High School Summer – India
July 12, 2020 – July 25, 2020
$3350 (*includes airfare out of SFO)
This trip is intended for high school students. Just south of Delhi, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, sits the bustling city of Jaipur. Known as the Pink City, due to its historic pink palace and city walls, Jaipur will dazzle you with its sites and sounds, rich culture and incredible food. Ambedkar Nagar is a slum in the center of town where we have set up a community center for children and women. There is no shortage of need here, so please take the magical journey to India.
The cost of the trip covers virtually all in-country experiences, including:
- Housing and meals
- Excursions and cultural activities
- Service project materials and coordination
- Daily transportation
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- Dedicated group leader and experienced local guides
- 24-hour emergency contact
The fee does not cover visa expenses or immunizations (if necessary). With the exception of meals during your free time on the arrival and departure days and any shopping you do, all trip costs are covered from the minute you arrive until the minute you return.
Housing & Meals
Dream Volunteers typically uses a large group guest house in Jaipur. The guest house is made up of several bedrooms with private bathrooms. The conditions are clean, safe, and modest. You will sleep on a twin bed with air conditioning. Your food will all be freshly prepared by experienced staff that uses safe techniques to prevent any food-borne illnesses.
The meals will range from typical Indian dishes with chicken or tofu, rice, lentils, and naan to American-style food like pizza and pasta. There is wifi at the guest house. There is also a decent-sized common room for social hours. The house is a very short drive from the center of Jaipur, which is full of restaurants, shops, and cafes. Our drivers will be happy to take you during free time.
India Service TripSample Itinerary
- Day 1: Depart for India.
- Day 2: Late Arrival in New Delhi.
- Day 3: Morning: Orientation. Afternoon: Tour of Delhi.
- Day 4: Morning: Depart for Jaipur. Afternoon: Welcome event in Jaipur.
- Day 5: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Tour Palaces of Jaipur.
- Day 6: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Project Planning with Young Dreamers.
- Day 7: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Sari and Turban Workshop.
- Day 8: Morning: Tour of Amber Fort. Afternoon: Home Visits with Ambedkar Nagar.
- Day 9: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Project Planning with Young Dreamers.
- Day 10: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Visit Women’s Empowerment Project.
- Day 11: Morning: Service Projects. Afternoon: Farewell to Young Dreamers.
- Day 12: Morning: Depart for Agra. Afternoon: Tour of Agra Market.
- Day 13: Morning: Tour Taj Mahal. Afternoon: Drive to Delhi & Depart for Airport.
- Day 14: Arrive Home.
Preparing to Travel to India
We are here to help you every step of the way.
Booking Your Flight
If airfare is included in your trip fee, Dream Volunteers will coordinate flight arrangements for the group on a major commercial airline so that you may all travel together. If airfare is not included, then Dream Volunteers will send you instructions for purchasing your ticket individually.
Our India trip centers around Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur in Northern India. This area remains is generally semi-arid and relatively hot year-round, with average highs at around 100F in July (lows around 70F). Although the region doesn’t experience much rainfall throughout the year, significant precipitation occurs in late summer with frequent thunderstorms August through September. Winter months (November through February) can be cold and because of the arid climate, nighttimes are almost always much cooler so it is important to be prepared with a lot of layers.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following immunizations for travelers to Costa Rica.
- Up-to-date boosters for routine vaccinations
(measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.)
- Hepatitis A & B
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever*
Zika has been reported in Costa Rica and the CDC recommends travelers to Costa Rica exercise rigorous prevention against mosquito bites.
Many of the vaccinations should be started four to eight weeks in advance so please check with your healthcare provider or Travel Medicine clinic. Please refer to the CDC website or your doctor for more information on necessary vaccinations and insect repellents.
*There is no risk of yellow fever in India. The government of India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (not the US).
What to Bring
As with most service trips, your clothing needs will be fairly casual and rugged. In general, Indian society is relatively conservative and we do recommend wearing modest clothing that will not attract attention. T-shirts and jeans or long pants will do in most places. Loose, breathable clothing is advised to help deal with the warm temperatures. Do not pack very revealing clothing. You should also expect to have to remove your shoes, e.g., when visiting the Taj Mahal.
Some suggestions to pack:
- Casual & Light (Layers)
- Short sleeve shirts, long shorts, or summer pants/skirts/dresses
- Old clothes that can get stained/ dirty
- Sneakers/Work boots
- Extra socks (to avoid blisters)
- Bug repellent
- Work gloves
- Water bottle
- OTC Medicine
- Journal or notebook and pen
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
- Spending Money ($150-$200)
Donations & Gifts
Participants often ask what they can bring with them to support the communities they are serving. Here are some ideas about how you can contribute.
- After several years of supporting youth through scholarships and service programs in India, Dream Volunteers launched our first school on the outskirts of Jaipur in 2015. The Elephant Village School now employs three certified teachers delivering a full, standard curriculum to more than 40 children. As a fledgling institution, this school is in constant need of school supplies and other trinkets and items that teachers can share to help excite and motivate the young students to stay in school.
- Another popular item for the students in the school, as well as our local Indian Young Dreamers who help facilitate many of our group service projects, are baseball caps and tees from your hometown.
- You will be approached virtually everywhere you go in India by young children asking for handouts and gifts. While we don’t advise encouraging this behavior, some volunteers do like to be prepared with some small trinkets (pens, pencils, coins, postcards, etc.) that they can share. You should know however that you are likely to encounter even more requests after a display of generosity.
- Monetary donations are most helpful. If each of us could raise at least $100, we would be able to send 2-3 teens to school for an entire year, as well as improve the physical structure of the local elementary school.
Due to the humanitarian nature of this trip, you may find creative ways to ask friends, relatives, colleagues, teachers, store owners, etc. for monetary and in–kind donations. We can provide you with two documents, which may aid you in your efforts:
1. In-Kind & Monetary Donations Letter for Store Managers/Owners
2.. In-Kind & Monetary Donations Letter for Friends, Relatives, Teachers
All tax-deductible checks can be made payable to our 501(c)(3)non-profit, Young Dreamer Network, and mailed to our headquarters: Dream Volunteers 2221 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
There are many ways to fund your trip and we encourage you to think creatively. Given the nature of your service trip, others may be interested in supporting or sponsoring you or contributing to the cause.