Bhalki India Open Team

Project Full
November 2 - 13, 2016
Participation Fee
What's Included


Join volunteers in India as they construct new classrooms for the Bhalki Seventh-day Adventist Higher Secondary School in the state of Karnataka in southwestern India. Established in 1983 as kindergarten with 20 students, this school immediately began to minister and spread the Gospel. The school now has 820 students, and they are bursting at the seams. Each classroom has more than 60 students meeting in it! And many of the classrooms are starting to crumble. Due to the lack of infrastructure, the school has not been able to accept very many new students the last few years. Volunteers will help meet this immediate need by constructing several One Day School classrooms with panel sheeting walls.


Construct Paneled Classrooms

George Carpenter,
Project Coordinator
Lorin Rubbert,
Construction Superintendent
Jon Harvey,
Construction Assistant
Wednesday, November 2
Arrival in Hyderabad
Thursday, November 3
Travel to Project Location and Orientation
Friday, November 4
Work Day
Saturday, November 5
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, November 6
Work Days
Saturday, November 12
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, November 13
Departure from Hyderabad or Continue on Optional Excursion
Sunday, November 13
Optional Excursion - Fly to Jaipur
Monday, November 14
Optional Excursion - Jaipur City Tour and Elephant Ride
Tuesday, November 15
Optional Excursion - Sightseeing, travel to Agra
Wednesday, November 16
Optional Excursion - Taj Mahal and Red fort
Thursday, November 17
Optional Excursion - Delhi City Tour, Evening Departures from Delhi
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Hyderabad, India (airport code HYD) on Wednesday, November 2, after 7pm. More travel information is 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 Hyderabad, India (airport code HYD) on Sunday, November 13, unless you are joining optional excursion in which case you will book a ticket from Hyderabad to Jaipur (JAI) on the 13th and your departure ticket out of Delhi, India (DEL) on the 17th. Please check the information packet for more travel information and exact flight details.
Shiva International Hotel
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the city of Hyderabad, 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. Some flights will require a layover in Delhi or Kolkata (Calcutta). Once you arrive in Hyderabad, volunteers will spend the night and then travel together by bus to the accommodations and project location the following day. If you will be joining optional excursion at the end of 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.

Golden Triangle Tour - $500

After the project, November 13-17, volunteers can join the optional excursion to the “Golden Triangle,” the cities of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi. This city tour includes fascinating sites such as Amber Fort, Elephant Rides, the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and the bustling city of Delhi. This excursion will be an additional cost of $500. The excursion fee will cover all hotels, food, and excursions during the excursion days. It does not include the in-country flight from Hyderabad to Jaipur at the end of the project.


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.