- We have 3 tour dates this year (fill out the preliminary application form here (make sure to put the email you check if you don’t get an email check your spam folder, that’s how I will get in contact with you for the phone interview) as soon as possible to be eligible for acceptance into the program, filling out the application doesn’t mean you have to go it’s just to make sure you qualify and to get more information.)
- Are there 15-20 people in your group? You can chose your own dates and customize your tour projects no extra cost
- Everyone needs to fill out the preliminary application form as soon as possible if interested
- Each group can accommodate up to 18 volunteers. We will be staying campus at Sevalaya.
If you sign up&pay your down payment before:
- Feb 1-May 31: $1400 But you are responsible for own plane ticket&visa.
*After filling out the preliminary application, if accepted payment will be accepted through Paypal.
- June 18-July 1
Cost: $2850 program fee includes program fee, plane ticket, and visa. Lunch/Dinner, clean water, transportation, room and board are included in the cost. It does not include vaccinations or travel insurance. Summer trips down payment of $500 due to secure your spot ($250 non-refundable).
$1400 includes program fee, lunch, dinner, clean water, transportation room and board. It does not include Indian visa, plane ticket, vaccinations, or travel insurance. Payments can be broken up into payments. We are also planning a weekend getaway to Mammalamporom an Indian Beach town 3 hours from where we will be complete with rock carvings and caves.
*If you’re using frequent flier miles getting to India for this trip let me know and we will lower the price to not include your ticket.
Fundraising: This year if you refer a friend and they come with us to India you will receive $100 per person you refer that comes with us. If you get a group of friends to come with you you’ve got a lot of your trip paid for! We also have a great fundraising book you receive upon sign up that has helped raise over $1000 per person to use it. Don’t let cost get in the way of experiencing a new culture and serving others. This experience also looks great on resumes, can be used for volunteer hours, and ask how you can get internship credit.
Why should you get involved: Medicine? Dental? Social Work? Sewing? Education? Girls Empowerment? Environmental? Do you have a new great idea you want to try? Fill out the preliminary application form to let me know what you are interested in and we can see how we can customize the program for you to get the most out of it! All we need from you to come on this trip is an open mind, an open heart, and a willingness to help others.
Projects we are working on during these trips: Preliminary Eyeglass Screenings (anyone can do this), Building Tippy Taps in nearby villages (what’s a Tippy Tap? Click Here), and Teaching English. You will work on each project for 3-4 days and then rotate.
Chennai is ranked the safest city in India and the most traditional so be ready to dress in traditional garb, rock your bindi’s, and go shoeless. We will be in a rural village called Kasuva Village, the organization we will be working at is called Sevalaya. Check out the blog to read about our experience working here last summer and to get an idea of what you are in for and to meet the kids!
Here are a few of our current projects we would love for you to join us in:
As Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” We will be teaching English classes, recreation, craft classes. We want to provide the kids a fun, loving, environment where they can learn new skills. On campus there is an orphanage, old age home, school, and cow sanctuary so there is always plenty to do.
We already have an established eyeglass clinic (you can read about it here). We would need volunteers to help organize the children during the camp, keep records of who needs glasses and prescriptions, and help pick out the frames. If you are an optometrist or studying the eye this is a great opportunity for you to help with the screening of the people. On campus there is an orphanage, old age home, school, and cow sanctuary so there is always plenty to do.
Tippy Tap Building:
With hygiene and sanitation being some of the largest factors in the spread of disease in India we will be building small structures in nearby villages that encourage hand washing and the use of clean water. These will greatly improve the health of the village. Click here to see how we will build a tippy tap.
Come with us to better other’s lives while also changing your own.