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  • 1. Volunteer Abroad in India 16 Years and Counting W EBINARSThursday, December 15th 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST www.crossculturalsolutions.org
  • 2. Agenda• Introductions• India Overview• CCS Overview• Home-Base• Volunteer Placements• Cultural & Learning Activities• Free Time / Weekend Activities• Questions?• Next Steps – Getting Involved
  • 3. Introductions Pete Bryan Program AdvisorAlumnus of CCS Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, and Morocco Alex Brandt Program Site Specialist Alumnus of CCS Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, China, India, and Morocco
  • 4. India Overview Dharamsala Bela Singh New Delhi Country Director for CCS in India CCS India Staff
  • 5. India Overview Quick Facts• Shares a border with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh• Population of over 1 billion people and the second most populous country in the world• 18 official languages & over 7 major religions• Republic consisting of 28 states and 7 union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy• National currency is the Rupee (1 USD = ~45 INR)• Has one of the fastest growing economies but still suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition
  • 6. CCS Overview
  • 7. New Delhi About New Delhi Experience modern and historic aspects of the capital city of India • Capital city of India • Second most populous city after Mumbai with a population of over 9 million people • Temperature varies from 103 degrees F (40 degrees C) in the summer to about 45 degrees F (7 degrees C) in the winter • Summer is long from about April to October with the monsoon season in July and August • Characterized by the co-existence of the past and the present and dramatic differences in localities, standards of living and adherence to traditions throughout the city
  • 8. New Delhi Volunteer Placements Helping to Achieve Important Community Objectives • Educating At-Risk Youth • Caring for Infants & Children • Caring for People with Disabilities • Assisting Teachers of Special Education
  • 9. New DelhiCultural & Learning ActivitiesExperience modern and historic aspects of the capitalcity of India• Shopping for Indian Clothes• First 3 weeks of Cultural &Learning Activities are mandatory• Discussions/Lectures – Political History of India, Economic Development• Guided Tour of National Museum• Classical Dance Demonstration• Visit to Hindu, Muslim & Sikh Temples• Hindi lessons are mandatory
  • 10. New Delhi Free Time Activities • Local Sites • Old Delhi • Chandni Chowk Market • Gandhi Museum • Dil Haat Market • Qutub Minar • Red Fort Weekend Travel • Agra – Taj Mahal • Jaipur – Pink City • Jodhpur – Sun City • Camel Treks in Rajasthan • Amritsar – Indo Pak Border
  • 11. Dharamsala About Dharamsala Volunteer and experience the breathtaking Himalayan mountains in Northern India • Lies in the foothills of the Dhauladhar, in the Kangra valley • Center of the Buddhist Tibetan Government in Exile and home to the Dalai Lama • Split into 2 levels; the lower level is primarily Indian and the upper level is primarily Tibetan and know as McLeod Ganj“Its hard to put into words how to • Population is approximately 100,000describe my experience. It was • Unpredictable weather!wonderful from beginning to end. I amindebted to many people in India, the in- • Dec to Feb is cold weathercountry staff and the UK and US staff, • Mar – Jun & Oct – Nov is warm & drywho helped me along the way and madethe journey so memorable…” • Jul – Sep is warm & wet (monsoon - CCS India Volunteer season)
  • 12. Dharamsala Volunteer Placements Helping to Achieve Important Community Objectives • Education • Caring for Infants & Children • Caring for People with Disabilities • Assisting Teachers of Special Education • Working Toward Women’s Empowerment
  • 13. DharamsalaCultural & Learning ActivitiesExperience the breathtaking Himalayan mountains inNorthern India• Picnics & Cricket Matches• Temple Visits• Discussions/Lectures – Tibetan Culture• Norbulingka Institute• Classical Music Recital• Visit to Kangra Fort• Hindi Lessons• Indian Culture Night
  • 14. Dharamsala Free Time Activities • Kotwali Bazaar • McLeod Ganj • Music & Art Classes • Yoga Classes • Trekking & Hiking • Bhagsu/Naddi/ Dal Lake Day Trips & Weekend Travel • Palampur • Triund – Hiking • Amritsar • Shimla – Capital of Himachal Pradesh • Kullu Manali
  • 15. QuestionsWhat questions do you have for us?
  • 16. Determine where, when, and for how long you want to volunteer:Next http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/enroll/enroll-checklist Contact a Program Advisor Monday-Friday 9am-6pm ESTSteps 1-800-380-4777, info@crossculturalsolutions.org Pete: pete@crossculturalsolutions.org EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE w w w. c r o s s c u l t u r a l s o l u t i o n s . o r g Stay In Touch facebook.com/crossculturalsolutions twitter.com/volunteerabroad youtube.com/ccsvolunteerabroad