Short Term Volunteering in India.

Volunteering in India is an experience that thousands of people take the time to do. The reasons for this tend to include a mix of the following:

  • Wanting to make a real difference to the lives of Indian citizens.
  • A huge percentage of Indian citizens live below the poverty line, meaning that help is dearly needed from those who can offer it. Volunteers wish to contribute their time and experience to improving the lives of those less fortunate.
  • India is a fantastic, dynamic country to visit, offering an experience unlike anywhere else in the world.
  • India is a diverse country with a variety of different needs, from the baking-hot plains to the snowy mountains near the Himalayas. India is therefore a good choice for all volunteers, as they are bound to be able to find a region that suits their preferences.
  • Volunteering in India can improve the life of the volunteer, expand their worldview, and ultimately, make them a better person.
  • The Indian way of life is drastically different to what those in the west are accustomed to, meaning that all volunteers will experience something truly unique.

However, there is one thing that tends to stop people short when they consider volunteering in India: don’t you have to dedicate a lot of time to do it?

After all, the problems that India is facing need constant work, so many people assume that all volunteer programs are long and arduous. This simply isn’t possible for a majority of people, who can’t leave their jobs or family responsibilities and head to India for a number of months to work in a volunteer capacity.

If you have thought about volunteering and always stopped short when contemplating the required time commitment, you will be delighted to learn that you do have options. At iSpiice, we accept volunteer stays that are as little as two weeks in duration– the length of the average family holiday.

Why we do this?

At iSpiice, we are dedicated to improving the lives of Indian citizens, enhancing their communities, and improving their infrastructure. We have dedicated our lives to providing assistance to communities via a wide range of programs, ranging from child education to general health education and women’s empowerment.

However, we’re also realists. We know that many westerners — those who are most likely to want to join our volunteer programs — face demands in their lives. Few westerners can afford to abandon their life at home for months at a time, even if they want to. As a result, we have created programs and stays that are short in duration, thus opening volunteering opportunities up to all.

Of course, if you want to stay longer, then that’s fine too! Our programs run from two weeks to 12 weeks, so you can choose a duration of stay that suits your lifestyle.

What we offer?

If you decide to try our short term volunteering in India programs, you will be treated with the same dignity and respect as we offer to longer-term volunteers. You will be housed in our Volunteer House, which is based in the small village of Sidhwari in rural northern India. The house is a fantastic base for all volunteers; there is Wifi access, all meals are provided by our on-site chef, there are communal areas, and separate male and female bedrooms. You can bond with your fellow volunteers and relax in your time off.

We also provide all transport that you may require, including airport collections, and even arrange day trips to popular tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy, as our volunteers do not work weekends and evenings, ensuring you can make the most of your time in this wonderful country.

What we expect from you?

You do not need any formal qualifications to undertake short term volunteering in India with iSpiice. All you need is plenty of compassion, a high degree of patience, and the desire to improve the lives of the people you meet.

If you wish to do our English teaching programs we do ask that you have a good level of grammar, but most western citizens are able to satisfy this requirement easily. Furthermore, if you wish to offer health treatment then some level of qualification is required, though lay people can assist with our health education programs without formal training.

Could you do it?

So now that you know duration is not going to be an issue, perhaps you will think again about pursuing volunteering opportunities in India.

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