- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: India
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Program Length: Two Weeks, Other
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Homestay, Other
Volunteer & Travel: Rishikesh 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.
Availability is dependent on India’s current COVID-19 situation, please contact us at our website for the most up-to-date information.
Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports. The town is a delightful amalgam of spiritual and adrenaline pumping experiences. With the increase in number of campsites, adventure sports like river rafting, and trekking opportunities, as well as yoga courses, ashrams and markets along with the breath-taking views of the Himalayas, Rishikesh can be easily termed as a traveler's delight.
The journey starts at New Delhi Airport or Dehradun 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 Rishikesh 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.
After the work hours, TTW Team has planned various excursions, which include Hindi Language Classes, Indian Cooking Classes, Yoga Classes, and a City Tour covering major ashrams (including the Beatles Ashram), cafes, ghat as well as many sites relevant to the culture of the place. An Adventure Night, is planned including camping, bonfire, and adventurous activities such as river rafting, flying fox, burma bridge and many more along with trekking, bonfire and barbecue.
The participants are free to explore the nearby areas and cities after the work hours. We've created the experience in a way that the traveler has complete independence to travel and explore by himself/herself.
There will be regular feedbacks sessions throughout the experience.
During the weekends, you can explore other states, cities, towns and even villages. There are multiple trekking opportunities from Rishikesh to the most remote villages in India. For a religious atmosphere, you can visit Haridwar. The nearest city is Dehradun, which was built during the British rule and still has similar architecture. If you want to visit the Taj Mahal, you can visit Agra and for architecture, majestic history and deserts, you can visit the Royal Rajasthan.
Note that you can only take direct flights to anywhere in India from Delhi (around 5-6 hours away from Rishikesh via bus). So if you're interested in visiting South India or North-East India, you can always map out the same easily.
The ideal duration of the experience in Rishikesh is 2-weeks but we've kept it flexible according to your needs. If you want to explore other areas, The Tarzan Way Team will create a personalized travel experience and help you with bookings, and otherwise, throughout the experience.