WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Please fill out our online form and we will reach out to you once we receive it. Filling out the form does not bind you in any way nor is it a confirmation of your placement. Click here

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR PROJECTS?

Most of the relevant information can be found on our website. We will send you more information after you apply. However, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at info@mykarmacaravan.com

When should I apply?

There is not limit to when you can apply but please try to apply at least 2 months before the start date of your travel. This will give us enough time to place you and find suitable accommodation for you. Also, some of our projects are in high demand and get occupied quickly so do let us know at the earliest.

Can my partner/friend travel with me but not apply?

Yes but please reach out to us beforehand so we can plan for this.

What is the age limit to apply?

Most NGO’s do not accept persons below 18 years of age. However some accept persons 17 years of age who have graduated from high school. There is no upper age limit as long as the person does not have prohibitive health problems.

Do you accept Group applications?

Yes, Please reach out to us and we can custom build a trip to suit your group.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN THE PROJECTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Projects run throughout the year but are need based. Therefore, please indicate your project preference in the application form and we will get back to you with the best options.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITE SKILLS REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER?

All volunteers must speak English. Aside from this there are no special skills required. If a particular project requires certain skills to qualify they will be mentioned on the project page. Moreover, if you do have some special skills (for example, design or art skills) be sure to mention it in your application form.

CAN I DO MORE THAN ONE PROJECT?

Sure! We can try and fix this up for you depending on availability.

CAN I APPLY FROM ANY COUNTRY?

Yes! As long as you have a decent grasp of the English language.

IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?

The minimum age for our projects is usually 18 and there is no upper limit as long as you are physically fit. We only ask that you bring a high level of maturity and enthusiasm when you volunteer!

CAN I APPLY IN A GROUP OR WITH A FRIEND?

You bet! Let us know who you are applying with in the application form.

CAN I SHARE ACCOMMODATION WITH MY FRIEND / SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

This is usually not a problem, but please mention this clearly in your application form.

WHAT IF I HAVE ONGOING MEDICAL ISSUES?

While you can always apply, we suggest that you honestly assess your ability to take on a project while undergoing any significant health issues. Volunteering in a foreign country can be a challenging experience and you should generally be in good condition to be able to have the best experience possible. We can provide information on doctors or medical facilities while you are volunteering if necessary.

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED VOLUNTEERING DURATION?

Our NGO’s appreciate it when volunteers stick around for longer. Typically 4-8 weeks is a good amount of time to get involved, get to know the project members and make a difference while volunteering. We try to discourage anything less than 3 weeks since you are not able to have a truly immersive experience in such a short period of time.

DO I REQUIRE A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK?

This is mandatory when working with children since NGO’s can be held liable for anything that happens on their premises. If this is an issue, please reach out to us.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK?

This depends on your country of origin. Usually your local police station can provide a simple criminal background check without a problem. If you need further help with this, please contact us and we will try and guide you.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR MY TRIP?

You should budget for the following costs that you will incur when you travel:

  • Flight ticket
  • Visa application
  • Immunisation
  • Travel insurance
  • Background check
  • Pocket money
  • Project fee
  • Any other travel expense for add-on tours, etc.

This will cover all the major cost heads of your trip. Any other expenses will be additional.

WHY SHOULD I PAY TO VOLUNTEER?

Your project fee covers the cost of your stay, airport pickup and other logistics incurred by us on the ground. We have kept our fees affordable so as to make them accessible to a wide range of audiences. Additionally, we source and maintain working relationships with NGO’s many of which are underfunded and do not have the capability to manage logistics, etc for international volunteers.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT AND WHEN IS THE FINAL PAYMENT DUE?

There is a $250 deposit due at least 6 weeks prior to your start date. Remaining payment is due at least 4 weeks prior to the start date. If you are booking with less than 6 weeks to go till your start date, then the entire project fee will need to be paid to confirm your placement.

CAN I PAY IN INSTALMENTS?

This is not possible unfortunately.

CAN I ORGANISE MY OWN ACCOMMODATION AND PAY A DIFFERENT RATE?

We aim to provide a safe and secure experience during our program. This becomes very difficult if we alter our program on a case to case basis. As such, we are unable to cater to any such requests.

WILL I RECEIVE SUPPORT ON LOCATION?

Yes! One of the benefits of being a local organisation is that we know India better than anyone else. Unlike other international agencies, we are present on the ground during your entire experience here. You will also be given a short orientation when you arrive.

WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY NORMS DO YOU FOLLOW?

Health and safety is a priority hence we only work with reputable NGO’s. More information on health and safety procedures can be shared after we receive your application.

IS THERE SOMEONE I CAN CONTACT 24/7?

Our team members are always available on the ground should you encounter a difficulty or are stuck in an emergency. You will also be given a list of important contact numbers when you arrive.

CAN I GET A CERTIFICATE AFTER I COMPLETE MY PLACEMENT?

Absolutely!

Will I receive any training for the volunteer placement?

Yes. You will receive a short orientation when you arrive and job specific induction at the project location.

WILL I BE MET AT THE AIRPORT?

Our local team will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation

HOW DO I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY FAMILY WHILE VOLUNTEERING?

There are many ways to keep in touch while volunteering. Please bring an unlocked mobile phone with you. You can obtain a local sim here to make phone calls and access data. Most accommodations will also have access to wifi.

WHAT DO I DO IF I GET SICK?

In the unfortunate event that you become ill you can get in touch with us 24/7. We have english speaking doctors on call and have close connections with leading hospitals. We can also contact your family members for you if necessary. However, you must possess appropriate travel insurance to cover any medical related expenses

DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA?

A tourist visa is required for citizens of most countries. India now offers a 60 day e-visa with quick processing times. More details on the process will be shared with you after we receive your application.

DO I NEED TO BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Health and safety is a priority hence we only work with reputable NGO’s. More information on health and safety procedures can be shared after we receive your application. Travel insurance is necessary to cover for any emergencies that may arise. While emergencies are rare, we strongly believe in the motto better safe than sorry!

WHAT TYPE OF VACCINATION / IMMUNISATION IS REQUIRED BEFORE I LEAVE?

It is likely that you will need some form of immunisation while travelling to India. Please seek your local physician’s guidance for the recommended vaccinations.

I’D LIKE TO DO SOME SIGHTSEEING DURING MY PROJECT, CAN YOU HELP?

We are happy to provide guidance and/or organise a short trip to nearby tourist locations. Please see our Add-on Tours page for more information.

Gap Year & College Students

Student’s are increasingly opting to take a gap year to travel before attending university. There are many reasons to take a gap year before heading off to university:

- Develop your credentials for university applications and future employment by demonstrating the ability to take initiative and a willingness to improve the world.

- Volunteering abroad is a fantastic challenge that will test your adaptability and perseverance.

- By immersing yourself in another culture you will be learning through experience rather than theory. Undoubtedly, there is no better way to learn.

- By donating your time and effort you will be giving something back to society.

Even if you don’t take a full year off, there can be many benefits to taking a few months or even a few weeks off during or after finishing university to volunteer and travel.

Young Professionals on a Break

We also receive interest from professionals that are looking to take some time off to contribute. Volunteering abroad can be a great way for these individuals to take a step back and do something different. By volunteering abroad they can:

- Take some much needed time off to venture into a new country and culture.

- Mix travel with social work by spending part of their time volunteering and then journeying across country as a tourist.

- Explore new career avenues in a different locale.

Corporate & CSR

We work with corporates to promote community engagement through volunteering. Volunteering is a fantastic way for employees to make a difference through active involvement and first hand learning. Our volunteering projects offer the following:

- A challenging cross-cultural environment.

- The opportunity to learn some new skills.

- Some time off to ‘refresh’ yourself while giving something back at the same time.

We work with corporates to offer customised projects that can be aligned with their long-term corporate social responsibility objectives.

Our volunteering engagements are designed to be impactful and socially responsible. We follow a code of conduct wherein:

- Placements are based on actual need.

- We are focused on providing the best volunteering opportunities for our volunteers, hence we will invest considerable time and effort to find the right NGO’s to partner.

- There are no conflicts of interest between our objectives and the objectives of our NGO partners or volunteers.

- We encourage transparency by communicating clearly with all our stakeholders at all times. This often means being blunt about expectations and also what is or isn’t possible.

Keeping with the above theme, all our volunteers are required to sign a code of conduct policy before starting a project.