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Sankalp Volunteer Society India

This is my second year volunteering with Sankalp. Although, I feel as if volunteering is an understatement; Sankalp is a home and a family. This program is amazing and I completely recommend it for anyone looking to do something unique in a different country. India itself is very hectic and overwhelming, but Amita & Pranay (program directors) & Puni (house manager) provide a safe, welcoming environment. The house becomes a home to all who stay there and everyone becomes family quickly. The bonds I have made with my fellow volunteers in two years will always be memorable. Amita, Pranay, and Puni have a great dedication to helping the Indian society while enriching foreigners experience. I personally volunteered in the orphanage program. It is definitely emotional and tough at first, but the rewards from the beautiful, giggly children make it worth it. Puni makes amazing Indian food for both lunch and dinner along with her great sense of humor! The accamodiations are suitable to people from all over. The house is safe and protected throughout the day and night. Amita and Pranay are available for any questions or concerns and Puni lives in the house to be of company and guidance 24/7. Everything is wonderful in this program, but I must encourage the friendships most of all. Volunteering is more than just work, it's bonding with people all over the world and sharing a unified experience with them. Sankalp offers this. You'll enter as a foreigner and leave as part of a family. I will most definitely be returning next year in 2017. Thank you Sankalp!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Feb 12, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

My volunteering experience with Sankalp was amazing and definitely a highlight of mine during my trip throughout S&E Asia. I got every bit of experience I had expected to out of it and this was my first trip to India.

They were very accommodating and as we were planning our visit to Jaipur with their Orphanage work and project for Street Kids. We first heard of Sankalp Volunteer via their facebook page and made contact with them through email. We had flight issues and their flexibility allowed for us to rearrange our dates to stay as well as pick up from the Jaipur airport.

The volunteer house simple and authentic, you have rooms with 2 bunk beds which are comfortable for four people. Most of the rooms are located on first & second floor and can be accessed by stairs, they accommodate old age volunteer on ground floor. There a lounge area in the center on every floor. Each room has their own private western toilet/shower room as well as lights and power outlets.

We were fortunate to split our program duration between their Project for Street Kids and Orphanage work. The school for street kids was a 15 minutes rickshaw ride from volunteer house and orphanage situated in city center on 40 minutes rickshaw ride, the good thing is this; the program fees cover all daily transport to project J

Teaching and working in the schools and orphanage gave me so much joy, and taught me to consider a new normal from a child’s perspective. Dressing in a different way, eating different food and even walking down different streets: everything that was completely opposite to the life I knew suddenly presented itself to me, and I had no choice but to accept it. And I loved every second of it.

Approximately $26 USD/day; you get accommodation (sharing rooms) and shower, transportation from the airport, meals, daily transport to projects, 24 hour wi-fi internet access, staff that turn into family, and a beautiful, relaxing place to chill at roof-top.

I highly recommend making Sankalp a part of your Indian adventure!. You won't regret it!!

Program: Gap Year
Location: India
Posted: Feb 9, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

My volunteering experience with Sankalp was amazing and definitely a highlight of mine during my trip throughout S&E Asia. I got every bit of experience I had expected to out of it and this was my first trip to India.

They were very accommodating and as we were planning our visit to Jaipur with their Orphanage work and project for Street Kids. We first heard of Sankalp Volunteer via their facebook page and made contact with them through email. We had flight issues and their flexibility allowed for us to rearrange our dates to stay as well as pick up from the Jaipur airport.

The volunteer house simple and authentic, you have rooms with 2 bunk beds which are comfortable for four people. Most of the rooms are located on first & second floor and can be accessed by stairs, they accommodate old age volunteer on ground floor. There a lounge area in the center on every floor. Each room has their own private western toilet/shower room as well as lights and power outlets.

We were fortunate to split our program duration between their Project for Street Kids and Orphanage work. The school for street kids was a 15 minutes rickshaw ride from volunteer house and orphanage situated in city center on 40 minutes rickshaw ride, the good thing is this; the program fees cover all daily transport to project J

Teaching and working in the schools and orphanage gave me so much joy, and taught me to consider a new normal from a child’s perspective. Dressing in a different way, eating different food and even walking down different streets: everything that was completely opposite to the life I knew suddenly presented itself to me, and I had no choice but to accept it. And I loved every second of it.

Approximately $26 USD/day; you get accommodation (sharing rooms) and shower, transportation from the airport, meals, daily transport to projects, 24 hour wi-fi internet access, staff that turn into family, and a beautiful, relaxing place to chill at roof-top.

I highly recommend making Sankalp a part of your Indian adventure!. You won't regret it!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Feb 9, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Leave Ur Mark

India is a fascinating country and my time spent was just enough. I went for 6 weeks on the Therapy and Counseling internship. The most convenient aspects were: it was walking distance from the flats, the therapists spoke in English mostly, the system of evaluation is the Carolina scale which I was familiar with. It is important to come with some working knowledge of autism or else the therapists are spending a lot of energy teaching you the basics (as I observed happening to another intern).

Leave Ur Mark is a good program for those that are willing to be a little independent sometimes. It's important after work that you learn to get around on your own and plan your weekend trips. The coordinator helped us out but it is not supposed to be a guided tour so you have to go into the program knowing that you'll have to learn how to plan travel on your own.

I loved the housing we stayed in. Our flats were spacious, bright and always buzzing with travelers. The view every morning from my balcony was incredible.

My advice to Leave UR Mark would be to organize more barbeque parties as that really gets the interns to be more social with one another. My advice to future interns is to take advantage of every weekend to travel to different parts of India. Work hard and travel hard.

Hopefully I'll be back one day again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Feb 8, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Totally Fraud .... CHARGES is very very High and Service is very very poor. I am come here for child teaching program. Really its first... where i am feel very very FRUSTRATED. pranay don't know proper English that reason i can't say anything.

Pickup Charges and Packages charges is very very high. They should be include more services in this charges...

TOTALLY FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD SERVICE............ they charge in foreign currency... after this convert in indian rupees and got big money. THEY NOT THE REAL PERSON. they cheat with the foreigner... you can see the packages charges in foreign currency not in Indian currency....

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Jan 23, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Comments

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This is an incorrect evaluation, going back for a third time this summer, I don't think Sankalp is fraud and overpricing compare to other companies!!!!
How can you say they are a fraud??!? Their fees are reasonable, especially for the experience you get; a fantastic place to stay and an amazing volunteer experience to help children. They display their fees in a different currency to try and make it easier for the majority of their volunteers, simple. You say 'they need to provide more services'. Did you go to India for a holiday for yourself or to volunteer to help children?? When you volunteer, not all the fee goes on you, it's about the children and the money goes to running the projects. Pranay and Amita run a fantastic volunteer project and I recommend Sankalp to anyone.

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I have spent a month volunteering through Sankalp in Jaipur, India. I was bit hesitant upon arrival as i was quite nervous but the Sankalp family has put me at ease from the beginning. Amita, Pranay and the wonderful chef Purni has made me feel at home. The volunteer house is located in a safe environment and we had access to markets within walking distance. Food cooked at Sankalp was delicious and they took really good care of us. Rooms are quite comfortable and they have public transport pre arranged for the volunteers. Amita is always available to talk to and she answers all the questions patiently. I have worked in the Orphanage within that time frame and it was the most humbling experience of my life. I couldn't get enough of it and I only wish I had spent longer. However working in Orphanage is extremely emotional. The kids ranging from 1 - 8 are adorable and mischievous too. I got really attached to few kids and i am so glad Amita was always there to talk to and counsel. I would also like to mention that their safety rules had made me feel better during my stay. I know how things can go wrong really quickly in India and i was happy to know that they took security issues quite seriously. They always locked the gates by 9:30 pm which made me sleep better. I am thankful for their support and their hospitality.I will definitely come back to work with Sankalp as i had a wonderful time and made some amazing friends through this trip. I miss the kids at the orphanage and even though its a tough program, I encourage ppl to go and spend time with them. The smile and the hugs you receive from them is priceless and its worth it all.

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Jan 19, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
6

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I completed the 1 month work & travel program with Sankalp Volunteer in Jaipur, India. Sankalp is a great company that offers a variety of volunteer placements and also offers additional travel and sightseeing. I felt safe and supported the whole time during my placement and met a lot of great people. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life and recommend Sankalp to anyone looking to volunteer in India.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 26, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

What a wonderful month I spent in Jaipur, the volunteer house is in a great location, very residential but not so isolated you can't get anywhere. The food provided by the organisation is honestly the best food I've tasted in the whole of India (and we travelled around on weekends!). Transport was provided to get safely to and from work, so all volunteers could plan their time off accordingly. I was initially a little nervous about teaching as I'm not a teacher at home, but as long as you listen in your orientation and have the motivation to make a difference, then there is nothing to worry about. Be prepared to spend your evenings coming up with lesson plans so you can maximise your full potential, as well as the kids! All volunteers are there for the same reasons, so it's very easy to make friends in the house, as everyone is pretty like-minded. Anyone who's looking to make a change - whether its internal or external - go for Sankalp.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 21, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Upon arrival in Jaipur Sankalp arranged my pick up from the airport properly. After arriving at the volunteer house the "house mom" Puni showed me around and introduced me to the other people in the house. I immediately felt safe and welcome here.
The next day there was a introduction given by Amita who, together with her husband Prunay, is the contact person of Sankalp that is always available for your questions. I personally liked the fact that Amita did not only spent time on explaining the project but also gave some background information about the country and the city. She also explained the rules in the house which seemed a bit strict at first (no meat, no alcohol and be home at 21:30) but later on it appeared that Amita and her husband are just worried about your safety and when you communicate well with them about the time of coming home they are flexible.
Furthermore Puni's cooking was so good that even as a meat lover i didnt miss the meat just once (btw on the weekend trips you are free to eat and drink whatever you want!).
Speaking about the weekend trips i was surprised about the quality of the hotels. Most of them had a swimmingpool and they all looked nice. Better than I expected. The organisation also arranged a driver (Adjit) who took care of us very well during the weekends. He made me feel safe everywhere.

About the volunteerhouse: the house is located in Murlipura which is a bit out of the centre (30 minutes by tuktuk, only cost you around 2 dollar to go there so no big deal). I liked the location since it is less chaotic in this neighbourhood. Besides people are not so used to tourist here which makes the shopping good and people, especially children, treat you like a celeb.
The best thing about the house is the amazing rooftop terrace for a relaxing afternoon or a night underneed the stars..
The rooms are shared with 4 people and are not extremely spacious. The shower always has really hot water.

About the food: as said before the cooking in the house is strictly vegetarian but Puni's cooking is great. She cooks you lunch and dinner every day. Some people say its a lot of carbs but i couldnt care less, its just delicious! Brealfast you need to arrange yourself.

About the projects: I was lucky to be able to do both the woman empowerment and the orphanage. Both projects i really enjoyed and since they are so different from each other i cant say that one is better than the other. But I must say that woman empowerment might be easier since the conditions in the orphanage can be quite shocking for those comming from a western society (the bathing rituals and the fact that they dont use nappy's when volunteers are not there). You will get dirty every day but that doesnt make it more fun. If you consider the orphanage i would strongly recommend you to think about lice prevention.. i got them (my worst nightmare) but if i would have thought about the possibility of getting them on beforehand i think i would have taken better protection (wearing a showercap with a scarf over it or something).

Overall i would definately recommend doing the work and travel program with Sankalp. The only downside of including the travel it that you have only 3,5 week of volunteering and since Indians have some holidays as well it can even be less.

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Dec 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Didnt have a clue what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.The programme was really good and the living accomodation was fine.The in house cook Puni was amazing and really took care of us.Amita and Pranay were always on hand to answer any questions about the programme.I didnt have a problem at all with the programme apart from other people using it as a holiday rather than a volunteer programme.Luckily this was only one person.But if you pay to Volunteer you are there to give your services however hard and distressing it maybe.You are made fully aware of what you are getting into beforehand.Overall it was an amazing experience and I would love to do it again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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