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Sankalp Volunteer Society India

In the two weeks I volunteered at Sankalp I had a wonderful, heart warming experience meeting amazing people and teaching Street Children. The students were lovely, enthusiastic and great fun to teach and play with! The program was well organized, the housing clean, functional and the staff friendly and helpful. The only thing I regret is not staying longer!

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Jan 11, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Agency for Internship in India (AII)

Hi I am sarrah!! I want to share my experience with Aii, India. I decided to do any volunteering project in India but in my budget so I chose Aii as my friends have done volunteering with Aii already. I chose to volunteer with disabled children in Jaipur. The program was a really sustainable & needy. Actually i have heard about the volunteering programs that they donot contribute to project and all. But the Aii has done a very good thing, Peeyush the program manager gives a contribution of 1000 INR to the NGO & he gave me 1000 INR to buy somethings for the little kids. I really liked the fundamental of this kind of help throgh volunteering programs. I appreciate the other volunteers at Aii, James, Katherine, Mina & Ronald & the team Aii & most importantly the projects with Aii. I strongly resommend Aii for Volunteering in India. Love you guys, Keep the spirit up!! I am planning to come back to India :)

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

Working Abroad

Wow! How fortunate I am to have had the experience to teach the inspiring students at the Kunpan cultural school in Dharamsala, India! Never have I been so impressed with a group of people of any age: determination, cooperation, compassion, and love of daily life. This experience exceeded my expectations in every way.
Working with Vicky at Working Abroad was uplifting and efficient. With my schedule, I wasn't able to commit to a volunteer project 1 year in advance, so I asked Vicky to let me know if any spaces opened up at this specific school within the next 2-3 months. She replied immediately to notify me of a recent cancellation 8 weeks in the future. Although that project didn't work out, she kept in touch with me until an opening became available a few short months later and before I knew it, I was headed to India for one of the most amazing and fulfilling experiences of my life.
When I arrived bleary-eyed and jet-lagged the kind group welcomed me with an unobtrusive collective "hello". I ate a quick breakfast and slept my fogginess away. When I woke for lunch, a couple of the students chatted with me pleasantly and I pondered, "How will my feelings for these students grow? There are so many to get to know in 2 short months. How will I possibly learn all of their names?" The answers came quite quickly. My fondness for these young adults blossomed into utter admiration after having the honor of reading some of their harrowing stories of their journeys to India. I was touched by their passion for learning English and their ability to remain positive and filled with laughter while simultaneously missing and worrying about their families back home. I quickly discovered a loving admiration for each one of them. As for their names that took about a week.
I will not lie, it takes some time to get used to showering and washing your clothes in a spring, eating 3 meals a day as a group, and sharing one western toilet with all of the volunteers. However, I was surprised at how quickly I came to appreciate these aspects. I learned to slow down, to appreciate what I have, and to recognize what I really don't need.
With the help of these students, I have learned a lot as a teacher, but mostly, as a compassionate human being. Whenever I wanted, these students would talk with me about Buddhism. They each live their lives with such compassion and patience, it is absolutely heartwarming. Through their example, I quit killing mosquitoes (and in turn, I think they stopped biting me), and ushered out of my room safely a whole host of small harmless "visitors". I became more patient and quickly understood that very rarely do things go as planned, but that is the beauty of just letting go and letting life happen. These students are masters of this mentality and I know it is a lesson that the Western world needs to learn. I feel so blessed have learned it from such kind and gentle teachers.
The life there was not always easy, but the challenges bring you closer to your co-workers and students. Plus, you will rediscover a sense of humor about life's little mishaps that many of us lost after childhood. From the deepest part of my being, I thank these students, Choephel, the
administrative team, the Board of E.S. Tibet, and Working Abroad for this experience. It is one I will never forget and will always cherish. I wish these students so much luck, success, and happiness. They deserve it and Buddha knows, they have certainly earned it. Tashi delek!

One tip: bring all contact numbers they provide you with for airport pickup. Don't be afraid to ask someone local at the airport to borrow their mobile to contact your ride.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 9, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Volunteers

This was a good opportunity to serve the children of India. The people were overall gracious. But it would have been cheaper to stay in a nice hotel (after all it is India and the exchange rate is such that it would have been affordable), rather than the guest house that was lacking in some necessities, such as hot water. No hot shower for two weeks. Ask questions about accomodations before you go.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 7, 2014
Overall:
6
Support:
8
Value:
5

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I was fortunate enough to volunteer with Sankalp this summer and participate in the Summer program with the addition of 2 weeks of volunteering and traveling. I was tempted to write this review as I saw some comments questioning the motives of this program. I also just wanted to share my experiences and hopefully motivate others to try volunteering!

Sankalp provides a variety services to the many needs of women and children in India. There fees are among the lowest of all volunteer programs. And yes the children are not provided with all the amenities of the schools we are used to here but they have been "frying bigger fish" per say. They just built an entirely new school for the street children's program, they just provided them all with new uniforms. I'm not saying that the staff of Sankalp do not profit at all from their business, I believe they do, but I also believe they are providing a genuine service to their community that is making a noticeable difference. They have devoted their life to these efforts and I have talked to to them about some of their future goals, and they have plans to expand the program even further.

As someone who has done quite a bit of backpacking on my own, this is a much more structured environment then I'm used to. They treat you as if you are one of their family members and as such you must follow the rules of their house. However, this is all part of the cultural experience and if you go in knowing and excepting that you should be fine. Just so you know they stick to a strict curfew and drinking is not allowed within the house. Some other things to note just about cultural differences is that you will have to throw your own garbage outside onto the street, and the power may sometimes go out for hours at a time. Be fore warned that you may see things happening in your volunteer placements that are shocking as it would never happen here, but the benefits will far out weigh the negatives. Traveling with the group I also found a little stressful at times, trying to navigate and cater to 13 people's differing needs can be a challenge. I suggest breaking into smaller groups when traveling and looking into some of the other things in the cities that you may want to do. They are pretty good about allowing you to request certain locations during your free time. Also Jaipur is 5 hours from Delhi. Sometime they may put you put up in a hotel when you get flown in to wait for others. Or, you may have to drive for 5 hours by yourself with a driver who speaks no English.

After all that being said I STRONGLY urge you to volunteer, and I truly believe this is an amazing program in which to do so in. I was 27 years old when I went and had a lot of traveling experience behind me, but I met others who were as young as 16 and this being their first traveling experience. As all trips it will be what you make it, if your a little less comfortable exploring the city then you can stay in the safety of the volunteer house and travel with groups. However, if you want to travel out on weekends or afternoons to explore India, you are more then welcome to. Jaipur is also a sweet base to explore India from. Go volunteer, change their life, and change the life of others!

Cheers,
Jenna

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 3, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I participated in the Street Kids Project with the Sankalp Organisation for two weeks. From day one, I felt supported by Anita and, from what I could tell, Sankalp is very structured and organized for its volunteers and the community it serves.
The orientation is adequate and volunteers are encouraged to learn more about India and Jaipur. Our volunteer group was fortunate to be able to celebrate Christmas and New Years at the volunteer house and Amita & Pranay made us all feel at home with Christmas lights & tree and New Years on the roof!
It is incredible working with the kids. They are fun, sweet, energetic, giving, and eager to please. I am humbled by the experience of working with them! After a day, I was able to follow the teaching methods that had been established and use my skills to help them. and it's very nice to get to know them, even if it's only for a short time.
All-in-all, I would say that this experience has been very enriching and I'm very happy to have been a part of it.

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Jan 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I'm just finishing up 2 weeks of volunteering with Sankalp. I was part of the street kids program and it's been a phenomenal experience. The program is really well organized. Amita and Pranay provide transportation to and from the school and are really helpful with any information you might need (even if it's unrelated to the program). After only a day or two, I felt comfortable with the work I was expected to do. The kids are adorable and it's so easy to get attached to them in a short span of time. I only wish that I had more time to work with them.

Amita and Pranay do a really good job of managing everything and making the volunteers feel at home. I was here for Christmas and New Years and they had a Christmas tree and decorated the house with lights to still give us a chance to experience the holidays. We even had a bonfire and fireworks for New Years Eve, which was great. Staying at the volunteer home is nice because you get a chance to bond with the other volunteers.

I highly recommend this program to anyone considering it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I spent five weeks here in Jaipur, volunteering with Sankalp, doing the Women's Empowerment project. It was such an incredible experience. The girls that I taught were incredibly interested in what I had to say, and they had a clear passion for learning English. I was given plenty of supplies and all the support I needed, with regards to teaching material and an open invitation to ask for help. I volunteered in the afternoon for three hours which still gave me more than enough time to go sightseeing and shopping in the mornings and on weekends.
The volunteer house is really nice, and the food was incredible. It was also a fantastic opportunity to meet with volunteers from all around the world. I spent both Christmas and New Years Eve in the house, and Amita and Pranay gave us everything we could asked for. We had beautiful lights, amazing food, fireworks for New Years Eve and more. We were made to feel very at home, and it was an absolute pleasure to spend that time in the house. I would recommend volunteering here, as it is in my opinion, a very well run and rewarding experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Last year, I spent a month working in the Street Kids Program at the Sankalp Volunteer, in Jaipur. In a few words, I can say it was an incredible experience and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a volunteering experience. During the week, in the morning I attended Mathematics and English classes to street kids and had the afternoon free.

For this period I lived in the volunteering’s house. This was also a great point, I had the chance to meet people from all over the world, from different cultures, different languages; though all sharing the same purpose of spending their time doing something great. We had a good time all together when walking around Jaipur and organizing trips for the weekend.

I believe this was a both rewarding experience to the children and myself.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 16, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering Goa

In September 2012 I made the decision to volunteer in India for 3 months and I decided to do it through Volunteering Goa. This is a small company and I preferred the idea of a smaller volunteering company rather than a giant one as the service felt very personal. The director of the company made me feel settled right from the day I signed up and was on hand to answer any niggling questions I had or address any concerns I had about moving abroad. Definitely a more personal service than other companies I have volunteered with who just want your money and give nothing back.
Once I was in India I was placed in an orphanage in South Goa, where I would spend about 5 days and I would take 2 days off a week in the volunteer house in North Goa. All accommodation was clean and comfortable (with western bathrooms thank goodness!) and the food provided was amazing! Local and fresh food and the orphanage staff even taught me how to make some food myself!!
Days out were included as part of the package with Volunteering Goa so I got to see a range of places including Old Goa, Tiracol Fort, the Spice Gardens in the jungle and we even took a canoe along the Mandovi river to visit the bird sanctuary. Such a perfect afternoon.
Value for money was incredible - everything was included including flights, accommodation, food, visa, day trips, and even a volunteering course which counted toards UCAS points. Having the company sort all of that stuff out for me took a huge weight off me and made the experience simple to organise. Part of the money I paid was also used as a donation to the charity that I volunteered in, and it felt very special knowing that my money would help the children that I had personally worked with.
I was so impressed with my time with Volunteering Goa that I've tried to stay involved with their work and I now help them with recruiting new volunteers on a voluntary basis - I really believe in the work that they do and I want to share it with the world! And if I get a chance to volunteer again, I wouldn't hesitate to volunteer with Volunteering Goa!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 15, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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