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VOLUNTEER IN INDIA

Volunteer in India with Plan My Gap Year, an award winning, international volunteer abroad organisation. PMGY provides safe, meaningful, affordable projects overseas with a wide range of programmes in India, including Childcare, English Teaching, Medical & Healthcare and Women Empowerment opportunities.

 

“My month in Delhi was absolutely incredible. I was a part of the volunteer teaching programme, which was such a rewarding experience. The children loved learning and I had loads of fun working with them, despite learning english often being difficult for them. I visited Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Dharamshala and Varanasi with other travellers all in one month! I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone and least a month seems the best duration!” – BETHAN TREADGOLD | UNITED KINGDOM

KEY FEATURES

FROM £220 + £149 (REGISTRATION FEE)

PROGRAMMES FOR 17+ YEAR OLDS

Intoxicating, challenging destination


Private transport to/from project included


Best destination for medical students


Breakfast, lunch & dinner included daily


Flexibility in project choices

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN FARIDABAD

STARTING ON 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

Colourful, remarkable, inspirational country


Based in Faridabad on outskirts of Delhi


Opportunity to practice yoga & meditation


PMGY accompanied weekend trips


Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

INDIA DISABLED CHILDREN VOLUNTEERS

This is a fantastic project for anyone interested in contributing to the lives of children with learning difficulties in a country packed with natural beauty.

From £220

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Use your creativity and enthusiasm to help children in primary and secondary schools in India reach their full potential by teaching them English.

From £220

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Gain practical medical experience and insight on PMGY’s medical elective programme in India, whilst bringing support to some of Delhi’s poorest people.

From £220

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA ORPHANAGE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer at an orphanage in India and become truly engaged in the daily lives and development of these underprivileged children.

From £220

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT VOLUNTEERS

Join a social initiative that provides computer, English and vocational training for young women in the local community.

From £220

2-24 WEEKS

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MINI INDIA EXPERIENCE

The Mini Real India Experience is an enriching, inspiring and unforgettable travel and volunteering adventure which will shift the way you see the world!

From £290

2 WEEKS

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REAL ASIA ENCOUNTER

Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, we seriously can’t think of a more sublime combination of exotic and fascinating countries to volunteer in over a mind blowing 12 weeks.

From £1520

12 WEEKS

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REAL INDIA EXPERIENCE

This 28 day adventure and volunteer programme will take you around India's Golden Triangle and down to the serenity of Kerala. Life-changing experiences guaranteed!

From £820

4 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic 36 week journey across 9 enthralling destinations. If are looking for the ultimate gap year experience, then this Encounter is the one for you!

From £4850

36 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH PMGY?

PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa and Asia. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.

 

We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.

 

A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.

 

You should book your flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The airport code is DEL.

 

PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.

 

PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.

 

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 

If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.

 

Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.

 

For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.

 

We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.

 

Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.

 

For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION & DURATION

Our projects are based in Faridabad which is located in the New Delhi Region of North India. It is around 60 minutes away from Delhi Airport. New Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Old Delhi and New Delhi show signs of past and present, containing historical gems such as the Red Fort alongside all the modern amenities one would desire in a modern city.

 

Volunteers will stay in the city of Faridabad located in the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Close enough to absorb the influence of New Delhi but far away enough to offer a quieter setting, Faridabad is a comfortable location to live and work. There are some interesting temples and local parks in Faridabad for you to visit as well as markets and shopping malls, including a cinema if you fancy going to see some Bollywood flicks!

 

Our programmes in Faridabad run from 2-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our Real Experience programmes that combine volunteering and travelling run for 4 weeks and start on specific start dates across the year.

PMGY INDIA LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s programme in India are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our UK team.

 

Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our India project. The support structure includes providing accommodation, meals, airport pick up, project transport, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.

 

So whether you are teaching in schools, working at the orphanage or interning at the hospital with us, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in India.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation will begin on Monday. We will start with the theoretical part covering all the essential information you need to know for your time in India. This will include issues of health & safety, language, money matters, cultural differences, rules & regulations etc. This part of the orientation usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours in the morning before a short walk visiting the nearby slum area where parts of our teaching, medical and womens empowerment programme are based.

 

We will then go for a tour of the local area so that you can use the ATM/exchange money, buy a SIM card and any other essential amenities. Volunteers are strongly advised to purchase an Indian SIM at a cost of roughly 300 Rupees (including 100 Rupees credit). This means that volunteers are required to have an unlocked phone. Cheap, unlocked phones can be purchased at local Indian markets at prices between £10-£15. SIM cutting (at a small cost) is also available in these markets for those wishing to use an unlocked smart-phone.

 

SIM cards are very important as it allows PMGY India members to contact volunteers and vice versa, which is particularly vital in times of emergency. Mobile numbers must be exchanged upon arrival.

 

In the afternoon, volunteers can then travel to a range of activities and communities based in the Delhi region. This includes options from visiting a monkey temple (500 Rupees), village orphanage (dependent on the children present and permission of the orphanage staff), pottery lesson (600 Rupees), sector 15 market and a culture class. Such afternoon activities are voluntary and thus the costs associated including travel costs are paid for by volunteers dependent on participation. Please note that all activities are not guaranteed and are weather and staff dependent

 

The evening is free for volunteers to relax or arrange to go into Delhi if they so wish.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) on Sunday

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

Welcome to India! Volunteers will be met at Indira Gandhi International Airport by a member of our local team, or one of our appointed drivers, who will be holding a name sign. They will take you straight to our Volunteer House, which is about 40 miles away. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to get to depending on the traffic. The rest of the day is relatively informal, as we may have volunteers arriving throughout the day. This is the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed rest, to get to know the rest of your group and get familiar with your accommodation. After dinner on the Sunday there is then the opportunity for volunteers to explore the local market if they wish to do so.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation

 

After a good first night rest in India, its now time to begin your induction into life in India. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.

 

Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

On Tuesday, you will start your volunteer placement. The first couple of days should be spent learning the ropes and getting to know the people at the project. As the week goes on you will find that your role develops as you begin to get more comfortable. You will have regular interaction with our local coordinators who are always there for you. Whatever the problem, big or small, rest assure that you’ll be fully supported throughout your time with PMGY.

 

On average, you will volunteer for around 3 to 5 hours per day usually morning time (depending on which project you go to). Remember, that volunteers are always encouraged to take part in multiple projects, so there is always additional project work available should you require it. The possibility of getting involved in more than one project can be discussed with our local coordinator once you’re in India.

 

To help make your evenings more entertaining our local team are always happy to arrange cultural activities if volunteers wish to join. These include a Bollywood dance class (200 Rupees), cooking class (300 Rupees and a Yoga class (200 Rupees).

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

The choices are endless! You can visit the Taj Mahal, go sightseeing in New & Old Delhi or even take ride an elephant in Jaipur, India’s pink city. As PMGY receives a high number of volunteers to India, particularly in the summer months, you will have no problem finding a travel buddy or two (usually a lot more) to travel around at the weekend with! Our local team can assist you in organising trips you wish to undertake.

 

There isn’t a huge amount to do in Faridabad itself and evenings during the weekday tend to be quiet, so you should take the opportunity to travel at the weekend.

 

Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

The following weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern as you will be volunteering Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.

 

Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).

 

1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY UK Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips.

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.

WEATHER

The weather in New Delhi is largely hot and humid all year round. The hottest months are from April to September where temperatures rarely fall below 30°C. The hottest months are May and June where temperatures can soar above 40°C. The rainy season starts in July, where the temperature begins to ease off slightly, and lasts until the end of September. Fortunately, the rainy season doesn’t bring as much rain as other parts of Asia. Please note that many projects will not have fans, let alone air conditioning, so you must be able to deal with such heat if you wish to volunteer during the summer months.

 

November to February is the coolest period. It can get quite cold during December, January and February, so please pack some warmer clothes for this period. You may also want to bring a sleeping bag if you prefer to be very warm at night. The most comfortable weather comes during October-November and February-March.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in India you will live in our Volunteer House located in central Faridabad, a satellite city 15 miles from Delhi. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is large, basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 7 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet.

 

The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled. There are facilities for volunteers to hand-wash and dry their clothes. A laundry service is also available for a nominal fee. 

 

Volunteers are housed with a wonderful host family who coordinate our projects in India. Volunteers have their own separate living quarters, but still have regular interaction with our local coordinator. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as getting the cultural immersion of staying with a host family. It really is the best of both worlds!

 

The majority of our projects are not within walking distance of our Volunteer House. PMGY will take you to and from the project each day and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

You will be served three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indian dishes that can be typically quite spicy and made up of vegetarian ingredients, although pasta and other such western dishes are prepared every now and then. If you are not a huge lover of spicy food don’t worry, there will always be a more mild option available!

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

PMGY has its own private transport network that will transfer you to and from the projects every day. This service is included in your Programme Fee.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programme is 17 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Indian, although learning a few words in your days with us in India will go a long way!

 

We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.

 

In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation. Medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in country.

 

Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.

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