After a long, often inter-continental flight and the initial culture shock, the most important thing you look forward to is a safe and comfortable place for you to rest and get over your jetlag. At Yearoutindia we believe that all volunteers should have a clean, safe and comfortable place to rest and relax; before, during and after their placement. Our projects are always at remote locations far away from the tourist tracks and in very rural and tribal communities.
At these locations, we strive and often go to great lengths to provide really safe and comfortable accommodation for our volunteers and staff. These accommodations will by no-means be a luxury, but you’ll get to live like a local with the support of the community you are working with. The trust we have established ensures that volunteers are valued by the community and they always give them the opportunity to be apart of their day to day life and experience a unique cultural immersion which cannot be described. Life long friendships and bond are often made. All our previous volunteers have found this love and acceptance of the community to be one of the highlights of their time volunteering at our projects.
YOI supports the local community by renting accommodation in the project area from them and also building up good relations with the community members, some of whom become our trusted members of staff. We also buy our daily supplies of vegetables, fruits etc. directly from local farmers and local shops.
YOI Volunteer Houses
Yearoutindia volunteer houses are independent houses that are staffed and have all basic infrastructure in place to provide for the volunteers needs. Our program coordinators select and monitor their maintenance on a weekly basis to ensure that they are ideal and well equipped for our volunteers.
The rooms are clean and comfortable with beds, pillows and blankets. Our volunteer houses always have clean and well maintained toilets and clean running water. These can be both Western and Indian Style toilets. At some sites we even have “en-suit” western toilets. The rooms are also well lit, have ceiling fans, shelves, clothes rack, a tables and chair etc. Our staff also ensure that rooms stay mosquito and bug free.
We ensure that there are only 3-4 volunteers at any one time at these houses in tandem with our ideology of not having more than 2-3 volunteers per project to ensure a more direct interaction with the community, locals, culture and a very personal experience for the volunteer.
Homestays are almost always houses that belong to a local family that have somehow directly benefited from Yearoutindia activities over the years. The families are always well known to the staff and program coordinators. This ensures that the host family is completely supportive, trustworthy, deserving and committed to Yearoutindia’s work and our volunteers` contributions to their rural community.
The family homes are full of local traditions, religious rituals and other specialties which give the volunteers an insight into Indian/rural/tribal way of life from within. Most families grow their own vegetables, herbs, chillies and fruits which ensure a constant supply of fresh food for the kitchen. The family members try to involve the volunteers in all aspects of the household activities like cooking, traditional customs and provide a friendly, welcoming, warm and homely atmosphere! Almost all volunteers learn to cook Indian food and get an in-depth experience of Indian cuisine. The families also provide other services like laundry, local sightseeing, temple visits, treks etc.
Camps, Tents and Mud houses
At some locations we also use tents, camps, tree houses and even mud houses as accommodation. These are usually for short durations during weekend breaks, or at remote locations in/near forest where no other form of accommodation is available. These provide a unique experience of the wild and rural/tribal life at its best. Naturally basic in its offering, these accommodations are an ideal way to sample outdoor life at truly stunning locations.
With its exotic aromas and complex flavours, Indian cuisine is one of the world’s best. It’s no wonder that all our volunteers adore it–and also no surprise that everyone seems to want to learn to cook Indian food at home.
Our staff will prepare all your meals for you. They will be predominantly Indian and western where possible. Vegetarian food will be provided. Our staff will also customize the food according to your taste and spice tolerance levels. All meals are included. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Teas/coffees, snacks, local fruits etc). They will be predominantly Indian food and will be prepared for you. You can supplement this diet at your own expense with other foods like pasta, western foods, or anything that you fancy as long as you/we can source them. You can also cook anything you want for yourself. There will be utensils (no ovens though) that you can use. In case you want to try your hand at preparing your own food, you are welcome to do so.
All our volunteer accommodations have clean, reasonably equipped kitchens with all necessary utensils to enable our volunteers to sharpen their cooking skills. The staff also help you learn to cook – Indian style.
*Please note that all the project accommodations provided by Yearoutindia have all basic facilities. Amenities like Internet, ATM’s/Cash machines etc. may not be available but could be located walking distance from the houses. At some locations ATMs (cash machines) are only available in the nearby towns which can be about an hour’s drive away