dance class. Since I have a background in ballet, they asked if I would teach them a short routine and in exchange, they'd teach me their most recent Bollywood piece. The girls were so happy and kept smiling and laughing the entire time.Seeing how happy such a simple thing as dance made them helped me realize how fortunate I am. I still keep in touch with the girls through email and they will always hold a special place in my heart.
Overall, my experience with volunteering solutions was excellent. The staff was very helpful throughout the entire application process and answered all of my questions leading up to my arrival in India. The accommodations were very nice and Rajiv and his family were amazing hosts. I'm so thankful for my opportunity to work with volunteering solutions and can't wait to return.

Jorge
Male
22 years old

My experience in India

9/10

India has been an incredible experience, for me working in a health center and in a hospital was a great way to learn medicine but also about indian culture and people.

Since the first day in India the adventure was amazing, the places I went, the people I met, the food, everything was just incredible.

Now I have a lot of friends I met back in India, that´s why traveling alone is one of the best things I did, incredible people living in the same house with me and sharing beautiful moments, traveling around, and getting know about India.

How can this program be improved?

In the health center, probably making that the volunteers participate more with the doctors, and doing more medicine practice.

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Max
Male
19 years old
Ellon

Volunteering solutions - India 2016

10/10

During the summer of 2016 I went on a volunteering trip to India. It was an inspiring experience, full of learning and culture. It was amazing to see people with so much less than me but still be just as happy and just as willing to succeed as I am. I met children who had dreams of becoming pilots and soldiers. The love for their own country is immense and how proud they are of what they have become and what the country has achieved is beautiful.

How can this program be improved?

The program is amazing and I cannot think of any way that it could be improved, apart from maybe a longer day with the elephants.

Colin
Male
20 years old
San Diego, California

The Man from Akshardham

10/10

India was the place I wanted to go to most in the world. Taj Mahal was the site I wanted to see the most but my favorite memory was from Akshardham. When I was there I was first in aw from the beauty and detail of each individual piece of the temple. Then actually looking around beyond the architecture my mind was subdued by the teachings and study of the Hindu religion. In the end I was confused. I was as confused as my friends from the UK were when I said "yall". I just kept reafinh everything to hope to understand but in the end I couldn't. Just as I was ready to give up a local man came up to me and greeted me with namaste. He continued on by asking my name and where I was from after a brief conversation he asked "Are you Hindu?" and I replied "No". He then choose to take his own time to explain to me so much of the religion. Not in a way to convert me but to teach me. He explained the stories and prayer I witnessed. Back where I'm from people don't go out of their way to help random tourists. This made such an impression on me that that's the first thing I think of for India.

How can this program be improved?

Not going to the place with the traditional dancing. It felt to much like a bad theme park or circus.

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Joanna
Female
43 years old
McAllen

Experience of a life time!

10/10

The summer program trip was amazing, and I'm glad I went on it. I met incredible people from all around the world, and made some great friends along the way. This trip will forever change how I view myself, my world, and my opportunities. It offered me new ways of challenging my views, and my abilities. I would definitely say that this trip was the journey of a life time, that empowered me to believe in the good in the world, and the strength in me. It tested my heart, mind and body, only to strengthen my values in life. I started the trip hoping to make a difference in the world, and came home having the trip make a difference in my life. India gave me so much more than I anticipated. She gave me a love for life, health, adventure, and personal growth.

How can this program be improved?

I think that more time in Delhi, and less time in Palampur would be something to consider.

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Allison
Female
22 years old
Pinesdale
University of Montana- Missoula

Street Children Program, New Delhi

10/10

I recently spent 5 weeks in India volunteering and touring in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra with a group. As a whole the experience was amazing and unforgettable, but my favorite part of the trip by far was the 3 weeks spent volunteering with the Street Children Project in Delhi. The children are so bright, full of energy, eager to learn and extremely welcoming! Our hosts at the volunteer house were also friendly and always open to questions about the Indian culture and way of life. We always felt very safe at the volunteer house and during our travels in the city of Delhi and always felt like we could bring any questions/concerns to the Volunteering Solutions staff. I was very pleased with our accommodations, and the food was amazing as well. I felt as though the coordinators provided my group with all of the tools we might need during our stay--reasonable rickshaw prices to and from our project and to local markets/tourist sites, maps, some history of the city, and safety advice.

I would highly recommend the Street Children Project to anyone who is interested. There is much one can do for the kids and so much more to be learned FROM them. I truly think that Volunteering Solutions is a great way to see India and take part in the culture, but more importantly make a positive impact on the lives you come in contact with along the way.

Sumaiya
Female
32 years old
Toronto, Canada

How the Children of Jamghat have Inspired Me - Delhi Street Children Program

9/10

They say first impression is the last impression. It was my first day of the Street Children Program when the children of Jamghat, left on me, a life-lasting impression. The first day and overall experience in the program sparked questions in me that are answering all the deeper questions I have ever had about wealth and poverty, survival and transcendence.

It was two days after entering India that I found myself walking the busy streets of Chandni Chowk, amongst street salespeople vying for my business and an orchestra of auto-rickshaws, rickshaws, cars and pedestrians making their way in an interesting uncoordinated synchronicity. Bubbling with curiousity about who I would meet and what I would do, I walked down the narrow alleyways beside Pigeon market and up a set of steep stairs to my placement.

After a few minutes of meeting and greeting the Jamghat staff, the children of the shelter started pouring in like water out of a jug, steadily but readily. Wide-eyed and curious, they walked in and greeted me by calling me didi, a term in Hindi meaning sister, usually used to address an older female of sister-like age. Shortly after greeting me, the children eagerly shared with me, some of the games they play and stories they tell. They asked me many questions about myself to get to know me, and sought my assistance with their schoolwork. I was flooded with warmth! Never had I felt so welcomed in my life, and this led me to ask myself, how is it that these children appear so happy despite living in poverty? How are they so energized? So curious, keen and eager? The radiation of joy pierced through any assumptions I might have previously made. Any anxiety, stress, or reserve I might have had melted away like butter. There was no opportunity to be wrapped in the bubble of self protection and isolation because there was way too much warmth in the air! I looked around to observe my environment further: some of the children were wearing ripped clothing, there were no extravagant toys or learning materials in the room, the heat was relentless, and amongst it all, wide eyes and bright smiles. The juxtaposition was mesmerizing.

During lunch hour, a handful of the children asked me to have lunch with them, share from their plates. Dhaal and chaval, a simple meal but hearty and nutritious. The children sat in a circle and said their prayers before eating, to express gratitude for the food. They observed to see how much I was eating and whether or not I was enjoying the food. They offered me water and more servings. This was a meal the children often ate and often times their last meal of the day, as there is no guarantee the children will have food available to them after leaving the shelter. I wondered to myself, how is it that despite knowing they may not get another bite again, the children still offer me the last of what they have? And how is it that they can care so much about my own hunger in spite of their own?

As I inquired about the lives of these children outside the shelter, the Coordinators offered to take me for a stroll in the area where the parents of some of the children stayed. We visited two shelters where I met some of the parents. Many of the parents were single unemployed mothers. Some parents were working in nearby factories, street peddling or begging. The majority of parents do not have time to look after their children because they are busy fighting for survival. Hence, children are often wandering around the shelter area, playing by themselves or with each other with little supervision. They say family environments and upbringing determine success, values and behaviour in children. I wondered then, how do the children of Jamghat know how to provide attention, understanding and care to others when many have not had the opportunity to receive these things themselves from their own families due to various circumstances?

Upon returning to Jamghat I later learned from some of the children that their siblings had been lost, simply by disappearing or as a result of sickness. How matter-of-factly these children shared their stories, as if such things were an everyday occurrence. I tried to gauge the feelings underneath their words and what I encountered was strength. How is it possible to have such resilience when facing experiences of loss so frequently? Multi-million dollar industries and companies are often created to provide aids and solutions to trauma and facilitate healing, but here healing didn’t require any special tool, process
or pill. Here, healing happened because it had to; this was life, and tools were primarily internal.

As my first day ended at the shelter, I walked back to the volunteer accommodation with many questions in mind, floating around. Reflecting on my life in the West, I felt so rich yet so utterly poor. I asked myself the ultimate and conclusive question, what is rich really? And what is poor?

We are taught to make something of ourselves, to achieve in the material world, to meet our needs and survive. We learn about evolution and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. We learn through media messages and advertising that we must attain various things at various times to be something, to be worthy. We have these social scripts and timelines instructing us on how to go about doing this. Yet how often during our day to day, do we smile like these children? Are eager to learn about others like these children? Want to share with others without thinking about what we have ourselves?

In one day and one experience, I felt myself unlearning all the messages that were stamped onto my being from an early age. I peeled off the old messages like an onion and immersed myself into the deep waters of this new realization. As I swam around, I grasped that these children were teaching me just as much as I was teaching them, and maybe even more so.

I have no exact answers to the questions that had surfaced for me. I critiqued myself for prior assumptions with a fine-toothed comb. All I ended up with was one foundational understanding: true wealth is internal and comes not from the external world but an inner brightness that does not cease to exist. This wealth inspires love and giving, which is infinite in supply when you sees little gifts in everything and everyone around you, when you tap into your inevitable connection with others and feel responsible for their well-being just as much as your own. The children of Jamghat have inspired me to always mine for this gold inside of me, and spread this wealth just like they do, because it is infinite and multiplies in strength with each Midas touch. We are only poor when we forget this.

Thank you to the children of Jamghat and thank you Volunteering Solutions for this wonderful, transformative life experience.

How can this program be improved?

This program, particularly the Jamghat placement could be improved by:

1. Developing a logic model with identifies the objectives and expected outcomes of core activities of the placement and providing a tip-sheet for volunteers on how to achieve the outcomes. This would allow volunteers from all backgrounds to be more strategic in their approach for lesson planning and generally working with the children. This would also help the volunteers identify the deliverables they are achieving and provide a structure for staff and volunteers to discuss progress.

2. Providing more specific background or orientation information to volunteers on the specific placement prior to their placement so they can prepare and have more of an impact during the placement.

3. Providing supplemental Hindi classes to non-Hindi speakers. This would help volunteers be able to interact with the children and Jamghat staff more effectively.

4. Making daily blog writing a mandatory component of the program. This would help volunteers reflect daily on their experiences, and use their reflections to improve their experiences as the experience unfolds.

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Aya
Female
18 years old
Rabat, Morocco
Other

Dharamsala, a pure joy!

10/10

At a certain point in our trip, we had to go to Dharamsala to hike in the Himalayas: my favorite part!
The small and cosy village offers a wonderful view on the mountains. Imagine yourself surronded by huge and colourful mountains, with the nicest people on earth and fresh air everywhere! My face shines by the memory of the hiking part, 5 hours throught the climbing but totally worth it. You wouldn't be disappointed!

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Betty
Female
21 years old
Barcelona, Spain
Other

Awesome!

9/10

With the summer program I did in india I got to know a new country and a new culture, absolutely different to what we're used to. Easy for first timers traveling alone, there were two in our group that hadn't got out from the united states in their whole life and they didn't have any problem. If you like to travel as much as volunteer like me, this types of programes offer you the best of both combined.

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Emile
Male
26 years old
Quebec, Canada
Université Laval

Being curious

8/10

My best memories of the internship in India are about discoveries. When you get there, keep your eyes open and appreciate the differences. This country is proud of its culture and you must get into it. We spent so many hours in trains and overfilled bus, tried unusual food that was sometimes too much spicy, saw several temples and experienced monsoon. They are all parts of the immersion and you must live it without any regret.

We had the chance to do home visits and it was definitely the favourite part of my job. The relation with the locals is totally different and the gratitude you receive from them worth all the sacrifices.

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Emile,

Thanks for your review about the Palampur program in India. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Hoping to see you on more of our programs abroad.

Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Anna
Female
22 years old
Coventry, UK

An amazing stay!

10/10

As a 2nd year student midwife in the UK, we have to complete a short period of Elective Placement where you chose another hospital in which to gain some experience. After deciding on India as my destination, I researched many projects to get involved in and ended up choosing to volunteer through Volunteering Solutions and boy am I glad that I did!
After a Language and Orientation week in Delhi in which we learnt about the Indian culture and some basic Hindi, toured the sights and visited the world famous Taj Mahal, I headed up to Palampur and the wonderful team at the Vidya Bhupendra Rotary Women & Child Care Hospital where I was made to feel very welcome. The hospital has around 10-15 normal deliveries and around 10-12 caesareans a month and I was lucky enough to experience one of each during my two weeks there. The nurses and doctors spoke very good English and were almost as excited as I was for my time there where we had a lot of fun and I have made some truly amazing friends. During a shift, I would observe (and participate in where I felt comfortable) Antenatal appointments, ward rounds and deliveries as well as learn about the culture of maternity in India. The hospital is run by a charity and had a good level of resources but not quite to the level that I had become accustomed to in the UK which provided challenges and many learning opportunities for me. As well as this, the practices were generally the same but with some marked differences such as it being illegal to reveal the gender of the baby.
The accommodation was nestled down a little path in a valley next to the Himalayas. The views that could be enjoyed over breakfast, from the gardens or from the roof were frankly breathtaking. The rooms were practical and well equipped and the food that was provided three times a day was local, vegetarian (apart from on Wednesdays) and delicious. The staff were very attentive and visited every day to see how we were getting on and to go for 4-5km hikes with their children around the local area every evening. They also helped to organise some amazing weekend activities such as visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Dalai Lama's home monastery at Mcleod Ganji.
Overall, I had an incredible time and learnt so much about Indian culture as well as maternity services and practices within India. I would say that it has changed my perspective on so many things and opened my eyes to other cultures and how wonderful some people can be. I would recommend this experience to anybody!

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Hello Anna,

Thanks for your review for your time in India with us. Glad to know you enjoyed your time in Delhi and Palampur. We look forward to seeing you in India, in the near future again or on any of our other destinations.

Thanks
Team Volunteering Solutions

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Jessica
Female
26 years old
Gent, Belgium

my experience during the Summer program in India

8/10

I've spent my summer in thailand and india with the organisation volunteering solutions. And i have to say, my summer was amazing! India as a country really surprised me. I didn't know there were so many beautiful buildings, temples and castles! During the summer program, i had the chance to visit a lot of them and still i'm not satisfied, I want to see more! :D

I'm happy that I visit india through volunteering solutions. For me India was a far away country which I would never just go visit by myself. I was very pleased with the organisation. I was picked up at the airport. The accommodations where we stayed where always nice. I loved the house in Delhi, the hotels during traveling were amazing and the volunteer house in Palampur, especially build for volunteers, was really nice too!

There was a lot of variety during the summer program. First we where in Delhi for a week, where i volunteered in a school for street children. This one is actually my best experience. Working with this children was amazing. You will realize, once you go there yourself! The second we traveld to different cities like jaipur and agra. Definitely worth visiting! In the third week we traveled to dharamsala for hiking. This was probably my second favorite experience. The view was awesome, and I would never have done this without the guidance of the organisation. Our last days we spent volunteering in a school in palampur. A small town in the mountains.

if you like working with children and want to learn about the indian culture, i can definitely recommend this program! If you are interested to see some pictures, you can also take a look at my fotoblog:

How can this program be improved?

The last four days of our summer program we were in palampur for volunteering. In palampur we felt a bit lost after the great guidance we had before. We could have used a bit more attention of the staff.

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Ben
Male
Derbyshire, England
University of Leeds

Amazing Experience in Delhi

10/10

I was a little apprehensive about this programme because I'd never really done anything like this before, but it was easily the best experience of my life and the staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The safety of volunteers is their number one priority.The accommodation I satyed in was incredible, and our host was very attentive to our needs and the food served was amazing! I saw some incredible things and met some amazing people. I'll definitely be keeping in contact with the people I met. My favourite part of the trip was the weekend we spent in Jaipur, especially the elephant ride up to the Amber Fort. My only regret about the whole trip is that I didn't spend longer than two weeks there. Highly recommended!

How can this program be improved?

The pre-departure booklet is very informative, but it would be better if we were told the exact address of the location we'd be staying in. Nevertheless, the accommodation I stayed in was incredible, as were the others I saw.

Karen
Female
24 years old
Guanajuato, México
Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

Karen Padilla

10/10

I loved the experience of working with children , I learned many things , I think I learned more from them than they from me.
the house is a safe place , with everything you need around , has an excellent location and all the people working in this organization behaved very friendly, they solved all our questions and took care of us .
I love to travel as a volunteer , it is a unique experience that made me grow in every way.

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Anna
Female
24 years old
New York

Time of my life in India!

10/10

Just came back from having the time of my life in India. All thanks to some amazing work VS and the staff are doing in India. I did the language & culture week in Delhi and then went off to do the medical internship in Palampur. It was great to work at the karan hospital and to get more hands on experience than I imagined. Amit and Bobby were awesome and the weekends trips were well planned and fun.

A must do if you are looking to go to India!

How can this program be improved?

Meals were good but a little more variety would have been nice.

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Jessica
Female
24 years old
Colorado
University of New Mexico

Volunteering Solutions Delhi & Palampur

10/10

I started my program with a language and orientation week in Delhi. I really recommend doing the orientation week as you become really close with the other volunteers and learn a lot about local customs. If you choose to do it you get to stay with Rajiv and Prya who are the nicest people in the world. Rajiv will teach you basic Hindi, which is very helpful when you work with the kids. The living accomodation with them in Delhi is more hostel like with bunkbeds in a room, but it is fun to hang out with everyone. Rajiv loves explaining Indian culture and will ask any question you ask him.

I was able to do the street children program in Delhi for a couple of days. I really enjoyed how much the boys in the street children program viewed you like a big sister. They would get so excited to see us everyday. On our way back to the volunteer house I would stop and see couple of local sites at night.

I also loved the children in the Palampur program. It is daycare like location that is more of an outdoor environment. There is also a local tea garden there that any volunteer can go to in the afternoon the kids there were extremely poor and happy to receive any attention.

Palampur was amazing. The home is beautiful and you will live with Bobby's family. In Palampur I had my own bedroom and shared a bathroom. Palampur is obviously a lot more remote and scenic. I enjoyed the fast pace life of Delhi, but it was also nice to get away to a peaceful setting. From Palampur there are many weekend trip options which I highly recommend. I got to go to Mcleod Ganj where the Dalai Lama lives and to Amritsar.

Overall I loved the program. I felt like we made a difference as volunteers and also had time to see India sites on the weekends. I feel blessed to still be close to the other volunteers I was there with as well.

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jahan
Female
32 years old
lancashire
University of Central Lancashire

avoid at all costs!!!

1/10

Please please research the organisation properly. This is not at all a charitable organisation. it functions more as a business and less than 10 percent of what you pay goes towards the goods cause. The dental program and childcare program from what I have personally experienced and come to know are very disappointing. There is no structure or timetable and the placements are all arranged last min for what you pay. In my first week I worked 3 hours for 3 days and in the second 2 days as I decided to leave a little early having realised I really wasn't missing much. 3 others did the same. There was no advertising of a free dental camp before we came out as a half decent organisation would do to ensure we were doing what we paid for. Instead dental camps were arranged the day before at a private school and the coordinators own tea plantation. It truly was a joke to say the least. I emailed the operation head of volunteering solutions with these and many other issues. He didn't acknowledge my issues let alone respond to them. Please avoid this organisation folks and perhaps look into doing something through a church.

Response from Volunteering Solutions

Thank you for your review. Participants feedback is of utmost importance to us. We are sorry to hear you felt there was not enough work for you on your placement and we have addressed these concerns with our local staff. We have taken your feedback very seriously and have made structural changes to this particular program with immediate effect.

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Don
Male
57 years old
Connecticut
University of Connecticut

Great time in India

10/10

I went to India with volunteering solutions and it all went extremely well. The organization was super. I volunteered in a slum school in okhla two, I saw all of the sights in new Delhi, I ate excellent food, I met wonderful people, I saw amazing things. I learned alot. I spent two weeks in new Delhi on the two week special new Delhi program and one week in Palumpur. New Delhi was the best. Very exciting for a city boy like me. Tour guides and tours were provided for all of the sights including the Taj Mahal, really good guides. Dheeraj was really a great guide and a great help to all of the volunteers. It was great to call him one night when I got lost with a cab driver who had only been in the city for a week!
For me the best part was the school kids. They were all adorable and beautiful and really liked me! I will be going back in a few months. I miss them all so much. The people at the school were wonderful.
Shankar the cook is a fine young Nepalese fellow who makes great meals and will show you how to get around Delhi and will help you get a phone etc.
I went during a slower time and had my own room and bath most of the time. The accommodation is shared and you may be sharing a room with 1 to 5 people. The bathrooms are western and clean.

Recommendations;
Don't you around during the monsoon or anytime near august, you will roast, it is hot!
Bring a mosquito net, people going in and out let in the Mosquitos.
Bring an unlocked phone.
I brought my iPad, it was a sensation.
If you can bring a free checked bag fill it with school supplies and maybe some children's books.

I could really go on and on. Every day there was filled with fun. I went with the idea of being of service but also balanced it with having a good time. All of my goals were accomplished.

How can this program be improved?

For excitement stick with the Delhi program for 2 or 3 weeks. Palumpur is ok but more rural, rougher, I was only there a week and missed out on the trekking in the Himalayas. That was ok by me, I am not big on that.

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Sam
Male
24 years old
Milan
Other

Street Children Program in Delhi

10/10

Taking part in this program is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I was helped right from the start by Sunny and the team at VS.

Arrival was smooth and the orientation was way very intense. We were explained details about safety, culture, city tour etc. Meeting other volunteers from around the world on the first day was a relief. Our placements were pre assigned and I was working in Okhla in south Delhi locality with another volunteer from Singapore. Our day started at 8 am with breakfast and ended at 7 pm with really nice dinner at home. The accommodations and staff were way beyond expectations and we all had a great time. Rajiv was very helpful in explaining details about the city and helped in every way possible.

Working with the children was a dream come true and the experience was awesome. I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is looking to go to India and volunteer.

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Natalie
Female
32 years old
London, England
Other

Amazing Summer in India

10/10

I volunteered in both Delhi and Palampur program with VS this summer and had a truly fantastic experience..The local staff support was great and they were always there for any help needed by the volunteers. Made great friends with volunteers from around the world doing different programs. Visiting the Taj Mahal with the staff and the volunteers was great experience too..While in Palampur, I also visited Dharamsala and visited the Dalai Lama temple..I spent 3 weeks in India and it was surely not enough..Will be planning to visit this incredible country very soon..

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Dhruv
Male
19 years old
Singapore
Other

had a great time in palampur!

10/10

I enjoyed my program placement. I was very new and enjoyable experience. The highlight of my volunteering experience was the bond I had developed with kids at the child care center. I was like an elder brother to them and they were like my siblings.

The accommodation was better than expected. It was a nice place to live in and was a close resemblance to the security of my home. The meals were fantastic. The cook really did a wonderful job. The coordinator provided us with a lot of freedom and help. I could not have asked for more.... amazing time.. already miss it!

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Lucilight
Female
42 years old
Santa Clara, CA
Micronesia

Discovering New Delhi, India

10/10

Honest, down-to-earth, helpful family who are committed to connect volunteers with centers providing services to the needy. This family go out of their way to facilitate the best volunteer experience.

The blend between volunteering and traveling VS offers is rarely found with other organizations.

The volunteering experience is facilitated from the first time one contacts VS to whenever you decide to end the contact. I am still in contact with some of the staff members through FB. It maintains my volunteering experience fresh in my mind. It is fun to check VS website and see pictures of the other volunteers I spent time with. I made friends thanks to Volunteering Solutions!

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