India Open Team

Project Full
February 3 - 14, 2016
Participation Fee
What's Included


Join volunteers in India as they construct new classrooms for the Irvine Adventist English School in Basbari, Northeastern India. Established in 1974 inside a tea plantation, this school immediately began to minister and spread the Gospel to several different ethic groups in the region. Because of the school, there are over 150 baptized members at the local church. The school currently has 120 students, but cannot accept any more because of lack of classrooms and infrastructure. Volunteers will help meet this immediate need by constructing 12 One Day School classrooms with metal sheeting. They will also reach out into the local community and help educate women in midwifery skills.


Construct 12 Buildings on a One Day School Campus

Helping Babies Breathe Classes

Week of Prayer

Bruce Fjarli,
Project Coordinator
Sunday, January 31
Taj Mahal Excursion Only: Arrival in Delhi (DEL)
Monday, February 1
Taj Mahal Excursion Only: Sightseeing and shopping in Agra
Tuesday, February 2
Taj Mahal Excursion Only: Taj Mahal
Wednesday, February 3
Taj Mahal Excursion Only: Fly from Delhi (DEL) to Guwahati (GAU)
Wednesday, February 3
Main Project: Arrival in Guwahati (GAU)
Thursday, February 4
Orientation and First Work Day
Saturday, February 6
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, February 7
Work Days
Saturday, February 13
Local Excursion and Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, February 14
Departures from Guwahati (GAU) or join Kaziranga Excursion
Sunday, February 14
Kaziranga Excursion Only: Drive to Kaziranga National Park Excursion
Wednesday, February 17
Kaziranga Excursion Only: Departures from Guwahati (GAU)
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Guwahati, India (airport code GAU) on Wednesday, February 3 between 10am and 4pm. More travel information and arrival and departure times and airports for the optional excursions are included in the information packet (download above).Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Guwahati (GAU) on Sunday, February 14 between 11am and 6pm, unless you are joining the optional Kaziranga excursion. Please check the information packet for more travel information.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the city of Guwahati, where you will be met by Maranatha representatives. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is still space on the project. Most flights will require a long layover in Delhi or Kolkata (Calcutta). Once you arrive in Guwahati, volunteers will travel together by bus to the accommodations and project location, approximately five and a half hours from the airport. If you will be joining one of the optional excursions either before or after the project, please follow the flight guidelines in the project brochure (available for download above).

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Manas National Park

Included in the project participation fee is a trip to Manas National Park located in the Himalayan foothills. This park is known for it’s wildlife including the Indian rhinoceros and Asian Buffalo. Volunteers will take a day safari in the park.

Optional Taj Mahal Excursion- $360

Prior to the project, January 31-February 3, volunteers can visit the Taj Mahal, a stunning marble mausoleum considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his wife. An estimated three million people visit the beautiful building each year.

Optional Kaziranga National Park Excursion - $695

After the project, February 14 – 17, volunteers can join the optional excursion to Kaziranga National Park. This park is located on the borders of the Brahmaputra River in northern India, and it is home to the world’s largest population of great one-horned rhinoceroses. Other animals in the park include water buffalo, elephants, Indian tigers, leopards, sloth bears, sambar deer, hoolock gibbons, Assam macaques, and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Volunteers will have three jeep safaris to the various regions of the park to see the animals. They will also have an early morning elephant ride.

India Facts & Figures


New Delhi


1.22 billion


41% Hindi, 8/1% Bengali, 7.2% Telagu, and various other languages.


Varies from tropical monsoons in the south to temperate in the north


80% Hindu, 13% Muslim, 2% Christian


Indian Rupee

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa
  • COVID-19 Requirements
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.