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Dharamsala Community Development Project in India

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Dharamsala Community Development Project in India

  • Project Duration:  1 – 12 Week(s).
  • Minimum Age: 17+
  • Start Dates: All year round with flexible start dates you can choose your own start and finish date. However, we recommend you arrive on Sunday.
  • Volunteer Certificate: Offered after Program completion & references (on request).
  • Working days: 5 days Monday to Friday.
  • Weekends: Are free to explore the local area or to enjoy optional add-on-trips including Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi city tour, Jaipur trip, Trekking in Himalayas, Varanasi & Haridwar pilgrimage trip & much more.
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DHARMSALA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN INDIA

Community development volunteer program in India, DharamsalaVolunteer in India and work on a range of community service projects in Dharamsala town. Community Development Project involves many activities and usually geared more towards volunteers who want to experience a variety of tasks while volunteering. Volunteer work will involve assisting iSpiice with all of our projects, including basic teaching English to children, empowering women, girls, childcare program, street children program. We are always looking for kindhearted & compassionate people to volunteer with us.

Volunteers work for around four to five hours per day, five days per week, Monday to Friday. Each day is broken into two blocks of two hours – usually working on two different projects. This structure allows volunteers to contribute their specific skills to the program, enjoying the diversity of working on multiple projects and getting to know a number of individuals and Indian families within the community, whilst ensuring our programs can meet the needs of the community which are continually changing. 

Program includes pickup & drop off from airport, accommodation in volunteer house with other volunteers, hot running showers, wi-fi, with 3 meals everyday & much more. Volunteers can take part in incredible optional add-on-trips including a Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi city tour, Jaipur trip, Trekking in Himalayas, Varanasi & Haridwar pilgrimage trip & much more. All details are mentioned below.

AT A GLANCE

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 17 years or older.
  • We don’t require you to have any specific qualifications or experience.
  • All you need is the desire to help, a willingness to learn, and the motivation to succeed.
  • You need to speak English of basic level.

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities

  • Help our projects including basic teaching basic English to children, empowering women, girls, support and help childcare program, street children program, renovation programs, and much more these are many and varied.
  • Help us to provide education to street children and to community.
  • Become a volunteer and inspire community by teaching about good hygiene & life skills.
  • Interact with the local community and get to know friendly Indian Children.

Typical Schedule:

  • 08:00 AM – Breakfast at volunteer house.
  • 09:30 AM – Prepare for volunteer class.
  • 10:00 AM – Travel to work areas.
  • 10:30 AM – Volunteer work.
  • 12:30 PM – Return to volunteer house.
  • 01:00 PM – Lunch.
  • 02:00 PM – Travel to afternoon work area.
  • 04:30 PM – Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to volunteer house or do some shopping.
  • 07:00 PM – Dinner.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

→ Volunteer House is large, clean, comfortable and communal. We have western comforts (electricity, hot running showers, fans, filtered water for drinking and western toilets). You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. There is an additional fee of $100 per week for a private room which can be only booked prior arrival to volunteer house. Volunteers enjoy the shared environment of the Volunteer House – large bedrooms (separate male and female), bathrooms, large living areas for enjoying meals, relaxing and preparing lessons.

→ Three delicious, hygienic and healthy meals are provided each day at the iSpiice Volunteer House. Generally main meals will consist of traditional Indian food like vegetables, rice, Dal (lentils), roti (Indian bread), salad, Paratha, Jam, Butter, eggs, Porridge, Bread, Tea (chai) and filtered water is provided in the volunteer house.

→ There are small shops nearby to buy soft drinks, snack food, washing powder and basic toiletries. iSpiice cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies to particular foods.

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

→ Choose to take part in optional ADD-ONS to India’s famous UNESCO heritage sites while volunteering.

→ You can visit Taj Mahal in Agra, Trekking at Himalayas, Golden Triangle Tour (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), Jaipur City Tour, Capital Delhi City Tour, Manali Tour, Haridwar-Rishikesh Pilgrimage Tour, Varanasi Pilgrimage Tour, and Golden Temple trip to Amritsar with iSpiice.

→ For further information please visit OPTIONAL ADD-ONS page.

→ You can add even one or more ADD-ONS of your choice. For many International volunteer’s it is their first time in India and seeing the Taj Mahal, experiencing Delhi and traveling to multiple states is almost as important as doing volunteering.

→ All programs are guided by an experienced iSpiice staff member, and we’ll organize the whole thing, so you can relax and enjoy India’s best sites while volunteering.

What’s Included?

  • Pick-up & drop-off from Dharamsala airport by an iSpiice team member. (Pickup can also be arranged from Delhi International Airport by an iSpiice team member at the time of arrival in India at a nominal cost.)
  • Pre-Departure Information Kit, which has all information regarding your program, work area information, things to bring, immunizations details and welcome details.
  • Program briefing on arrival at the iSpiice house.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared freshly and hygienically by iSpiice’s talented Indian chef.
  • Filtered purified water.
  • Accommodation at the iSpiice volunteer house with wi-fi & electricity.
  • Separate male and female bedrooms and bathrooms (with hot water showers 24*7 and western toilets).
  • Material required for volunteer work such as teacher’s workbooks, pens, pencils, paper and children’s stories – you may wish to bring educational supplies from your home country.
  • Market visit on arrival.
  • Project placement & onsite supervision.
  • Certificate of service as a reference for your future volunteer programs.
  • Visa support and advice.
  • Friendship from the wonderful iSpiice team, fellow volunteers and the local community.
  • 24/7 assistance by in-country coordinator.
  • And most importantly – a donation to the community for educational supplies, basic food supplies, school renovation supplies and help iSpiice sponsor local children to get an education.
  • iSpiice cater to vegetarian and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies to particular foods.

 

What’s Not Included?

  • Airfare, travel insurance and Indian visa.
  • Spending money for bottled water, snack foods and dining out whilst on weekend excursions.
  • Any personal expenses.

Program Cost:

We make every effort to keep costs low and at the same time offer you professional and comprehensive services for your volunteer abroad experience. Please compare our prices and services with other organizations and you will be surprised.

We welcome volunteers from all over the world. To convert the program fee in your currency please visit www.xe.com

 

Duration US$ GBP AUD EURO CAD$
1 week 250 195 370 225 330
2 weeks 550 430 820 500 730
3 weeks 700 550 1040 630 925
4 weeks 850 660 1260 765 1125
5 weeks 1000 780 1485 900 1320
6 weeks 1150 900 1700 1040 1520
Every extra week 150 120 225 135 200

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE: * An application fee of $255 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to confirm your spot. (A 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

Start Dates – 2024

To join the program with us we are flexible with start dates. As per your travel plans you can choose your own program start and finish date. You can arrive on any day to join the volunteer program. However, we recommend you arrive on Sunday.

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  • January07, 14, 21, 28
  • February04, 11, 18, 25
  • March03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • April07, 14, 21, 28
  • May05, 12, 19, 26
  • June02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • July07, 14, 21, 28
  • August04, 11, 18, 25
  • September01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • October06, 13, 20, 27
  • November03, 10, 17, 24
  • December01, 08, 15, 22, 29

Where in India will I be working?

Currently, program available in Dharamsala location and iSpiice volunteer house is based one hour drive from Dharamsala. Dharamsala offers magnificent views of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, pine forests and tea gardens. Full of life yet also peaceful, Dharamsala offers the perfect destination for volunteer work in India. Not surprisingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in the area. Volunteers can explore the different monasteries and Buddhist temples. The communities we assist are set in the green valleys at the foothills of the Himalayas and many of the children are from farming communities in the area. Arriving in Dharamsala is like stepping into another world. With its remarkable natural beauty.

Volunteer Reviews

“Volunteering with iSpiice has been one of the most amazing things I have ever done. My three weeks with the program was both rewarding and life changing. My 17-year-old daughter and I were well looked after, from the moment we stepped off the plane until saying goodbye to begin our own adventures. I was very pleased with the low cost of the program and how well I was looked after. Not only is ispiice an amazing way to volunteer, but it also gives amazing opportunities to explore the rest of India with many extra tours.

I also found the iSpiice team to be extremely warm, helpful and generous with their time ensuring all needs of volunteers were met. The absolute highlight for me was working with the children who had a burning desire to learn, my only regret was that my teenage daughter and I could not stay longer.

John Rodgers from Australia.
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