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We work collaboratively with our local partners to develop programs, which take a long term and holistic view of improving the health of disadvantaged communities.
Volunteers will have a profound impact on the overall health of the community, by working with local schools and dental clinics to provide free dental care and oral hygiene education to Indian families that would otherwise not have access to it. As well as making a real difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in Palampur, this program will enable volunteers to develop personally and professionally while they gain first-hand experience of dental care in a developing country.
|All Students||2nd December – 23rd December 2017||Book Now|
|Griffith University Students||6th January – 20th January 2018||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
On arrival into the airport in Dharamsala, you will be met by a Challenges Abroad Australia representative and transferred to your accommodation in Palampur.
Today you will have an orientation and go on a quick city tour to see the highlights of the town that you will familiarize yourself to over the coming weeks. You will also have the chance to shop for any needs (SIM cards, toiletries, snacks, etc.)
By volunteering on this program you will be providing otherwise inaccessible dental care to some of the poorest people in Palampur.
Volunteers may have the opportunity to run a Free “Dental Camp” at one or more of our partner schools to provide much needed dental care to children and their families. You will likely be working with the same groups of children and adults over the two weeks, to provide a higher standard of education and care. This should ensure that they can manage their own oral health once you’ve returned home. In this way, in your short time in India, you will be able to make a real and sustainable difference to your patients’ lives.
CAA and our local partners take a holistic approach to improving the health and wellbeing of communities and as such part of your time will be spent running workshops on oral hygiene to support the community to improve their dental health over the long term. Oral cancer is a huge problem in India, and education is fundamental in changing this.
As a volunteer you will be required to push yourself outside your comfort zone, working in small teams with limited resources. Students who are flexible, adaptable and passionate about improving community health will get the most out of this program.
During the weekends you are free to explore the city and the surrounding area.
Today you can either begin your onward journey home or you can take part in our incredible week long tour of India. The extension week takes you on the most spectacular travel adventure in India – the Golden Triangle tour! Busy street life, tranquil havens, culture shocks and architectural splendours await as you tour Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to see some of India’s greatest cultural gems. You will discover Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, experience Agra, which boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal and explore Jaipur, capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, and home to some of India’s most historic forts and palaces and some of Asia’s best bazaars.
Optional Travel for $875
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Palampur and transfer to Amritsar. From the city you will then travel on to the Wagah border (between Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan) in time to witness the famous ‘lowering of the flags’ border closing ceremony.
Today is full of sight-seeing around Amritsar. After breakfast you will start at the Golden Temple, considered the cultural and spiritual centre of Sikhism. From there you will move on to the Durgiana Temple, an important Hindu temple renowned for its carved silver doors. To round off the day you are free to explore the local markets! In the evening you will continue to soak up the local atmosphere by getting the chance to sample some traditional Punjabi cuisine.
Today you will be traveling by train from Amritsar to Agra. On arrival you are then free to explore the city as you wish!
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Its finally time to see the Taj Mahal! An early morning trip to India’s most famous landmark won’t disappoint, and new profile pictures will follow! Following the Taj Mahal you will go onto the historic and enormous Red Fort.
Today will start by visiting the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, south west from Agra. Purpose built as the capital of an empire, it was then abandoned shortly after completion in the 16th century. You will then take the overnight train to Jaipur for the final stop on your Golden Triangle tour.
Arriving by elephant at the Amber Fort Palace will be a stunning start to your time in Jaipur. Its extraordinary hill-top location overlooking the Maota Lake makes it a fantastic experience. You will then return into Jaipur to visit the City Palace, where you will discover why it is known as the Pink city!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Your final day in Jaipur will allow you to take in some rather more unusual sites at the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The afternoon will give you more time to do some last haggling in the local markets to ensure you have got all the souvenirs you need.
Today you will transfer back to travel back to Delhi by train ready for your flight home the following day.