India Project

Dates
February 6 - 16, 2020
Location
India
Participation Fee
TBD
What's Included

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

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

One Day School Construction

Leaders
Vickie and Bernie Wiedmann,
Project Coordinator and Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Thursday, February 6
Arrival in Guwahati, India
Sunday, February 16
Departure from Guwahati, India or Continue on Optional Excursion
Wednesday, February 19
Optional Excursion: Departure from Guwahati
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, Peru (GAU) on Sunday, February 16, 2020 or continue on the optional excursion with departure on Wednesday, February 19, 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.

Until registration is open the exact details of this project are subject to change. More information will be available in an information packet available for download soon.

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 - Price TBD

At the end of the project, February 16-19, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in India by joining an optional excursion to Kaziranga National Park. 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 return to Guwahati, the capital of the Indian state of Assam. There, they will take in local sights including a a local temple and some shopping opportunities. The following morning volunteers will depart from Guwahati. This excursion has an additional fee that is still to be determined which will include 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.

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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