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Jaipur

Program Location

2 Weeks

Program Duration

300 $

Starting Rupee Cost

Women Empowerment in Galle

Overview

Stunning location surrounded by mountains and situated in the beautiful city of India, Jaipur, and our Elephant care project is in a great need of volunteers who can work with elephants and share the responsibility of mahouts (Elephant riders). The project is situated nearby Amber fort and in total it has 110 Elephants. All the Elephants were a part of Maharaja`s parade but after independence of India all the Elephants are using in the riding for tourists who come to visit Jaipur. The Elephants is a gentle animal and needs affection. The mahouts are under-paid and earns merely around 40$-60$ a month. This is why they are demotivated towards their responsibility of taking care of Elephants and hence the Elephants are missing the love, affection and care they need.

Project Background

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: Jaipur Airport (JP).

Accommodation: Local host family and groups in a youth hostel.

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

Overview

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: Colombo Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).

Accommodation: Host family for solo volunteer and groups in other housing.

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

Airlines: Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air India. Check www.skyscanner.in for cheap flights.

Vaccinations: All volunteers are recommended to have vaccinations against these childhood diseases; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Make sure to have vaccinations against; Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Please note: This project is a Government custodial home for girls, who have been abused and been a victim of violence. If you are applying for this project, please apply at-least 03 months before your arrival date, because we have a set procedure to select and approve volunteers.

Project Background

This is a Government Custodial Home for young girls between the ages of 11-18. It is located very close to the NV Volunteer house in Galle. The young girls placed in this residential home by the courts, have been violently or sexually abused, and are housed there for their own protection and safety. They are from many different areas of Sri Lanka, various religious backgrounds and a wide range of educational abilities. On a daily basis, they are taught a range of both academic and vocational subjects by Teachers’ employed by the Government. NV supports this particular project through placing volunteers within the project. These volunteers teach the girls written and spoken English and also Mathematics. Only female volunteers can apply for this project.

It is the responsibility of the volunteers to produce a structure that will engage and encourage the youngsters to learn and make progress and achieve personal goals whilst working together. Resources have to be provided by the volunteers and taken to the home and brought back each day. Volunteers need to be at the home for 9.00 am each morning, and the three hour working period needs to be flexible, adaptable and creative, according to the needs and capabilities of the students. It is helpful for the volunteers to work together to plan and pool their resources, their ideas and expertise before presenting them to the girls. The structure of the morning should be divided into three “strands”, with group work Initially focusing on spoken English, leading to individual written tasks. The second part may focus on either English or Mathematics with spoken language and supporting written work. The final hour of the morning could be creative design work, games or role play. This is certainly a project whereby the more you “put into it”, the more you “get out of it”.

Overall, working at Girls Home is highly rewarding for the volunteers, and means so much to the girls who are detained there. In order to establish a bond between the young detainees and the volunteers, it is recommended that volunteers remain for at least a month within this House. These young girls need support to regain self-worth and individual respect which in many cases has been removed and left them feeling powerless. These vulnerable youngsters are an extremely needy group whose trust and loyalty once gained, leaves a lasting imprint on one’s mind and heart. They are so deserving of an opportunity to succeed and be successful, because many of them have high aspirations.

As a volunteer, your duties are as follows:

  • Teaching personality development.

  • Help in formal education and teaching English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects.

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Music and Dance activities.

  • Health and hygiene activities.

  • Computer and internet teaching.

  • Teaching other foreign language so that they can get linguistic jobs.

  • Other duties assigned by the project management.​

Please note: Only female volunteers can apply for this project. We recommend at-least 04 weeks of volunteering for some sustainable results.

You will be working on the projects from Monday to Friday and weekends are free.Your project location is in the beautiful city of beaches; Galle, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s well known for the Galle Fort, a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Other notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Lighthouse, which stands on the Fort’s southeast tip. 

The Old Gate, the fortification’s original entrance, bears the insignia of the Dutch East India Company. The gate leads to the National Maritime Museum, with exhibits focus on seafaring and marine life, including a whale skeleton and items salvaged from shipwrecks. Galle National Museum, built in 1656, displays southern Sri Lankan artifacts such as ritual masks and woodcarvings, and objects from the colonial era. Just outside the northern fortifications, the Galle International Stadium hosts cricket matches with Indian Ocean views.

Tte Kalutara temple is a place you must not miss because of it’s unique architecture. If you are superstitious, you can make a donation and say a prayer at the Seenigama temple for good luck. Be wary of unauthorized local or foreign guides who offer to walk you around these sights for free. Admission is usually free, but you can check with local authorities if you are unsure.

The view from Peace Pagoda  on a clear day is lovely. You could even be lucky enough to witness a sailboat rally (30 boats in 2007) that stops in Galle. There’s so much to do in Sri Lanka, from famous churches to rain forest reserves, you’ll never have a dull moment.

  • Program starts and ends in Galle city.

  • Airport meet and greet in Colombo.

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

  • Weekends are free for surfing, beaches, sightseeing, adventure etc.

  • A typical work shift can be from 8:30am to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm in the evening. Subject to change.

  • Support: Local Namaste Volunteer coordinator support 24/7 during placement.

  • Departure: From Colombo airport.

Youth Travel Abroad 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 Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).

  • Transfer to Galle, the project location.

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

  • Accommodation in NV host family. 

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

  • Project visit with NV coordinator.

  • Resource materials for project use.

  • Weekly market visit to shop for your necessities.

  • Airport drop at Colombo airport (Bandaranaike International Airport).

  • Emergency support.

  • 24 X 7 assistance.​

Optional costing (Pay at site)

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, but volunteers will have to pay for their own bottled water, sodas, alcoholic drinks or snacks between meals. Volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries. The volunteer fee does not include sanitary supplies and toiletries such as soap, toilet rolls, shampoo, bath gels, hand wash, shower caps, hand/face or bath towels.

  • NV project manager has made an agreement which allows volunteers to use the community pool everyday from 4.00pm to 5.30pm, for a small fee of US $2. Its just 5 kilometers from volunteer’s home stay.

  • Local transportation to project sites is at the volunteer’s expense. 

Your accommodation is a beautiful home owned by our Project Manager. There are en suite bedrooms for up to 3 volunteers. Please see the photos on the right side of the page. On occasion, when the project manager’s family home is full, volunteers will stay at a very nice house 10 meters away across. This house has 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Volunteers staying in this accommodation can also participate in the Project Manager’s family life. Some salient features of the accommodation;

  • English speaking host families.

  • Shared rooms for volunteers to stay.

  • Kitchen- Equipped with basic electronic appliances.

  • Separated and connected washrooms.

  • Electronic appliances:

    • Television with cable network.​

    • Refrigerator.

    • Washing Machine.

    • Fans and air-conditioners in all rooms.

    • Lights and ventilation in all rooms.

    • Common roof-top (not available at every housing). 

    • 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**