India Experience

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1. In Brief

A land of sensory overload, cultural extremes, and extraordinary beauty and mystery, India has become one of the most desirable destinations to travel and volunteer. Its sheer size, and dynamic, complex population combine with fascinating wildlife and a mystical and pervasive heritage filled with tales of ancient gods, kings and queens, to make it a place that will transform your perspectives and realign your priorities.

With such a wide variety of excursions, activities and trips available in India it can be a little daunting deciding on the best and most suitable choice for you. Why not choose the Frontier India Experience? Learn about the country and its people, the language and food, and then explore the rich culture with visits to special sites of interest. Trek through the jungle, enjoying the excitement of natural India and its jungle inhabitants, before relaxing on the beach for a week and watching the days roll lazily past. This placement will ensure you get the most out of your time in India with a wide range of experiences, and you will return with a multitude of memories that will remain with you forever.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore some of India's most beautiful regions
  • Delve into the culture of India
  • Return with a multitude of lifelong memories

FAST FACTS

Location India
Activities Cooking traditional meals
Cultural, historical & language lessons
Yoga & meditation classes
Visiting historical sites
Environmental trekking
Beach break
Transport Airport pick-up
Bus to project site
Accommodation Varies

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Introduction week

The first week is designed to introduce you to India: inviting you to understand and appreciate her mysteries and complexities and helping you to settle quickly, enabling you to get the most out of the rest of your India Experience. During this week you will learn about the history and culture of India, as well as an introduction to the different languages that are spoken and guidelines on social etiquette. You will try your hand at cooking a traditional Indian meal and have the opportunity to visit local sites of cultural interest.

Volunteering and cultural week

After your introduction week you will then begin your volunteering, with a range of options available to you as part of this project. Take your pick from a wide variety of volunteering opportunities including teaching and community assistance. Throughout the duration of your programme you will have the opportunity to explore Indian culture in your free time learning about local customs and visiting temples and markets. You will soon find yourself in touch with the spirit of India, something that will stay with you forever.

Adventure & Trekking Week

Wild India comes alive as you explore national parks, escorted on your environmental trek by experienced local guides. Waterfalls and lakes, and mountains and elephants will stimulate your senses and you will feel a million miles away from home, dwarfed and humbled by your magnificent surroundings and the overall India Experience.

Beach break

What better way to reflect on what you have seen and done over the previous weeks than spend your days relaxing on the beaches of Goa? The popular traveller's destination is renowned for its luscious landscapes, dense palm groves, whitewashed churches and perfect sandy beaches. If you have the energy you can rent a bike and explore your surroundings, if not simply read a book and laze your days away, bathing in the unique atmosphere of India.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Goa Airport you will be greeted by a representative from our partners in India you will be taken to your accommodation. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before your programme begins on the Monday.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

For the first two weeks you will be based in the project centre, while during the third week you will be based in one of a number of clean and welcoming local guesthouses. The final week will be spent in comfortable local-style huts situated right on the beach!

You will find all of the accommodation to be simple, clean and comfortable. The rooms will be single sex and shared, and volunteers are expected to be environmentally responsible and use resources with restraint, and to help by keeping the living areas clean and tidy. The doors and windows are not mosquito-proofed, so don't forget your mosquito net!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All three meals during the day will usually be taken together and will be the delicious typical cuisine of the region. Breakfast will vary from rice to Indian breads, and lunch and dinner will include a range of Indian dishes, characterised by rice, vegetables and sauces. You should be prepared for some of the food to be spicy, it being India after all, but you will find that there are tastes to suit all palates.

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities.  Attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote villages and visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations and spot tigers and monkeys from the back of an elephant as you trek through the jungle.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,745

Extra week US$645

DEPARTURE DATES

Project begins on Monday. Should aim to arrive on Sunday.

DURATION

From 4 weeks  (2 week options available from US$1,384, US$578 per extra week, Introduction Week is compulsary)

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 4-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Goa (GOI)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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