About The Project
This fantastic program works with vulnerable children in dire need in India, educating and supporting them, and teaching them essential English language skills that will aid in securing work in the future. From teaching English and other subjects in a classroom program or assisting street kids living in the city’s slums and helping to improve their lives, whichever program volunteers choose to partake in will truly change lives. The huge benefit of this program is that weekends can then be spent on a culturally rich tour around India on a safe, well-coordinated and economical travel extravaganza! Highlights include visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Tiger Trail through Ranthambhore, the Holy City of Pushkar, Jaisalmer and a Camel Safari in the Thar Desert. This is a truly remarkable volunteering and travel experience.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide English skills and daily support to children in Jaipur
- Improve the future prospects of the children of Jaipur
- Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both students and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
Volunteering to work with children in India will be a hugely rewarding experience for any international volunteer. Volunteers will gain a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help vulnerable children, while the children will benefit from the attention and education given by the volunteers. Please refer to the Education Program for Children Living on the Street or Teaching English Program for more detailed information about the program options. This Volunteering and Travel Program allows participants to experience some of India’s famed sights such as the Tahj Mahal while also helping others. The program also includes; pickup from Jaipur Airport, program orientation, accommodation and meals, placement and assistance in work area, daily transport to project site, all program relevant materials, visit to Ranthambore including Tiger Safari, visit to Agra including Taj Mahal, visit to Pushkar, visit to Jodhpur, visit to Jaisalmer, one night in the desert including a Camel Safari, all hotel stays during the expedition, all transportation for trips, all monuments entry fees and wi-fi access in the volunteer house.
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Volunteers on this amazing program have the privilege of staying in India's 'Pink City' of Jaipur during the week whilst volunteering.
Weekends are spent exploring the varied and fascinating locales of Agra (home to the famous Taj Mahal), Ranthambhore and its Tiger Reserve National Park, Pushkar's Hindu Brahma Temple and the desert villages of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur complete with camel rides.
What an incredible way to combine volunteering with the best India has to offer.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available every THURSDAY in October, November, December, January, February and March each year.
Volunteers who complete this three-week program can opt to extend their stay and continue with additional volunteering work on any of our programs in Jaipur.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers are met on arrival into Jaipur and taken to the Volunteer House to meet with the hosts and other volunteers and settle in to the new environment. An orientation session will take place the following day which covers the local area, public transport, amenities, customs, rules and recommendations and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This provides a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow volunteers and ask any last questions you may have.
- Arrival Day: SATURDAY 6:30AM - 10PM
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Jaipur International Airport, Rajasthan, India (JAI)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers are accommodated in a Volunteer House in Jaipur the first weekend they arrive and during the week whilst volunteering. The house is located in the safe and well-regarded district of Bank Colony, 30 minutes north of central Jaipur and close to the placement location.
Rooms are shared with dormitory style (bunk) beds. Bathrooms have western-style facilities and bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries and towels.
A well-equipped kitchen is available for volunteers as are communal areas for relaxing and socializing. WiFi is available in the house free of charge.
Volunteers are provided with a simple self-self breakfast of bananas, tea and coffee daily as well as lunch and dinner at the volunteer house throughout their placement. Clean, treated water readily available in the volunteer house.
Jaipur lies in the Rajasthani district of India and the food in this region is internationally renowned, particularly for its vegetarian chutneys, lentil (dal) based dishes and delicious savory snacks (known locally as chaat). Jaipur also has a number of cafes and restaurants serving a range of international dishes so there is something for every palate.
Whilst travelling volunteers are accommodated in comfortable hotels. Breakfast is included daily while lunch and dinner can be purchased at any one of the many eatery options in each location. Lunch and dinner is included whilst on the camel safari in Jaisalmer.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
Volunteer and Travel India, sample itinerary
Day 01, Saturday: Arrive into Jaipur International Airport
Volunteers are picked up from Jaipur by our local team.
If arriving into Delhi transport is provided to Jaipur and, depending on arrival times, it may be necessary to stay overnight in Delhi before travelling to Jaipur.
Day 02, Sunday: Orientation
The local team will conduct an orientation session which will include general information about the trip and is designed by familiarise volunteers with Jaipur and prepare you for volunteering and the exciting adventure ahead.
Day 03 -07, Monday – Friday: Volunteer Work
Monday to Friday is spent volunteering either with Street Children or Teaching English at a local primary school.
Day 08 – 09, Saturday and Sunday: Trip to Agra and the Taj Mahal
This weekend is all about the Taj Mahal! On Saturday we will travel to Agra, a journey of approximately 4.5 hrs from Jaipur and check-in to a local hotel.
The following day, Sunday, is devoted to the stunning Taj Mahal.
Day 10 – 14, Monday – Friday: Volunteer Work
Back to the children of Jaipur. You’ll feel more at home this week so make the most of it and engross yourself in your volunteer work.
Day 15 – 16, Saturday and Sunday: Trip to Ranthambhore, on the Tiger Trail
This weekend we will take you to Ranthambhore, visiting the Tiger Reserve National Park on the Saturday, staying overnight and leaving early Sunday morning on a Tiger/Jangal Safari.
Day 17 – 21, Monday – Friday: Volunteer Work
Your 3rd (and last full) week of volunteering with the children of Jaipur. You’ll really be making some progress at this stage so build on that this week.
Day 22, Saturday: Visit to Pushkar
Saturday morning, after breakfast, we drive to Pushkar, one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus and famous for its only Brahma Temple.
Day 23 – 24, Sunday and Monday: Visit to Jaisalmer
On Sunday we will travel to Jaisalmer and settle into the hotel there before visiting Jaisalmer Fort in the evening to see its nighty beauty. Early Monday morning a visit to Gadisar Lake is planned to see the sunrise. Afterwards we return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by Jaisalmer sightseeing and markets visits. In the afternoon we proceed to the Desert.
Day 24 – 25, Monday and Tuesday: Visit to Desert and Camel Safari
Having travelled to the Desert on Monday morning we will visit a desert village in the afternoon and enjoy a camel ride to the Sunset Point and sand dunes. When taking the camel safari you'll explore the true experience and delights of the desert. Immerse in the spirit of Rajasthan all through the night by staying in the mud-huts, meeting the warm, rustic people of Rajasthan and have a touch of their culture with their enchanting music, folk dance and singing performances and other cultural programs.
Day 25 – 26, Tuesday and Wednesday: Visit to Jodhpur
Today we will travel to Jodhpur and settle into a hotel there. In the evening you might be interested in visiting the local markets. On Wednesday we will visit Mehrangarh Fort in the morning before checking out of the hotel and travelling back to Jaipur, arriving in time for dinner.
Day 27-28, Thursday and Friday: Volunteer Work
Time for some final lessons and hugs goodbye.
Day 29, Saturday: Checkout
Today you leave the program and continue on your way.
You are welcome at this point to continue volunteering should you wish, please arrange this in advance through Love Volunteers or by liaising with the local team during your stay.
*The travel sequence may change from that given in th