India Project

Dates
February 6 - 16, 2020
Location
India
Participation Fee
$1,400
What's Included

Overview

Join volunteers in India and construct new classrooms for the Jingshai Mihngi Adventist School in northeastern India.

The school is located in the town of Jowai, Meghalaya, India. In 2005, Adventist parents in the region were worried about sending their children to local public schools due to conflicts with the Sabbath and sending their children to the nearest Adventist boarding school was financially impossible. So at the request of the conference, they started the Jingshai Mihngi school in a rented building in town. The school started with 150 students and 13 teachers.

Today, they have rented a bigger building in town and have more than 430 students. But the new building still doesn’t accommodate the growing number of students hoping to enroll each year. The current campus also has other major issues including roof leaks and an improper sewage drainage system which close the school during heavy rains.

The local Adventist conference has reached out for Maranatha’s assistance to build twelve brand-new classrooms on a new property on the edge of town. Volunteers on this project will help meet this immediate need by construction several brick classroom buildings. In addition, depending on the number of volunteers on the project, the volunteers can reach out into the local community to conduct outreach such as children’s ministry programs and health education.

Scope

School Classroom Construction

Leaders
Vickie and Bernie Wiedmann,
Project Coordinator and Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Thursday, February 6
Arrival in Guwahati, India
Friday, February 7
Work Day
Saturday, February 8
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 9
Work Days
Saturday, February 15
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 16
Departure from Guwahati, India or Continue on Optional Excursion
Sunday, February 16
Optional Excursion 1: Travel to Guwahati, visit local temple, continue to Kaziranga National Park
Monday, February 17
Optional Excursion 1: Full Day Safari
Tuesday, February 18
Optional Excursion 1: Late afternoon departures from Guwahati
Wednesday, February 19
Optional Excursion 2: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Thursday, February 20
Optional Excursion 2: Early morning departures from Delhi
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Guwahati, India (airport code GAU) Thursday, February 6, 2020. More information including arrival airport and time will be available for download in an information packet.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Guwahati, India (GAU) on Sunday, February 16, 2020 or continue on one of the optional excursions with departures on Tuesday, February 18 or 20, 2020. More information including departure airports and times is available for download in the information packet.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Guwahati, India. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Guwahati.

The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. Due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. There will also be an optional excursion added to the end of the projects that volunteers can choose to join.

More information including flight guidelines is available in an information packet available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@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 - $415

At end of this project, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in India by joining an optional excursion to Kaziranga National Park. The excursion fee will cover three nights at a luxury hotel, food, ground transportation, a one-day safari, insurance, and all entrance fees and tour guides during the excursion days.

On Sunday, volunteers will visit  Guwahati, the capital of the Indian state of Assam. There, the group will visit the Kamakhya Temple, stop at the banks of the Brahmaputra river, and visit a market with shopping opportunities before continuing on to Kaziranga National Park.

Kaziranga National 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, sambardeer, hoolock gibbons, Assam macaques, and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.

On Monday morning, the group will have an early start so they can do an elephant-ride through a portion of the park. This is a fun experience and allows you to get much closer to the rhinos than you can in a car. After breakfast, the group will have a morning and afternoon safari in jeeps to the eastern and western regions of the park.

On Tuesday, the group will return to Guwahati for afternoon and evening departures home.

Kaziranga and Taj Mahal - $635

This excursion option includes everything listed with the Kaziranga excursion, and also includes a visit to the world famous, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.This portion of the excursion costs $220, making the total price for the Kaziranga and Taj Excursion $635 per person.

The excursion fee does not cover the domestic flight from Guwahati to Delhi on February 18. Volunteers will be responsible for booking their own airfare. Details on the specific flight to book are listed in the Travel Information section of the information packet.

On Tuesday, February 18, volunteers will fly to Delhi where they’ll spend the night at a hotel near the airport. Early the following morning the group will travel south to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, a stunning marble mausoleum considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. The tour guide will share information about the life of emperor Shah Jahan and the construction of the beautiful building. That afternoon, the group will also visit Agra Fort, a large complex that housed and protected many generations of royalty and foreign leaders. That night, the group will drive back to Delhi to catch evening departures home.

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.

 

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