Important Note to IVT-India's Programme participants:
The above mentioned projects are hosting situations. It means you need to be friendly, loving, caring & willing to contribute 80% to 90% of time doing volunteer work, whole heartedly. A minimum of 8 to 10 hrs work, with one day’s weekly off
Since it is a place with children and some are also rehabilitation centre you should not be smoking, drinking, coming late in the nights, etc., causing negative results and reactions, you got to be conscious and sensitive as these inmates intend to learn from you. No changes in project will be entertained unless justified.
As far as living conditions are concerned, what should I expect during my stay in India?
If you are on the voluntary work program - one month to One year - with IVT-India, then you will be staying with a family or in the project on a sharing basis, and at times will be having a weekend family if staying in the project.
If on the 14day camp you will stay on a camp site, youth hostel or at the project site.
What should I remember to bring when I am participating on the volunteer work programme of IVT-India?
If you are joining 14days / 2 weeks camp
If you are joining volunteers program (1 Month - 12 Months)
We advice you to avoid taking Malaria tablets, as they are not required in the projects you’ll be placed, just for your satisfaction and if advice by your doctor, just can take enough for 1 month and take it when you go traveling in forest areas.
As a fact apart your camera, sleeping bag, and trekking or sports shoes, all that you need is available at a low price in Bangalore.
Especially Girls don’t need to bring too much of clothes as the Indian dresses are the most appropriate and comfortable ones to live & work and integrate yourself in the local community (we suggest you to bring clothes enough for 2-3 weeks & not more as you would feel more comfortable wearing Indian dresses).
Can I change my volunteer placement if I become dissatisfied?
Yes – IVT-India will consider the volunteer’s request for a change of project / location, only if the reasons are genuine and justified.
How will I get to headquarters from the airport?
All Participants on arrival:
Will I have access to modern communications, such as e-mail, telephone, or post office?
YES, there are internet cafés, Telephone booths and post offices in every locality and around the project / host family where you will be living - (in some places you may not have access to internet).
You may/will not have an internet facility during the camps
What vaccinations will I need for my trip to South India?
Please consult your doctor as vaccinations vary with your personal health issues and also check with your local Indian embassy for the update information.
Where is my arrival destination, and how long will it take to get to my host site?
Bangalore international airport is your arrival destination. Depending up on your project location, it could take 1-14 hours to reach the project site from our office. But you will be living near to or in the project. You won’t commute every day from our office.
What should I do in case of an emergency in India?
You are advised to contact your Mentor / contact person immediately. You will get more information during the orientation.
Is there an orientation program?
YES – you will have an orientation based on your program with us… the number of days will depend on the number of participants.
Any restrictions of from IVT-India program:
YES – you are not expected to earn money in any manner, using of drugs & involvement in illegal activities – if found you will be arrested and deported, IVT-India or its coordinators will not be responsible in any manner in such case.