Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life whilst experiencing a diverse and culturally rich country? Come and help in India on our rewarding childcare programme that is having a profound impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities and help to make positive change where it is needed the most!
Understanding the needs of people with learning disabilities is integral to helping them to live full lives and to achieve their potential. Lend your support to the local teams and see how the students thrive with the right care and attention.
A mixture of limited access to special resources and a lack of awareness has left many disabled people in India without the care they desperately need. People with special needs face many barriers during their lives, including within the Indian education system.
The Indian government has recently made various changes to the laws to enable young people with disabilities to receive an education. Despite this huge positive move, there is still a huge lack of clarity within local departments that is having a severe impact on the education and experience these young people receive.
It is widely thought that children with special needs are five and a half times more likely to not attend school than non-disabled children. The few that do get the chance to receive an education rarely progress beyond primary school level. You will also find that over 50% of adults with special needs are illiterate and over 75% of people with physical impairments are unemployed.
Complex needs require dedicated time, but teachers are often taking care of a large number of students at one time and are not always able to provide the one-to-one care that the students need. The children who attend have a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism and down syndrome.
Your help caring for the pupils and assistance with the general running of the care facilities will be hugely beneficial to both the students and the teachers. The daily activities include storytelling, physical exercise, teaching English, singing songs, playing games and volunteers with the relevant experience can help with more specialist therapy tasks. You will see how attentive care and innovative teaching and therapy can build the students’ confidence and develop their skills. This work can be incredibly beneficial and rewarding!
We currently work with two local NGOS who are doing amazing work and making a real difference in people’s lives. Prior to their existence there was only one institute in Jaipur that focused on the development of people with intellectual disabilities. Each school was set up due to the desperate need for more specialised care for people with learning disabilities and each offer a big contrast from one and another.
Akansha is a family run project situated in the Sanganer area and was started when the owners became aware of the need when looking after a family member who had learning disabilities. They realised that many families were struggling to provide the necessary care and so decided to extend their assistance out into the local community. The centre currently takes care of 26 students every day of the week and have 4 local staff members that you will work alongside.
Disha is a much larger organisation that caters for over 170 students ranging from 5 to 25 years old. Their primary aim is to provide each and every student with an environment which maximises their learning ability to allow everyone to reach their full potential. There are 17 permanent staff that look after many sections including; teaching, physiotherapy, aqua therapy, computer classes and more.
Although the project does have challenging aspects, especially in the first few days, volunteers feedback suggest that this one of most rewarding projects that they have done.
Jaipur is full of interesting things to see and do is conveniently located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Your weekends and evenings will be free to enjoy the city and its many impressive attractions as well as travel the world famous Golden Triangle to see the Taj Mahal.
Known as the ‘pink city’, you will have plenty of time to marvel at the vast grandeur of the Amber Fort, visit the many palaces including Hawa Mahal (Water Palace) and Jal Mahal (Palace of Winds) and of course, check out the shops and markets where you will find the most beautiful handmade items and mouth-watering cuisine.
This worthwhile programme will give you a unique insight into Indian culture and is a great opportunity for you to truly make a difference.
Although no day will ever be the same, there is a basic schedule to each day. You will typically be volunteering from 10am – 3pm with a lunch break in between Monday to Friday.
You role will be varied and can include:
- Assisting teachers with the care of the students – this can be anything from supervising yoga lessons, getting involved with interactive learning to helping with meal times. Not all of the students can read or write so you can help them to learn through other activities like singing, dancing and yoga.
- General administration and organisation – ease the pressures of the day-to-day running by lending your organisational skills or taking on some of the routine tasks that keep the schools up and running!
You do not have to be a qualified professional to register for this programme, but if you have any special skills in a relevant area of therapy or social care then let us know and we will provide you with the support you need to best utilise your skills on your trip!
During your time volunteering in India, you will be staying within our volunteer accommodation in a quiet residential suburb of Jaipur.
Everything you need can be found within a short 10-minute drive! There are large shopping malls that have western restaurants like Pizza Hut and Subway, as well as convivence shops and ATMs. If you are looking for a quiet evening, then you can head down to one of the nearby restaurants or bars to talk about your day volunteering.
If you are looking for a more local and cultural approach, then you can explore the bustling bazaars and markets where you will have ample opportunity to sample some mouth-watering cuisine and to purchase some gifts.
You cannot come all the way to India and not check out some of the big cultural tourist attractions! Jaipur is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle and boasts many significant sights, including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), the Pink City Bazaars and so much more! Everything is located within just 20 kilometres and you can also head further afield to the Taj Mahal and New Delhi at the weekends.
Our accommodation is a fairly modern apartment that boasts spacious bedrooms. Although basic, the apartment is very clean and comfortable and is the ideal base for your time in India.
Each room has 2 bunkbeds, sleeping up to 4 people with all bed linen provided and fans to keep you cool. There are western style bathrooms with hot water.
The accommodation has several communal areas for everyone to gather in the evening. Sit back and relax in the living room while playing some cards, board games or try your hand at some more local games or head up to the roof terrace to take in the surroundings! There is Wi-Fi, although this can be intermittent.
All volunteers will be provided with fridge space if needed and will be able to take advantage of the laundry facilities within the apartment.
To ensure you get an authentic Indian experience, you will be staying with our host co-ordinators Beena and her husband, who will be there to provide meals and to make sure you have everything you need.
Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 4
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest ATM & shops – 5 minute walk
Airport Transfers – 20 minutes
While staying at the accommodation you will provided with three meals per day between Monday and Friday. Please note, you are responsible for meals on the weekends where you can head into town and try some more local dishes!
Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and include many traditional Indian cuisine. It is important to note that only vegetarian meals are served within our accommodation. You can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Bread, biscuits, eggs, fruit, cereals, Poha
Lunch – Chapaties, rice, lentils, vegetables, salads
Dinner – Curries, chapaties, rice, lentils, vegetables
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 16 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should land into Jaipur International Airport (JAI) on your selected start date, being any 1st or 3rd Saturday.
You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby volunteer accommodation for you to settle in.
The programme ends on a Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 16 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 – 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 3 – 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
You should land into Jaipur International Airport (JAI) on Saturday.
Day 1 (Saturday) – Arrival
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. You will be taken straight to our volunteer accommodation where you will meet everyone else and have the chance to settle in.
Day 2 (Sunday) – Orientation
After a good nights rest and a delicious breakfast, you will receive your orientation during the morning. The rest of the day is for you to explore what Jaipur has to offer!
Days 3 – 6 (Monday – Friday) – Volunteering
Our local coordinator will travel with you and introduce you to everyone. Your first day will all be about introductions, understanding your schedule and to learn what is expected from you. Volunteering times will generally be the same each day and as time goes on you will become more confident and independent and given more tasks to do.
Days 7 – 8 (Saturday – Sunday) – Weekend
With so many things to do right on your doorstep, your free time will be packed with adventure! Whatever you plan on doing, our local team can advise and help organise any trips.
The following weeks
The following weeks will follow the same kind of pattern, with volunteering between Monday and Friday and exploring India at the weekends. You will find that time will really start to fly by, so it’s important to make the most of your time! Don’t forget, our local team are there to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
Last day (Saturday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
Our local team will accompany you until you are happy with the route and feel comfortable. You will travel to the volunteering projects as a group using our normal driver – please allow £1 per day for travelling costs.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card – our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in India for under £15.
What is Jaipur like?
Jaipur is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Known for it’s variety and diversity of culture, religion, people and of course food! Buzzing with life, you will get to enjoy the colourful lifestyle, taste mouth-watering cuisine, walk through the bazaars and visit the many famous attractions nearby! Also commonly referred to as the Pink City, you will be able to explore the many tourist attractions nearby!
All amenities are close to our volunteer accommodation and with good transport links everything in the city and beyond is easily accessible.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in India
Our programmes in India are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. They provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and they will give you a unique insight into India, teach you about their culture and traditions as well as recommend and organise the best places to see while there.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Sunday morning and will go through everything you need to know for your time in India. You will be shown around the local neighbourhood where ATM’s, restaurants, taxi ranks and other amenities will be pointed out to you.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in India. You’ll also learn about the Indian way of life, about your project and some simple Indian words .
What is the weather like in Jaipur?
Jaipur has warm dry summers and a short monsoon season, making it an ideal destination to visit all year round.
During the monsoon season, the rain tends to fall in the late afternoon and during the night, therefore you still have the majority of the day to explore in the sunshine!
The hottest months tend to be from April until June, where temperatures average 30c degrees, with the coldest months being from November until January, with an average temperature of 20c.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to India?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in India to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do you offer an online TEFL course?
If you are joining us on one of our teaching programmes around the world, then why not do some preparation work before you head into the classroom. Our Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours), can be studied completely online over a 6-month period, which is ideal for those with other commitments – and leaves you the freedom to study wherever and whenever suits you!
If you believe teaching may be the career for you (here in the UK or abroad), then our TEFL course is the perfect starting point to launching your new career. After completing the course, not only will you have a greater understanding, but you will also gain an internationally accredited certificate that qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language. Our course is a level 5 qualification, which is the same as a diploma / foundation degree, one step above a-levels, but below a university degree.
You can find out more about our online TEFL course here.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 – £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week..
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.
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