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Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Really very very frustrated with the chil teaching program. Pranay and Amita, really they are not volunteer. They start the business only to earn money in illegal way. Real volunteer help to the Poor Child for their health, education and economic. Its shop to earn the MONEY ONLY. These couple income is not big but they purchase the Big Property in Jaipur and make big Black Money.

I am come here before one week. really not feel happy with the program. I can't ask anything from Pranay.. because he don't know english and Amita can't understand proper english. Surprise!!!!

They are not volunteer... they Just Open the Shop to earn BIG MONEY or TAX FREE money.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 24, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I have just returned from spending 6 weeks volunteering with the Women's Empowerment Project.This project was very enjoyable. This is an afterschool program where young girls aged 7 to 13 come to improve their English and computers skills outside of mainstream education. The hours of volunteering were quite short , only 3 hours a day, that was out of volunteers control as it is afterschool ( 3 to 6) and I suppose teaching is quite limited to those hours. So volunteers must make good use of there time teaching.

I had an amazing teaching assistant who was there throughout my whole time with Sankalp. She supported me in my teaching and provided guidance concerning topics to introduce. She really was a lovely person and I felt she made my time with the charity run very smoothly. I had the opportunity to teach the girls important topics such as body image and peer pressure. Whatever skill or topic you are interested in teaching the girls check with Pranay or Amita first , and Asha ( teaching assistant) but really volunteers are encouraged to teach different topics. The only negative thing I can say is that supplies at this project are non existent. Myself and another volunteer had to buy materials for a lesson as there was nothing there for paints and crafts. I would suggest to the charity buying more paints and craft materials and locking these away after each use at the project, so that the girls can get good use from them.

The volunteer accommodation:

The accommodation provided by Sankalp is basic but homely. Beds are comfortable and the house has many recreational areas. Food provided by the house manager was really tasty and plentiful.

The house is located away from the tourist area in Jaipur which was great as it was safe and had a small neighborhood feel.

I would recommend the Women's Empowerment Project to future volunteers .

I must advise future volunteers to manage there expectations when they do arrive. There is WiFi which was intermittent, there is no heating and no washing facilities, but these are small petty things which do not reflect upon Sankalp.

Do volunteer with this charity and have a life changing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 19, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
8

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

Avoid.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 10, 2016
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
2

Comments

You are right. Same problem faced by me. Really the couple "is a pocket-lining exercise for a self-aggrandizing". They charge very very high in dollar and convert this money in Indian rupees and got big money. they don't care about poor child, just earn money from this. HI all Sanklap Users see the Katrina Feeling about Pranay and Amita behavior.

CADIP

In Tintoda, Gujarat, we rebuilt an old ladies house that collapsed during the monsoon season, we planed 500 trees around a man made lake to reinforce the lake and increase the wildlife surrounding the lake, we spoke on health issues, visited a school for the handicapped, organized a sports day at the local school, helped distribute a free lunch for close to 800 children and participated in many local festivals and events. We were the first foreigners to ever visit this small town and they were ecstatic to host us. We had the opportunity to sit with the local government to discuss our thoughts and ideas about local developments and progressions.

The volunteer group was amazing and I have made life long friends in the process. After my 2 weeks volunteering I backpacked for an additional 3 weeks and saw many different areas of India.

For anyone who is planning on venturing to India to participate with volunteer projects: Just do it :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 5, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Honestly, this experience was even more rewarding than I could have ever hoped. Everything was spectacular from day one! Applying was easy and I met so many likeminded and wonderful people who I'm so happy to call my friends. The school I worked in was amazing and I was inspired every day by the children I got to teach. In fact, every person I met in this wonder of a country was beyond incredible; they are the nicest and most accommodating people I've ever encountered. I feel honoured to have met them. I could not have asked for a more exceptional host family, I have no doubt that they made this trip better than it otherwise could have been. They welcomed us with open arms and we instantly felt like part of the family! Chandni, Mohit, Raj and Aryan created a fun and caring environment full of laughter and went above and beyond to help us with everything. Without them, organising weekend travel to other cities would have been so painful. They are beautiful, kind, lively people and I'm going to miss them so much! Volunteering through IVHQ was the best decision I've made to date and I'm already planning my next trip.

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

Comments

Hi Izzy, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your time in India with IVHQ. We are glad that you had such a positive experience volunteering and that you felt supported by your host family and our local team in Delhi. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Volunteering in India with IVHQ was the best experience I've had my whole life. I loved going to my school everyday and teaching the children. We got to experience true Indian culture in the best way possible which is what you want coming on a trip like this. My host family were amazing, I had so much fun staying with them and they were very welcoming and made me feel very at home and so comfortable. Travelling on the weekends was made super easy to organise with the support of our host family. We had 24/7 support with anything we needed which was very comforting.

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

Comments

Hi Steph, Thanks for your feedback. It is great to hear that you had such a positive experience volunteering in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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

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