We’ll take it that, as you’re reading this, you're wanting or thinking about heading out to volunteer in India. But what do you really want to get out of it?
Do you want to spend hundreds of pounds on a plane ticket to meet other people just like you in dingy backpackers’ hostels, traipse round tourist attractions and spend your time taking photos rather than being in the picture yourself?!
Or, do you really want to discover India. To get under the skin of a different culture, meet interesting new people, put your problems back home into perspective, experience things most tourists and travelers miss and get that warm fuzzy feeling inside by helping someone else along the way?
Want to learn more about India? Forget about those musty museums and over crowded temples,when you go volunteering you’ll live and breathe Indian culture and experience the day-to-day life in all it's chaotic glory, sample the local specialties and make friends with the locals!
By heading half-way across the world to volunteer in India you’ll not only get to experience a different culture, but you’ll also get to meet all kinds of incredible people who you might never have known otherwise.
Day-to-day frustrations, hang-ups, issues – we’ve all got ‘em. But there’s nothing like meeting people who have so much less than you, but are still happy, to put all your problems into perspective and make you realize just how fabulous your life really is!
India is the most overcrowded country in the world with nearly 1.3 Billion people squeezed within it's borders. About a quarter of that live below the poverty line, that's nearly 300 Million people!
Along with some serious environmental mis-education and a serious lack of academic education, India truly is a worthwhile place.
Some 0f the possibilities of Volunteering in India include:
Take a look at our volunteers gallery for more ideas and some added inspiration.
The problem is with volunteering in India is the cost. When I was looking to do it I couldn't believe what some of these companies were charging. One highly recommended company are NDCS Challenges who are based in the UK but have some great challenges all around the world. They focus more on the fund-raising side of things rather than the actual volunteering work themselves. I recommend them however as they do have their finger on the pulse and have a great newsletter packed with loads of useful information. Follow the link for more information
If you go and volunteer in India, you’re not just an aimless tourist looking in from afar, you’re right in the middle of the picture yourself: from getting involved in your project and getting to know the people, to experiencing stuff most tourists only end up taking photos of!
It may sound cheesy, but giving time to help someone else and seeing the effects of all your hard work is one of the most rewarding things ever.
I hope you're inspired to go book your ticket but before you do check out some more pages about what it is really like traveling in India and how to get the most out of your trip. Also follow the external links below which will guide you onto the best volunteering adventure for you.
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