On this volunteer challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving education quality in Palampur. You'll be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively while you're immersed in the local culture, helping local children and their families have a brighter future.
If you're interested in grass-roots community development, want experience teaching and working with children or are someone who just wants to volunteer and use your skills to make a difference, the India Community Challenge is perfect!
In Palampur you will volunteer in one of our partner schools to teach a range of workshops that supplement the national curriculum to improve education quality. You could be teaching sessions that focus on conversational English, life skills, the environment, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and deliver fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.
You will also have the chance to volunteer on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your volunteering days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel. We recommend heading to nearby Dharamshala to visit the home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government, or if you’re more of an adrenaline junkie you could go paragliding from the second highest location in the world!
After your volunteer program you can join our optional extension trip for $875 and spend a week on the most spectacular tour of India! You'll begin by heading to Amristar where you'll visit the Golden Temple and watch the famous lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah Border. Next up is Agra where you'll spend time exploring the Red Fort, local markets and the one and only Taj Mahal! Your final destination will be Delhi where you'll visit the Old and New cities and have plenty of time to do you own exploring before catching your flight home.
Volunteering has been one of the best decisions I've made! I've met such amazing kids and learnt so much from them. Leave your handprint on the world because you will find yourself changed forever.Fiona Chen - University of Queensland
This is a challenging yet life changing experience, that I will never forget. I am so proud of everything we achieved, the was a trip with real purpose and I hope to participate in something like this again in the future!Kelsey Noble - Southern Cross University
Going on this Challenge was a once in a lifetime experience! I loved meeting the children and helping them perfect their English skills and opening their minds to new things. It was a beautiful and challenging experience, would recommend!Shernya Wessels - University of Queensland
This was one of the best experiences of my life. Teaching for three weeks and travelling, I learnt so much about myself and about my teaching. It was great to help a community and to feel like you were making a difference in people’s lives. Seeing the kids’ faces every day was something I will never forget and building those relationships was the best part of the whole trip. If you want to challenge yourself and have a new experience that will change your life, I highly recommend a challenge abroad trip.Georgia Perkins - University of Queensland
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!
In India, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work, your international volunteering program will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: