India Project

Project Full
Dates
October 18 - 29, 2017
Location
India
Participation Fee
$1,100
What's Included

Overview

Join volunteers in India and construct a large school facility for the E.D. Thomas Memorial Adventist School in southern India. The school is located on approximately 50 acres of a mango plantation filled with beautiful trees near the town of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu. It was started in 1953 with just eight students, and has since grown to a full elementary and secondary boarding school with up to 1,000 students annually.

Recently, enrollment has started to decline due to poor infrastructure. The dorms and classrooms are leaking, and there is no place on campus that can accommodate the entire school body inside for assemblies. The local Adventist conference has reached out to Maranatha’s assistance to build an Education and Evangelism Center for the school. This large building includes a large gymnasium that can be used for assemblies and community events. It will also include new classrooms for the elementary students. The structure is built with insulated 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

Insulated Panel School Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Sheena Smith,
Project Coordinator
Lorin Rubbert,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, October 18
Arrival in India
Thursday, October 19
Work Days
Saturday, October 21
Worship with Local Congregation
Sunday, October 22
Work Days
Saturday, October 28
Worship with Local Congregation
Sunday, October 29
Departure from India or Continue on Optional Excursion
Sunday, October 29
Optional Excursion - Travel to Delhi
Monday, October 30
Optional Excursion - Agra Tour of Taj Mahal
Tuesday, October 31
Optional Excursion - Sunrise at the Taj. Evening Departures from Delhi.
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Tiruchirappalli, India (airport code TRZ) on Wednesday, October 18.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Tiruchirappalli, India (airport code TRZ) on Sunday, October 29 or continue on the optional excursion with a departure in the evening of Tuesday, October 31 from Delhi, India (airport code DEL).
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Tiruchirappalli International Airport (airport code TRZ) and send a copy of the itinerary to volunteer@maranatha.org. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Tiruchirappalli and you will travel together as a group to Thanjuvar. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information, including optional excursion flight information and arrival/departure windows, is available in an information packet (download above). Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-777-5149 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
Taj Mahal Agra Tour - $350

At the end of the project, October 29 – 31, volunteers can choose to extend their stay in India by joining an optional excursion to Delhi and Agra. On the 29th, volunteers will take a flight from Tiruchirappalli to Delhi and spend the night. The following morning, the group will travel to Agra where volunteers will visit the famous 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, and the tour guide will share information about the life of the emperor and the construction of the beautiful building. In addition to the Taj Mahal, Agra is also home to Agra Fort, a large fort complex that housed and protected many generations of royalty and foreign leaders. That night there will be shopping opportunities in Agra. On Tuesday morning, volunteers will have a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal before returning to  Delhi and seeing some of the local sights. Volunteers will be taken to the Delhi airport that night where you take your flights home. This excursion has an additional fee of $350 per person which includes housing, food, ground transportation in Delhi and Agra, insurance, all tours and entrance fees, and an English-speaking guide. It does not include air transportation from Tiruchirappalli to Delhi. Flight information is available in the information packet (available for download soon).

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.