RAJASTHAN INTRODUCTION WEEK 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 175€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri (free weekends). Mandatory to start the programme.
- Code : G/IND/RIW2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
If you arrive in Udaipur, and if you have chosen your work at projects in Udaipur, your introduction week will take place in Udaipur. Prior to beginning your work in our projects, you will experience this program, a very important step that will prepare you for your stay in India. Loads of new things will be introduced to you and it will be the time to ask all your questions about the programs, the organization, the country, the culture and anything else that might come to mind. Moreover, there will be language lessons, cooking classes, yoga sessions, sightseeing, visits to authentic Indian homes, workshops that will introduce you to the culture, visits to our project locations and much more! The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Indian society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings. The week will be action-packed. In your schedule will be: India: Culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, are some of the topics that we will introduce you through group discussions, lectures, debates, visits, outings, etc. Language Lessons: A first contact with an Indian language and you will learn a few phrases to get by in Hindi languages. India has 18 official languages, and more than 1500 dialects and sub-dialects. We will start by teaching you only one! Do not forget that English is widely spoken all throughout the country. Projects: An overview of the projects, and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits on site. Information and lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, self-defense techniques, cooking, team building, team work, project work, customs &habits, dos &don’ts, technical information, emergency situations, habits &behaviors. Local sightseeing and meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes, and natural sites in groups or individually during free time. Group games and discussions will be the style of operating of our coordinators at the orientation week to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic as possible.
You will be accommodated in our center which is located five kilometers away from the Udaipur’s center. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. We have Wi-Fi at the centre. Unfortunately, the quality of internet is not as we are accustomed to in most western countries and might be slower and irregular occasionally. You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.
The Royal city of Udaipur located in the state of Rajasthan is commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the princely state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. Fans of The Jungle Book and James Bond films may recognize Udaipur as the birthplace of Bagheera and the location for the Roger Moore starrer Octopussy. Drawing several million tourists a year, it has loads to offer in terms of art, architecture, culture and cuisine. With all of this and more, Udaipur is one of the cities everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Our house is located five kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation. Jaisalmer, a gigantic sandcastle that remains inhabited and has mesmerized people from all over the world. With ninety nine bastions, the castle encircles shops, a palace and more. Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrimage town that is set around a holy late and home to one of the few Brahma temples, over fifty bathing ghats and over 400 temples. The main street is a long bazaar, where you can find any souvenir you can think of to bring back home. Jodhpur, dubbed “The Blue City” for its blue-tinted edifices, Jodhpur is considered an architectural masterpiece due to its ever-photogenic streets and Mehrangarh, a magnificent fort that towers over the town. Jaipur, a colorful and flamboyant city made famous by the Hawa Mahal, a pink-toned building that towers over the main bazaar and was historically built for royal women to be able to see festivals without being on the streets. Ajmer, famous for its Islamic heritage and for containing one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centers. In Ajmer, you’ll be able to find examples of Muslim architecture such as the Jain golden temples.
Fee of 175€ is for one week , Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), All volunteer programs start with a one-week introduction program. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at Udaipur airport at the arrival on Sundays.