Volunteer in a School in Kerala - India

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Duration: 2-8 weeks

Trip code: INTK

Become a volunteer in inspirational India and help to educate and care for kids at schools in stunning Kerala. Stay in the laid-back coastal town of Fort Kochi and help to mentor and teach English to kids at schools, setting them on the path to a brighter future. You’ll also have the opportunity to help care for kids and run fun activities at local orphanages. There are plenty of awesome cultural and adventure activities to enjoy in your free time, including beach visits and boat trips around Kerala’s backwaters. Make a difference to kids in Kerala and discover the wonders of this incredible part of India!

Trip highlights

  • Become a valued volunteer and help at teaching projects in schools in Kerala, India
  • Make a real difference as you inspire, educate and care for kids in this rewarding volunteer role
  • Help provide a welcoming and fun classroom environment for poor children in the Fort Kochi area and have the opportunity to provide care and attention to kids at local orphanages
  • Stay in the charming, peaceful port town of Fort Kochi and make new friends in this stunning part of India
  • Explore Kerala’s famous backwaters by boat or make tracks for one of the region’s beautiful beaches at the weekends
Further trip information

About Kerala

Kerala is a laid-back location famous for its nearby beaches filled with swaying palms, delicious seafood and local cuisine, winding waterways and beautiful backwaters made up of rivers, lakes and canals. Kerala has a balmy tropical climate all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below the 70s. A visit to this safe and friendly region offers travellers the ideal introduction to India!

About Fort Kochi

The projects are based in and around the famous port city of Fort Kochi (otherwise known as Cochin). This charming town boasts beautiful historical buildings and unusual, giant fishing nets. Fort Kochi has friendly locals plus great restaurants, bars and cafes, markets, ATMs and plenty of cultural events. Although it is a tranquil, tourist-friendly town it is not a party spot. Fort Kochi enjoys gorgeous coastal views and a relaxed vibe, offering the ideal introduction for first-time visitors to India. Stepping into Fort Kochi is like stepping back in time into another world!

Arrival and Orientation

Day 1, Saturday: You will be met on arrival at Kochi International Airport and transferred to Fort Kochi (approx.1-1.5 hour journey). In the evening you will enjoy a short welcome meeting from the local project team and get a chance to rest, relax and meet your group.

Day 2, Sunday: During day 2 you will receive Project and Culture Information from the local volunteer co-ordinator, from 10am-12pm. After your orientation session you will be given an introductory tour of the fantastic Fort Kochi area.

Volunteer Projects

Volunteer in Schools

Every morning from Monday to Friday, between 10am-12noon you will volunteer at one of two schools in Fort Kochi. Both schools are under-resourced and the children who attend them are from poor backgrounds. Volunteering as a classroom assistant, you will assist the teaching staff to teach English reading and writing skills, maths, arts, and a variety of other subjects, to children aged between 6 and 16. You’ll be working with the kids in small groups inspiring them and helping to boost their confidence by working with them as a mentor, teacher and friend. There will be other teachers present at the school however you will be expected to use your initative and skills to guide lessons by yourself.

Please note: During school holidays you will work with children in the community rather than in a school setting. During exam periods in December and March you may help out at a women’s empowerment project when the children are busy. 

Volunteer at Orphanages (Optional)

Every weekday afternoon between 4-5.30pm you can volunteer at either a boys or a girls’ orphanage in Fort Kochi. With around 50 kids to keep entertained, this is a fun and rewarding experience which makes such a difference to the lives of the children! The emphasis is on running fun, entertaining activities and play for the kids at after school classes. You can expect to get involved in sports, arts and crafts activities, fun and games as well as helping the older children with their homework.

Women’s Empowerment Project (Optional)

It is possible that during your stay you may get the opportunity to help out at a women’s empowerment project, designed to help women learn new skills, improve their education and English skills and help increase their confidence. The project only runs if the women attend, so this project cannot be guaranteed to run. If you are interested in this option, you would take part in the women’s empowerment project instead of teaching in schools during weekday mornings.

Volunteer Daily Itinerary: Monday-Friday

  • 9.30am: Transport to project.
  • 10am-12noon: Volunteer at one of two schools as a classroom assistant.
  • 12noon-2pm: Lunch.
  • 2pm-4pm: Volunteer at another local school.
  • 5pm-5.45pm: Option to volunteer at a boys or girls orphanage (Mon - Thurs, depending on the needs of the orphanage at the time of your visit)

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only and times may be subject to change according to the needs of the local community at the time of your trip. Volunteers should be flexible and ready to adapt to unexpected changes and new situations. 

Transport

The cost of travel from your accommodation to the project site by tuk tuk is arranged for you, but the cost is not included (please budget £2-3 per trip).

Free Time

Your evenings and weekends are free time to have fun and enjoy optional activities. Fort Kochi is a fantastic base from which to explore the gorgeous area of Kerala and your local team can help you to arrange exciting optional activities, which include:

  • Cultural shows
  • Football matches
  • Cinema
  • Boat trip in the Keralan Backwaters: £60
  • Visit to a tea or spice plantation: £60
  • Travel to Cherai Beach, 35km from Fort Kochi: £20
  • Trekking/camping trip: £70
  • Cycling tour: £50
Dates & booking
Please note: Due to school holidays, only certain durations of volunteering will be available during some parts of the year. During exam periods in December and March you may help out at a women's empowerment project while the children are busy. On certain religious holidays, no volunteering will take place.

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