This program is for anyone who wants to make a difference as well as immerse into a different culture and way of life. You will get to teach underpriviledged children in schools and on the weekend you can get away from it all and cruise along the lush backwaters of Kerala. There will be plenty of other activities in store for you such as cooking classes, yoga or a Kathakali dance show.
Your role in the volunteer project
Your weekdays will be spent volunteering at an orphanage or a local school. Here you will lead and assist teachers in a range of fun educational lessons designed to improve the children’s English language skills. Your activities could also include arts, sports, reading, or drama, giving you a well-rounded experience, while assisting the children in many different roles.
No prior experience is necessary as you will be given training and resources to help you. Local staff will also be at hand to help you. There is flexibility to get involved in organising extra-curricular activities for the enjoyment and enhanced learning.
Volunteer and Travel in India - things to do during your free time
This program will also give you a chance to stroll around port town Fort Kochi where you will be living. This area is perfect to discover the history and culture of Kerala : the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church (oldest European Church in India), the Santa Cruz Basilica built by the Portuguese, the spice market and the famous 15th Century Chinese fishing nets.
On weekends you will have the chance to go on a backwaters cruise - included in the 10 things to do in India according to the Lonely Planet guide! Drifting through quiet canals lined with coconut palms, eating deliciously authentic Keralan food, meeting local villagers and sleeping on the water under a galaxy of stars - it's a must do!
Other activities include:
- Visiting the beach town of Varkala or Goa where you can lie on the beach or get a surf
- Local cooking classes and Kathakali dance theatre show
- Tasting the delicious cuisine of South India
- Houseboat on the lush backwaters of Allepey