Volunteer in India
Longitude works with volunteers to find volunteer opportunities that best fit the volunteer’s interests, skill set, and the current need of ARV. Most of our volunteer positions involve construction, but there are also opportunities to teach children and help with relief efforts. Email email@example.com for more information.
Build Houses in Dalit villages - ARV is now focusing construction efforts on houses in the village of Chevuru, having already had great success in the villages of Kothasatram-Indirinagar and Gummallapadu. To work alongside villagers as they literally rebuild their lives, register to join one of our upcoming volunteer work camps:
December 2011: December 25-January 3
Tutor Dalit children - School is a constant struggle for Dalit children. They face discrimination in school from their upper-caste teachers, and they are often sent home because they can't afford school fees or materials. Through ARV you can help a struggling child with her school work and get her back on the educational track.
Why Volunteer with Longitude?
Longitude works at a grassroots level, matching volunteers' desires with our partners' real needs. Independent-minded volunteers are encouraged to develop their own projects, and those looking for more direction work closely with Longitude's staff. Our close connections with our partner organizations allow volunteers to create lasting connections. Longitude works closely with its volunteers on choosing flights, securing visas and immunizations, and answering any questions that arise during the planning process.
Our projects are located in rural villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. We also encourage our volunteers to travel to other regions to experience the diverse cultures and landscapes of the Indian subcontinent.
- Longitude is looking for motivated volunteers who are creative, open-minded, and looking for new experience in a culture different from their own.
- Longitude volunteers should be 18 years of age or older. Children can also volunteer if accompanied by an adult who is 18 years of age or older.
- Longitude volunteers are expected to be able to communicate in either spoken English or Telugu.
- Longitude volunteer placements can be physically challenging and we suggest that volunteers be healthy enough to handle extreme heat, long walks, and diverse foods.
- Longitude expects volunteers to seek out proper Visas and immunizations before leaving for India.
Longitude maintains a grassroots structure; volunteers can travel on a tight budget or in relative luxury depending on personal needs. Our application and volunteer program do not require compensation for Longitude’s overhead costs.
Longitude requires all volunteers to pay a $75 ARV fee that goes directly to ARV staff members. This fee helps to offset the costs associated with hosting volunteers. ARV staff will work tirelessly to ensure that each volunteer’s experience is safe and smooth. This cost is essential in order for ARV to be able to cover the living expenses of their staff during the volunteer’s stay.
Costs will vary by personal needs, lodging, and transportation types. It is possible to budget less than $10 per day, but for dietary variation, better transportation, private lodging, and travel excursions, Longitude recommends budgeting $30-50/day.
If you are volunteering as part of a Longitude Volunteer Work Camp, you will also be required to pay a work camp fee, which goes directly towards the costs of food and water, accommodation in a local hotel (with or without AC) and travel expenses by train and in a hired bus or car. For a 10 day trip, this usually amounts to approximately US $600. You will also be expected to pay for the following:
- All transportation costs to and from the designated meeting and end-of-workcamp locations.
- Medical expenses, both in preparation for travel, during and after the workcamps. The cost of these will depend on what you've had before and what your doctor recommends.
- Visas, which cost about US $120.
For a two-week trip, a total estimate of cost including all of the above would be approximately US $2,000.
Volunteers are also expected to help fundraise for work camp materials. Simply put: without the funds, there are no materials! Check out our Fundraising tips page to learn of previously tried and tested methods.
Being a volunteer with us may initially sound like it costs a lot, both in terms of time and money. However, most volunteers say that they got much more out of the experience than they ever put into it.
Once you have completed the online application, Longitude’s Director of International Volunteering will contact you to discuss program details, confirmation, flights, visas, and shots. You must then sign a Volunteer Waiver form.
Immunizations & Travel Insurance
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