Live your Experience… Come to Varanasi to teach street children
Volunteering + Yoga in the Spiritual City
Varanasi (Benares) is a magical and legendary city. Originally it is believed that it was founded by the god Shiva himself, and offers the visitor Hinduism as it was and is. Replete with Sadhus, it is the spiritual city par excellence, a place of pilgrimage for the millions of Hindus who profess their faith, and a place where they go to die. Located west of the Ganges, its shore is populated by the famous ghats, where pilgrims come down to bathe and practice rituals. There are the famous crematoria. Varanasi is also known for its trade in silks and pashminas… but make no mistake, Varanasi is a tough city: noisy, crowded and with a very humid climate.
You will work hand in hand with local NGOs in one of the selected programs that really help the community. Click in each one to see costs and details
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 Varanasi Volunteer House is located in the same old centre and very close to the Ghats, and surrounded by narrow streets with shops, restaurants, etc. It consists of several floors and a pleasant rooftop café overlooking the Ganges. This is a basic hostel, but with everything you need: rooms for 2 to 9 people with cooler o AA, private or shared bathrooms, common lounge and dining room, satellite TV, free wifi internet, washing machine with clothesline, bookstore, etc.
As for meals, there are several options: you can eat with your own family and give a donation at will, or in the café on the terrace, or go out to restaurants in the area (there are many and for all tastes, with a very reasonable quality and good price). We have even agreed on a daily package of meals in the café on the terrace so that you can concentrate on your work.
The staff are very attentive and hospitable, and always have a smile for you. There is “China” (because it does everything, even cooking), or Wiki the guide, who knows every corner of Varanasi, and Somit, the host and teacher expert in Yoga.
Thus is the travel we propose you…
are you really going to leave it for later??
YOGA IN THE GANGES
MAKE YOUR VOLUNTEERING A PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
If there’s one place in the world to do Yoga, it’s India. And if there is a place in India where the human and spiritual experience is complete, it is the sacred city of Varanasi. Somit is a special person. You can tell when you talk to him. It is a kind of inner calm that is transmitted to the whole residence. No wonder he is a great Yoga teacher… 1 year in Ashram with stay in Risikesh and University, more than 15 years of experience and endorsed by several international guides. He teaches Hatha, Astanga, Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Raja, Pranayama and Kriya Yoga.
So, for beginners as well as advanced, we recommend Yoga sessions at dawn. Sometimes on the rooftop, sometimes on the banks of the Ganges. And even on a boat. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
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.