- Live in the royal city of Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City” for its distinctive color.
- Work with an orphanage that caters to children affected by many issues facing India, from widespread poverty to the HIV epidemic. Your service may range from building a new room to playing and interacting with the kids.
- During your second week, volunteer at a school for underprivileged girls, where you will work on infrastructure projects and school beautification.
- In your third week, teach children in the local schools and be part of the initiative to support children academically in a part of the world where the literacy rate is below 70%.
- Discover India’s diverse religious history as you visit a historic temple famous for being the only one erected for Brahma, and participate in yoga sessions guided by a Brahmin.
- Gain invaluable cultural knowledge through immersing yourself in cultural activities like Bollywood dance, traditional Indian cooking classes and dress workshops.
- Take a town tour in Pushkar and visit a colorful and vibrant local market where you can shop for items like embroidered clothes, jewelry and traditional goods.
- Take a cable car ride to a temple at the top of a mountain, with stunning aerial views of the desert and town below. Visit sacred Lake Pushkar, a site of religious significance to those practicing Hinduism. Camp in the desert outskirts after experiencing a unique camel safari.
- Visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, an ultimate bucket list item and the world’s most famous monument to undying love.
- Between sightseeing and participating in various cultural activities, learn about and discuss the preeminent issues in the region, from access to health care to educational opportunities for youth.
- Contribute 45 hours of community service.
- Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1.
A typical Initiative for Children Experience:
- In both Jaipur and Pushkar, Home Bases will be hotels with nice, clean and safe accommodations.
- Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.
- Meals will consist of mostly vegetarian dishes due to the local culture, but non-vegetarian dishes will also be provided.