Summer Volunteer and Travel Program in India (4 weeks)

One Country Many Worlds

From the vast Indian plain where the sacred river Ganges crisscrosses the land to the mighty Himalayas that form the country's northern border, India is a country of splendid scenery and great geographical diversity. Alongside this staggering topographical range also like India's cultural diversity - a mix of numerous religions and ancient traditions flowing into one melting pot.

Beneath this diversity of culture and geography lies the continuity of Indian civilization - one of the oldest, largest, and most continuous civilizations in the world, which has thrived for thousands of years. Explore India's wonderland of beauty and treasury of tradition with Global Crossroad's summer volunteering program in India.

Orientation and Cultural Immersion in Delhi (1 Day)

cultural immersion

The bustling and exotic city of Delhi marks the start of your best summer volunteering program in India. Learn the cultural distinctions, and uncover the religious allure that makes India unique. Listen to the orientation full of interesting facts about India. Explore the colorful bazaars known for the intense multitude of fascinating sights and sounds while simultaneously joining a cultural program presented by the children of a local orphanage.

Community Service Project: Work in an Orphanage in Delhi (22 days)

The following twenty-two days of your summer volunteering opportunity in India will be spent working in a local orphanage in Delhi. You will help teaching English and spend time caring for these deserving children.

Explore the Golden Triangle (5 days/4 nights)

golden triangle

Continue a journey through the Golden Triangle of North India, the land of the sacred lotus flower. Discover the magical cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and encounter India through new dimensions. Enjoy the fusion of New and Old Delhi with ancient temples and modern malls, get romantic in the land of eternal and infinite love - the Taj Mahal in Agra - and marvel as you journey around Jaipur, the Pink City in Rajasthan.

  • Program:   Summer Volunteer Program in India
  • Highlights:   Community service, cultural orientation, and travel
  • Departure and End Point:  Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi
  • Language Requirement:   None
  • Accommodation/meals:   Hostel or host family; three meals a day
  • Special Requirements:   Must be in good physical health for hiking
  • Program Fee:   $1,699 for 4-week program, which includes 4 days/3nights travel and tour

Summer Volunteer Program in India Complete Itinerary

Day 1

Orientation in New Delhi

Day 2-24: Volunteer in an Orphanage in New Delhi
orphanage program

In the second phase of the summer volunteering program in India, you will go to different orphanages or other project of your interest located throughout Delhi. You will be subdivided in many small groups. Global Crossroad will place 2-5 volunteers in one orphanage depending upon the number of children. As a volunteer in the orphanage project, you will teach English (3-4 hours a day) in the orphanage or schools (when the children attend school during the day).

You will help the children by educating them on issues of personal hygiene and sanitation – helping them to brush their teeth, showering, etc. In your free time (mostly in evening), participants can organize games, drawing lessons, singing, dancing, and other creative, educational and extracurricular activities when joining this India summer volunteer abroad program.

In the evening, you will help the children with their homework, monitor their academic progress, and make sure that the children complete the next day's homework assignments. If you do not want to teach in the school during the daytime, you can offer to take care of the children who stay at the orphanage (who cannot yet go to school). Your help is also expected in the dressing of the children, food distribution, kitchen, garden, cleaning and various administrative duties.

Day 25: Visit Old Delhi

During this part of your summer volunteer opportunity in India, you will explore the captivating tourist attractions of Old Delhi. Some of the most delightful attractions include Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; Rajghat, the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948; the renowned colorful shopping bazaar of Old Delhi.

Day 26: Travel to and Explore Jaipur

Enjoy an excursion to the Amber Fort, and experience the thrilling joy of ride atop an elephant. Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, as well as the Wind Palace (Hawa Mahal). In the evening, you are free to walk through the city and explore Jaipur at your own discretion.

Day 27: Explore Agra (Taj Mahal)

Upon arrival, proceed to see the architectural, modern day wonder of the world, the incomparable Taj Mahal. A symbol of eternal love – Taj Mahal is one of the most fabulous and famous monuments in the world.

Day 28

Visit Agra Fort

Day 29: Last day in Delhi

Your summer volunteering program in India concludes with a farewell ceremony and a certificate of your participate.

Program itineraries are merely samples and may change to meet the needs of the volunteers and changes in the field conditions. This itinerary will be revised and finalized during orientation program.

Prices and Dates

Program Fee: $1,699 for 4-week program, which includes 4 days/3 nights travel and tour

Program fees cover

  • Room (host family and hostel) and Food (3 local foods a day) during entire volunteering period
  • Room (hostel, A/C hotel) and food (3 local foods a day) during travel program
  • Airport pick up/drop
  • Travel insurance
  • Service of in-country staff

Fees do not cover

  • Visa
  • Air fare
  • Entry Fees (estimated $100-$125) during travel
  • Daily Local Transportation during volunteering
  • Personal expenses on soft drink, food
  • Any tips to guides
  • Personal expenses