If you’ve chosen to take a gap year, we highly encourage you to start planning your gap year India trip right now.
Yes, we know that there are tons of other places where you could spend your gap year. Still, there is something special about India and its rich history.
Of course, making the most of your gap year requires more than a love of India and the history it has to offer. You need to get serious about your travels, which means that volunteering might just be your solution.
So what are some of the reasons for looking into volunteering during your gap year in India? We’ve got 4 right here, so stick around for a while.
Sometimes you have to state the obvious, which is exactly what we’re doing here. Simply put, volunteering during your gap year India trip will allow you to make a real difference in the locals’ lives.
Not only will they benefit from your initiatives, but you’ll benefit as well. Regardless of whether or not you’re a humanitarian at heart, you’ll be surprised to find that the differences you make can at times cause you to feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Some people fear that volunteering will interfere with their ability to immerse themselves in the local culture. After all, if you’re always busy with your volunteer work, you’ll seldom have time for much else, right?
Simply put, volunteering is all about cultural immersion, and for good reason. Volunteers need to be able to connect with locals in order to make real differences in their lives.
That said, you don’t have to worry about experiencing the culture. Your experiences as a volunteer guarantee the immersion you seek.
We hate to make this argument in support of volunteer work, but there is no denying this point: volunteering is a cheap way for you to get to India.
To be blunt, some of us aren’t capable of footing the bill for a flight to India. Luckily, volunteering allows hopefuls to experience new parts of the world in exchange for meaningful service.
Some programs not only fund your travels, but they pay for your living expenses as well. Needless to say, you’ll have to carefully vet your program of choice in order to ascertain whether or not your expenses will be covered.
If you’re young and even a little bit trendy, you know what “mad” skills are. You also know that you need them if you want to make a good impression on an admissions board or two.
Okay. You don’t need them, but you certainly want them. Colleges are looking for students who have developed skill sets, and volunteering happens to enhance your skill set, even if those enhancements aren’t evident.
The skills you pick up as a volunteer can also boost your career, so be sure to add your volunteer experiences to your resume.
Spending your gap year in India as a volunteer is ripe with benefits, so there is no reason to delay your travels. Become a volunteer. Help change lives. Become a new person.
Of course, volunteering also comes with its challenges. If, however, you can overcome them, you’ll be better off for your troubles. We promise.
There are no words to describe how amazing my experience with iSPiiCE was. I spent 2 and a half months with them, working at a daycare and teaching a women's empowerment group. The staff always goes above and beyond and the other people you will meet along the way are the most interesting and kind people you will likely ever meet. I very highly recommend volunteering with iSPiiCE.