How much does this trip cost?
BDS is one of socially responsible volunteer organization who offers volunteer programs throughout the year. Volunteers need to pay the living cost only as per local- host and this cost goes directly to them only. the living arrangement is organized by the local host for all volunteers and groups in India. This cost includes 3 time local tasty veg food.
What is the registration process?
Soon you check our site and decided to participate in our program, please send us your details through our contact form/email us, we will contact you as soon as possible with all the details.
What are the program requirements?
We simply ask that volunteers are open-minded, flexible, and respectful of cultures and traditions, determined and motivated. Any special qualifications you may have are always useful.
Can I travel with a friend/friends?
You can certainly seek placement and/or accommodation with a friend/ friends. Please indicate in your application, and we will do our best to place you in the same accommodation and/or project. Please keep in mind that this is subject to availability.
What are the documents you need for the application?
We need a brief CV, a copy of your passport, a copy of your visa, two copies of a recent photograph, criminal record check report from your police station, any experience copies or education copies and a reference letter to apply in our program. Please ask us if you need any further information.
Can we choose our project?
We are one of the organizations working closely with the local and international organizations and place our volunteers in different sector of volunteering in India request our volunteer/s to mention their intention and choice during application ,we will try our best to find the best possible placement for you and your team members, if it is available otherwise you have to take part as per the availability on your arrival.
Do the volunteers need any qualification?
No, but they need a soft heart for children, adaptability to different cultures, societies and really motivated mind to something.
Do the volunteers have to speak English fluently?
No, but the language is spoken with the host families in English. Therefore, volunteers are expected to speak basic English.
Whether any Volunteer can work in different project at a time or can choose their own project?
All Volunteers can choose their project at the time of application subject to availability. No Volunteers are allowed to work in two different projects at the same time. All volunteers are requested to work in their own project for their whole term unless they have permission from the Organization.
How much does a volunteer need to join any program?
Living cost + flight cost+ vaccination cost [ ask the Indian embassy nearest you] + personal cost + insurances cost + visa cost. Volunteer receive NO salary or Stipend for their service.
Are there any special things to bring?
No, but if any volunteer likes to gift anything to any poor kid that will be welcomed, which they should distribute by themselves. The volunteer will get everything of their daily requirements around their accommodation unless they stay in any rural area.
Is there any hospital near our project area?
It depends on the project area and locations. There are many good hospitals in every city in India.
Are Internet and Phone available?
Yes. One hour free WiFi available at the accommodation during weekdays. There are many phone booths and Internet cafes in the city as well, which will cost Rs. 10-15 per hour.
What Language is spoken in most of the places?
It again depends on the places. India is a big country with many local languages, Hindi is the national language though there are many other languages spoken in the different states of India. There are local people in every city know English.
Do we need to bring sleeping bags/mosquito net?
If you are taking part in our volunteer/internship projects then sleeping bag and mosquito net is essential but if you take part in our package programs like tour and volunteering then these things are not necessary.
What kind of sleeping arrangement do we get?
For volunteer cum tour program, accommodation would be at guest houses/hotels but for only volunteer/internship program your accommodation would be mostly on dormitory basis as per the availability. Though there is always an option of applying for the privet room/air-conditioned room against extra fees as per available by the service providers. Outside living NO Allowed. All volunteers for the same project should have to stay at the same accommodation for safety and security reason.
Are there any other points to know?
- You are requested to follow the local dress code. Sleeveless/shorts/vest are not allowed.
- Smoking and bringing alcohol in the project area is not allowed.
- Kissing and hugging in the project area are not allowed.
- Photography is not allowed in our project locations.
- Volunteers are requested to be very careful about their belongings/money/camera/phone etc.
- Volunteers are requested to return back their room before 9 p.m.
- Volunteers are requested not to take any food/drinks from any strangers.
- You should bring sunscreen, sunglasses, cotton dresses for summer and light woolen for winter and an umbrella/raincoat for the monsoon season (July – Sep).
- Anti-mosquito bite kit is important. A flashlight, first aid medicine, one pair of sleepers and one pair of shoes can be helpful.