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!
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.
Participating on a programme like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Confidence and stepping our of your comfort zone.
Making presentations and public speaking.
An understanding of environment challenges in Thailand and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
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.
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.
Going on the India Development Challenge was a once in a lifetime experience! I loved meeting the children and helping them perfect their English skills and opening their minds to new things. It was a beautiful and challenging experience, would recommend!Volunteer - Shernya - India