Did you know that it is estimated that more than 400,000 children live on the streets in India? In Delhi, the capital, there are close to 175,000 children alone that are on the streets caring for themselves and often working in an attempt to provide food and shelter.
We urgently need your time and dedication to help provide the love and care these disadvantaged children so desperately need. We aim to put smiles on all of the children’s faces and help to create a safe and positive environment.
You will get the chance to work across several shelters and homes specifically for the children where you will engage them in informal education, as well as playing games and other creative activities.
As a developing country, India is plagued with extreme poverty and social discrimination. To survive, thousands of children have had to leave their homes and travel to the larger cities in search of work, food and money.
Many children in Delhi live on very little and come from poor families or have no family at all. The vast majority of children do not attend any form of school and spend most of their time on the streets.
Working alongside a fantastic charity, you will provide support and positive reinforcement to the children. All of the children are full of energy and enthusiasm and are a lot of fun to be around. They are always excited to meet new volunteers from around the world and your time will make a world of difference to their lives.
You will play an important role helping teachers with informal education in English as well as other subjects like maths and geography. Try out your creative side with planning and designing interactive lessons as well as organising and managing outdoor recreational games.
Talk to the children about basic life skills and health management to teach them some good habits, such as cleanliness, hygiene and greetings.
On certain days you can even plan a trip with the children to a nearby museum or zoo where they will get to enjoy something new.
Volunteering on this worthwhile programme will give you a unique insight into Delhi and India. With so much to see and do you will fall in love with this place!
As a historical capital city there are several major tourist attractions nearby like Red Ford, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Lodhi Gardens and more. There are also a diverse assortment of local markets, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centres and cultural heritage sites to experience.
The Taj Mahal is just a few hours drive away and is a must see during your time here – your reward for helping such a great cause!
This is a great opportunity for you to truly make a difference while immersing yourself in the multi-faceted Indian culture.
Although no day will ever be the same, there is a basic schedule to each day. You will typically be volunteering from 10am – 4pm with a lunch break in between Monday to Friday.
Spending your time with the children is such a rewarding experience and you will gain many lovely connections that it will be hard to say goodbye!
During your time on this amazing programme you can expect to help with the following:
- Assisting with informal education, including basic literacy, maths, geography and other subjects such as art
- Organising and managing outdoor recreational games
- Planning and designing creative activities
- Assisting staff with various tasks around the centre
- Providing support and positive reinforcement to the children
- Teaching the children basic life skills and health management
- Plan special trips to nearby museums or zoos
Evenings and weekends are for you to relax and enjoy what Delhi has to offer! You can venture off into the city where there are many restaurants, bars and other activities to partake in or relax in the nearby swimming pool and cool down after a hard days work.
With many great places to visit further afield, you can expect your weekends to involve a lot of travelling! Our local team can help organise any trips for you and some of the more regular cities include Jaipur, Agra, Amritsar, Udaipur and Varanasi.
When volunteering in India there is no better place to stay than in Delhi! Walk down the bustling bazaars and streets that are perfect for trying some mouth-watering cuisine and visiting the famous local markets. The house is close to banks, cafes, restaurants and even some popular bars.
You will be staying in one of three houses (all within walking distance of each other) in South Delhi within a very secure and gated community. There is a house manager and cook on site who are there to answer any questions and help with any arrangements.
The spacious and clean accommodation has complimentary Wi-Fi, hot water showers, air-conditioning, modern western-style toilets, satellite TV and comfy beds!
You will be sharing a bedroom with up to 3 other volunteers in single sex dorms sleeping in bunk beds.
There are plenty of things to do during your free time. This can include exploring what Delhi has to offer, including its popular local markets or many tourist attractions or you can simply relax in nearby 5 star hotels swimming pool. The weekends are the perfect opportunity to head further afield where our local team will help plan and make arrangements for your travels. Popular destinations include Jaipur, Agra, Amritsar, Udaipur, Varanasi and Rishikesh.
Volunteers are responsible to travelling to the project site and back each day. You will be travelling together where our house manager will make arrangements for you.
Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 4
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest ATM & shops – 10 minute walk
Airport Transfers – 30 minutes
While staying at the accommodation you will provided with breakfast and dinner between Monday and Saturday. Please note, you are responsible for meals on Sundays where you can head into town and try some more local dishes!
Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and include many traditional Indian cuisine. You can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Parantha (Indian bread), porridge, toast, jam, butter, pancakes (occasionally), fruit (not every day), or any other Indian dish
Dinner – Indian bread called Roti, lentil daal, vegetables, rice and curries, such as chickpea curry, potato curry and red kidney bean curry
With notice, we can cater for:
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 16 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should land into Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) on your selected start date, being any 1st or 3rd Sunday. Please ensure your flight arrives between 6:30am and 10pm to ensure the airport pickup is included within your fee.
You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby volunteer accommodation for you to settle in.
The programme ends on a Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 17 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 – 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
What is the minimum age for travelling with my family?
If you are travelling with family and at least one member is aged 18 years old or over, then we welcome anyone from 5 years and up.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 3 – 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
You should land into Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL) on Sunday.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. You will be taken straight to our volunteer accommodation where you will meet everyone else and have the chance to settle in.
Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation
After a good nights rest and a delicious breakfast, you will receive your orientation during the morning. The rest of the day is for you to explore what Delhi has to offer!
Days 3 – 6 (Tuesday – Friday) – Volunteering
Our local coordinator will travel with you and introduce you to everyone. Your first day will all be about introductions, understanding your schedule and to learn what is expected from you. Volunteering times will generally be the same each day and as time goes on you will become more confident and independent and given more tasks to do.
Days 7 – 8 (Saturday – Sunday) – Weekend
With so many things to do right on your doorstep, your free time will be packed with adventure! Whatever you plan on doing, our local team can advise and help organise any trips.
The following weeks
The following weeks will follow the same kind of pattern, with volunteering between Monday and Friday and exploring India at the weekends. You will find that time will really start to fly by, so it’s important to make the most of your time! Don’t forget, our local team are there to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
Last day (Sunday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
Our local team will accompany you until you are happy with the route and feel comfortable. They will advise the best and most affordable mode of transport, normally being Tuk Tuk or the Delhi Metro.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card – our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in India for under $15.
What is Delhi like?
Delhi is known for it’s variety and diversity of culture, religion, people and of course food! Buzzing with life, you will get to enjoy the colourful lifestyle, taste mouth-watering cuisine, walk through the bazaars and visit the many famous attractions nearby!
All amenities are close to our volunteer accommodation and with good transport links everything in the city and beyond is easily accessible.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in India
Our programmes in India are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. They provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and they will give you a unique insight into India, teach you about their culture and traditions as well as recommend and organise the best places to see while there.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Monday morning and will go through everything you need to know for your time in India. You will be shown around the local neighbourhood where ATM’s, restaurants, taxi ranks and other amenities will be pointed out to you.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in India. You’ll also learn about the Indian way of life, about your project and some simple Indian words .
What is the weather like in Delhi?
Due to Delhi’s location being close to the Himalayas and the Thar Desert, it experiences both weather extremes. Known for having 5 seasons a year, Delhi has long scorching summers that are divided into summer and monsoon seasons as well as short and cold winters.
Summer begins in early April and continues to the end of June, with the monsoon season arriving the first week of July and finishing at the end of September – the wettest month being August.
Temperatures rarely fall below 15c during the day and during the hotter months reaching 40c!
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to India?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in India to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of $129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do you offer an online TEFL course?
If you are joining us on one of our teaching programmes around the world, then why not do some preparation work before you head into the classroom. Our Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours), can be studied completely online over a 6-month period, which is ideal for those with other commitments – and leaves you the freedom to study wherever and whenever suits you!
If you believe teaching may be the career for you (here in the UK or abroad), then our TEFL course is the perfect starting point to launching your new career. After completing the course, not only will you have a greater understanding, but you will also gain an internationally accredited certificate that qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language. Our course is a level 5 qualification, which is the same as a diploma / foundation degree, one step above a-levels, but below a university degree.
You can find out more about our online TEFL course here.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that $50 – $100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week..
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.
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