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Volunteer in Varanasi

 Overview

Volunteer & Travel: Varanasi is a 2+ week travel experience where the participant volunteers in the city and travels during his/her free time and weekends. The major focus on this experience is on an intense volunteering experience.

Through this travel experience, we aim to provide a taste of the city's culture, an insight to the local traditions and lots of adventure while adding value to the society.

 
 

Highlights

Experience Itinerary

Varanasi, the Spiritual Capital of India, a city as old as time itself, as rightly put by Mark Twain, 'Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together'. During the Muslim rule through Middle Ages, the city continued as an important centre of Hindu devotion, pilgrimage, mysticism and poetry which further contributed to its reputation as a centre of cultural importance and religious educatio

The journey starts at New Delhi Airport or Varanasi Airport,where you will be picked up by a coordinator. If you start from New Delhi, you can spend a night in Delhi and move to Varanasi the next day.

SIM Card will be covered in the experience fees. The first day will be majorly an introduction to the workplace followed by an orientation picnic with your Experience Captain covering safety guidelines, budgeting tips, other tricks and much more. 

The participants will be involved in meaningful volunteer work with various organisations present in the visited locations. The volunteer work timings will be usually from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The job descriptions available are teaching, healthcare, marketing, community service, animal care & women empowerment.

 

Location/s

The experience takes place in Varanasi,India, the spiritual capital and the oldest city of India.

We've kept only one location since the purpose of this experience is majorly on volunteering and experiencing a local culture. The travelling pace is slow and it's more about immersing oneself into the roots of one location.

The participants joining in for longer duration can add more locations and reach out to us for a personalized travel plan.

 

Duration & Cost

Program Fees

520$

3 weeks

620$

4 weeks

2 weeks

425$

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Dates

Note that Volunteer & Travel: Varanasi generally runs from every weekend.

 

Note that the dates are flexible according to the traveler's needs.

Inclusions

Airport pickup & departure

Transportation

Accommodation/s

Meals

24/7 Support

Orientation & Feedbacks

Exclusions

Flight Tickets

Miscellaneous Expense

Vaccinations & Health Insurance

Entry Fees

For any questions about the itinerary, duration, fees and inclusions or bookings, get in touch!

 

Frequently asked questions

Why should I travel with The Tarzan Way?


Culturally immersive: Our vision is to provide culturally immersive experience to travellers.
India is one of the most a culturally diverse nations out there spread over 29 states with 22
languages, over 700 dialects and 9 religions, visiting this country without exploring this diversity
is no less than a crime.
We have crafted our Social Travel Experiences in a manner to ensure that all the participants get
to explore the diverse culture through various immersive activities, trips and sessions.
Community-driven: The goal of our Social Travel Experiences is to provide meaningful
volunteer work to our volunteers. We do so by working with impactful NGOs and making sure
the job roles allotted to the participants are as goal driven as possible. All the workplaces are
routinely checked by our local team to ensure meaningful volunteering work is taking place.
Affordability: The Tarzan Way being run by young travellers like you, we have made sure that
our prices are as affordable as possible to make your travel plans a reality. You will not get more
affordable and transparent than ours anywhere else. We are able to make this possible because
being a travel company based in India, we have amazing partners all across the country ensuring
the cheapest and best possible prices.
Local Support: With a dedicated local team available 24*7, we make sure you have someone to
rely on at all times. The Experience Captain assigned to you is like your friends, guide and
guardian, making sure you have the best possible experience.
Safety: Having hosted 900+ travellers, we know how to ensure total safety for you. Stringent
rules have been set up for all hosts, workplace or partner participating in our travel experience.
Regular checks by our local team ensure that the quality and safety factor is always maintained.
International Community: With travellers joining our travel experiences from all across the
globe, get ready to become part of a huge community of like-minded travellers from diverse
countries. Friendships built during such experiences often last a lifetime.
Independence: While we try to make our experiences as immersive and activity based as
possible, we want you to have complete independence with regards to where to go and what to
do. Ample amount of free time has been allotted to make sure you can do what you love.




What exactly are these 'travel experiences'?


Travel Experiences are unique excursions, trips, activities and so on, based on the experiential aspect of travel to provide a local and culturally immersive feel of the area they’re visiting. They’re formed after extensive research by our team along with our network of travel-bloggers.

From the most off-beat villages and adrenaline boosting and unique activities.

We’ve tried to keep most of our experiences 100% flexible and as budgeted as possible for everyone to join us.




Why should I go for this travel experience?


It is our firm belief that “Travel is not just about a vacation, it is about experiencing different
realities.”

If you are someone who believes in travelling with a purpose, Social Travel experiences are a perfect travel choice for you wherein you are able to make an impact in the communities you visit through meaningful volunteer work while at the same time understanding the diverse culture of the places you visit. Not only does this make you more aware of the cross-cultural differences existing but you become capable of overcoming these differences and understanding that all humans are made equal.
The learning and growth opportunities during such programs are immense, helping you grow
both professionally and personally. Not only do volunteers grow their skill base, work experience
and international contacts through volunteering abroad, employers often look favourably upon
those who are willing to go outside of their comfort zone and give up their time to assist others.




Is there a specific requirement or criteria to join this experience?


Note that only participants with ages 18 or above can take a part in this travel experience. The participants with ages less than 18 need to be accompanied with an adult or require a signed letter of consent from the nearest family member.




What about the meals and accommodation?


Note that meals and accommodation vary generally from experience to experience. For Social Travel experiences,usually the participants are accommodated with h ost families (double/triple sharing) or in backpacker hostels (six-sharing dormitories), depending on the choice of the participant and availability. We recommend the participants to opt for host families to have a more immersive experience, while on the other hand if the participant is interested in meeting people from different countries, a backpacker hostel is recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the accommodation only and is covered in the experience fees. We've tried to include different cuisines to provide a wholesome experience. Check out the Information Booklet to know more details about the same.




How would you ensure safety during this experience?


All our experiences are assigned an Experience Captain and depending on the kind of experience, the Experience Captain remains in touch with the participants throughout the experience.

For experiences lasting for 2 weeks or more, there are regular visits by the Experience Captain and participants can contact him/her 24/7 whether by chat or call. Moreover, there are local coordinators and TTW partners present on all the locations throughout the travel experience.

For experiences lasting less than 2 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the travel experience, the Experience Captain usually meets the participants during the first day & last day or stays throughout the experience and participants can remain in touch with him/her 24/7 whether by chat or call. Moreover, there are local coordinators and TTW partners are present on all the locations throughout the travel experience.

In addition to that, you can reach out to The Tarzan Way’s helplines 24/7 in case of any emergency.




Why is this experience recommended of international travelers? Does this imply that Indian travelers can’t join in for the same?


The ideal duration for this program is 6 weeks and it covers an entire region of the country, so it is generally preferred by international travelers or the travelers from a different region in India.

This recommendation does not suggest that Indian travelers can’t join the travel experience. In fact, participants from different regions prefer this program to explore the culture of the region covered in this experience.




Will I be alone or will I be with a group?


Most of our travel experiences are in small groups consisting of 7-9 people, since we keep a cap of 15 people since we feel that in smaller groups travelers tend to connect more with each other and have a more comfortable and less chaotic overall journey.




I really want to join but I’m having problem with dates/locations-covered/cost?


No worries! If you are facing any issue regarding the dates, locations, cost or even activities, you can get click here or the “personalize” button to craft a similar travel experience for yourself. All you need to do is fill a small questionnaire, include Social Travel: North India’s name in the form accordingly and there you go! Your experience will be prepared within the next 24 hours.




Can I bring my group along with me?


Yes, of course. For groups to apply, you can click on the personalize option below or you can directly contact us here and mention that you want to join Social Travel: North India with your group and we’ll get back to you within 6 hours.




How do I know that The Tarzan Way is a legitimate organization?


Company verification details -
PAN: AAGCT8887K
TAN: DELT15842B
GSTIN: 07AAGCT8887K1ZF
We are a registered start-up supported by the Indian government for bringing something new
and unique in our industry and directly helping in the growth of our nation. Our start-up
recognition number is DIPP27070.
Putting our formal recognition aside, we have hosted international travellers from all over the
world (possibly from your city as well!) and our volunteers love connecting with young travellers ready to begin their journey to India. Just ask your Experience Captain and he’ll get you in touch with our past participants.
To know more about our company, you can always check our social media handles:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetarzanway
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thetarzanway
We are also promoted by world-renowned companies like GoAbroad and GoOverseas and even
listed on some of the top universities like UCLA.
When joining us for a travel experience, you can be sure you are in safe and responsible hands.





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