India Open Team

Project Full
Dates
February 22, 2017 - March 5, 2017
Location
India
Participation Fee
$970
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Join volunteers in India as they construct new classrooms for the Graceland Adventist school in northeastern India. The school is located amongst eucalyptus trees in the hills of the remote village of Saitual, in the state of Mizoram. It was started in 1967 with an enrollment of 339 students. The current classrooms are made out of wood that is chipping and decomposing, leaving many of the buildings structurally unsound. The school does not have space to accommodate new students and, as it is, the poor state of the school’s infrastructure makes it hard to recruit new families. The local Adventist conference has reached out to Maranatha’s assistance to rebuild ten of the elementary school classrooms. Volunteers on this project will help meet this immediate need by construction several One Day School classrooms with panel sheeting walls. In addition, the group will reach out into the local community to conduct outreach such as children’s ministry programs and health education.

Scope

One Day School Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Rebekah Shephard,
Project Coordinator
Lorin Rubbert,
Construction Superintendent
Kris and Debbie Widmer,
Spiritual Coordinator and Team Medic
Itinerary
Wednesday, February 22
Arrival in Aizawl
Thursday, February 23
Work Days
Saturday, February 25
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, February 26
Work Days
Saturday, March 4
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, March 5
Departure from Aizawl or Continue on Optional Excursion
Monday, March 6
Optional Excursion: Kaziranga National Park
Tuesday, March 7
Optional Excursion: Kaziranga National Park
Wednesday, March 8
Optional Excursion: Departure from Guwahati
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive on Wednesday, February 22. More information including arrival airport and time is available for download in the information packet.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart on Sunday, March 5 or continue on the optional excursion with departure on March 8th. More information including departure airports and times is available for download in the information packet.
School Classrooms
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the arrival city, 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. Please be sure to follow the flight guidelines carefully. More information including arrival and departure airports and time will be available in the project information packet.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at edpenha@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

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

Excursions
Kaziranga National Park - $650

At the end of the project, March 5 -8, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in India by joining an optional excursion to Kaziranga National Park and the city of Guwahati. Kaziranga National Park is located on the boarders of the Brahmaputra River in norther India. It is home to the world’s largest population of great one-horned rhinoceroses. Other animals include water buffalo, elephants, gibbons, macaques, and lucky visitors can even spot Indian tigers. After Kaziranga, volunteers will continue on to Guwahati, the capital of the Indian state of Assam. There, they will take in local sights including a silk emporium, a bazaar with shopping opportunities, and the Kalakshetra (a cultural institution with museums, theaters, and places of worship). The following morning volunteers will depart from Guwahati. This four-day excursion has an additional fee of $650 per person which includes housing, food, ground transportation to and from Kaziranga National Park, two safari drives, a tour of Guwahati and an option to do morning elephant rides at an additional cost. It does not include air transportation from Aizawl to Guwahati. Flight information is available in the information packet.

India Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

New Delhi

POPULATION

1.22 billion

LANGUAGE

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

CLIMATE

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

RELIGION

80% Hindu, 13% Muslim, 2% Christian

CURRENCY

Indian Rupee (approximately 63 Rupees to $1 USD)

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa
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.