India

Active Internationals

These people are thorough professionals.
Never expected much from India, but I got such an extra mile service from Active Internationals.
Their projects are just at the place where there is maximum need, they are run by credible bodies, and the support we provided was sustainable and spot on.

I am writing this as was searching for Active Internationals over the internet and found this link. Could not resist myself from appreciating them.

The support staff and the extra activities were the best. I liked the way interesting lectures and interactions took place. I also enjoyed Indian food a lot. Made great friends from 6 different countries.

This was just the best experience of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 6, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

Namaste India ;) Hello i am gelina i am from russia ... My experience was so best and i enjoyed my every moments in india and of course with Aii ... I was there in volunteering in Orphanage program it was so wonderful moment in my life and there i saw real feeling of love and care it was so heart touching moment of my life and without Aii's support it was little bit hard but Aii gave me full support ... And really INDIA is so incredible country and i love it I want to come here every year in Aii programs and want to do different different program and want to taste delicious indian food ... Thanks Aii ... Thanks to All ... See you soon again :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 6, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

Hello Guys ,,, Namaste :) .. I want to share my experience in with Aii India .. In jan 2014 I took a desicion to volunteer in India. I searched many companies charging like hell. In thousands of Euros for 2 weeks volunteering. I was shocked to see the reality how one can charge such a big amount for serving others. Then one day I saw a post of Elephant Care in India by Aii. I made contact with them and i was wondering the amount of two weeks. It was very less in comparison with other local and International companies.

Before coming on the project I was frighten to imagine to work with the huge Elephants. You can`t believe my parents and friends were in shock from my decision. But I was firmed on my decision. The day came I came to India and as expected everything was very good. Specially the pickup from airport in a traditional style haha. I Loved that.

On Monday I went with Peeyush on the project and i did my project for 2 weeks. I loved the project and Elephants. One Elephant`s name is Sonia, I loved her so much, she was really adorable.

Peeyush was there with me all the time, and without help i couldn`t even think to come & work with Elephants. I enjoyed my stay, food & my host family. I hope to come soon after finishing my post graduation :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

I wonder how our perception changes. I came to India with a different perspective and a narrow view. I was thinking of deserts, snake-charmers and other silly things. But i was amazed when a luxury chauffeur driven car came for my pick up at airport and then I started my journey for volunteering with aii india. I chose animal rescur programme and my volunteer mates were franziska, sandra, beluionni and marcin. all the guys were amazing and the camp was just amazing. Although this was a basic facility and neat & claean one. Peeyush was our project manager and he is such a gentle guy. we received our plans of doing on the site. Thjere were around hundreds of animals and we five were odd man out ;) There were little monkeys, eagles, peacocks, rabbits, peagons, parrots, dogs, cats, camels etc etc. The was soooooo good. In my life first time I washed some cages, gave food to animals & birds and other necessary things were told by the project staff. I visited Delhi, Jaipur, Bundi, Bhangarh and Camel safari. This was really a dventurus part. I stayed in a camp in desert and had real traditional food, it was awesome. Overall my journey was a memorable. I am coming again in next to next summers with my friends after saving some more bucks lol. Finally i wish all the best for organziaztion aii india and keep yoour work continue for the community. :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

My name is Franziska n I am from France. i was wondering to experience the roads and poverty in India. I was shocked to see the beggars on the street. But one important thing like being the worlds second most populated country and having a smaller geographical the management of the the country is really marvelous. I came here with aii programs and I really fortunate to have these guys with me every time like supporting and assistance on the project, off the project and project plans, resource materials and everything was superb. I liked and loved my host family specially my host sister preety, I love you baby :). The project was pretty cool and the children were awesome and i am really hopeful that apart from English they have learnt bonjour, salut and some other french word (Although this was not in project plan ;) So I love my stay in India with aii. All the best guys. Miss you so much!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

Hello , My name is Sandra i live in spain .. in this February 2014 i came in india in Aii volunteering program (orphanage) i liked the over all journey with AII team and it was a great organization and AII's programs are really good and they really help for those communities also i want to say that at project AII gave me better assistance and a good environment .. so i really liked AII's programs and over all work .. so i would like to recommend all of you you also can join AII's programs and live and experience real and incredeible india with AII... Thanks :) .. Thanks AII and Love you india :) muaahh :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I was only there in their volunteer house in Jaipur for a short stay of two weeks - wish I could've been there longer! It was long enough though to see the main tourist attractions and travel to other places on the weekends. However I would recommend going for longer. There was still alt on Rajastan I would have liked to explore and wanted to spend longer with the kids (who without a doubt I grew attached to in such a short time). I went for the teaching street kids programme but there are other programmes eg orphanage and woman empowerment which would have been nice to try if I were their for longer as well.

The accommodation is really nice with rooms of 4 each sharing their own bathroom. The set up is great so that you can have some alone time but the communal areas are good for socialising with the other volunteers. There is a cook to serve delicious food for lunch and dinner - breakfast provided yourself. There is a 9pm curfew for all volunteers which was not an issue during my stay. However some volunteers who had been there for 4 months were finding it hard to live by near the end. Alcohol was also not allowed in the house and you were not allowed to join local clubs or classes during the stay - again only an issue for those who were there for a long time. However the rules were for our safety and everyone would agree that they felt safe and protected during the stay, given that we were the only foreigners in the local area.

The actual volunteering experience was amazing. The kids are so cute and cheerful and wanting to make friends with you from the moment you arrive. There are four classes ranging in age from 2 to 12 and the day is structured by 1.5 hours English, 0.5 hour break, 1 hour maths. There was a slight communication issue since I only spoke English and they mainly spoke Hindi. It made it hard to explain new things to them but not impossible - there is a full time teacher there who you can call for help if you're struggling.

Overall I had an amazing time and an hoping to go back for a longer stay in the next couple of years!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

About a week ago, I returned from my first venture out of the United States. I had traveled for 2 weeks to New Delhi, India, to volunteer and tour with Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS). I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone by signing up for the program solo, but I cannot say that I was terribly nervous given the preparation and support I received from the staff at the CCS headquarters in New York.

My experience not only met my expectations, but far exceeded them. The in-country staff was incredible. They were welcoming, friendly, and attentive to our needs. They answered any question we had and provided us with plenty of information about the Indian culture. They took great care in making sure that our interests and skills matched our volunteer placement as best they could. I loved my placement teaching conversational English and interview skills to teens from low-income neighborhoods.

They also planned fascinating and educational cultural immersion activities: tours of a local mosque, hindu temple, and sikh temple, guest speakers, Hindi lessons, cooking lessons, traditional dance demonstrations, bridal preparation demonstration, museum visits, shopping at local markets.

Additionally, the accommodations were quite comfortable and clean. I really grew attached to the community in which our apartment flat was located. The food was prepared by members of the CCS staff daily and was delicious.

I feel that my experience with CCS was a well-rounded, beautiful, life-changing experience.

I definitely plan to keep up with the organization and show my support in any way I can. I want to spread the word about what an amazing organization this is so that more people can have the opportunity to share my expeience. I also hope to go on another CCS trip in the near future. I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I met in the CCS India staff, my fellow volunteers, and the kids that I worked with through my volunteer placement.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Apr 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I spent an incredible two months teaching math and English to street children. They are poor but motivated, coming to school each day neatly groomed and nicely dressed. Sankalp has a small building for the school on the far north side of Jaipur. The teaching day is just three hours with a 30 minute break. The one regular teacher works with the youngest children; volunteers handle the other classes. My class of five ranged from 7-11. They were a delight and I was sorry to leave.

A continual flow of volunteers handles the four different volunteer opportunities. The orphanage and street children need volunteers the most. While I was there, volunteers stayed from one to 17 weeks. The ages ranged from 17 to 67, tho 95% were 17-26. Lunch and dinner are provided by the staff cook; volunteers get their own breakfast. Volunteers also wash their own dishes after each meal. Lazy people cause problems for everyone, so hopefully there is always someone who plays "clean up your mess" to keep things nice for everyone. The 9:00 curfew could be extended to 10 on Friday and Saturday nights, in my opinion. One negative for me was the Holi celebration. Alcohol was provided, and they even went out to buy more, but for non-drinkers there was no thought of offering Coke, Fanta, Limca,.... And maybe some of the 17- to 20-year-olds would have benefitted from the offer, too, instead of more alcohol.

For regular volunteers, weekend trips to Udaipur, Agra, Pushkar, ... are set up by the volunteers themselves. The gap year and work-travel trips are arranged by the Sankalp staff. Jaipur has a lot to offer, so I just spent my free time exploring the city itself. The apartment building is located in a non-tourist area, so I found the local markets, bazaars, and parks fascinating. One large park with a nice walking/jogging path, Smirti Van, is about a 20 minute walk from the building.

One negative in 12 weeks does not change the high opinion I have of Sankalp and the leaders, Pranay and Amita. I highly recommend this opportunity to volunteer in Jaipur. The quality of the program inspires confidence.

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Mar 20, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

iSpiice (Integrated Social Programmes in Indian Child Education)

I've now worked for iSpiice for a month. I've really enjoyed the whole experience, from the welcome we had from the team, to the overall organisation and volunteering projects, without forgetting the constant support we received whenever we needed it. iSpiice is a humanitarian organisation which really focuses on improving the lives of families, especially women and children in rural areas and slums.

The days were quite full but never dull, and were generally divided between several projects, depending on the time of year and needs of the community. I worked, alongside other volunteers and the iSpiice team, in a day care centre, and helped renovate another one. Evevry day the afternoon finished with my favourite part, and possibly one I believe to be of the most important aspect of the organisation: teaching children in the slums. Without education, the lives of these children would be doomed, and iSpiice supports the children by providing exactly this, as well as sponsoring them to go to school, and by providing school kits and clothes.

The iSpiice team is fantastic and totally dedicated. They work tirelessly for the community while looking after the volunteers on a daily basis, from answering patiently all of hour questions, to driving us to the various project locations, cooking us yummy meals, and even organising weekend trips to visit the area and help us make the most of our trip. The volunteer house is really comfortable and situated at the foothill of the Himalayan range, in the most gorgeous location.

I know a lot of people worry about the cost of volunteering for an organisation. I have now worked for a few and this one is 100% genuine. The way they use the money is absolutely transparent and our fee covers our food, board, transport from and to the airport and any visits we choose to do. Every other penny left goes to the children in the slums, may it be for school equipment, food, clothes, vaccinations and generally helps with implementing the community programmes set up.

I recommend iSpiice with all my heart, you will have a heart-warming human experience and built some friendships that will last you a lifetime.. as well as help improve people's lives.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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