India

Map of India

After 200 years under British control, India broke free and established its independence on August 15, 1947 with the help of leading figure Mohandas Gandhi who was famously known for his passive activism practices and non-violent protests.
Many believed India wouldn’t survive apart from Britain’s rule because of the country’s religious, ethnic and linguistic diversities and predicted it would soon become fragmented into mini nations, which clearly didn’t happen.

Instead India has transformed drastically, but still remains a developing country. Despite a fast-growing economy with a largely skilled workforce, India is struggling with severe widespread poverty, especially in the rural areas, that is greatly affecting millions of people and international assistance is desperately needed.

Volunteers are essential in helping this country’s impoverished and underprivileged population gain the valuable knowledge and education needed to achieve a sustainable living.

There are countless opportunities in India that allow others to serve the community and several programs offer volunteers culturally immersive projects that not only provide a meaning contribution to India, but personal growth to individuals who participate.

If you’ve volunteered in India we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.

FACTS ABOUT INDIA

Capital: New Delhi

Population: 1,220,800,359
[Source: The World Factbook]

Religion: Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%
[Source: The World Factbook]

Language: Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%.
[Source: The World Factbook]

Location: Southern Asia bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal between Burma and Pakistan.
[Source: The World Factbook]

Poverty Level: 21.9%
[Source: The World Bank]

Climate:

  • Winter (January, February)
  • Summer (March to May)
  • Monsoon—rainy (June-September)
  • Post Monsoon (October-December)

[Source: Wikipedia]

Currency: Indian rupee

Vaccines: The CDC recommends that travelers receive Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots. They also recommend that depending on the area you’re traveling to, some should also get Hepatitis B, Marilia, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccines
[Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

Fact: Although 80% of the people are Hindu, India also has more than 138 million Muslims—one of the world’s largest Muslim populations.
[Source: National Geographic]