Do I have to be a certain age to join a program?
You must be 18 years of age or older.
Why am I paying to volunteer or intern?
Your program fee pays for the following:
Airport pick up and drop off
Three meals per day
One day orientation
Welcome lunch and goodbye dinner
24 hour/round the clock support from in country directors
Assistance in booking weekend excursions
A donation to the NGO if you are volunteering
You are paying Leave Ur Mark to create a trip that is more than just travel. We work extra hard to bring quality projects to you. The service of providing interns and volunteers can be daunting as many companies might say yes to us but will not have much work for you. We make sure that the project you are placed in actually uses your skills rather than making you do meaningless work. Our in country directors check your progress and the work that they give to you on a weekly basis to ensure maximum use of everyone’s resources. This requires research, time and effort on our part. We also put you in a comfortable and safe accommodation with other volunteers that are going through the same experience as you. Without the local knowledge, you might end up finding a less than appealing living space or a place that overcharge you. On top of that, with Leave Ur Mark, you get a chance to bond with other volunteers and interns which is half the fun of traveling. The most important aspect is your safety and health. Without going through a support system like Leave Ur Mark, it can be frustrating and scary to be in a different country when there are emergency situations. For example, our in country directors are always on call to take you to a doctor or hospital, if necessary, at any hour. We are there for you if your credit card goes missing or your luggage gets stolen. Even though it’s the less glamorous side of traveling, these things happen. The assistance that is provided to you in any given situation is going to ensure you a smooth and worry-free adventure.
What should I pack with me?
First aid kit
Toiletries (you can get most things in India)
Girls should bring tampons
Comfortable walking shoes
Raincoat (if coming during monsoon season)
You can bring gifts for the project but most stationary and books are cheaper to buy in India
How much should I budget for transport to and from the project?
Around $20-$30 per week for auto-rickshaws or buses.
I intend to volunteer with a friend or family member. Can we be placed on the same project?
Yes, where possible we will try to place you together.
Does Leave Ur Mark arrange cultural activities outside the project?
Yes. We can arrange for cultural tours around Bangalore and traditional or Bollywood Indian dance classes, yoga, cooking and language classes and more for an extra cost.
Do I need immunizations to visit India?
It is advisable to check with your medical practitioner prior to departure.For more information on immunizations please visit www.who.int.
What qualifications do I need?
Depending on the project, you will be informed of their requirements. Most volunteer placements require no formal qualification. You will need to be patient and compassionate. Internship programs might require certain skills. Projects ask that you have a willingness to give your best and be passionate about what you plan to do.
Can I pay my fees in installments?
Yes we can arrange for payments to be made in installments as long as the final installment is made 30 days prior to your departure.
How do I get started and sign up?
You first have to decide on what type of work you want to do and the dates you want to travel and then you can complete the Leave UR mark application form and make a deposit of $100 to book your trip. Register now! (www.link.com)
How far in advance do I need to book?
You may book at anytime but allow a minimum of 30 days. If you want to travel sooner please contact us and a Leave UR Mark director can assist you.
What travel documents do I require?
You will need a flight itinerary, valid passport, visa, travel insurance, ID proof, emergency contact details and medical documents (if any).
What are my accommodation arrangements?
You will be living in a clean, hygienic and a comfortable guest house on a sharing basis with western toilets. All meals would be provided including traditional Indian cuisine.
Do I need to speak the local language?
NO, most people in India speak English. If you want to learn the local language, Leave UR Mark in country directors can arrange it for you as learning some phrases will be useful and fun.
How much money should I carry in cash? How can I exchange the money?
You are advised to carry not more than $200 in cash. When required you can withdraw money from one of the many ATMs spread across the city. We will help you! Many transactions can be done by debit or credit cards.
What are the phone and Internet facilities available?
Check if your current cell phone can be unlocked internationally. If so, then you can buy a local sim card here for very cheap. If not, you can buy a basic phone for around $30 and put a local sim in there. There are plenty of cyber cafes around the accommodation to cover your Internet needs.
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