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Run math, art and English enrichment activities for underprivileged youth in Rajasthan, India. Support the on-going work of our local partners and learn about education and challenges faced by youth. When not doing service with the organization, learn all about Indian culture through a folk dance performance and time spent roaming through the markets. Spend a day exploring the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort and get an adrenaline rush on a zip-line above the city of Jodhpur.

Program Profile

Country
India
Community Service Component
Next Level
Community Service Focus
Education
Get to Know
The People
Lifestyle
Relax at Hotels
Travel Component
Moderate Travel Involved

2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 14 June 22 Available
June 28 July 6 Available
July 12 July 20 Available

Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    You will depart the United States from Newark on the escorted group flight to India today.

  • Day 2

    Welcome to India! You land in Delhi in the evening, and meet your trip leaders after clearing customs and collecting your baggage. After getting a few snacks for the night, head with the group to the hotel for a relaxing evening and some much needed sleep. Take advantage of the opportunity to recover from jet lag.

  • Day 3

    After breakfast and a short introduction to the group, head to the airport to catch your flight to Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan. Upon arrival in Jodhpur, settle into your hotel room and take in some of the beautiful views of Mehranghar Fort and the bustling old city.

    This afternoon, we will take time to learn more about education and youth in Jodhpur and begin to prepare for our service. We will spend the afternoon and evening in small groups developing teaching lessons, brainstorming new games, and preparing for tomorrow’s service. We will also make a trip to the stationary store to get any needed supplies. Cap off the night with a spread of Indian and Western dishes for dinner and a discussion of your first full day in India!

  • Day 4

    Today is your first day with our local partner where you will focus much of your service around leading educational games and activities and providing extra support in English and math. Spend the first morning learning more about the work of the organization and getting to know the kids you will be working with through curriculum focused name games and ice-breakers.

    After your morning education session, take a siesta and grab some lunch at a nearby restaurant then head to the hotel for regrouping. This afternoon you will switch gears and start work on your second service project. In partnership with Grow Sansthan and a local school, you will be working on a water revitalization project and will be helping to clean and maintain historic step-wells. You will partner with the Indian students to clean up these wells and will engage in an awareness campaign with members of the surrounding community.

    Tonight you will return to the hotel for dinner and a debrief of the day. Then continue to prep for your lesson plans for the remainder of the week.

  • Day 5

    Sunday Funday! Take a break from your service today to explore the magnificent history of Jodhpur and Rajasthan. After a hot breakfast at the hotel this morning you’ll head to the massive 15th century Mehrangarh Fort that overlooks the whole city. Explore within the well-protected walls of the fort and learn about Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, and the history of his royal clan, the Rathores.

    Break for lunch inside the fort, then get ready for an adrenaline rush – zip lining! Located inside the fort and the surrounding area, you’ll zip over desert canyons, palace lakes, and 600 year old ruins as you fly through the historic fort. Regroup at the end of your run and walk through the Rao Jodha desert park and wind your way down to the historic center of the old city section of Jodhpur. Hit the bazaars in the old city and shop for Rajasthani puppets, slippers, and tapestries – remember to bargain hard!

    After some solid souvenir shopping you’ll head back to the hotel for dinner. After dinner, try your hand at mehndi (henna) with our professional mehndi designer. At the end of the night you’ll debrief your day and get prepared for your lessons the next morning.

  • Day 6

    Jump back into your service this morning with our local partner. You’ll continue the lessons you started on Saturday and move forward according to the program curriculum. Finish your morning session, break for lunch and a quick rest at the hotel. Then you’ll head out to the step-well and meet up with your partner students to continue your cleanup and maintenance work.

    This evening you might head to a Bollywood movie or to the nearby Bishnoi village for a look into rural life in Rajasthan. The Bishnoi culture is deeply committed to ecology and conservation and equates harming the environment to harming oneself. Finish up your activity and head back to the hotel for dinner and a good rest!

  • Day 7

    This is your last day in Jodhpur, so you’ll want to make it count. Finish up your lessons with our local partner and the clean up work with the Indian students and wrap up the week’s activities before you say goodbye to the new friends you have made.

    Tonight, head back to the hotel and get prepared for an arts show where you’ll see traditional Rajasthani dancers and musicians put on a dazzling performance! Get your dancing shoes ready because you’ll be the next to dance! Learn some traditional dance moves and have a celebratory dinner with your group.

  • Day 8

    After breakfast today you’ll head to the airport to catch your flight back to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi in the early afternoon and shift to a South Delhi resort, where you’ll close your program as a group and kick back for a few hours of relaxing and swimming. Meet up with the rest of the India groups for a final goodbye dinner and then drive to the Delhi airport where you will board the plane to go home.

  • Day 9

    Arrive back in the United States and share the stories of your wonderful adventure! Thanks for helping spread positive energy in India and for your hard work with us this summer!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email india@rusticpathways.com

Program-Specific FAQs

  • This program connects seamlessly to all other programs in India and Asia. All of our Asia programs begin and end on Thursday, which allows for easy connectivity.

  • A tourist visa is required for all students traveling to India. Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa. Rustic Pathways will provide important details relating to the visa process in the Spring. If you would like information or would like to view the visa requirements, please visit the Government of India website at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.

  • Yes, there will be a flight leader on the direct flight from Newark, New Jersey (USA) to New Delhi, India. If a student is connecting from another country, they will not have a flight leader. In such instances, we will provide students with detailed instructions on navigating airports, immigrations, and customs and will have a Rustic Pathways staff member waiting at the arrival airport to pick them up.

  • The direct flight from Newark, New Jersey to New Delhi, India is 14 hours.

  • Yes. Please note that this program is 7 days in length, with international travel times on each end, making it 9 days total outside of the United States.

  • During Children of India, students will spend the majority of their time in the state of Rajasthan. Students will spend five days in the city of Jaipur and two days in New Delhi, at the beginning and end of the trip.

  • Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also 
certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.

     

  • Rustic Pathways India programs maintain a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 6 students. Additionally, each program maintains at least 2 primary program leaders, one male and one female.

  • Rustic Pathways uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for students is potable and safe to drink. We ask students to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.

  • Students are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Students will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If students are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.

  • Electricity in India runs at 230V and electrical outlets are a mix between http://electricaloutlet.org/type-c Type C and http://electricaloutlet.org/type-d Type D. We recommend purchasing one or two Type C adaptors (as these can also be used in Type D outlets).

  • Summer in India is monsoon season! Temperatures on the plains (Delhi, Jaipur) can reach 110 F (43 C) with high humidity. Be prepared for hot weather and please make sure you have the required clothing on the packing list!

  • In Jaipur and Delhi, students stay in a comfortable hotel with western style toilets and showers. Students are separated by gender and sleep 2-3 per room.

  • Students will eat a mix of Indian and Western dishes. Indian food generally consists of rice, dals (lentils), curries, and roti (flatbread). Western dishes will include pasta, toast, and cereal.

  • Bathroom facilities will be western style showers and toilets with general availability of hot water.

  • Students will have very limited access to internet and telephones while on the program. These services are only available in Delhi and only for short periods of time, as we are very busy on the program.

  • Students will have opportunities to hand wash laundry once or twice every week. Alternatively, students can get their laundry washed for them in Jaipur or Delhi. The cost is approximately $10 per load.

  • According to the Center for Disease Control, malaria transmission is possible for all locations this program visits. Dengue, chikungunia, and rabies are also present in areas this program visits.

  • Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the HX Global and Centers for Disease Control websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.

  • HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.

    As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our HX Global webpage.

  • Hospitals are available within a forty-five minute drive from all program locations. Hospitals have western-level facilities and doctors that speak English.

  • If you are vegetarian, you are in luck! India is one of the most vegetarian friendly places in the world. Vegan, lactose free, and gluten free diets can also be accommodated. If you have other dietary restrictions, please contact Team India at india@rusticpathways.com.

    Students with mild allergies to nuts can be accommodated on this program. If you have any severe allergies, please let us know. We will work with you to determine the best program choices.

  • Mosquitoes are present in all areas this program visits. Most bites occur at dawn and dusk, and students are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, and DEET based insect repellent at these times of day.

  • Personal gifts, internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price.

  • We recommend bringing $100 – 200 (USD) per week for spending money.

  • Yes, students will receive up to 30 hours of community service on this program. Please refer to our Community Service Hour Awards webpage for more information on how service hours are awarded.

  • Rustic Pathways works with local community leaders and organizations to identify and prioritize the needs of each community. In Jaipur, students will be working with a local orphanage on informal education service projects such as language acquisition, math skills, and learning through art and games.

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing lightweight pants, t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

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Carry-On

A school backpack or a similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport with India Visa
  • Wallet
  • Photocopy of Passport and Visa
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications
  • Additional community service forms
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Consent to travel form

Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothing Items

  • Long pants (2, lightweight)
  • Underwear (5-6)
  • Socks (5-6)
  • Crew neck T-Shirts (4-5)
  • Long sleeve shirt (1)
  • Waterproof rain jacket (1)
  • Long Shorts (1-2)
  • Swim Suit (1)
  • Athletic Shoes (1)
  • Sandals
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Pajamas

Toiletries

  • Shampoo and Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant (35% DEET)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Extra medication
  • Tissue travel packs
  • Personal med kit

Additional Items

  • Flashlight/Headlamp w/ Extra Batteries
  • Watch or Clock with an Alarm

Optional Items

  • Hindi phrasebook
  • Deck of cards
  • Small musical instrument
  • Frisbee, Aerobee, Hackysack
  • Pictures of friends and family

Important Reminders

  • Appropriate dress is an essential element of respectful travel. When packing, please be mindful of Indian cultural standards. Shoulders and stomachs need to be covered at all times, and legs need to be covered past the knee for boys, to mid-calf length for girls. Please do not bring any shirts with deep cut necks (e.g. V-necks or U-necks). Leggings are acceptable only when they are worn with a long shirt or tunic that reaches past the thigh. Please note that if you arrive without appropriate clothing our staff will request you purchase it in India.
  • Summer in India is monsoon season! This means the weather is HOT and WET! Temperatures on the plains (Delhi, Jaipur) can reach 110 F (43 C) and the air is quite humid. Rain can be a daily occurrence so a light, waterproof jacket or poncho is good to have. Lightweight, breathable, and quick drying fabrics such as nylon or polyester are also highly recommended!
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    Delhi

    Welcome to India! You will arrive in Delhi for the start of your program.

  2. b
    Jodhpur

    Settle into the Raghav Villas hotel, close to the blue city, and gaze at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort.