Live your Experience… Come to New Delhi to work with street children
Volunteering with the Railway children
India’s massive capital is the seventh most populous city in the world with more than 16 million inhabitants and strong contrasts. This infinite city offers the traveller a lot. Besides monuments and history, it is like an immense obstacle course. With more than five centuries of history, we find the old Delhi, where we receive the Red Fort and historic buildings. In New Delhi are located the majority of government administrations. Not in vain is the capital of the country since 1931.
New Delhi is a tough city: noisy, crowded and with a very humid and polluted climate, somewhat overwhelming until you get used to it. And that’s when you see the city with different eyes…
Dozens of children arrive every day at New Delhi station. And they arrive alone. Many have been lost, and others have escaped situations of forced labour or abuse. They all have one thing on their minds: to reach the great New Delhi and find a better life in the “promised land”.
But the reality of the big city is different: New Delhi is hard and merciless with these children. Many suffer at the hands of mafias who exploit them, and others simply live on the streets until they disappear.
The NGO we collaborate with in New Delhi was born to protect these children in 4 aspects: providing a home, protecting their health, promoting their education and social inclusion, and building their confidence and self-esteem through recreational activities. And they are doing a great job.
The project takes place in one of the NGO’s orphanages (5 for boys and 2 for girls), as well as in the children’s contact and collection centres (such as the station itself).
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A day of a Volunteer
The volunteers who will live with you come from all over the world and are very different people. But the fact of sharing this profound experience, prints the house of volunteers with a warm atmosphere of companionship and friendship that is perceived as soon as you land. It is something close, something special.
Thus, among friends, your day begins with a breakfast in the dining room before leaving for your project, where they will receive you with open arms since the volunteers are highly valued and respected in India. You will work approx. from 9 to 12.30 or 13:00. A lunch, some free time, and again to work, which is nothing but a hugely rewarding time where your help will report more to you than to them.
In the afternoons, already back at the volunteer house, you will have free time to visit the city or carry out the cultural immersion activities of the program. And on weekends … free to rest, or to travel!
The Volunteer House in New Delhi is located very close (10-15 min. walk) to the station and the NGO offices… Located in a new building, you will not lack anything as it is surrounded by narrow streets with shops, restaurants, etc… It consists of several floors and a pleasant roof garden where you can meet in the afternoon with your peers.
It is an accommodation with everything you need: rooms for 2 people with cooler or AA, private or shared bathrooms, common living room and dining room, satellite TV, free wifi internet, washing machine with clothesline, bookshop, etc..
As for the meals, the days of work with the children you will eat in the same project. Breakfast and dinner can be prepared together with your fellow volunteers in the modern and equipped kitchen.
The staff is very attentive and hospitable, and they always have a smile for you. In the project you will find your coordinator, and in the accommodation, Dilip will always be attentive to what you need.
Thus is the travel we propose you…
are you really going to leave it for later??
NEW DELHI has a lot to see…
MAKE YOUR VOLUNTEERING A PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
The beautiful Tomb of Humayun was included in the Unesco World Heritage List in 1993. This exquisite garden tomb, a sample of Mongolian architecture, is considered to be the precursor of the Taj Mahal. You can’t miss it. The Red Fort Complex is another Unesco milestone in Delhi. The former Mongol palace has been nicknamed red because of the colour of its sandstone walls. Connaught Place is a kind of bazaar square with a lot to see and buy. And not far away is the Gurdwara Bangla Sahbi, the city’s most important Sikh temple. You must also visit the India Gate or the Jama Masjid mosque, one of the largest and most imposing in Asia, and of course, the bustling streets of New Delhi and its crazy traffic complete the picture of this great capital.
New Delhi is also not far from Jaipur and Agra, weekend excursions to complete your visit to India’s golden triangle.
WHAT IS A FREE VOLUNTEERING?
Helping is what moves us. And the more volunteers we can send, the better. That’s why we have specifically evaluated and selected these volunteer programs, always under two premises:
- Maximum usefulness of the Volunteer for society.
- Minimum cost for the Volunteer.
It is not about our organized programs, and therefore:
- The costs of accommodation or meals are very low (or nil) and you will pay them directly there, as well as any excursion or activity you wish to do.
- The supervision and assistance you will receive at the destination is less than the organized programs, but you will never be without someone to turn to in an emergency.
- We will arrange a pre-reservation and inform you about vaccinations, visas …, but once we communicate yuo the availability of place and the data of the project and accommodation, everything will be in your hands.
Our mission is to select these projects, as well as volunteers. And it is not an easy task; we have visited, evaluated and discarded many projects because we understood that the usefulness for society did not justify the effort we all make. And it’s not easy to find volunteers like you either. For our work we only ask for a donation to our own project CiENViDAS Jaipur. And we will send you the corresponding Certificate of Donations, with which you will be able to deduct your help.
We are in charge of evaluating and selecting these projects for you, and you are in charge of working and being useful… That’s the deal.