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Creative Arts & Music - India

This unique creative arts project is based in Jaipur, and the children’s charity you will be based with provides care for over 50 children aged from 6 ­- 18 affected by HIV/AIDs. The NGOs mission is to promote the health, growth and development of these children as well as spreading awareness and reducing the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

The arts are a great way to help children un­wind and express their emotions and frustrations, it also teaches them valuable communication and life skills.

What can you expect as a Creative Arts volunteer in India;

-Run activity sessions every afternoon with the children

-Choose an art form focus (e.g. dance, music, arts & crafts)

-Plan your ‘lessons’ and spend time with the children each morning

– Work towards an end ­of ­placement goal

-Use art to teach children new skills, encourage interaction and self ­expression

-An opportunity to support an amazing charity and gain some valuable work experience and creative inspiration

-Learn about Indian and Rajasthani arts and culture

 

Jamie, an art student made a film back in 2013 in Jaipur, The Indian and the Cowboy is a traditional Hindi film, and a group of 4 volunteers went for 2 weeks to produce, film, direct and act the film. They raised essential funds for their trip and the result is amazing. Blog post here

 

The Indian and the Cowboy 

 

Dan Dugmore; a professional photographer travelled to our partner NGO with an ambitious brief to capture the heart of Rajasthan on camera.

 

Watch artist Paul Broomfield’s experience working with the children in Jaipur

Airport Pick-up
A member of the NGO staff will meet you off your flight into Jaipur or collect you from the city centre.

ONE DAY TRAINING **plus manual** – on arrival
A long serving member of the NGO will guide you through everything you need to know about working with the children during your stay.

You will receive a detailed introduction to the area of HIV/AIDS and its impact on child development. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the NGOs unique development model designed to deliver the best possible outcome for the children. The team will guide you in planning your creative activities with the children.

Accommodation

You will be staying either with a local, Indian family or in a shared apartment with your own bed, hot shower, wifi, air con, kitchen and tea/coffee (subject to group sizes). Staying with other volunteers is a great way to bond and make friends.

Pre-trip, In-Country, and aftercare Support
You will be guided through every step of your volunteer programme. You will be assigned a member of staff to answer any pre-trip questions and a member of the in-country team will support you throughout your volunteer programme. We will also encourage you to support the ongoing care of the NGO.

All main meals included. Ask for more details when enquiring/booking.

You will have some time off to explore Jaipur and India. The staff will arrange trips, some with the children, including a city tour of Jaipur and visits to traditional street markets, temples, the Taj Mahal, Pushkar, Alwar, Ranthambore National Park and much, much more.

You will also participate in yoga each morning
Hawa Mahal
Jantar-Mantar Observatory
City Palace
Amber Fort
Jai Garh Fort
Nahargarh fort and Biological park
Jal Mahal
Statue Circle,
Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly Building)
Albert Hall Museum
Govind dev ji (Lord Krishana) Temple
Galta ji (monkey temple)
The India Volunteer Programme fee starts from **€450 per week**

We have built in a direct 100% donation to the host organisation to support their running costs. The programme fee also includes your living costs (accommodation, 3x meals per day, airport transfers, pre-departure support and aftercare)

We encourage you to fundraise for your volunteer fee and can advise you on methods and bursaries available. Please get in touch with us for more advice…..
Passports and visas

Healthcare/travel insurance – All volunteers must have full medical/travel insurance for the duration of their visit as well as vaccinations necessary for the country/area to be visited.

Police check (enhanced DBS)

Flights to and from your chosen country

UK travel to and from airport
Will there be someone to meet me at the airport?
Yes, Someone from the children’s home will collect you and drop you back to Jaipur airport. If you are travelling around India, we can also arrange collection from hostels and hotels in Jaipur.

Where will I stay during my volunteer programme?
Volunteers will stay at a member of the Faith team’s residence, the founder of Faith will be the main host, which will offer a real Indian family experience.

Is there internet at the accommodation?
Yes. Faith will provide an internet data card to you.

Will food be provided, or, is there a local shop to purchase food?
You will stay with Smriti and will eat local food with her family as well as with the children at the home.

Is it easy to get transport into town?
Yes, it is easy by using taxi on a very cheap rate @ Rs.14/- per mile. And Faith can arrange some sight seeing for the volunteers with staff / Smriti ji or the children.

How do the volunteers get around the town/city?
The volunteers that come in groups usually go by hiring a taxi for a day that does not cost much. It’s around Rs.1200 for a day.
If one volunteer is coming then one of the staff, Nerendra or some of the children can accompany for going around the city.

Will there be days to visit tourist sites in Jaipur and surrounding areas?
Not fixed as such, but on Sunday most of the places get closed because of holiday. We can plan on any working day.
Meanwhile, there will be one day for going around the city (the Pink City – Jaipur) and half day for market if the volunteers want to buy anything like Rajasthani fabric or art and craft material, etc.

Do you recommend taking a mosquito net? Are there places to hang a mosquito net?
We recommend you take a mosquito net. We can fix rods around your bed to hang this.

Will there be any other volunteers at the same time as me?
There can be up to 4 other volunteers at the same time as you. This is very dependent on the time of year. You will have a very immersive experience whether you are there alone or with a group. We will keep you up to date with volunteers who will be participating at the same time.

How much currency do you think I would need?
We recommend you budget £100 a week.

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Booking & Fees
Programme Fees
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Your fees will be payable by way of a deposit and programme fee as follows:
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A deposit is due upon acceptance of your application and upon receiving your 1st invoice, by VOLUNTEER INVEST, onto your selected programme.
A first payment for the deposit of €300 is required to confirm your place on the volunteer programme
The final instalment of the programme fee balance is due:
60 days prior to your date of departure.
You must be 18 years old or over and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the booking and accept these booking conditions. If you are currently under 18 years old you will be required to have a parent/guardian sign a copy of this agreement.
If VOLUNTEER INVEST as the agent for our receiving partner accepts your booking we will confirm and then a contract will exist with us as agent for a disclosed principal.
It is imperative that you advise us at the time of booking of any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the trip.
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A booking is accepted on the strict understanding that;
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You comply with your chosen programme’s rules and behaviour guidelines, which are intended to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the programme. You will be advised of any specific programme rules either in your pre-departure information, or during your orientation. If you commit any illegal act when on the programme or if in the reasonable opinion of the leader your behaviour is disruptive, threatening or abusive or is causing or likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others we may terminate your participation on the programme without any liability on our part.

Application & Documents
For your application to be complete you must complete and submit the online application form and the necessary documents, within the required timeframes, as outlined below.
Documents Required:
You are required to fully complete the VOLUNTEER INVEST online application form
You are required to submit to VOLUNTEER INVEST a copy of the picture page of your current, valid passport. It is your responsibility to check the passport requirements for the country to which you are travelling to ensure your passport is valid.
You are required to return and sign the relevant documentation included in your Welcome Pack.
Medical History:
Please disclose any medial conditions that may affect your participation in the programme.
Travel Insurance:
You must have valid travel insurance before travel and provide VOLUNTEER INVEST with a copy no later than 30 days prior to your departure date
Flight Itinerary:
You must provide VOLUNTEER INVEST with a copy of your confirmed flight itinerary no later than 10 days prior to your departure date and you agree to advise us of any changes that may be made to your arrival details at the earliest possible opportunity.
Programme Specific Documents:
You may have to submit additional documentation such as, visa documentation, certifications or qualifications, CV/resume and references. You will be given specific timeframes for submission of each.
VOLUNTEER INVEST reserve the right to postpone or withdraw your application if you have not completed and/or submitted all the necessary documents within the required time frames.
Health & Travel Insurance
It is your responsibility to ensure, at least one months prior to travel, that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice for the latest health requirements, recommendations for your destination and any costs. Where you do not do so and either are not allowed to enter any country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss, or damage which you suffer, nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements or VOLUNTEER INVEST programme fees.
You are required to make VOLUNTEER INVEST aware of any pre-existing medical conditions and you may be required to submit an additional letter from your doctor.
It is your responsibility to advise VOLUNTEER INVEST of any special dietary requirements.
If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently visited other countries you should check requirements with your general practitioner.
You must insure yourself against any possible risk that may occur and in particular to ensure that you have sufficient insurance in respect of expenses, injury, illness, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and dependent relatives. You are required to carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested by our employees or suppliers. You should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses that limit cover for the type of activities included in your programme.
Visas, Passport & Travel
Whilst VOLUNTEER INVEST are able to provide basic advice to you regarding passports, visa or travel requirements, you should check with the appropriate Embassy, Consulate, British Foreign Office and/or airline for the exact requirements for your chosen programme and date of travel
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct passport and visas to gain access to any country/region included in your travel arrangements. If you are travelling overland to certain destinations you may need to also pass through controls of other countries en-route so this should be allowed for with any passport/visa applications. If you fail to do so, VOLUNTEER INVEST have no liability to you for any cost, fines, loss or damage that you suffer, nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements.
Should your chosen programme require a visa, VOLUNTEER INVEST is not in control of the processing time or success of your visa application. If your visa is delayed, thus affecting your ability to travel or meet your programme requirements, or if your visa application is denied/rejected, your application will be cancelled and the charges contained within the “Booking Amendments, Cancellations and Refunds” section will apply.
In some cases, countries will refuse entry to clients who have criminal records. Should you be concerned about this, please check with the embassy or consulate of the countries to which you are travelling.
When assessing whether tours or expeditions will operate we use information from our receiving partner in conjunction with advice from the British Foreign Office and other relevant government bodies. It is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with the travel advice provided by these government bodies.
Should you arrive outside the agreed start date/time for your programme, or do not advise of your correct arrival details, you may have to cover any additional costs.
Your Programme
Please be aware that any accommodation, food and facilities that you will be provided with will be of a local standard and these may differ to the standard you are accustomed to. You may be required to share a bathroom and/or bedroom.
You are expected to satisfy yourself prior to booking that you are fit and able to complete the itinerary of your chosen programme as described. If you suffer from mobility impairment, illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition you must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision of any medication or other treatment which may be required during the programme.
We are agent for receiving partners in each of the destinations that we offer programmes. They are responsible for offering you in-country support while you are on your programme. Full contact details of the receiving partner will be given to you prior to departure. In country partners are responsible for your orientation and they are there for any emergency support and emergency issues and to resolve any such issues you may have regarding your programme. If you have any problems or complaints during your programme you must inform our receiving partners and the relevant supplier of the service immediately.
Booking Amendments, Cancellations and Refunds
If you change your booking more than 4 weeks prior to departure:
VOLUNTEER INVEST will charge £150 to facilitate the change if a change can be made.
A further deposit may be payable as well as additional programme costs if your new amended itinerary is more expensive than the one you originally booked.
If you cancel your booking after payment of the deposit has been made (changes to your booking within 4 weeks of departure will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking) OR VOLUNTEER INVEST withdraws your application due to non-compliance with any of the terms and conditions contained in this agreement, then charges and conditions are as follows:
Volunteer Investment Programme
More than 60 days before departure: deposit is non-refundable
Within 30 days of departure: total programme fee is non-refundable
Any refund issued, regardless of the circumstances under which is it being issued, will incur a 5% transaction fee
If your booking is changed or cancelled
In the event that our local operator chooses to do so, VOLUNTEER INVEST reserve the right to cancel your booking or change any of the facilities, services or prices described in our brochures or website. VOLUNTEER INVEST will endeavour to advise you of any changes known at the time of booking. VOLUNTEER INVEST also reserves the right to switch receiving partner.
Our receiving partner and VOLUNTEER INVEST as agents for the receiving partners plan the arrangements for your programme many months in advance and may occasionally have to make changes, most of which are minor.
If a major change becomes necessary, VOLUNTEER INVEST will advise you of the change as soon as possible. Whether a change is ‘major’ depends on the nature of the trip and may include a change in the type of programme or the country of destination for reasons beyond our control.
Compensation will not be payable if VOLUNTEER INVEST are forced to cancel, or in any way change your trip for reasons of consolidation due to minimum numbers not being attained or force majeure. Operation of all trips may be dependent on a minimum number of persons booking the trip. If that number is not achieved, VOLUNTEER INVEST reserves the right to cancel the trip. Circumstances amounting to “force majeure” include any event which VOLUNTEER INVEST or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not foresee or forestall such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, acts of God, adverse weather conditions, and all similar events.
When a major change occurs prior to departure, you will have the choice of either accepting the change, or accepting a replacement trip from us of equivalent or closely similar standard and price, or cancelling your programme, in which case VOLUNTEER INVEST shall refund you in full less an administration charge of £50 per person on the booking.
VOLUNTEER INVEST strongly recommend that you make no travel arrangements to your point of departure, arrange any connecting travel that is non-refundable or non-changeable or incurs penalties or incur any costs in respect of visas or vaccinations until such time as your travel itinerary has been confirmed.
VOLUNTEER INVEST strongly recommends that you take out insurance that includes cover against irrecoverable cancellation costs.
If your programme fees include insurance, you will remain responsible for the full amount of your insurance premium and this will not be refunded in the event of your cancellation. You may however be able to transfer this cover to another programme
VOLUNTEER INVEST reserves the right to withdraw your application, without refund, if unable to make contact with you at the contact details provided; if you are late with any paperwork or payments; or in any other circumstances where VOLUNTEER INVEST is unable to obtain required information from you.
Our Liability, Conditions of Carriage and Limitations
Our obligations, and those of our receiving partners providing any service or facility included in your programme, are to take reasonable skill and care to arrange for the provision of such services and facilities. You must show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make any claim. Standards of, for example, safety, hygiene and quality vary throughout the transport and destinations that your programme may involve. Sometimes these standards will be lower than those that would be expected in the UK. The services and facilities included in your programme will be deemed to be provided with reasonable skill and care if they comply with any local regulations that apply.
Our liability, except in cases involving death, shall be limited to at most the cost of your travel arrangements. In any event if less than this our liability in all cases will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation and/or programmes for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and any relevant international convention. VOLUNTEER INVEST are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.
VOLUNTEER INVEST shall have no liability where the cause of the failure to provide, or failure in, your programme or any death or personal injury you may suffer is not due to any fault on our part or that of our agents or suppliers or receiving partner, because it is either attributable to you, or attributable to someone unconnected with your programme and is unforeseeable or unavoidable, or is due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which neither VOLUNTEER INVEST , nor our agents or suppliers could have foreseen or forestalled.
If you purchase any optional activities that are not part of your pre-booked itinerary, the contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and the activity provider. The decision to partake in any such activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about, or problem with, any optional activity purchased in resort your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to us. In the event of there being a successful claim for costs against a third party or a suitable insurance policy or policies being in force, VOLUNTEER INVEST are entitled to recoup from you the costs actually incurred by us in giving any assistance.
VOLUNTEER INVEST may operate programmes in regions where standards of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, medical facilities and other infrastructure may, at times, be lower than those you normally expect. Your booking is accepted on the understanding that you realise the hazards involved in this kind of programme, including injury, disease, loss or damage to property, inconvenience and discomfort. The whole philosophy of this type of travel is one that allows alternatives and a substantial degree of on-trip flexibility. Changes in itinerary may be caused by events such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) local political conditions, flight cancellations, mechanical breakdown, weather, border restrictions, sickness, or other unforeseeable circumstances.
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