Volunteers in India experience what is arguably the oldest society in the world, with traditions dating back 5,000 years. India is vast and diverse, with terrain and culture as abundant as the colorful wares in the marketplaces. Mountains, beaches, sacred rivers and the foothills of the Himalayas, India has an endless array of natural wonders, traditions and attractions. India is also home to the world’s largest democracy and is the most populous country on the planet. The climate is hot and tropical throughout, with an erratic monsoon season. The people you meet in India will undoubtedly be friendly, warm and hospitable – generosity is a hallmark of their culture.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in India, you will be hosted by ICDE India, ICYE’s Indian partner organization. ICDE India was established in 1962 and has been connecting volunteers from around the globe to community needs ever since.
Volunteers assist children and young people to gain practical skills for the future. Activities include assisting with sports, music, computer classes and language classes. Volunteers can also help children from underprivileged backgrounds by assisting with fundraising for the organization and by supervising workshops. Volunteers may help to further their education and personal development.
Volunteers work closely with homeless people who suffer from poverty in addition to health problems. Tasks for volunteers can include talking and interacting with the clients, care giving, creating workshops or activities, and assisting the staff wherever needed.
Construction of the Taj Mahal started in 1632 and was completed in 1653. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to honor the memory of his third wife. The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the New World, and it is easy to see why. This historic white marble mausoleum is a beautiful example of both Indian and Islamic architecture. Don’t pass up on an opportunity to see this amazing structure with your own eyes.
His is a museum that has been dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, it was where he lived the last 144 days of his life, it was also where he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Ghandhi played a large role during the Indian independence movement and is a well known historical figure in India. Visit the Gandhi Smriti and learn more about the man who helped shape the country that India is today.
India is an ancient country and you can take a trip back in time by touring some of the historic temples in India, such as the Konark Sun Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple, or the Virupaksha Temple. You could also visit Kanchipuram, also known as “the city of temples,” where there are several large temples that you can explore. Hindu temples are typically dedicated to one particular god or goddess, tour these ancient temples and learn about India’s religious history and its practices.
It is believed that bathing in the Ganges River will wash away all of your sins. While visiting Varanasi, you will encounter many people who are doing just that. There are bathing Ghats all along the shore of the Ganges filled with people washing themselves in the river. While you are here, you can also take a boat ride, or participate in a yoga session.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$8,995||$12,295||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$8,995||$12,295||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.