In India, construction projects are tailored for groups of 8 people or more as part of a humanitarian construction trip. The local NGO organizes projects that the group can undertake from start to finish, involving team-based initiatives that can span between 4 and 16-20 weeks, depending on the duration of the internship and mission.
For individuals or groups, the focus will primarily be on renovating schools or carrying out small beautification tasks such as painting and gardening within the local communities in the Kochi region of South India. This humanitarian mission in India offers a cultural immersion experience while participating in sustainable development projects.
For engineering or construction-related students in fields such as architecture, design, and other construction sectors, you can visit the Realstep website for specialized internships on major construction sites.
This project aims to improve classroom facilities to meet basic health and safety standards and enhance the overall appearance of the school. With your involvement, rustic buildings can be transformed into pleasant and conducive learning environments. Tasks may include repairing ceilings, floors, roofs, windows, and doors, as well as painting funny and educational murals. During your free time, you can also engage in the school community by teaching English, conducting hygiene sessions, or organizing sports activities.
Your weekends will be filled with memorable moments, allowing you to explore the surroundings of Cochin. You can discover Fort Cochin, renowned for its cultural heritage. Enjoy a relaxing backwater cruise, witness elephants bathing, visit waterfalls, take Indian cooking classes, and experience traditional Kathakali dance performances.
Other tourist suggestions include:
- Enjoying the beaches in Goa.
- Surfing on the beaches of Kovalam or Varkala.
- Embarking on an adventure in Munnar, such as cycling on the beach, kayaking in the backwaters, or trekking.
- Visiting the backwaters, a natural treasure of Kerala.
- Indulging in an Ayurvedic massage.
If you're seeking another NGO mission in Asia as part of a humanitarian construction trip, you can explore our educational program in Sri Lanka.
A supplement of €200 applies to participants under 18. For further information, check our youth programs.
Volunteers are accommodated in the volunteer house in shared rooms with a maximum of 4 volunteers. The windows are equipped with mosquito nets. The house has European-style toilets, cold water showers, and Wi-Fi in common areas. Coffee, tea, and fresh water are available throughout the day, and the kitchen also has a refrigerator for volunteers. A large balcony and a rooftop are also available for students and volunteers. The NGO office is located on the ground floor of the house and is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day.
Private rooms are available at an additional cost of $25 per night.
Three meals are provided per day, except for Sunday evening dinner.
South Indian food is tasty and diverse, and volunteers can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and local meals during their stay.
Breakfast is different every day and will either be an Indian breakfast or, on some days, include eggs, bread, fruits, tea, and coffee. Lunch and dinner consist of local curry-based dishes with coconut, rice, roti, or chapatti.
Meals are generally vegetarian and include potatoes, okra, brinjal, squash, carrots, beets, and various legumes and lentils. If you have dietary requirements, please inform us in advance so that the NGO can make necessary arrangements on-site.
If you wish to have Western meals, you can easily find them at cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood.
If you would like to bring something, we kindly request you to bring the following items that can help our projects:
We also ask you to bring your laptops or iPads as you can use them to plan your lessons.
– Minimum age of 16 years.
– Basic level of English (understanding instructions, being able to communicate).