Experience Exotic Rajasthan & Volunteer (2013)
This volunteering travel package enables participants to provide education, care and empowerment to the communities they visit. Working in local schools, volunteers offer much needed support to local teachers, adding to the children’s’ educational experience by instructing classes while helping to develop students’ positive attitudes about personal hygiene and school attendance. Working in local schools gives volunteers a chance to meet regularly with local children and their families. When schools are not in session, volunteers utilize resources provided by Idex and the community to run independent classes in English and Math. Volunteers also teach at special schools for mentally challenged children, providing much needed emotional support and teaching educational and vocational skills. For those volunteers with a professional interest in education, this opportunity offers a chance to hone skills in a unique environment. Volunteers may also assist in local child-care centers, known as Aanganbari. Unfortunately, Aanganbaris suffer from under funding and mismanagement. Volunteers share the work load with regular staff and help bring a level of professionalism, dedication and the community’s attention to these important institutions. In addition to this work, volunteers will have ample opportunity for experiencing local cultures and lifestyles as well as plenty of free time to travel further a field and combine volunteer work with well-earned rest. Participants will also enjoy an interesting visit to Taj Mahal, the most famous of Indian historical monuments including one night’s stay in Agra and local English speaking guide. During the volunteer period weekend, clients will enjoy a two-day safari trip to Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve. The Camp in Rajasthan is located in rural settings of Lalsot in Dausa district. The untouched area guarantees an authentic experience of rural life and culture to all volunteers. IDEX has run social development projects in Rajasthan since 2001 and engages international volunteers to expand the quality and range of services provided to those in need. Rajasthan is a vibrant state where tradition and history blend with contemporary life styles.
Departure Days (2013)
07-Jan-13 04-Feb-13 04-Mar-13 01-Apr-13 29-Apr-13 27-May-13 24-Jun-13 22-Jul-13 19-Aug-13 16-Sep-13 14-Oct-13 11-Nov-13 09-Dec-13
- Visit to Taj Mahal - All transfers by dedicated or public transport required by the program including: Local sightseeing wherever applicable, All excursions included in the program, Local transport at project locations. - Brief half day orientation to the work involved and important cultural information. - All relevant materials for improvement of community facilities as per the need assessment. - Accommodation at the accommodation facilities on maximum double occupancy basis. - Meals as per the program. - Advanced ground preparation by Team (estimate of village needs, budget and recruiting village animators) - Morning yoga sessions during presence at the base for 5 days – 1 hour each. Weekend excursion - For 23 night participant: A 2d/1n trip (including travel time) to the Hindu religious town of Pushkar with camel ride in the desert surroundings (for 23 night program participants only, in addition to Tiger Safari trip) - On-site assistance during project by local staff member. - Workshop and demonstration for the participants on Indian cooking during the stay at the Base.
Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc. Personal expenses Camera fees Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
On arrival at Delhi airport, keep your eyes peeled for the beaming paging board accompanied by your bubbly tour leader who will transfer you to your first night`s accommodation in Delhi.
After an early breakfast, hop in the bus or train for your transfer to Agra! After checking into your night’s hotel, the rest of your day is free for exploring this ancient Indian treasure.
Today enjoy a morning guided visit of Taj Mahal, one of the most well-known historical symbols of India. The inimitable poem in white marble is the finest expression of love of an emperor for his queen situated on the banks of the river Yamuna. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, in 1632. Post lunch transfer to Ranthambore National Park. You will arrive in the evening Ranthambore and check in to your hotel.
Rise and shine for an early morning visit of the Ranthambore National Park in canter to see the various type of animals like the famous Bengal Tiger! Also take your chances in spying Antelopes, Nilgai, Samghar, Chital, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupines, Jackals, Leopards, Jungle, Cats, Fox, Caracals, Hyena, Gaxelle, Indian Hare, jacanas and plenty more weird and wonderful creatures! After the safari, return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast and transfer to your assigned project location. Arrive at the volunteer camp in the afternoon for an introduction to the friendly staff, including plenty of time to settle in!
After breakfast take part in an introduction meeting with your project manager to learn much more about the project and your role in that. The evening is yours free to explore, socialize or simply relax in preparation for the exciting volunteer days ahead! Lalsot is remote and bare. Be thrust into isolation and revel in the desert`s unearthly scenery.
And the real adventure finally begins! On your first day of the volunteering period, get things started with a wholesome breakfast before transferring to your appointed project base. You will spend the morning working at your respective school, social centre or development project until lunchtime when you`ll return to camp for a tasty meal and a rest. It`s then back to work until the late afternoon when you`ll return to camp for some free time, followed by a delicious dinner feast! One Friday evening provides the opportunity to take part in an intriguing demonstration of the real spice of life.. Indian cooking! Clients will also receive plenty of advice about fascinating nearby travel destinations. During the weekend, indulge your spirits in a two-day safari trip to Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve. Enjoy the rare opportunity to spy these majestic beasts on the two Tiger Safaris offered throughout the trip. Each morning on the volunteer days, rise and shine bright and early, fit and fighting to do it all again! Please note that the volunteer period can be extended for an extra week. In this case, clients will receive an extra free weekend for traveling and exploring.
After breakfast on your final volunteering day, you will work until lunch time before returning to camp for a final supper and to enjoy a farewell celebration. Spend this special time with a final discussion and feedback on the project. The next morning includes a return transfer to Delhi and then to the airport. According to your departure flight details, you will be transferred back to Delhi airport. No meals provided for this day.