A 3-week adventure
around the heart of India
Travelling the famous Golden Triangle & the beaches of Goa
- Selected start dates in July & August
- Selected start dates in July & August
The India experience
Looking to do something different on your next summer trip? The India Experience will see you travelling around the famous Golden Triangle and down to the beaches of Goa on a 3-week group adventure.
Architectural splendours, chaotic street life, tranquil heaves and culture shocks are all guaranteed while in India. With there being so much diversity, every day will bring an exciting and unique experience – definitely a country where you should expect the unexpected!
The India Experience trip will run on selected start dates throughout the year, including; 4th July 2020, 18th July 2020 and 1st August 2020. We are able to add more dates if there is an interested group of at least 4 people.
"Volunteering in Jaipur teaching within the government schools was such a privilege and good fun! We travelled around the Golden Route and I saw the Taj Mahal, something I will never forget. My most favourite time though, was a week on the beaches in Goa - an amazing town that I will be visiting again."
India’s Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in India; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Our main base for your stay will be in Jaipur, which is located right in the heart of the famous route. The fascinating capital Delhi, has a relentless rhythm of humanity and is like nowhere else in the world! Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire and boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal adorning the banks of the Yamuna river.
Along our journey, we will be visiting all of best attractions India has to offer. These include the iconic Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (water palace), Nahargarh Fort, Lotus Temple, Humayuns Tomb, India Gate and not forgetting watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal – don’t forget your camera.
After a busy time exploring the heart of India, we will head to the very different south and the tropical greenery of Goa. With incredible golden sandy beaches, rolling hills and tea plantations, it’s time to experience a more laid back and serene way of life. You will be shown the major beaches and we will also head inland to visit waterfalls, plantations and also have a few days dedicated to chilling on the beautiful beaches!
It’s all very well explaining exactly what you will see in India, but there is so much more to this magical country. With the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded streets, the constant beeping of horns and the many different smells from the food stalls, you will feel and experience something like never before.
During the course of the first two weeks, you will get to volunteer on one of our worthwhile and rewarding community programmes. This is your chance to become part of the local community, where you will learn all about the local traditions and play a vital role helping to teach, look after children or assist within the hospital.
Our volunteering programmes run throughout the year (except during holiday periods), so you will be helping alongside many other volunteers – a great way to make even more friends.
The structured itinerary will allow you to make the most of your trip, taking in the famous and best sights as well as the not so known local treasures. are
You will travel by private mini bus in a small group of no more than 15, where you will get to make lasting friendships and memories. Our local coordinator will accompany you throughout your stay, so you can learn all about the local culture and history. As we travel around India, you will make so many new friends and create unforgettable memories that you will talk about for many years to come!
Full information on the itinerary will be updated shortly.
The India Experience trip will run on selected start dates between July and August, including; 4th July 2020, 18th July 2020 and 1st August 2020. We are able to add additional dates if there is interest from at least 5 people.
Day 1 (Saturday) – Arrive into Jaipur
Day 2 (Sunday) – Orientation & Project Visit
Days 3-7 (Monday-Friday) – Volunteering & Cultural Workshops
Day 8 (Saturday) – Jaipur; Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple City & Local Bazaars
Day 9 (Sunday) – Jaipur; Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort, Meena Step Well
Days 10-14 (Monday-Friday) – Volunteering Continues
Day 15 (Saturday) – Agra; Red Fort & Local Bazaars
Day 16 (Sunday) – Taj Mahal & Delhi; Lotus Temple, Humayuns Tomb & Akshardham Temple
Day 17 (Monday) – Delhi; Presidents House, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Dilli Haat & Ugrasen Ki Baoil
Day 18 (Tuesday) – Goa; Flea Markets, Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach & Baga Beach
Day 19 (Wednesday) – Goa; Spice Plantations, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Fort Aguada, Basillca of Bom Jesus & Vasco-da-gama
Days 20-21 (Thursday-Friday) – Free Time In Goa
Day 22 (Saturday) - Last Day
All of the below prices exclude the £129 registration fee. The total price payable is the below price + £129, as will be confirmed in the application process. To find out exactly what's included as part of fees, please click the What's Included box on the programme page.
Accommodation & meals
Accommodation & meals
During your time volunteering in India, you will be staying within our volunteer accommodation in a quiet residential suburb of Jaipur.
Everything you need can be found within a short 10-minute drive! There are large shopping malls that have western restaurants like Pizza Hut and Subway, as well as convivence shops and ATMs. If you are looking for a quiet evening, then you can head down to one of the nearby restaurants or bars to talk about your day volunteering.
If you are looking for a more local and cultural approach, then you can explore the bustling bazaars and markets where you will have ample opportunity to sample some mouth-watering cuisine and to purchase some gifts.
You cannot come all the way to India and not check out some of the big cultural tourist attractions! Jaipur is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle and boasts many significant sights, including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), the Pink City Bazaars and so much more! Everything is located within just 20 kilometres and you can also head further afield to the Taj Mahal and New Delhi at the weekends.
Our accommodation is a fairly modern apartment that boasts spacious bedrooms. Although basic, the apartment is very clean and comfortable and is the ideal base for your time in India.
Each room has 2 bunkbeds, sleeping up to 4 people with all bed linen provided and fans to keep you cool. There are western style bathrooms with hot water.
The accommodation has several communal areas for everyone to gather in the evening. Sit back and relax in the living room while playing some cards, board games or try your hand at some more local games or head up to the roof terrace to take in the surroundings! There is Wi-Fi, although this can be intermittent.
All volunteers will be provided with fridge space if needed and will be able to take advantage of the laundry facilities within the apartment.
To ensure you get an authentic Indian experience, you will be staying with our host co-ordinators Beena and her husband, who will be there to provide meals and to make sure you have everything you need.
While staying at the accommodation you will provided with three meals per day between Monday and Friday. Please note, you are responsible for meals on the weekends where you can head into town and try some more local dishes!
When travelling around India, we will be staying in comfortable and clean hotels / guesthouses. You will again be sleeping with up to 2 other people in single beds / bunk beds, with all accommodation having shared bathrooms with Western style toilets and hot showers. The majority of hotels / guesthouses will have Wi-Fi available, but there may be a small charge.
Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and include many traditional Indian cuisine. It is important to note that only vegetarian meals are served within our accommodation. You can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Bread, biscuits, eggs, fruit, cereals, Poha
Lunch – Chapaties, rice, lentils, vegetables, salads
Dinner – Curries, chapaties, rice, lentils, vegetables
The fees you pay go towards the structure and support put in place in order to provide you with an organised and safe environment in which to volunteer. The programme fee goes directly to our local team in India and is used towards the following:
- 24-hour airport pickup
- All meals
- Entrance fees
- Transport around India
- Flights to Goa
- In-country orientation
- 24-hour in-country support
The registration fee that you pay to confirm your place on the volunteer programme is retained by our team in the United Kingdom. This fee is used towards the following:
- 24-hour UK based emergency support
- Unlimited telephone and email support
- A comprehensive volunteer handbook
- Assistance with all aspects of your trip
- 100% financial protection
- Regular programme inspections
- Certificate of completion
What's not included
There are still some parts of your trip that will need to be funded by yourself, these include:
- Flights to Jaipur (£350- £650)
- Travel insurance (£18 per week)
- The transfer back to the airport (£10)
- Transfer to projects (£2-£3 a day)- Visa (£70 - £120)
- Criminal background check (£25)
- Spending money (estimated at £50 - £100 per week)
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
When are start dates?
The India Experience trip will run on selected start dates throughout the year, including; 4th July 2020, 18th July 2020 and 1st August 2020. We are able to add more dates if there is an interested group of at least 5 people.
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 16 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should land into Jaipur International Airport (JAI) on your selected start date. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to the nearby volunteer accommodation for you to settle in.
The programme ends on a Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 16 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 - 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What will my itinerary be?
Please click the Itinerary image on the main programme page. This will provide full daily details as a pop up.
How will I get to the project?
Our local team will accompany you until you are happy with the route and feel comfortable. You will travel to the volunteering projects as a group using our normal driver - please allow £2 per day for travelling costs.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card - our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in India for under £15.
What is Jaipur like?
Jaipur is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Known for it's variety and diversity of culture, religion, people and of course food! Buzzing with life, you will get to enjoy the colourful lifestyle, taste mouth-watering cuisine, walk through the bazaars and visit the many famous attractions nearby! Also commonly referred to as the Pink City, you will be able to explore the many tourist attractions nearby!
All amenities are close to our volunteer accommodation and with good transport links everything in the city and beyond is easily accessible.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in India
Our programmes in India are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. They provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and they will give you a unique insight into India, teach you about their culture and traditions as well as recommend and organise the best places to see while there.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Sunday morning and will go through everything you need to know for your time in India. You will be shown around the local neighbourhood where ATM's, restaurants, taxi ranks and other amenities will be pointed out to you.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in India. You’ll also learn about the Indian way of life, about your project and some simple Indian words .
What is the weather like in Jaipur?
Jaipur has warm dry summers and a short monsoon season, making it an ideal destination to visit all year round.
During the monsoon season, the rain tends to fall in the late afternoon and during the night, therefore you still have the majority of the day to explore in the sunshine!
The hottest months tend to be from April until June, where temperatures average 30c degrees, with the coldest months being from November until January, with an average temperature of 20c.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to India?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in India to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do you offer an online TEFL course?
If you are joining us on one of our teaching programmes around the world, then why not do some preparation work before you head into the classroom. Our Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours), can be studied completely online over a 6-month period, which is ideal for those with other commitments – and leaves you the freedom to study wherever and whenever suits you!
If you believe teaching may be the career for you (here in the UK or abroad), then our TEFL course is the perfect starting point to launching your new career. After completing the course, not only will you have a greater understanding, but you will also gain an internationally accredited certificate that qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language. Our course is a level 5 qualification, which is the same as a diploma / foundation degree, one step above a-levels, but below a university degree.
You can find out more about our online TEFL course here.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.[
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 - £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week.
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.