In India, 45% of the country’s poor are illiterate and only 15% complete secondary school or higher. Many families living in poverty have to make the difficult decision not to invest in their children’s education and put them to work to make ends meet. On top of this, low fee-paying schools that are accessible to poor families and those living in rural areas have limited funding and resources to be able to provide a high quality education.
On the India: Social Impact Challenge, you will be working on a range of projects that help improve education quality at our partner schools in Palampur, which could include:
Running life skills workshops that build children’s confidence and encourage transferable skills like problem solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, career planning and leadership.
Delivering conversational English lessons that will provide opportunities for further education and well-paying jobs later in life.
STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) workshops that encourage experimentation and innovation and help develop children’s creativity.
Working on a small-scale renovation project, such as painting a mural, to improve learning environments and promote school attendance.
When you arrive in India you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Indian culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.
Over four weeks, you’ll volunteer Monday – Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel and exploring. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax and explore town or do any required planning for the next day.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can join our extension trip tour of the best sites across India!
26th March - 23rd April 2022 (Limited Spaces Remaining)
30th July - 27th August 2022
You may be eligible to receive funding for this programme from your University. We recommend contacting your University Go Global/International Office to find out more, or book an appointment with one of our travel experts who will be more than happy to discuss funding options with you.
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It's one thing to experience such a different culture as a tourist, but so much more incredible to experience it as a global citizen.Volunteer - Jordan - India
One of the highlights was when we could see a difference in the children after the first week or so, not only in English and Maths ability, but in their confidence too.Volunteer - Georgia - India