Program Location

2 Weeks

Program Duration

300 $

Starting Rupee Cost

Special Kids Care in Dharmshala


Project length: Minimum of 1 week to maximum of 24 weeks.

Project dates: Year round. Saturdays are preferred for arrivals but you can choose any date.

Arrival airport: Delhi Airport (IGI Airport)..

Accommodation: Local coordinator’s host family.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Airlines: Jet airways, Spice jet, Etihad, Indigo, Go Air, Air India etc. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.

Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Project Background

Our special kids care project is situated in Lower Dharamshala area in the district in Himalayas. We are working to provide efficient help by volunteers as care takers and helpers in the centers. This center is established for day care of the special need kids. These kids are affected by several physical and mental issues that affected their normal life. 

The project is a non-residential project for specially able children. All the children live in the nearby areas of the centers. There is a special schedule for the children in which all the activities have some special timing for each age group. Around hundreds of children are getting benefits from the center. All the children are divided into the groups (Classes) & as per their mental level. The project is lacking the funding support to hire staff for the center. For special need kids 01 staff can handle 02 to 03 kids at a time and this center is lacking the support. 

As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:

  • Interact with the special children, local staff & other volunteers

  • Observe their activities & get to know the style of working with them

  • Teach them general subjects like Math, English etc.

  • Help them in completing their home-works & class works

  • Help the local staff in preparing food for them & assist the children in writing, reading, painting with support them in doing their exercises

  • Counsel their parents for proper care of the kids

  • Do art & craft, music & dance kind of fun centered activities & Make learning fun & exciting for them

  • Organize local trips & Picnic for the kids with approval from the center

  • Make them feel that they are adorable & normal like other kids & helping the staff while having their lunch & to Watch over the kids when they are on the ground

  • Organize small sports competitions in which the physical training must involved, so that they can enjoy it & it will prove beneficial for them as well

You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free. Being in the one of the most beautiful locations in India, you will be having a lot of time to visit some nearby places in Dharamshala. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts.

Lower Dharamshala comprises a largely Indian community, while a Tibetan enclave lives uphill in the suburb of McLeod Ganj. Near the Dalai Lama’s main temple, Tsuglagkhang, is a Buddhist monastery known as Namgyal Gompa. The Tibet Museum provides a historical overview of Tibet’s occupation. Cultural establishments include the Norbulingka Institute, a haven for traditional Tibetan arts and crafts, and the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts, which preserves Tibetan opera, music and dance. The city also offers trekking trails leading across the mountains to Triund, the upper Ravi Valley and beyond. Have alook at the pictures below;

  • Program starts and ends in Dharamshala district.

  • Airport meet and greet in Delhi.

  • Pick-up from Delhi airport and then transfer to Dharamshala by overnight bus.

  • Monday to Friday volunteering, 25-30 hours per week.

  • Weekends are free for sightseeing, Manali sightseeing, Kasol camping, Khajjiar adventure tours, Mcleodganj sightseeing.

  • A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

  • Support: Local NV Director support 24/7 during placement.

  • Departure: From Delhi (IGI) airport.

Namaste Volunteer consists of a dedicated team, whose mission is to empower our youth by providing sustainable projects that bring about real change in local communities. Working in social development enables our youth world-wide to successfully face upcoming challenges in their personal and professional lives. We do not charge for volunteering for these causes. The fee covers services you will receive while working on the projects. The fee is as follows:

Full Board Services Weekly Fee

If you would like to opt for full board services, provided by Namaste Volunteer, the fee is as follow with the services in the fee are mentioned in the list below.

Application fee: US $99
One time application fee for all Jaipur volunteer program is US $99. The application fee is payable only when we find your application suitable and your skills compatible with the project objectives.

Note: After 12 weeks , every week charge will be USD 150
  • Pick-up from Delhi Airport.

  • Transfer to Dharamshala by bus the same day or the next day.

  • Traditional Indian welcome.

  • A detailed orientation about India, NV projects, facts about India, and cultural responsibility.

  • Accommodation in NV host family. 

  • All meals (authentic Indian meals) breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Project visit with NV coordinator.

  • Resource materials for project use.

  • Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.

  • Cultural classes such as Hindi class, Himachali dress workshop, Yoga class, cooking class

  • Airport drop at Delhi airport.

  • Emergency support.

  • 24 X 7 assistance.

Optional costing (Pay at site)

  • Kasol camping by the river:- Prices on request.

    • At a distance of 216 kilometers (drive of 6 hours 34 minutes)

    • Pick-up from the accommodation.

    • Air conditioned taxi​.

    • Camping stay.

  • Mcleodganj sightseeing:- Prices on request.

    • At a distance of 6 kilometers (drive of 21 minutes).

    • Pick-up from the accommodation.

    • Air conditioned taxi​.

    • The local monuments and touristic places visit.

    • Night stay at a 3 star hotel or budget hotel.

  • Dalhousie excursion:- Prices on request

    • At a distance of 118 kilometers. (drive of 3 hours 40 minutes)

    • Pick-up from the accommodation.

    • Air conditioned taxi​.

    • The local monuments and touristic places visit.

    • Night stay at a 3 star hotel or budget hotel.

  • Khajjiar excursion:- Prices on request

    • At a distance of 119 kilometers. (drive of 4 hours 05 minutes)

    • Pick-up from the accommodation.

    • Air conditioned taxi​.

    • The local monuments and touristic places visit.

    • Options to do adventure activities like paragliding, river rafting etc.

    • Night stay at a 3 star hotel or budget hotel.

  • Manali excursion:- Prices on request

    • At a distance of 234 kilometers. (drive of 7 hours 05 minutes)

    • Pick-up from the accommodation.

    • Air conditioned taxi​.

    • The local monuments and touristic places visit.

    • Local bazaar visit.

    • Options to do adventure activities like paragliding, river rafting etc.

YTA provides a clean, hygienic and safe place to stay for our volunteers in project destinations. In Jaipur we have a dedicated host family cum camp nearby the projects, having a capacity of 8 volunteers at a time. The house belongs to Mr. GP Gupta (a retired central government auditor). He lives with his wife Mrs. Beena Gupta and their two sons. The house has four separate bedrooms, two of which are fully dedicated to our volunteers. These two bedrooms have four bunk beds in total and can occupy eight volunteers together. The following facilities are available in the house:

  • 03 bedrooms

  • 01 living room (Common room)

  • Kitchen- Equipped with electronic appliances

  • 02 washrooms

  • Electronic appliances

    • Television with cable network​

    • Refrigerator

    • Washing Machine

    • Fans in all rooms

    • Lights and ventilation in all rooms 

    • Common roof-top 

    • A small outdoor area for outdoor games

    • Indoor games (cards, carom, board games, etc.)

    • Easy access to market, vegetable stores and city

The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;

  • Air fare.

  • Visa.

  • Insurance.

  • Vaccinations.

  • Local transportation.

  • Donation to the project. (Optional donations can be as minimum US$ 10 to US$ 50)

  • Personal expenses.

  • Travel expenditure to other locations.

  • All other expenses that are not mentioned in “Full Board services” list above.

$ 250

As your application is approved, you will be required to pay the deposit (Application Fee) USD 250 in order to secure your place on orphanage work program.
No extra charges or hidden fees.

Fee Includes

  • Pickup from Jaipur Airport*
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation & Meals
  • Assistance in work area
  • Daily Transport to project
  • All program relevant material
  • 24x7 In-house Wi-Fi
  • 24x7 Team Support
  • All taxes and bank charges
  • Yoga Sessions**