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Varanasi Pilgrimage with Volunteering in Himalayas

  • Minimum Stay 4 Weeks: Extra week/weeks available if you want to extend the duration of the Volunteer program.
  • Availability: All year-round – Program starts every Sunday from Delhi at the time of your arrival in India.
  • Requirements: Age 17+, Open mind with flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
  • Program Type: Combine Volunteer & Travel Program & includes pick up & drop off from Delhi International airport.
  • Accommodation in Volunteer house with other volunteers.
  • Volunteering Certificate: Offered after Program completion & references (on request).
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Varanasi Pilgrimage with Volunteering in Himalayas

Varanasi is located on the banks of the river Ganges. As the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Varanasi is known for its Ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs. Program is perfect for the participants who are looking for combine travel and volunteering experience in India for a short duration. (Minimum stay 4 weeks, volunteers can extend the program duration if they prefer).

Program includes sightseeing of India’s best places, (Please check below mentioned itinerary) pick up & drop off from Delhi International airport, accommodation in volunteer house with other volunteers, hot running showers, wi-fi, with 3 meals everyday & much more. Our staff member will be with you throughout the whole program. Program runs throughout the year due to high demand among volunteers. Program gives you the opportunity to work with community children, street children or with women empowerment program in Dharamsala, town in India. (Volunteers can choose volunteer programs according to their personal preference). Volunteers can teach them basic English & computer skills (Typing, Microsoft Word, excel, writing skills, CV writing, job application, interviewing skills, Internet, grammar, vocabulary, email writing and etc.) Organize fun games for them that involve drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative educational activities.

Please check below Itinerary what to expect?

Day 1. (Sunday – Arrival in India)

Here is a sample itinerary of what you might expect to see and do during these 4 weeks.

Pick up from Delhi International Airport at the time of your arrival in India by an iSpiice staff member displaying an iSpiice placard & transfer to a hotel in Delhi.

Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi after your long flight to India. (Hotel accommodation is included in price). Please note that you may be sharing your hotel room with a fellow volunteer of same gender (2 volunteer in one room). There is an additional fee for a private room which can be booked prior arrival to India. We usually request our volunteers to book an arrival flight to India on Sunday any time of the day.

(Pick up timings are available whole Sunday AM TO PM).

Day 2. (Monday – Delhi to Agra) 4 hours by AC Train

After Breakfast, your coordinator will discuss your program itinerary with volunteers. Check out the hotel and get ready to witness Delhi including, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament house, Mahatma Gandhi Museum & much more which must see tourist places of Capital City India.

Later we will transfer you to the train station in Delhi from where you will be boarding an air-conditioned train to Agra. Upon arrival at Agra, check in at the hotel arranged for you. Overnight stay at Agra.

(Meals – NA)
Day 3. (Tuesday - Agra to Varanasi) 9 hours by AC Sleeper Train

Early Morning visit the world-famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan. The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and famously known as the Monument of love after a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, back to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast we will transfer you to Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi, check in at the Hotel and relax for the day. Stay overnight at the hotel.

(Meals - NA)

 

Day 4. (Wednesday - Varanasi)

After breakfast, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Varanasi.

On the tour, you will visit some top tourist attractions of Varanasi like Annapurna Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman Temple/Monkey Temple), Bharat Mata Temple and more.

After the sightseeing tour, in the evening, be ready to witness a surreal sight of Ganga Aarti on the banks of River Ganges and witness the oil lamp ceremony, as hundreds of lamps are sent floating on the holy river as the sun sets. Stay overnight at the hotel.

(Meals - NA)

Day 5. (Thursday - Varanasi to Delhi)

Early morning boat ride at River Ganges you will also be taken to all the popular Ghats of Varanasi. Volunteers will get some free time to explore the area by them self. Thereafter, in the evening, you will be transferred to the railway station with an iSpiice representative, Overnight Journey to Delhi by (AC) train to travel further to a project site at Dharamsala with other volunteers.

(Meals – NA)
Day 6. (Friday - Dharamsala) Small session of orientation in Dharamsala
(Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 & 8 (Saturday – Sunday) Rest or Explore the local area.

(Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 to Day 13 (Monday to Friday) Volunteering in Dharamsala

(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 to Day 15 (Saturday – Sunday) Trekking in Himalayas (2 days, 1 night)
  • Spend a two-day mountain trek (Triund) in Himalayas with iSpiice trekking guides. Depart Saturday morning in a vehicle arranged by iSpiice and travel to McLeod Ganj where the trek begins.
  • Trek comfortably for 5-6 hours, stopping for food and plenty of photos whilst passing donkeys and local shepherds along the way.
  • Once at the top enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, relax, watch the sunset, eat dinner and warm up by the fire before retiring to the guesthouse or tent.
  • Wake up and watch the sunrise early on Sunday morning.
  • Eat breakfast, pack up your belongings and begin the descent.
  • Arrive in McLeod Ganj for lunch at local restaurants and explore the area. (Not included in the cost).
  • Travel back to iSpiice Volunteer House. (Sunday Evening for Dinner) with iSpiice team member. Private vehicle will be provided by iSpiice.
(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 to Day 20 (Monday to Friday) Volunteering in Dharamsala

(Meals – Brakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 & Day 22 (Saturday & Sunday) Free time to explore local area.

(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23 to 26 (Monday to Thursday) Volunteering in Dharamsala

(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday) The Golden Temple Trip/5 hours by cab
  • After Breakfast, we will transfer you to Amritsar, reaching Amritsar by lunchtime the city of the famous Golden Temple. Upon arrival at Amritsar, check in at the hotel arranged for you.
  • Explore the local market and drive to the Pakistan border to experience the famous Wagha border ceremony in the early evening.
  • Be wowed by the Golden Temple at night (the building, the lights, the prayers, the live music and of course the people). Visit the temple kitchens and food halls feeding thousands. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Saturday morning after breakfast, we will transfer you to the train station in Amritsar from where you will be boarding an air-conditioned train to Delhi.

We usually request our volunteers to book an arrival flight on Sunday to Delhi international airport any time of the day and book a departure flight any time on final Saturday after 08:00 pm.

Please share your arrival and departure information with us: info@volunteerindiaispiice.com

(Meals –NA)

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 17 years or older.
  • You must have an open mind for working in a new and different environment.
  • 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. We believe that volunteering opportunities should be open to everyone.
  • You need to speak English of basic level.

Volunteer Role & Responsibilities

  • Teach the basics of English & computer to the children & women and create a playful environment by encouraging children to learn arts and crafts, singing, dancing, Typing, Microsoft Word, excel, writing skills, CV writing, job application, and interviewing skills, Internet, grammar, vocabulary, email writing and grammar etc.
  • Become a volunteer teacher and inspire kids in India.
  • Make a vital contribution to the education system in India and make a real difference in the lives of local people.
  • Improve the teaching standards by introducing fresh and exciting ideas.
  • Interact with the local community and get to know friendly Indian Culture.

Typical Schedule For Your Day:

  • 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

Volunteer House & Travel Pictures

→ Volunteer House is large, clean, comfortable and communal. We have western comforts (electricity, hot running showers, wi-fi, 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.

What’s Included?

  • Pick up at the time of your arrival in India from Delhi International airport & transfer to a pre-booked hotel which we have already booked for you. (Hotel accommodation included) Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
  • Delhi International Airport drop off at the end of program by an iSpiice project coordinator.
  • Visit the capital of India, Delhi city tour – Explore the charisma of the century-old forts and monuments. Visit the UNESCO’S World Heritage site – India Gate, Jama Masjid, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament house, Mahatma Gandhi Museum & much more including entry tickets.
  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal—India’s most stunning homage to love including entry tickets. Agra is most known for containing one of the seven wonders of the modern world – the Taj Mahal. This finest example of Mughal architecture attracts thousands of tourists and visitors, who admire its magnificence and beauty. 
  • Varanasi pilgrimage tour on the tour, you will visit some top tourist attractions of Varanasi like River Ganges, Annapurna Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan (Hanuman Temple), Bharat Mata Temple & witness a surreal sight of Ganga Aarti on the banks of River Ganges and witness the oil lamp ceremony, as hundreds of lamps are sent floating on the holy river as the sun sets. (Entry tickets included)
  • 2 days weekend trekking in Himalayas and visit the Mini -Tibet of India, McLeod Ganj.
  • Two days trip to Amritsar, visit world famous the Golden Temple & wagha border ceremony. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs, surrounded by pool of Nectar including entry tickets.
  • Accommodation in Volunteer House with 3 meals daily, electricity, hot running showers, wi-fi, fans, filtered water for drinking, western toilets & much more.
  • All accommodation during the placement including hotels while sightseeing.
  • Volunteering at stunning location of Himalayas at Dharamsala, 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week. Not surprisingly, His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds residency in the area. Volunteers can explore the different monasteries and Buddhist temples.
  • Material required for teaching, pens, pencils, colors, notebooks, workbooks & other teaching material.
  • All monuments entry tickets during sight-seeing & experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India.
  • All transportation during the trip with an experienced English-speaking iSpiice guide throughout tour.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.

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 (Min – Stay 4 Weeks) US$ GBP AUD EURO
4 weeks $2200 £1730 $3280 €2020
Every extra Week $150 £120 $225 €145

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) Volunteers in India generally find US$50 - US$60 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.

What’s Not Included?

  • Any personal expenses.
  • Flights.
  • Insurance.

Start Dates – 2024

Program starts on every Sunday of the year and pick up timings are available whole Sunday from Delhi International airport at the time of your arrival in India. We usually request our volunteers to book an arrival flight on Sunday to Delhi international airport any time of the day and book a departure flight any time on final Saturday after 08:00 pm.

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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

Volunteer Program Location

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. The region, despite its natural beauty, is cut off from mainstream development and is in need of developmental assistance in both materials and human form. 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, breathtaking scenery and friendly, beautiful people. Many wonderful and rewarding experiences and exciting adventures await and during your volunteering placement with us, we will ensure your involvement is both memorable and enjoyable.

 

 

Volunteer Reviews

Travelling alone for the first time, it required a big leap of faith, a sprinkling of courage, and a lot of trust to hand myself over to something completely different and new, into the hands of people I had never met before, with the exception of a few emails. But never before has that leap of trust been so rewarded and repaid by such a life-changing month in a truly inspirational country. Volunteer and travel in India with iSpiice offers the unique opportunity to make a difference through volunteering whilst at the same time visiting iconic landmarks of a fascinating country. The generosity, kindness and appreciation shown to me by the people of iSpiice and the local village was like nothing I have been shown before. To know that I was able to make a difference by working with the most enthusiastic and exciting young children is a feeling that will remain with me forever. Days are never dull, and I had the privilege of working in a Day Care center and teaching English to the local children. I was even lucky enough to teach in the local school! Despite being thoroughly well looked after by the more than capable hands of the iSpiice team, there was also the scope for independent travel, and to visit the local towns of Dharamsala and McLeod to explore Himachal further, for that all important shopping! The weekend trips were unforgettable. This was the most awesome, inspiring, rewarding fun month of my life – I have made close friends, made a difference, and thanks to Neeraj’s trusty and delicious cooking, can say I travelled to India and didn’t get the infamous ‘Delhi Belly’! An experience I’ll never forget and one I would do all over again without a moment’s hesitation – thank you iSpiice.”

LUCY FLANNERY, from UK
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