Volunteering in Delhi
I am planning a trip to India around August and I would like to go volunteering in Delhi, I've currently only got about a month when I can be out there, but I have a lot of organisation time leading up to that.
In order to pay for this this I am aiming to get the government to pay for it through charitable tax relief - i.e writing off to charities/companies to pay for a percentage of the total costs. in return I, (or part of my group) will present/submit a document the extents of what we have done.
I am currently collating information on the whole subject, and was hoping someone here might be able to help? Any ideas/pointers?
And the Answer...
It sounds like an absolutely awesome idea and if I was in another situation I would love to come with you! But without trying to scare or worry you in anyway - there are a couple of things that you need to be wary of when volunteering in Delhi. The first thing that I can say is that your time of year is not the best - Delhi pretty much turns into an oven in the summer with August being the hottest month. I travelled up from the south to fly home from Delhi on 1st May and it was starting to get fairly uncomfortable then. Of course it's possible - I mean hundreds of millions of people endure it every year - but it is certainly something to be aware of.
Another thing that came to my mind immediately was the fact that India is a notoriously difficult place to get anything achieved. - especially for a foreigner. Again it is by no means impossible to go volunteering in Delhi but the challenges you face are large to say the least. One absolutely huge help to you would be the help of a local - And I mean someone who has respect and knows the area.
It's a terrifying, disgusting, filthy retched place but it's awesome and I have no doubt you will love it just as much as I do (just maybe not right away ;-)
It sounds like an amazing adventure and I wish you all the best.
Another place to turn are Forums. IndiaMike.com and Indiatree.com have massive forums and people will be fighting each other to give you pointers and advice about such a excellent idea.
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