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India: The Initiative for Children™

India: The Initiative for Children™

Make a difference in the lives of Indian youth as you discover authentic India, from the Taj Mahal to the royal city of Jaipur.

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Highlights

  • Live in the royal city of Jaipur, also known as the "Pink City" for its distinctive color
  • Teach India's children and support infrastructure projects at local schools
  • Take part in Indian cooking and dress workshops, as well as yoga sessions
  • Camp in the desert outskirts after experiencing a unique camel safari
  • Travel to the Taj Mahal, the world's most famous monument to undying love

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Overview

Full of diverse people, dramatic landscapes and spiritual energy, the magical land of India awaits you. You'll have the opportunity to teach India's underserved children and volunteer on community development projects. Immerse yourself in cultural activities like Bollywood dance, traditional Indian cooking and yoga sessions. Discover this unique culture as you tour the royal city of Jaipur, go on a camel ride in the desert, and visit incredible temples. Gain invaluable cultural knowledge and insight on this once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.

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Community Service

Begin in Jaipur, where you'll work with an orphanage that caters to children affected by many issues facing India, from widespread poverty to the HIV epidemic. Your service may range from building a new room to playing and interacting with the kids. In Pushkar, during your second week, volunteer at a school for underprivileged girls, where you will work on infrastructure projects and school beautification. For your final week, return to Jaipur and teach children in the local schools, where you will be part of the initiative to support children academically in a part of the world where the literacy rate is below 70%.

Hands-On Learning

Discover India's diverse religious history as you visit a historic temple famous for being the only one erected for Brahma, and participate in yoga sessions guided by a Brahmin. Take a town tour in Pushkar and visit a colorful and vibrant local market where you can shop for items like embroidered clothes, jewelry and traditional goods. Between sightseeing and participating in various cultural activities, learn about and discuss the preeminent issues in the region, from access to health care to educational opportunities for youth.

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Adventure

India is a country beckoning you to adventure at every corner. Take a cable car ride to a temple at the top of a mountain, with stunning aerial views of the desert and town below. Visit sacred Lake Pushkar, a site of religious significance to those practicing Hinduism. You'll also have the chance to camp in the desert outskirts overnight and ride a camel. And of course, no trip to India would be complete without the ultimate bucket list item: an excursion to the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.

Lodging

In both Jaipur and Pushkar, Home Bases will be hotels with nice, clean and safe accommodations. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms. Meals will consist of mostly vegetarian dishes due to the local culture, but non-vegetarian dishes will also be provided.

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Dates & Tuition

India: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jul 1 - Jul 21, 2019
Jul 25 - Aug 14, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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