All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! (subject to
school vacations – see dates below.
From 2 weeks up to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa
No qualifications required, just a love of children and
a desire to help.
Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Accommodation and Food
►Meeting you at Madurai airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport
Who can do
This project is open to all nationalities and all ages
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Indian culture
The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Our care projects are based in the bustling temple town of
Madurai in Southern India.
The main care center where we work is
at a home for victims of female infanticide and abandoned children.
Their mission is to help them first to survive and then to ensure the
right of the child to a family. There are around 20 children at the
orphanage, but this number changes frequently as new children are
brought in or are adopted.
All of the children’s
backgrounds are heartbreaking; some of them have been found
abandoned in nearby churches or temples and others are
surrendered by their parents. The children are all in desperate
need of tender loving care ... and this is where you come in!
Your work will be very hands-on as you will be dealing with all of the
children - be prepared to get very grubby!! Your work load and
responsibilities will depend on your abilities and attitude to your work
and you'll assume more responsibilities as you grow in confidence and as
the staff's confidence in you grows. You should be supervised all of the
time while you are there, and you will be given help and directions.
Your work may include some or all of the following:
Helping the staff wash and dress the older
Bottle feed the babies
Feeding the older children
Teaching basic English and Maths
Teaching the older children nursery rhymes
Organising and facilitating games for the
By playing games with the children you also encourage
confidence building. It also encourages children to use English in an
informal way, and even with the younger children it gives them exposure
to the language at an early age. Playing games may seem irrelevant on
the surface, but it helps to build up team spirit and skills, leadership
skills, dexterity and quick thinking, and a healthy competitive spirit.
It also gives them a more developed ability to interact with their
For many of the older children, you are able to integrate education into
games and also help with homework etc. Where children are not taught at
the orphanage you will help these on their return from school in the
Volunteers normally work at the orphanage in the mornings when it is at
its busiest and the additional help that you provide is really
appreciated. You can take your lunch with you and eat with the staff and
finish after the babies are fed at 2pm. You can choose to work longer
hours but it is very exhausting and challenging work and you may
appreciate the afternoon off to relax and unwind.
"Your tasks are fairly routine and
repetitive, but really you’re there to give the children individual
attention that the full-time nurses don’t always have time to provide.
That’s the most important thing you’ll do there – may not feel like
much, but it’s so important for them as some of the children’s’ social
skills and ability to interact with people are a bit poor. Plus it’s
very rewarding to just be there to make them laugh and feel a bit loved!
You may also have the opportunity to work
at a boy’s home in the evenings. The boys are aged between 7 to 18 years
of age and all of them attend local schools during the day and return to
the home in the evenings. The boys are semi-orphans and they are
resident at the home and go back to their families only in the vacations.
When they arrive back after school, they have a few chores and then
there is an hour of play time. At this time you can go along and
interact with them by organising games (they love cricket and football!)
or just going to chat to them.
When the games session is over there is an hour and a half of study
time. You can choose to stay and help them with their homework at this
time or help them practice their conversational English. Again, this is
a very rewarding project and the boys with be overjoyed to meet you.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE SOUTH OF
Please keep in mind that school vacations can
change unexpectedly with very little notice given. Although at times this
can be quite inconvenient, most of our volunteers use the opportunity to
travel around and explore the country.
First Term Vacation: 27
September to 6 October 2014
Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October
Bakrid: 3 October 2014
Diwali Holiday: 21 to 23
Thevar Jayanthi: 30 October
Second Term Vacation: 21
December 2014 to 1 January 2015
Pongal Holiday: 13 to 17
Summer Vacation: 11 April to 4
Exam Periods: (approx):
Quarterly Exams: 15 to 22
Half Yearly Exams: 10 to 20
Annual Exams: 2 to 11 April
going to state the obvious and tell you that I’ve had an absolutely
amazing time, I don’t want to leave. I’ve loved Anbagam, “Hello,
how-are-you-fine!” and Faisel’s Yorkshire ‘Hallooo’ made me feel right
at home, Emo boy, cute boy, Jayne’s boy, Nandri boy, downs boy, and all
of them. I’ve loved shaking their sticky hands and made to feel
really wanted! I’ve loved my evenings & weekends, freezing in the
concrete tent in Kodaikanal, catching waves in Pondicherry, candle-lit
chats. Loved it all!
For a complete Indian experience we can arrange for you to stay with one of
wonderful host families. All of our hosts are very welcoming and not only
will be made to feel part of the family, you’ll also gain a great insight
into Indian culture and customs. Many of our volunteers remain friends with
their host families long after they leave India and in some cases they
return to the country later especially to visit their family.
You may share a room with up to 2 other volunteers and in most of the houses
you'll have an en-suite, Western-style bathroom. Most of the showers in our host accommodation are
cold water only – however your hosts will boil water for you on request.
All of our host family houses are close together and just a few minutes’
walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short
auto ride into the center of town.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared
for you by the family and is mainly local fare allowing you to taste a
varied selection of delicious south Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You
will need to make provision for your own lunch.
Cooking together in the host family accommodation
Got any questions? Please email us:
VIDEOS AND CASE STUDIES
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
INDIA REALLY HAS
IT ALL, from the hot sultry deserts of Rajasthan, the
Taj Mahal and the majestic Himalayas in the north, to the idyllic palm
fringed beaches and ancient temples of the south, plus a multitude of
wildlife parks! The way to best enjoy
India is to absorb it - the warmth of the people, the beauty, the
smells, the food, and the wonderful hospitality!
Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the
southern state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine
city’ for the famous jasmine flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city
of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river of nectar that flowed after blessing
from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’,
Madurai really does have a
temple or shrine on practically every street but it is most famed for
the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike flock
to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple
is named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and
is an enormous structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and
The inner courtyard contains another 7 towers, again all highly
adorned. It will take your breath away.
Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was
the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. It is full of
cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe inspiring Sri
Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls and
Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and
shake your hand and even ask for your autograph! You will be in demand
everywhere you go and you’ll feel like a celebrity, such is the warmth
of the Indian people.
If you’re after an overwhelming experience, then
Madurai is a certainty for this!
been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery,
wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking
backwaters. It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient
system using essential oils and vigorous massage to aid medical
complaints or just for pampering - a one hour massage is an
unforgettably relaxing experience.
Kerala also has one of the best wildlife
parks in the country; Periyar. A huge array of activities are on offer,
jungle trekking and jeep safari’s which take you off the beaten track in
the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more likely to
see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also
take an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch
martial arts – it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
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