Experience the very best India has to oﬀer this summer! Volunteer in the local community on a range of projects aimed at improving education quality in and around Palampur. You'll be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively as you're immersed in the incredible local culture.
We believe that education is the key to ending the poverty cycle. As a community challenge volunteer you will be helping us drive forward our long-term education goals in our community. Volunteering at one of our partner schools, you will be designing and delivering hands-on workshops that supplement the rigid government curriculum and get children excited about going to school.
You could be focusing on:
STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)
You will also have the chance to volunteer on a renovation project with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!
Your volunteering days will be Monday-Friday with the weekends free to do your own travel. We recommend heading to Dharamshala and explore all that this amazing city has to offer, including Kangra Fort and the Tibetan Museum.
After your volunteer programme you can join our optional extension trip for £599 and spend a week on the most spectacular tour of India! You'll begin by heading to Amritsar where you'll visit the Golden Temple and watch the famous lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah Border. Next up is Agra where you'll spend time exploring the Red Fort, local markets and the one and only Taj Mahal! Your final destination will be Delhi where you'll visit the Old and New cities and have plenty of time to do you own exploring before catching your flight home.
Join Challenges Abroad to make an impact in India and become a global citizen.
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To join a challenge, all you need to do is sign up by clicking the 'book now' button and choose your payment option. Our partner charity, The FutureSense Foundation, have a fundraising support team who will be with you on your fundraising journey. However, we know fundraising isn't for everyone, so you can choose to either Fully Fundraise for your programme, or Flexi Fundraise. If you choose the Flexi Fundraising option, you will fundraise £1000 and pay the remaining programme fees in instalments.
To deal with the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19, we have introduced the following guarantees so you can confidently book your volunteer programme today.
Although we are confident that programmes will go ahead as planned, if your programme is affected by Covid-19 travel restrictions, your programme will be postponed to the following year, and your fundraising deadlines will be extended.
We are continuously monitoring the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and speaking with our teams on the ground to ensure we are fully aware of all on-going situations. If your destination is affected by coronavirus travel restrictions, you will be able to move your programme to one of our other destinations.
Our volunteer's health and safety whilst overseas is our biggest priority. We are putting in place additional measures to enhance health and safety practices when travel resumes. Some of these measures include increased cleaning at our accommodation, reducing the number of volunteers sharing bathroom facilities, mandatory hand-washing before meals and an in-depth review of all in-country risk management processes.
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
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
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!