Summary

Volunteering at a street children centre in Delhi.

Project location

In Delhi

Length of project

3 weeks (longer durations are possible)

Group/individual basis

You will travel as an individual, but join other volunteers from around the world. Friends can travel together

Support

Help and advice from our UK office throughout. Local support from nominated staff member at the project.

Includes

  • Organising rewarding volunteering work in a street children centre in Delhi
  • Pre-departure information covering work issues and advice about life in India
  • Transport arranged to your accommodation from the airport
  • Breakfast and dinner (Monday to Saturday)
  • Accommodation in a shared central intern house
  • Thorough orientation on arrival in Delhi
  • First class support from our representative
  • Cost of transfer back to the airport

An optional language and cultural week can be added to your trip – highly recommended!

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Any home country transport (eg. taxis and buses)
  • Lunch and food on Sunday
  • Spending money
  • Entrance fees for weekend trips
  • Vaccinations
  • Cost of visa

Accommodation

Shared accommodation in a comfortable shared house, close to the local amenities.

Travel arrangements

Fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) Terminal 3.  A driver will meet you at airport and take you to the accommodation.

Pre-departure briefing

You will receive thorough documentation covering project expectations, preparation, health and safety, responsible travel and arrival arrangements at least 4 weeks before departure.

Medical

Vaccinations may be required. We recommend that you visit your Doctor or Travel Nurse as soon as possible to discuss what you might need to have.
Please be aware that Oyster staff are not able to give advice on your medical background or the type of vaccinations that you might need.
You can get useful medical advice relating to your destination on the ‘Fit For Travel’ website – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/.

You must inform Oyster of any pre-existing physical or mental health conditions. Oyster staff may ask for you to provide a letter from your Doctor before continuing with your booking.

Insurance

You must take out a full travel insurance policy as soon as you can before departure. This must cover you for personal accident, medical, cancellation, emergency evacuation, lost luggage etc. We strongly recommend that you organise your travel insurance upon booking your place. We can introduce a policy with Global Travel Insurance to UK citizens, details of which can be found in your MyOyster account, once you have completed your booking. If you are not eligible for this insurance, please read through it to have an idea of what you need to be covered for.

Any risk factors

The accommodation is based in southern Delhi, which is one of the safest parts of the city. Our representatives will give you a full safety briefing on arrival. There is a 9:30pm curfew for volunteers. Expect hot sun in the summer (occasionally higher than 35oc) in summer. You will be working in the health environment within communities. You will be working closely alongside health workers in each instance.

Downtime

Participants will be able to travel independently during their time off, as long as they accept that they will be outside Oyster’s jurisdiction, make appropriate insurance provision and inform others. It is important to let staff know when you are due to return and keep them updated if your plans change.

Accessibility

This project could accommodate those with minor physical disabilities. Please discuss with destination manager before booking.

Financial Security

When you book with Oyster, you can rest assured that your money will be protected and you will not be stranded abroad in the very unlikely event that our company becomes insolvent.  If your booking includes a flight arranged by us, your whole trip will be subject to ATOL protection.  If we have not booked your flight then your trip will be just as safe, since it will be insured through International Passenger Protection Ltd.