GAP Year Programs in India: Tips

Are you planning to travel to India for your GAP year programs? India is always a kind of spiritual journey for all travelers who venture into this vast and exciting country with a vibrant culture and lots of things to discover along the way. However, like all destinations, India is also a country with certain travel challenges which can be mentally draining for any traveler. However, by following certain basic travel tips as well as precautions during your travel, it is possible for you to have a smooth journey during your volunteering India program.

Because it is such a large country with lots of languages, cultures, colours and various challenges as well as opportunities, India can be a fantastic place to head to for your GAP Year programs. There are plenty of opportunities available in the country in terms of what you can do here in order to make an impact in the country. As a country of ancient cultures and traditions and with a rich cultural heritage, there are also plenty of things that you can see and do when you travel to India for your GAP year.

Many GAP Year programs prefer India because it is an excellent place to head to if you are travelling on low budget. India is a very low cost country and things are quite affordable.  You can stretch the dollar very far and get a lot for a very low price.

If you are heading out for GAP Year programs in India, here are some useful tips that you can keep in mind:

Indian Visas

There are various types of visas that you can take for your India travel. These include tourist visas, business visas, student visas and currently, there are special 10 year visas which are only available for US citizens. It is possible to obtain the Indian visa via a “tourist-visa-on-arrival” scheme that is currently available for certain countries. Obtaining this can take you anywhere from one hour to six hours and a fee of $60 is charged for this visa which is only valid for a single entry and cannot be extended.

Female travelers in India

Although there have been widely publicized rape cases in India in the recent years, female travelers are largely safe in the country as long as you take some common sense steps while in the country. For example, the country is still widely conservative although there are some pockets of the country, especially in the big cities, where some Western habits may not be perceived as dishonorable. Traditional Indian clothes are often seen as respectable. If you are alone, wear modest clothes. Public displays of affection are also not common outside the larger cities of India.

Festivities

It is important to take precautions during the large public festivities in India where the streets are always full of people. If you would like to experience these, it is safer to go in a large group of people.

Choose a Placement Program

If you are going for the first time, try not to do it alone. Be in a group. Also, it is advisable to enlist with a volunteer placement program that can help you find the best programs and activities where you are likely to make the most impact based on your skills, interests and preferences. For more information, visit at: http://www.volunteering.org.au/gap-year.html