Our time in India is about serving a neglected community, discovering yourself, and developing physical and mental strength. Interwoven with our service and cultural immersion experiences, we’ll be taking a step back to understand who we are, and to develop the maturity and confidence it takes to be our greatest selves.
Our India guest house provides a comfortable launch pad from which we’ll venture out in all directions — exploring the region with our dedicated drivers, volunteering to make a difference in a slum that desperately needs your help, and spending time on causes ranging from education to healthcare to the environment. And of course, we’ll make time to visit some of the greatest man-made and natural wonders that India has to offer.
"Even though I didn't speak any Hindi, I was amazed at how I was able to connect with the students through smiles, laughter and games."
— Monica, student volunteer
For this first leg of our 9-month journey, you’ll stay in a large, clean, and modest guest house in Jaipur. You’ll have a twin bed in a bedroom shared with a roommate from our group and access to a private Western-style bathroom. In your free time, you can unwind with your friends in the cohort, relax in the common room, and visit the markets and cafes of Jaipur.
We’ll sit down for most of our meals together at the guest house, where making sure that you stay healthy and well-nourished is a top priority of our hosts. Experienced in cooking for Western stomachs, they’ll prepare a range of traditional Indian dishes as well as popular American favorites. Curry paneer is always a big hit!
- Shared room in a guest house
- 3 meals a day
- Internet access
- On-site staff
- Laundry service
Here, as in every country, we’ll choose our service projects based first and foremost on the needs of the community. In India, you may work with children in the Elephant Village to learn basic literacy skills, help facilitate women’s empowerment discussions on social issues and independence, deliver art, music or English workshops for kids through games and activities, organize sports camps — or work closely with the Young Dreamers on their environmental improvement efforts in their slum. The people of Jaipur suffer under extreme poverty, but are hard-working, optimistic and eager to continue their progress with our volunteers.
- School beautification
- Coordinate games & activities for kids
- Women's empowerment
- Elephant care
- Water catchment
The official language of India is English, but we’ll be learning some Hindi phrases along the way. You’ll get to take part in cooking lessons, Bollywood dance classes, yoga sessions, and visits to local homes, and even celebrate Diwali, the most important holiday of the Hindi calendar! And no country stay would be complete without getting to know the remarkable teens who are part of the Young Dreamer Network. These local students are sponsored by our parent organization, and inspire us with their determination to go to school and become difference makers in their community. By participating in WorldStamp, you are contributing to scholarships that enable these young people to go school when they otherwise would be forced to look for work at 13 or 14.
"The stark class differences, the contrast of age old culture and Westernization, pushed me to the edges of my comfort zone. Shared smiles, tears, henna, puppet shows, games, thought provoking conversations — and of course, the Taj Mahal — made the trip unforgettable."
— Allegra Mangione, Program Development Intern
Cultural Immersion Activities
- Henna workshop
- Cooking lessons
- Bollywood dance
- Sari and Turban workshops
- Hindi lessons
If you think the sights of India look majestic on a computer screen, just wait until you see them in person! We’ll tour the exiled homeland of the Dalai Lama…and the breathtaking Taj Mahal. Get ready for a camel safari, too! We’ll also visit Goa, Dharamsala, the Golden Temple, Delhi, and the rolling hills of the scenic Punjab region.
- Taj Mahal
- Camel Safari
- Amber Fort of Jaipur