20821
India
Teaching English in India’s Princely State of Rajasthan
Immerse yourself in the wonders of India as you teach English to schoolchildren, discovering UNESCO Heritage Sites, sacred monuments, traditional cuisines and vibrant culture.
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Program No. 20821RJ
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19 days
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19 days
18 nights
43 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Delhi
Delhi
D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Your local guide will not be staying with you at the bed and breakfast in Delhi. However, the owners of the bed and breakfast are there to take care of you during the evening. Your guide will be there during the day. Note that you will also be given a cell phone during your stay in India. It will have pre programmed phone numbers and your guide will show you how to use it.

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the Delhi Airport, transfer to accommodations and check-in.

Dinner: Dinner and welcome drink at the homestay.

DAY
3
Salaam Baalak, Old Delhi
Delhi
B,L,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system in Delhi as well as some walking. Rickshaw ride is through an extremely crowded market. Jama Mosque has a lot of steps. Shoes and socks are not allowed in Jama Masjid. Gowns are provided by the mosque.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay. Then join your guide and other group members for a program orientation.

Morning: Depart and spend some time with the guides of the NGO Salaam Baalak Trust, who have developed an exciting city walk through the enchanting streets of the inner-city of Paharganj and the New Delhi railway station area. Nobody knows Delhi's streets better than the young people who are fully trained as guides. These spirited youngsters will share their life journey and take you on a guided walk by visiting the schools that are funded by this walk.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for your visit to Old Delhi, with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Ride on the bicycle rickshaws, which take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk. End up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

DAY
4
Discovering Gandhi Smriti / Discovering New Delhi
Delhi
B,L,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system in Delhi.

Breakfast: Breakfast at homestay.

Morning: Begin with a brief language lesson. Depart for visit to New Delhi. Drive past India Gate, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, that commemorates Indian soldiers who died during World War I; the Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan), the nation’s supreme legislative body; and the President House (Rashtrapati Bhavan), a huge complex that serves as the official residence of the President of India. Discover India Gate and drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. Visit Humayun's tomb Tomb which is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD. It was the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover Gandhi Smriti where the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated after spending his final 144 days from September 9, 1947 to January 30, 1948. It has been preserved as a museum which displays Gandhi’s few personal effects as well as paintings, pictures, sculptures and other relics. The memorial perpetuates Gandhi’s legacy, highlights his values and ideals, and offers guidance for those who wish to follow his path. Enjoy an exclusive presentation on the life and principles of Gandhi by a guest lecturer.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

DAY
5
Visit Qutub Minar, Visit Market
Delhi
B,D
Tree of Life

Activity note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to use the metro system independently in Delhi.

Breakfast: Breakfast at homestay.

Morning: Begin with a brief language lesson. Then visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Qutub Minar was constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 237.8 ft and has 379 stairs to reach the top. Then walk back to your accommodation. Explore Dilli Haat an open-air food and craft bazaar located in Delhi. Dilli Haat has permanent food and craft stalls representing each state of India, giving a complete variety of tastes available all over India.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Free Time this afternoon. Suggestions: Visit the Lotus Temple, National Gallery of Modern Art or the Lodi Garden.

Dinner: Dinner at the homestay.

DAY
6
To Jaipur, Introduction to International Service Learning
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Moderately Challenging Day. The group will be required to take a local train from Delhi to Jaipur on your own. You will be dropped off at the train station and your luggage will be taken to your cabin for you. Upon arrival in Jaipur, there will be a representative to meet you at the train station and take you to the bed and breakfast.

Breakfast: Early wake up call. You will have a packed breakfast.

Morning: Take a very early train from Delhi to Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur where a representative will meet you to depart for Kalwar. Arrive at Kalwar at mid-morning.

Lunch: Lunch at homestay.

Afternoon: Introduction to your service learning program, formulate group goals for your stay.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

DAY
7
Indian Culture & Festival Presentation, Cultural Performance
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Before breakfast, enjoy a Yoga lesson. Breakfast at homestay.

Morning: The first day at the Public School will be used as an observation day.

Lunch: Lunch at homestay.

Afternoon: Indian Culture and Festivals Presentation: The role of Festivals in Indian culture led by your coordinator and learn about the cultural and social importance of festivals in Indian society. Then visit local Artisans like the village potter, goldsmith and blacksmith.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

Evening: Cultural program and folk music at the homestay.

DAY
8
Service Learn., Discovering Jaipur and Amber Fort
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Activity note: Local guide will pick you up at Castle Kalwar and take you through the sites of Jaipur.

Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.

Morning: Start your day by tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. You will be immersed in a large Rajasthani school with students in grades 6-12. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discovering the Amber Fort: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Amber Fort. Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Then spend the afternoon exploring Jaipur to your liking. Take in the riot of colors on a walk with your local guide through the local markets of Jaipur. Jaipur is popularly known as the "Pink City," from the pink-colored sandstone of the buildings in the old walled city.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

Evening: Return by vehicle from Jaipur to your homestay.

DAY
9
Service Learning, City Palace & Jantar Mantar
Kalwar
B,L
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay.

Morning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans before departing for Jaipur.

Lunch: Lunch at the homestay.

Afternoon: On your exploration this afternoon, visit the City Palace which stands in the center of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, back scratchers, royal apparel and an armory. The observatories, or "Jantar Mantars" as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world-wide. Visit a local bazaar.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

DAY
10
Service Learning, Visit NGO
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at homestay.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch at homestay.

Afternoon: Visit a local village and watch a game of street cricket.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

DAY
11
Service Learning, Agra
Agra
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Trident Hotel Jaipur

Activity note: The Drive from Kalwar to Agra is approximately 6.5 hours with stops along the way.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch at homestay.

Afternoon: Depart for Agra by car. Arrive in the evening to Agra and check into your hotel.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner at the hotel.

DAY
12
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb
Agra
B,L,D
Trident Hotel Jaipur

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel after your pre-dawn visit to the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Set out pre-dawn to watch the rising sun bathe the pristine white marble of the Taj Mahal in warm hues of gold, ochre and orange (subject to weather conditions). As the UNESCO World Heritage Convention states, “An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.” The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation. You will have some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inner chamber before returning to the hotel for breakfast. At mid-morning, visit Agra Fort. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. Next explore Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb. Visit the mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulah, popularly known as the ‘Baby Taj,' is the first monument in India built entirely in marble rather than red sandstone. The tomb was built between1622 and 1628 by the Queen of Jahangir, Nurjahan as a memorial to her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg. It’s fascinating history chronicles the “rag to riches” saga of a poor merchant who rose to become chief minister of the Mughal emperor. The elaborately carved tomb in the Islamic style - like a jewel box set in a tranquil garden on the banks of the Yamuna River — was an inspiration for the Taj Mahal years later.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel.

DAY
13
Return to Kalwar
Kalwar
B,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart relatively early this morning for Kalwar. You will stop for lunch (on your own) en route and arrive late afternoon.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Arrive at Castle Kalwar.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

DAY
14
Service Learning, Reflection Discussion
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch at the homestay.

Afternoon: First enjoy a reflection discussion, then visit a local college in Kalwar and play a game of cricket or volleyball with the students.

Dinner: Dinner at the homestay.

DAY
15
Service Learning, Rajasthani Cooking Class, Free Time
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch at accommodation.

Afternoon: Cultural Activity: Watch a documentary on Indian Music followed by a discussion. Then head into the kitchen to learn about Rajasthani cooking! Try making chapati and learn about the beautiful spices that make up the color and taste of the local cuisine.

Dinner: Dinner at accommodation.

DAY
16
Service Learning, Free Time in Jaipur
Kalwar
B,L
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at accommodation.

Morning: Service Learning: Continue Service Project. Start your day tutoring English to the students of Kalwar Public School. After tutoring prepare lesson plans.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer to Jaipur for free time this afternoon. You may want to visit with local Block printers, carpet designers, Blue Pottery or free time.

Dinner: Dinner at homestay.

Evening: Transfer back to the home-stay.

DAY
17
Last Day of Service Project, Reflection & Feedback, Dinner
Kalwar
B,L,D
Castle Kalwar

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay.

Morning: Service Learning: Farewell Project/Presentation with students and staff at public school.

Lunch: Lunch at the homestay.

Afternoon: Free time followed by a reflection and feedback discussion with host family.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner and Social Evening: This evening enjoy a flavorful farewell dinner featuring the dishes of Rajasthan with bottled water, coffee/tea, beer & wine.

DAY
18
Transfer to Jaipur, Flight Back to US
In Flight
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Activity note: Please note that this is a forced layover in Delhi because of your late flight out of Delhi. There is no programming on this day nor are there any meals planned.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the homestay.

Morning: Program ends in Jaipur at Castle Kalwar. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.

DAY
19
Early morning departure / Arrival home
In Flight