Get involved in important construction projects in local villages in Kerala, India. The southern state of Kerala is famed for its tropical greenery, beautiful backwaters and rich culture. On arrival travelers will be given an orientation around the beautiful city of Kochi. Your living arrangements will be in a shared house in the heart of the local community of Fort Kochi, where you can experience the rich culture of India.
Depending on the needs on the ground at any given time, you will work alongside community members to help deliver basic needs such as water security initiatives, or renovating schools to establish suitable learning environments.
Unsafe drinking water and unhygienic sanitation practices in Kerala cause widespread health problems in the community. You will get involved in building rainwater harvesting tanks, which provide palatable and sustainable drinking water, or grey water and septic tanks that increase access to hygienic means of sanitation.
Schools in Kerala are often extremely basic, and you will help make them are more comfortable and enjoyable environment in which to learn. You may be getting out the paintbrushes and brightening the place up with a splash of paint, or you could lend a hand in helping to reconstruct, build or rebuild school’s facilities.
No previous experience is required for this project. Training will be given and you will work with local masons and other locals who can guide you. There will also be GVI field staff at hand. If you have special training that may be an asset to the project, please let us know when applying.
Immersing yourself a different culture and way of life; making a genuine contribution towards the development of a local community; living and working with volunteers from all over the world; discovering India’s ornate temples, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cites during your time off.
These programs offer qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on for a longer duration on a scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field in India. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment, and many of the current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information!
includes the following comprehensive services and perks.
• Pre-departure support and registration
• 24-hour emergency phone
• Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
• Arrival orientation
• Long term experienced staff
• Safe and basic accommodations
• All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
• Welcome meeting
• Location orientation
• All necessary project training by experienced staff
• All necessary project equipment and materials
• 24-hour in-country support
• Kathakali dance performance and cooking class