Sankalp Volunteer Society India

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I have nothing but good things to say about this program! I would recommend it to any one who was looking for india volunteering. It's very good value for what you get, the food is amazing and the accomodation is really spacious and clean! The street kids are taught are lovely and very fun! I always felt very safe and I was welcomed straight away. The program leaders, Pranay and Amita are incredible people! They are very supportive and you find yourself really looking up to them. The time I have spent volunteering in Jaipur has been such a highlight of India, there are many things to do and the program leaders give you advice of where to go in your free time etc. I stayed for two weeks which isn't enough! I wish I stayed for longer!

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Posted: June 5, 2011
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By: jessie
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I volunteered with Shake hands – Sankalp in Summer 2010, which was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Not only was it great value for money but the programme co-ordinators were very helpful both before we arrived and during our time in India.
On arrival the cultural shock we experienced on our trip from Delhi to Jaipur was soon overcome by the welcome we received in the volunteer house. The house was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed to ensure we enjoyed our stay from clean water to internet access. They also had a cook that made fresh Indian food twice a day which was delicious.
Pranay and Amita were always very helpful, whether it was answering our questions, bringing us to the doctor if we were not well or helping us organise trips at the weekend. Not only did they make sure that we were safe butthat we enjoyed our stay with them.
I took part in the summer programme which involved ten days travel after we did our volunteer work. This was very well organised as it ensured that we saw some of India’s finest attractions such as the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple and finished up with a three day Himalayan trek.
Working with the street children was the highlight of my stay in India. Every morning we were greeted by the children with smiles and screams of excitement. They enjoyed taking part and learning new things and I learnt a thing or two from them about cricket when we played it during break time.
I would highly recommend this organisation to anyway that is considering doing volunteer work in India and I hope to return to them some time in the near future.

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Posted: May 23, 2011
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By: Ciara
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I did the trek in runners which I would not advice. You would need hiking boots. If you have an average level of fitness you will be fine. They trek up them at the pace of the group and take small breaks every so often. The base camp was half way up the mountain so you have to trek that far but there is the option of trekking further after lunch. Some people stayed in the base camp after lunch while we trekked up to the snow line and back. I really enjoyed the summer program and if you decide to do it I hope you have a great time.
HI, I just wanted to know about the Trekking thru the Himalayas? Was it hard work? How fit does one have to be? I'm thinking of doing the summer program also next month. Thanking you in advance.

I volunteered w Sankalp formerly known as Shake Hands from October of 2008 to February of 2009. I found the program to be everything I was hoping it to be, in terms of my personal mission and safety. I worked approximately 4-5 hours daily at a government orphanage. My work consisted of overall care of the children and education. The relationships I made with the children, staff at the orphanage, Sankalp staff and with other volunteers at the time were tremendous- I will hold a special place in my heart for them always.

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Posted: May 22, 2011
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I volunteered on the Street Children Education Project in August 2009. I had initially booked to volunteer for 2 weeks and then planned to travel independently for 2 weeks. However, I enjoyed the project so much that after one day away I contacted Pranay and Amita to ask if I could return for my final week in India. I therefore spent 3 weeks in total on the project and 10 days travelling independently.
The volunteer house I stayed in was clean and safe and there was plenty of room for all the volunteers. There were two dorm rooms with bunk beds, each with their own bathroom and western style toilets. There was a book and dvd library and internet access which we paid for weekly. I was very happy with the accommodation, although I know they have since moved to a new and improved volunteer house.
I have volunteered with larger organisations such a Real Gap and Projects Abroad, but found this organisation to be much better value for money, probably because it is a smaller organisation. Staff were easy to contact and approachable. I used the airport pickup service which I thought was worth the money, especially as my travel companion's luggage was lost on the journey and our pickup was still waiting for us, despite it taking a couple of hours to complete paperwork in the airport. We also organised a day trip to Bundhi with the company, which we thought was good value.
There were materials to use with the children on the project, but there was also a good deal of flexibility to develop your own activities and materials.
I felt like my contribution was really valued and all the suggestions I made when I left after my initial 2 weeks in Jaipur had been put into practice by the time I returned 10 days later.
Overall, I would definately recommend this organisation.

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Posted: May 22, 2011
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By: claire
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I was able to participate in the volunteer program in the small town of Hatoj, near Jaipur, India for a month. While I was there, I taught soccer to the local teens and provided English classes for the younger children. The accomodations were comfortable, the food provided was tasty, and the program directors were extremely nice. When I caught I a cold, I was immediately provided transportation to and from a doctor for a check up and prescriptions.
The price for my month was reasonable and was more than worth it. Anyone looking for an enjoyable and interesting experience I defintely would reccommend this program.

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Posted: May 21, 2011
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