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India Gap Year

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An India gap year with Project Trust is a lesson in just how rich and varied different cultures and lifestyles can be. India’s vast stretch of regions, and huge population, are home to an array of foods, languages, religions and customs, and even after 12 months here there will still be more to learn and new things to experience.

Volunteer in India

Project Trust’s projects in India all involve teaching, although some also include elements of social care. No two schools the Project Trust gap year Volunteers are placed in are the same, and the environments the projects are in differ greatly too. The difference between living in the centre of Hyderabad, a city of seven million people, and living in rural Ongole could hardly be more striking, let alone being based in the projects further away in the north of the India with its own distinct cultures and customs.

Two projects in Hyderabad involve working with people with visual impairments. The projects offer great experience for anyone with an interest in social care or a medical profession.

Claire, India Gap Year Volunteer

Claire, India Gap Year Volunteer

Why volunteer in India?

Hindi and English are the official languages of India, with many children learning English as a second language. As a native or fluent English speaker you can be a massive help to the provision of English in the school you are volunteering in. Your extra-curricular interests, enthusiasm and hard work will be greatly valued in the community you are living in.

As an India gap year Volunteer you get six weeks of holiday around April and May when schools pretty much stop because things get too hot. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to see a vast amount of the country. In the past this has involved Volunteers being extras in Mumbai Bollywood films, trekking through the deserts on camels in Rajasthan, visiting the Taj Mahal, going to the Ganges and stopping in for tea at Darjeeling.

India Gap Year Projects

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India Gap Year highlights…

  • Take part in the festivities of a three-five day Indian wedding

  • Learn to tie a sari

  • Feature as an extra in a Bollywood movie in Mumbai

  • Ride a camel across the Thar desert, visiting Rajasthani’s beautiful cities

  • Visit tea plantations with a Himalayan backdrop in Darjeeling

“A long-term volunteering placement makes you grow into a whole new person and gives you experiences to treasure for a lifetime. Throw yourself in at the deep end and never look back!”

Matthew, India Gap Year Volunteer

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