College Service Trip – India
June 19 – July 1, 2023
$3,750 (*includes airfare in/out of SFO)
This trip is intended for college students. As much as India is a fascinating place to visit, there is much need. Rapid urbanization has pushed many of India’s families into crowded slums where the struggle to get by everyday impedes any hopes of staying in school and finding a way out. And conditions in rural communities are no easier as families struggle daily with a lack of food, clean water, electricity, and basic healthcare. Our projects in India are focused in Jaipur, in the northern state of Rajasthan where there are strong cultural traditions and warm, lively people. Our efforts center around education and community development. We ask you to join us collaborating with our Indian partners and students in brining positive change to their community this summer.
- Housing and meals
- Excursions and cultural activities
- Service project materials and coordination
- Daily transportation
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- Dedicated group leader and experienced local guides
- 24-hour emergency contact
The fee does not cover visa expenses or immunizations (if necessary). With the exception of meals during your free time on the arrival and departure days and any shopping you do, all trip costs are covered from the minute you arrive until the minute you return.
Housing & Meals
Jaipur is a bustling medium-sized city in Norther India. It is developed, yet has maintained its historic landmarks and cultural traditions. Our housing facility in Jaipur is a large guest house with various bedrooms, each with private western bathrooms, a major common area with couches and meeting space, and a large dining hall and kitchen where our groups eat together. It is set in a part of the city outside of downtown, but only a $5 taxi ride to just about every popular part of the city.
Preparing to Travel to India
We are here to help you every step of the way.
Booking Your Flight
There are two rainy seasons: from March to July and September to October and the rainfall is highest in the south. Also notable is the Harmattan winds that blow through the country from December to March, carrying lots of dust from the Sahara. October through April are ideal times to visit when you are most likely to encounter dry weather and fewer mosquitoes.
- Up-to-date boosters for routine vaccinations
(measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.)
- Hepatitis A & B
Zika has been reported in Ghana and the CDC recommends travelers to Ghana, as is Malaria and the CDC recommends travelers to Ghana be rigorous about preventing mosquito bites..(Pregnant women are advised not to travel.)
Many of the vaccinations should be started four to eight weeks in advance so please check with your healthcare provider or Travel Medicine clinic. Please refer to the CDC website or your doctor for more information on necessary vaccinations and insect repellents.
What to Bring
Some suggestions to pack:
- Casual & Light (Layers)
- Short sleeve shirts, long shorts, or summer pants/skirts/dresses
(Women should either plan to wear pants or skirts or dresses to the knees.)
- Old clothes for project work that can get stained/ dirty
- Comfortable sneakers and/or work/hiking boots
- Extra socks (to avoid blisters)
- A light rain jacket or poncho
- Bug repellent
- Work gloves
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
- OTC Medicine
- Journal or notebook and pen
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
- Spending Money ($150-$200)
Donations and Gifts
Here are some ideas about how you can contribute.
- Monetary donations are most helpful. If each of us could raise at least $100, we would be able to send 2-3 teens to school for an entire year, as well as improve the physical structure of the local elementary school.
Due to the humanitarian nature of this trip, you may find creative ways to ask friends, relatives, colleagues, teachers, store owners, etc. for monetary and in–kind donations. We can provide you with two documents, which may aid you in your efforts:
1. In-Kind & Monetary Donations Letter for Store Managers/Owners
2. In-Kind & Monetary Donations Letter for Friends, Relatives, Teachers
All tax-deductible checks can be made payable to our 501(c)(3)non-profit, Dream Volunteers, and mailed to our headquarters: Dream Volunteers, 2221 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063.