Volunteer India Overall, the trip was very enjoyable, definitely one of the most enjoyable trips to India I’ve ever been on. I got to meet a lot of new people that I would never have met had I traveled just for sightseeing,
Volunteer India Jaipur my Experience
1. Volunteer India, Both the ABV Coordinator and the Camp Manager were very helpful whenever I had a question about anything. Pooja was able to address all of my in-house concerns and Hasmik traveled with me to most new places to help with translation and guiding me around, as it was my first time in Jaipur. Additionally, Pooja was very kind and caring, and especially respectful of privacy, and I really appreciated their support and guidance.
2. One surprising thing I encountered was when I visited the SMS hospital (a government hospital) and I was astounded by the number of patients in the hospital. Additionally, I was also surprised by how nice the people in the hospital were. I made a lot of friends there, especially some college students, and that made the whole experience very enjoyable.
3. The most challenging thing I encountered was definitely the language barrier. I found it difficult to communicate with the locals and the Uber drivers, and even the nurses at the hospital. However, my coordinator Tarun was able to help with translation in the hospital.
4. I would bring a lot of clothes, shower AT LEAST ONCE a day, usually twice. Often, sweat sticks to your skin, and it can be very annoying if you don’t shower. I would also be organized so you get the most out of your experience.
5. IT IS VERY HOT SO BE PREPARED FOR THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY!!
6. Overall, the trip was very enjoyable, definitely one of the most enjoyable trips to India I’ve ever been on. The food was a bit bland sometimes, but the other aspects of the entire experience made up for it tremendously. Gap Year India, I got to meet a lot of new people that I would never have met had I traveled just for sightseeing, and I got to see a lot of places as well. Pleasantly surprised by how clean the camp was, and how the beds were very comfortable. I would give a score of 9/10 in terms of an overall experience.
Gap Year India
7. Meals were a bit repetitive, but all of the staff were very helpful and encouraging. Quality is much higher than most other accommodations in India.
8. My newfound friend Elias and I went walking for half of the days, and it was very calming and relaxing.
9. I talked to Sarah (ABV US Emergency) and she was very helpful. In addition, the emails I received about my trip were helpful in the process of registering.
9-1. I found it useful when trying to register online.
9-2. I heard it from my friend’s parents, as they knew people who had traveled and interned through the ABV program before.
10. I don’t mind speaking to volunteers, as long as it is through text (mostly) and the participants are not annoying 😉