Volunteer in Odisha to teach in small private under-funded schools
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: Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsaguda (JRG).
Accommodation: Local host family only.
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
The state of Odisha is an untapped gem, unexplored by many foreigners and Indians alike. It is the 3rd largest state with a tribal population, with 57% of them living below the poverty line. Although Odisha is famous for the holy city of Puri, the medieval city Cuttack, and the current “smart city” capital Bhubaneswar, many other parts are still left unknown. Odisha is rich with thick forests, mountains, rivers and wildlife. Its geographic location means it experiences every season. In order to avoid the humid summers, and heavy monsoons that come right after, we do not run the program between June and October. The monsoons especially can submerge entire bridges making travel extremely hazardous.
You will notice quite a few contrasts in Odisha. While there is internet, factories, large mansions and highways…there are also an overwhelming amount of tribal people left behind when it comes to encouraging education, health awareness and job opportunities. Many are comfortable with their way of life, and consider outsiders as an interference. However, locals, like the doctor we work with, make continuous efforts to provide what they can to their community, and need all the help they can get.
As a volunteer, your possible duties are as follows:
You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free. On weekends you can visit the numerous religious places in Sambalpur that is not far from your project location. There are many beautiful places to see in and around Sambalpur city such as Budharaja Temple, Hirakud Dam (Longest Earthed Dam in the World), Ghanteshwari Temple, Famous Huma Leaning Temple, Pradhan Path Waterfall, and APJ Abdul Kalam planetarium.
Sambalpur is well-known for its forest reserve. There are many conserved forests. Ushakoti National Park, Debrigadh National Park are a few. Samleswari Temple. Erected by Chauhans in the mid-16th century. Sambalpur is famous for its handlooms and textile industry, popularly known as Sambalpuri Sarees. Price can range from a few hundred to a hundred thousand rupees. There are many shops in the city, but the most famous shops can be spotted in Golebazar, the main shopping center.It also has a city center and it has lots of things to enjoy. There’s always something new to discover in Incredible India!
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.
Pick-up from Jharsaguda airport.
The following services and components are not included in the application fee and full board weekly fee;
Your stay at the village house will have you experiencing a simple life in the jungles of Odisha. You will be staying in a host family in the village, it will be safe and having comfortable but basic facilities that can be available in a forest area like Khairdihi. Please understand that while your hosts will do their best to make your stay comfortable, there are frequent power outages, a lack of AC and heaters and toilet paper.
Wi-fi is difficult to obtain in these remote areas. The best method is to purchase an Airtel Sim Card at your airport of entry into India. You can easily prepay for data. Airtel works well at the some areas, however is weak in Khairdihi.
Neat and clean rooms with beds, shared with same gender.