India | Insights Abroad Program Details
For individuals and families - We offer tailor-made experiential learning, total immersion and volunteer work opportunities wherein the participants stay with an Indian host families, both, in urban and rural areas.
For groups of 10-24 participants- We offer our “Insights Abroad-India program for cultural immersion and volunteering work opportunities”. This is a structured program specially designed for a group.
This program is designed as a three-week learning activity (can be extended up to six weeks) focused on the rich cultural heritage of the greater Jaipur region of India.
Cultural heritage opportunities include:
- Arts and crafts including puppet-making, block printing, blue pottery, miniature painting, Tie & Dye Textiles, Batik Painting workshop etc.
- Visual and performing arts including dance, drama, puppet shows, storytelling, visit to local folk artist’s colony etc.
- Architecture and design including field-trips to local palaces, gardens, historic buildings, and other sites of architectural interest.
The second component of the program is aimed at exposing participants to some of the rural communities in South Rajasthan. A short rural home-stay component allows individuals to join host families in their daily chores of life, do some volunteer work at different sites and gain some vital insights into the development issues that face certain Indigenous communities in this area.
Volunteer work opportunities may include:
- Teaching English/ sports/play-way method of learning in local community school to the children from indigenous communities.
- Assist in construction/ repair work in local village schools.
- Help in building Check dams and gully plugs for irrigation and repair of hand pumps etc.
- Interactive sessions with subsistence farmers in recently opened Farmer schools to promote innovative and eco-friendly agrarian practices. The participants could be attached with these schools and they can interact and exchange knowledge with local farmers.
- Work during harvest season, the participants can join their host families and help them at their farms.
- We will encourage the participants, in general, to join daily chores of life with their host families during the village stay.
Days Location Highlights
Day 1: New Delhi Group arrival and welcome at the Airport. Checking-in to the guest house.
Day 2: Delhi/Jaipur Introductions, Orientation activities, health-orientation, visit to Lodi gardens, Bus to Jaipur. (about 6 hour’s journey).Check-in to the guest house in Jaipur, welcome/folk Dance.
Day 3- 9: Jaipur Home stay, morning yoga, basic Hindi lessons, lectures on the history and archeology of Rajasthan, temple architecture, Theatre, women’s issues, lect. /demo. on tie & dye textile, blue pottery, Dhrupad music And Jaipuri Kathak Dance, excursions to main Archaeological sites, museums, temples, Sufi shrines.
Day 10: Free day, evening train to Udaipur
Day 11-13: Udaipur Workshop on Batik Paining, Lectures On voluntary sector, development Issues followed by visits to NGOs.
Day 14-18: Ogna Village Village home stay with indigenous Families, volunteer work, learning about Subsistence farming, Adivasi village Life, development issues, Organic Farming initiatives.
Day 19: Udaipur/Jaipur Free day, Evening train to Jaipur.
Day 20: Jaipur Program evaluation, Farewell dinner With host Families.
Day 21: Jaipur Program ends. Delhi/Airport Drop-off.
Our core team of Tazurba staff and volunteers has all necessary skills, experience and talents to successfully run the program. We have wide ranging contacts in academics, art and culture world and intelligentsia.
Behind us is a dedicated team of Tazurba volunteers, host families and other resource people like guest faculties, visual and performing artists, fraternal NGOs and service providers.
Our partner and host of the Ogna Village home stay, Gandhi Manav Kalyan Society (referred to as MKS) is a non-profit, non-government, voluntary organization working in the tribal belts of Aravali region of Rajasthan. MKS has been working for the past two decades to empower and strengthen the marginalized tribal communities in this region. MKS has a dedicated team of 14 full time staff members and 112 local field level volunteers.