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We know that education is the key to changing attitudes and building brighter futures. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to work in partnership with the community to raise awareness of these important issues and build the capacity of our partners to improve and expand existing local strategies. Students will work with our partner schools and community groups to educate children using fun and engaging workshops on topics such as organic composting and gardening, recycling and appropriate waste disposal systems, climate change and the health impacts of pollution.
Depending on your group’s skills and interests you might be involved in research and/or needs assessments to help our local team to better understand people’s attitudes on various issues and how best we can support them to transition to culturally appropriate, sustainable alternatives.
We promise an authentic experience. We’ll show you “our” India, a unique and rich culture that will have an impact on your life…forever!
On arrival into the airport in Dharamsala, you will be met by a Challenges Abroad Australia representative and transferred to your accommodation in Palampur.
On the second day you will have your orientation and visit the project you’ll be working on. We’ll brief you on your schedule for your time in Palampur and any other information to get you prepared for the two weeks ahead.
As a volunteer on our India Environmental Education Challenge you will be working with our partner schools, on education initiatives that build the capacity of local organisation’s by providing environmental education to children and communities alike. Volunteers are encouraged to use their enthusiasm and creativity to develop an engaging and influential program for the children and their families. You can utilise games, activities, sports and any other interactive activities.
The daily schedule and focus of this Challenge will depend on the groups own interests and abilities and the current needs of the community. You could focus on topics such as organic composting & gardening, appropriate waste disposal & recycling, climate change, and why it is important to care for our environment!
You could be constructing and implementing recycling systems, making reusable bags to reduce plastic waste, teaching interactive environmental science lessons, helping to maintain vegetable gardens or promoting organic gardening.
This experience would suit anyone with a passion for preserving our natural world, although would be of particular interest to students studying Environmental Science or Public Health. All you need is your enthusiasm and commitment to a more sustainable future for the people and environment of India! You’ll find out more information on your project details nearer to your departure.
Today you can either join the transfer and ﬂy back or continue for your Indian challenge on a fantastic 7 day extension, including a 5 day tour of the Golden Triangle.
Extend your trip and take part in an amazing extension week for $875.
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.
|Contact Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|All Students||1st July – 15th July 2017||Book Now|
|All 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.